MINSK, 7 June (BelTA) – Scientists of the Belarusian State University have developed an innovative solution for the long-term storage of perishable foods, the university's press service told BelTA.A team of the biology lab of the zoology department of the biology faculty is working on the project. The team is led by Vladimir Kurchenko, Candidate of Biological Sciences.Chitosan is a naturally occurring non-toxic biopolymer. When food is covered with chitosan solution, a kind of packaging is formed. The source explained: “Chitosan boasts antibacterial properties. When the solvent evaporates, it leaves film on various surfaces. The method for applying the solution represents an important advantage. The solution can be applied at an enterprise or in field conditions using manual or automatic spray guns. The film can also be applied using agricultural machines.”This organic packaging can increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, pork and beef, intermediate products … [Read more...] about Innovative Belarusian biopolymeric solution for perishable foods developed
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God is dead, so is the author, and the Tooth Fairy’s business model appears more economically implausible by the day. If that wasn’t enough to make you feel hopelessly epistemically unmoored, then consider Russia’s global campaign of disinformation, the Bank of England’s admission that it, um, probably won’t predict the next crisis, and, absolutely most troubling of all, the admission by Sweden that meatballs are in fact Turkish. According to the country’s official Twitter feed, the dish formerly known as “Swedish meatballs” was in fact “based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century.” Shares in IKEA flatlined and seven people died as wild partying swept Istanbul. But, we can reveal, meatballs are not the only food that is not from where it is putatively from. Check your cupboards: are you harbouring stolen foods? Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII … [Read more...] about ‘Swedish’ meatballs aren’t the only food with surprising origins
On my way back from a shoot in London the other day, I was in the Kings Cross branch of WHSmith, looking for photography magazines. I eventually found them in ‘Men’s Lifestyle & General Interest’, along with music magazines, my other ‘go to’ journal choice and the place I’m most likely to find my work. It felt slightly strange to have to encroach on the male domain of FHM and Angling Times to read about cameras and music. Maybe it was just a question of space, and General Interest was meant as a separate category altogether but the positioning was odd. I’ve always struggled with stereotypical perceptions of what’s boys’ stuff and girls’ stuff. As a child I would generally opt for a nice, practical pair of dungarees but didn’t object to the occasional party frock. I was always out on my bike and loved my Lego but I also happily went to dance class. So, I find it surprising that today, the nature/nurture debate … [Read more...] about Limited Shelf Life: How Newsagents’ Displays Of Magazines Reinforce Gender Stereotypes
0 Have your say Nursery children are to receive free fruit or vegetables as part of a new Scottish Government healthy eating package that will also see poor families given targeted help to buy nutritious food. Ministers propose to use new Holyrood welfare powers to increase the amount of money low-income families can spend on healthy foods, as well as extend the range of items that can be purchased.Those eligible for the scheme will also be issued with pre-loaded digital smartcards to access the new Best Start Foods payment, replacing the UK-wide existing voucher system which has been criticised for stigmatising struggling families.READ MORE: Pro-independence march ‘to bring Glasgow to a standstill’The Scottish Government published the consultation document Welfare Foods, outlining the plan which aims to tackle inequality and improve Scotland’s poor health record.According to the document, many young children in Scotland are failing to eat … [Read more...] about Holyrood to give free fruit to kids and healthy food voucher system
Highly processed foods such as packaged bread and chicken nuggets have been linked to cancer in a new study.Foods produced in factories containing ingredients not used in traditional domestic kitchens were found to be associated with the disease by a team of French researchers.Scientists assessed the diets and medical records of almost 105,000 adults who took part in the NutriNet-Sante cohort study. This tracked their intake of 3,300 different foods between 2009 and 2017.A 10% increase in the consumption of what researchers deemed "ultra-processed" foods appeared to contribute to a 12% increase in cancer.But what are ultra-processed foods, and should we be worried if we eat them?What are ultra-processed foods?Foods such as mass-produced packaged breads and buns; snacks including crisps, chocolate and sweets as well as foods almost entirely containing sugar, oils and fats were considered ultra-processed by the researchers. Sweetened drinkings including soda; processed meats and fish … [Read more...] about What are ‘ultra-processed’ foods and do they cause cancer?