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Pandemic-era food price increases, shortages persist

Taco Bell is among the latest companies to say it might not be able to complete customers’ orders due to ongoing transit and supply chain problems. 


What You Need To Know

  • Consumers are likely to see continued price spikes at grocery stores and ingredient shortages at restaurants due to global supply chain issues 
  • Prices for consumer goods in June rose 0.9% from May and 5.4% over the past year — the sharpest 12-month inflation spike since August 2008
  • Taco Bell is among the latest companies to say it might not be able to complete customers’ orders due to ongoing transit
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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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High junk food consumption in childhood increases risk of unhealthy body fat by early adulthood

With economic development, it would seem that undesirable side effects such as the mass production and consumption of highly processed junk foods, obesity, pollution and lifestyle diseases also increase in prevalence. A new paper published recently in the journal JAMA Pediatrics reports consistent and significant associations between the increased consumption of such ‘ultraprocessed foods’ by children in the UK, and a higher risk of obesity, increased body fat percentage, and overall body mass, by the time they reach young adulthood.

The team said:

Through a lack of regulation, and enabling the low cost and ready availability of these foods,

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