Category: Health & Nutrition

A Cornucopia of Alternatives to Turkey at Thanksgiving

It may be juicy, tender and traditional, but not everyone wants to eat turkey at Thanksgiving. UF/IFAS nutrition experts say you could eat any of the following as your entrée: protein-packed dishes – with or without meat —… Read More

UF Students Host “Day of Service” Event to Combat Global Food Insecurity

Malnutrition is the largest contributor to disease in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. With a growing international population projected to reach 9.2 billion by 2050, the demand for global food… Read More

Blame Your Parents for What Satisfies Your Sweet Tooth

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When presented with a bowl of Halloween treats, most people probably know their top pick immediately. Chocolate? Fruity? A salty/sweet mix? According to the University of Florida’s pre-eminent expert on human taste perception, your family… Read More

So-Called ‘Longevity Vitamin’ Might Hold More Importance than Scientists Thought

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New research from a University of Florida microbiologist shows that disease-causing bacteria compete with their human hosts for a key micronutrient. Although queuine (pronounced KYOO-in) has been identified as essential to human health – a… Read More

UF Researcher Investigates Cells’ “Self-Eating” as Key to Preventing, Treating Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

What if we could treat obesity or Type 2 diabetes by changing the way our cells take out the trash? Just as a household can’t function well if it’s filled with garbage, a cell becomes unhealthy if it… Read More

UF/IFAS Mosquito Expert: Literature Review Verifies Safety of Popular Repellent DEET, Counters Alarmist News Reports

As summer continues, many Florida residents find themselves targeted by mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks – and a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences entomologist says that when people reach for repellents, their first choice… Read More