Monday, 27 June 2016

concern over palm oil

After finding that 12 kids' food products from Nestlé, Barilla, Ferrero and Danone contain high levels of carcinogen 3-MCPD, Italian consumer group Altroconsumo is calling on parents to stop giving products that contain palm oil to children.

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you can read here the relevant EFSA scientific opinion

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When it come to the number of foods and products containing palm oil, their number is rather high.
Here are some of them.

Many products that use palm oil aren't clearly labeled. Palm oil and its derivatives can appear under many names, including:

INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol

CONTAINS: Palm oil


Friday, 24 June 2016

Brexit...the domino effect

Politicians and Scientists have never been good friends...
Politicians hate Science and Scientists rather dislike Politicians...
However, this trend needs to change very quickly if we all wish to minimize the negative impact that Brexit is going to have to Academia in UK, in EU, in the whole word.

Student status, funding, research grants, fees, visas, border controls...all these elements will create such a strong domino effect to the functioning of British Universities and by implication to Irish...

Most importantly though, Brexit has already triggered far-right voices across EU and the sentiment of FEAR.

I think that we, as Academics, we need to unite and pressure Irish and UK governments to move forward and give Scottish and Northern Irish Unis the degrees of freedom (as we call them in Physical Chemistry) to continue participating in EU and research calls.

I am sure it is  going to be a long "transition” period but the impact of Brexit to young people and students needs to be communicated out there and I think that our role is to try to trigger this process.

That’s why we have a huge role to play as Teachers and Educators and Researchers…as people who are involved in the creation of knowledge and!

Ioannis Zabetakis

Friday, 17 June 2016

Hooray for Dr Eleni

This morning, the viva of Eleni Sioriki took place, via video-conference between UL and Universities of Athens and Aegean in Greece.
All went well and we got one more Dr in our team!
Well done Eleni!

You can find Eleni's work on olive pomace and aquaculture by clicking here  and here.

Yannis Zabetakis

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Monday, 13 June 2016

learn good habits as young as possible!

This could be the advice to our kids, to our students, to ...everybody.
There are no magical solutions...
The earlier we form healthy eating habits, the better for us, for the Society, for the state budget...

and, let's remember to avoid soft drinks and crisps.

Salt and Sugar, SS, the two nasty chemicals that are so addictive...and lead us to non-healthy food choices...

Yannis Zabetakis

Friday, 10 June 2016

Euro 2016

At this blog , we love good food and good football.
As Euro2016 kicks off tonight, let's remind ourselves what the top players are eating.
Who said that people watching football should not eat the same?

Enjoy the game :)

and may an underdog win like 12 years ago...

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

talking to young lads

Yesterday, it was a special day!

I was invited (at the soccer club where my sons train) to speak to U12 boys before their last training about food.
I gave the boys some info on the med diet pyramid and what to eat (fruits, veg, cereals) and what to avoid (soft drinks).
But learning should also be fun, so I gave them also some links to games

Thank you Carl for the invite and for giving me the chance to speak to the lads!


obesity pandemic...and how to tackle it

People are getting fat, fatter and fatter...
More than four in 10 American women are now classified as obese.
What can we do then?
Eat less?
Exercise more?
I think the best approach is to redesign our diets, bearing in mind the Mediterranean diet pyramid (see figure above).


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

fermented milk --> functional foods

Anti-hypertensive fermented functional dairy products using novel lactic acid bacteria have a big future, a review has found.

This is another paper demonstrating why fermentation improves nutritional value of milk.

We have done sth similar on goat's milk

Evaluation of the in vitro anti-atherogenic activities of goat milk and goat dairy products