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In an ongoing effort to determine the anti-inflammatory value of diets rich in some types of fish, scientists studying asthma and allergic reactions have found that a molecule produced by the body from omega-3 fatty acids helps resolve and prevent respiratory distress in laboratory mice.
In a few weeks, New York City restaurants will finish the job of eliminating artificial trans fat from the food they serve. The final phase of the City's trans fat regulation takes effect July 1, requiring restaurants to clear artificial trans fat from all their menu items. When first implemented last year, the new standard applied only to fry oils and spreads. It will now cover previously excluded items such as baked goods, frozen foods, cannoli, and doughnuts as well. Foods served in the manufacturer's original, sealed packaging, such as candy and crackers, are still exempt.
Researchers are studying whether adding a component of cotton plants to chicken feed might result in anti-cancer eggs and chicken meat.
Purified extract of Chinese red yeast rice, Xuezhikang, reduced the risk of repeat heart attacks by 45%, revascularization, cardiovascular mortality and total mortality by one-third and cancer mortality by two-thirds.
Whole grains, antioxidants, fiber, Omega-3s -- we know they're good for us and want to reap the nutritional benefits they offer, but we don't always know how to incorporate them into convenient and tasty meals.