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What are the health benefits of Valentine’s Day chocolate?

Valentine’s Day is here and plenty of couples are celebrating, but for some, chocolate is their one true love.

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Zeynep Madak Erdogan receives American Association for Cancer Research award

 Zeynep Madak Erdogan, Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) Associate Director for Education and Sylvia D. Stroup Scholar of Nutrition and Cancer, received the prestigious 2024 Michael B. Kastan Award for Research Excellence given by the American Association for Cancer Research’s (AACR) Molecular Cancer Research (MCR) journal.

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US-Canada research team seeks to unravel the mystery behind infant formula shortage

URBANA, Ill. – The infant formula shortage crisis in the United States and Canada, which began in February 2022, revealed vulnerabilities in the industrial food system and disproportionately affected low-income families and those relying on specialty formulas.

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New grant to optimize gut microbes, boost health benefits of broccoli

URBANA, Ill. — Love it or hate it, broccoli is chock-full of health-promoting chemicals linked to heart health, cancer prevention, immune function, weight management, and more. However,  some people are less efficient than others at unlocking those chemical benefits.

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Study: Insect protein slows weight gain, boosts health status in obese mice

URBANA, Ill. — As the global population grows under a changing climate, the urgency to find sustainable protein sources is greater than ever. Plant-based “meat” and “dairy” products may be popular, but they’re not the only environmentally friendly meat alternatives. 

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Extension’s Abriendo Caminos program helps Hispanic families prevent childhood obesity

URBANA, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension, in collaboration with other institutions and partners, has published a research article on the benefits of Abriendo Caminos, a family-based intervention program that aims to reduce obesity among Hispanic children.

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How diet quality affects the gut microbiota to promote health

URBANA, Ill. – We know that eating a healthy diet affects body weight, cholesterol levels, and heart health. A new study from the University of Illinois focuses on another component: the role of diet in supporting a healthy gastrointestinal microbiota. The researchers conclude that following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) promotes a gut microbiota composition that may support overall health.

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Simple addition to corn bran could boost grain's nutritional value 15-35%

URBANA, Ill. – What if, by adding a couple of cell layers inside a corn kernel, the grain could become significantly richer in essential nutrients like iron, zinc, and protein? Such an improvement could benefit people who rely on corn for a large portion of their diet, as in many parts of the global south.

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