GLP Podcast & Video: FDA checks chocolate-heart well being claims; Treatment for binge ingesting? Gene-edited wheat might lower most cancers danger

Does darkish chocolate scale back your coronary heart illness danger? The FDA says sweet firms must tread calmly with regards to selling the well being advantages of cocoa. Might a drug used to deal with alcohol habit assist restrict binge ingesting? Gene modifying can scale back the quantity of cancer-linked acrylamide in wheat. Will it considerably enhance public well being?



Be a part of geneticist Kevin Folta and GLP contributor Cameron English on episode 207 of Science Info and Fallacies as they break down these newest information tales:

Some sweet firms have requested the US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) for permission to advertise the heart-health advantages of darkish chocolate. Analysis has certainly linked average cocoa consumption to a diminished danger of heart problems, although the FDA says the affiliation must be studied extra rigorously earlier than sweet makers can market their merchandise as heart-healthy treats.

The drug naltrexone is already used to deal with extreme alcohol use dysfunction by blocking endorphins liable for the euphoria we really feel after we drink. Now, researchers say the drug could possibly be used to scale back the enchantment of binge ingesting, which might assist forestall habit within the first place. Will it work?

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When some grains are cooked, they accumulate a chemical referred to as acrylamide, which researchers have linked to an elevated most cancers danger. Though most acrylamide-containing meals pose minimal danger within the portions we usually devour them, gene modifying can be utilized to scale back how a lot of the chemical outcomes from the cooking course of. What does this growth inform us concerning the energy of biotechnology to spice up the security of our meals provide?

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Kevin M. Folta is a professor, keynote speaker and podcast host. Observe Professor Folta on Twitter @kevinfolta

Cameron J. English is the director of bio-sciences on the American Council on Science and Health. Go to his website and observe ACSH on Twitter @ACSHorg

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