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Studies discuss how to get the benefits of fiber without side effects

URBANA, Ill. – Fiber-rich food is important for gastrointestinal health, but most Americans don’t get enough in their typical diet. While fiber supplements can help, they can also cause unpleasant side effects such as excessive bloating and gas.

Two new papers from the University of Illinois make it easier for food manufacturers to amplify fiber in foods and beverages for health benefit without digestive discomfort.

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Meet ACES alum Susannah Scaroni, wheelchair racing champion

ACES alum Susannah Scaroni is a record-setting athlete. Her many accomplishments as a wheelchair racer include gold and bronze medals at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021, a 5,000 meter world record in para-track, and record time in the New York Marathon, Women’s Wheelchair Division, where she bested the time of teammate Tatyana McFadden, also an ACES alum.

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A soybean protein blocks LDL cholesterol production, reducing risks of metabolic diseases

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A protein in soybeans blocks the production of a liver enzyme involved in the metabolism of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein, scientists found in a recent study.

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More physical activity, less screen time linked to better executive function in toddlers, study finds

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new study explored whether adherence to American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for diet and physical activity had any relationship with toddlers’ ability to remember, plan, pay attention, shift between tasks and regulate their own thoughts and behavior, a suite of skills known as executive function.

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FSHN students cater Spice Box event to celebrate ADM Research Park investment

URBANA, Ill. – Food Science and Human Nutrition students helped cater a luncheon at the Spice Box for ADM, College of ACES, and University of Illinois leaders on Friday, Sept. 23. The lunch followed a ribbon-cutting event celebrating the grand opening of the ADM Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois Research Park.

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Healthy diet after head, neck cancer diagnosis may boost survival

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head or neck were 93% less likely to die of any cause during the first three years after diagnosis if they ate a healthy diet high in nutrients found to deter chronic disease, researchers found in a recent study.

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Study: Individualized eating program helps dieters lose weight, keep it off

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — An individualized diet program that empowers users to create their own plan based on targeted levels of protein and fiber shows promise at helping people lose extra pounds and keep them off.

The Individualized Diet Improvement Program is a self-guided approach that involves easy-to-use tools, according to the nutritionists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who created iDip.

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Produce donation program improves health and nutrition at food pantries

URBANA, Ill. ­– Food pantries provide much needed relief for food insecure individuals and families. But pantries often rely on donations of canned and packaged foods with limited nutritional value. Growing Together Illinois, a program from Illinois Extension, aims to provide fresh produce to food pantry clientele across the state.

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NIFA funds project to enhance social media marketing for small and medium-sized farms

Yi-Cheng Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, received funding from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for a project to develop effective social media marketing strategies for small and medium-sized farms.

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Journal of Dairy Science articles focus on infant formula shortage

URBANA, Ill. – The U.S. shortage of both liquid and powdered infant formula that has created struggles for parents seeking supplies highlights the critical need for improved detection methods aimed at preventing formula shortages.

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