Going on a low-fat diet may have effects similar to drug withdrawal and cause chemical changes in the brain associated with depression, a University of Montreal study of mice found. Researcher Stephanie Fulton said dietary changes can cause withdrawal symptoms and "a greater sensitivity to stressful situations, launching a vicious cycle of poor eating."
Avelas Biosciences has raised $7.65 million from a financing round. The company said it will use the funding to develop its Avelas Cancer Illuminator, a fluorescent peptide, for use in clinical trials to identify cancerous lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer.
Quinoa goes beyond being a trendy food because the easy-to-grow "pseudo-cereal" seed has more protein, calcium, iron and vitamins than grain cereals have, writes dietitian Romina Defranchi, who runs GlobalDietitians.com. The U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization has declared 2013 the "International Year of the Quinoa," and Defranchi says the grain can be used as an alternative to rice in any recipe.
Hall High School students in West Hartford, Conn., are getting a say about what is served at lunch by taste testing new healthy menu items created by Rich Products Corp. Participating students fill out a questionnaire about the taste test items, rating appearance, portion size, taste and whether the food is an improvement over current cafeteria offerings.
The Washington Post food writer Bonnie S. Benwick tested dry and wet brining methods on four fresh turkeys to determine which was the best method for holiday cooking. She favored a refined wet brine, which produced a uniformly moist, well-seasoned bird.