Feb 19, 2015

Scientists smoke out 'munchies' mystery

People who empty the refrigerator after smoking cannabis can blame their cravings on brain cells that normally suppress appetite, said a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers using genetically modified mice pinpointed circuitry in the hypothalamus that is affected by the active ...

Feb 15, 2015

Apples modified to resist browning get U.S. approval

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its approval for two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they are bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses. Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny ...

Feb 12, 2015

Widest gene study shows complex scale of obesity

The largest-ever DNA probe into obesity has thrown up scores of clues for the inherited factors behind a worsening health problem, researchers said on Wednesday. Investigators said they netted more than 100 previously-undiscovered gene variants that play a part in obesity’s complex processes. Some ...

Chefs from eight countries battle to win Japanese food contest

Jan 30, 2015

Chefs from eight countries battle to win Japanese food contest

Chefs from eight countries participated in a Japanese cooking contest Friday in Kyoto to see who could had the best offerings in “washoku,” or traditional Japanese cuisine. A total of 110 people from 27 countries and regions applied to compete in the event, which ...

Jan 30, 2015

Thousands of live cats from China seized in Vietnam: police

Thousands of live cats destined “for consumption” have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the balance. Cat meat, known locally as “little tiger,” is an increasingly popular delicacy in Vietnam, and although ...

Jan 27, 2015

Insects in food top diner complaints in Japan

Don’t read this before lunch. Diners are finding cockroaches, flies and human hair in their food, and complaints are piling up. There were 19,094 complaints about inedible items in food in stores or served in restaurants in the nearly six years since fiscal 2009, ...

Jan 26, 2015

Vatican culinary tastes revealed in Swiss Guard cookbook

If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world’s smallest army eat? A chef who serves in the Swiss Guards, David Geisser, is shedding light on the culinary tastes of the pope’s army with a new cookbook. “Buon Appetito” features recipes on ...

New painkiller found in coffee

Jan 25, 2015

New painkiller found in coffee

Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to the pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and the state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corp. Embrapa said Saturday. Embrapa said its genetics and biotech division, teaming up ...