Survey finds people unsure of safe meat cooking temperatures

More than half of Northern Ireland’s home cooks are unclear about how to barbeque meat to the correct safe temperatures, according to recently released survey results.

Results revealed that 55 percent of participants didn’t know what temperature meat should be cooked to. Responses ranged from 30 degrees C to 260 degrees C (86 degrees F to 500 degrees F). About half of people surveyed at least occasionally overcooked meat to ensure it was safe to eat.

Research by safefood found fewer than 2 percent of 1,052 adults on the island of Ireland are following all necessary the food safety checks

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A fermented-food diet increases microbiome diversity and lowers inflammation, Stanford study finds | News Center

Microbe diversity stable in fiber-rich diet

By contrast, none of these 19 inflammatory proteins decreased in participants assigned to a high-fiber diet rich in legumes, seeds, whole grains, nuts, vegetables and fruits. On average, the diversity of their gut microbes also remained stable. “We expected high fiber to have a more universally beneficial effect and increase microbiota diversity,” said Erica Sonnenburg, PhD, a senior research scientist in basic life sciences, microbiology and immunology. “The data suggest that increased fiber intake alone over a short time period is insufficient to increase microbiota diversity.”

The study published online July 12 in

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Sugary Drinks Spike Early Colorectal Cancer Risk, Study Finds

  • Having too many sugary drinks each day can significantly increase your chances of early-onset colorectal cancer, a recent study suggests.
  • To reduce your risk, swap sugary drinks with water, milk, or unsweetened coffee or tea—and pay close attention to other parts of your diet, too.
  • Colorectal cancer have been steadily rising in people under age 50.

    You already know sipping on sugary drinks can up your risk of various chronic diseases, but a new study highlights another one to put on your radar: Your soda habit could increase your chances of early-onset colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer

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    Shoppers spent less money on unhealthy foods when online grocery shopping, a study finds

    Participants who ordered their groceries online spent less money on junk food compared to when they shopped in person, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

    Researchers tracked the spending patterns of 137 shoppers over the course of 44 weeks either from 2015 to 2016 or from 2016 to 2017. People who shopped online spent on average about $2.50 less on unhealthy food purchases like candy and frozen desserts compared to when they did their shopping inside stores, said lead study author Laura Zatz, a senior adviser at The Behavioural Insights Team.

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    Junk food may harm skeletal development in the young, study finds

    Eating junk food may harm young children’s skeletal development, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered, based on a study of rodents.

    A new study led by Efrat Monsonego-Ornan and Janna Zaretsky, both from the Department of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition at the university’s Faculty of Agriculture, showed that ultra-processed foods can cause reduced bone quality, which is especially harmful for young children in their developing years.

    Published in the journal Bone Research, the study is the first to analyze the link between junk food and skeletal development.

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