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Ibrahim K Ali, Kaustubh Sansare, Freny R Karjodkar
Bite marks on foodstuff at the crime scene provide a 3-dimensional imprint of the suspect's dentition. The bite mark analysis can provide useful evidences, leading to the inclusion or exclusion of the individual under investigation. This study was designed to assess bite marks on various common foodstuffs (chocolate, apple, chewing gum, cheese) for different time intervals using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to evaluate the dimensional changes in the foodstuffs. Analysis of variance test was used to compare the bite marks measured using CBCT in maxillary and mandibular arches with significance set at P < 0...
April 12, 2018: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Ian S Miller
Whether encountered as a movie or novel, Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a childhood staple of postwar Anglophone culture. Originally published in 1964, Dahl's story of "Willie Wonka" is a morality tale for our times addressed by the present essay in relation to the precariousness, violence, intergenerational faith, and materialist fantasies reflective of contemporary life in the early twenty-first century. Compensating for the precarity of contemporary life's impoverishment as assumptions of societal stability are overthrown, this chronicle of the Bucket family details: envious desire validated by large group chosen trauma; authoritarian enslavement of inferior, colonized peoples with murderous, industrial-level human experimentation; toward gratification of the greedy fantasy of unlimited sweetness under the sway of lethal identification with the aggressor...
April 11, 2018: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
M Murphy, D J Dijkstra, J S Duncan, G W Horgan, J G Mercer
Many pre-clinical models of binge-like eating involve predictable, scheduled, access to a palatable diet high in fat (HF), where access may be preceded by anticipatory behaviour. Here, to introduce spontaneity into the binge-type consumption of palatable diets, mice were allowed 2 h access on a random day once per week and at a random time within an 8 h window either side of the transition from dark phase to light phase. Despite normal intake of a stock diet prior to unpredictable access to HF diet, mice immediately initiated a substantial eating episode when presented with HF diet...
April 5, 2018: Appetite
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April 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Huanhuan Zhao, Ashley K Young, Bryony J James
This study aims to understand the bloom process in untempered chocolate by investigating the polymorphic transformation of cocoa butter and changes in chocolate surface. Cocoa mass with varying particle size distributions (PSD) were used to produce untempered model chocolate. Optical microscopy showed that during 25 d of storage, the chocolate surface gradually became honeycombed in appearance with dark spots surrounded by white sandy bloom areas. In conjunction with X-ray diffraction this indicates that the polymorphic transformation of form IV cocoa butter to more stable form V crystals caused the observed surface changes with the most significant changes occurring within 6 d...
April 6, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Patrick Bird, M Joseph Benzinger, Benjamin Bastin, Erin Crowley, James Agin, David Goins, Mike Clark, Jean-Philippe Tourniaire, Sophie Pierre, Wendy Lauer
The iQ-Check Salmonella II Real-Time PCR test kit utilizes Salmonella- specific oligonucleotide probes and primers for the rapid and specific detection of Salmonella species in select food types. The alternative method was evaluated by using 375 g test portions in an unpaired study design for two matrices, milk chocolate and dry dog food. Each matrix was compared with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Chapter 5 Salmonella reference method. Fourteen technicians from 12 laboratories, including academia and industry, located within the United States and Canada participated in the collaborative study...
April 4, 2018: Journal of AOAC International
Jihe Zhu, Blagica Arsovska, Andrijana Sterjovska-Aleksovska, Kristina Kozovska
BACKGROUND: Ovarian endometriotic cysts, also known as 'chocolate' cysts or ovarian endometriomas, appear as endometrial tissue outside the uterine cavity which grows inside ovaries. Endometriotic cysts can cause chronic pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, impairment of ovarian function in regards to subfertility, etc. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is effectively treating subfertility associated with endometriosis for years, and the treatment gives positive results in achieving pregnancy...
March 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Anna B Konova, Kenway Louie, Paul W Glimcher
Craving is thought to be a specific desire state that biases choice toward the desired object, be it chocolate or drugs. A vast majority of people report having experienced craving of some kind. In its pathological form craving contributes to health outcomes in addiction and obesity. Yet despite its ubiquity and clinical relevance we still lack a basic neurocomputational understanding of craving. Here, using an instantaneous measure of subjective valuation and selective cue exposure, we identify a behavioral signature of a food craving-like state and advance a computational framework for understanding how this state might transform valuation to bias choice...
April 2, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
F Seyed Sadjadi, M Honarvar, A Kalbasi-Ashtari, P Motaghian
Four kinds of bleached, unbleached, second and third crystal sugars (BCS, UCS, SCS and TCS) were made from different massecuites in a sugar-beet factory, and their physiochemical (polarization, invert sugar, colorants, pH, ash and SO2 ), microbiological and functional properties were measured. While the polarization of UCS, SCS and TCS were lower than BCS; their invert sucrose, colorants, pH and ash contents were significantly higher than BCS. The phenols and betaine of BCS, UCS, SCS, and TCS were 144, 401, 384 and 673 (mg/100 g); and 244, 791, 4662, and 6589 (mg/100 g); respectively...
April 2018: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Monise Helen Masuchi Buscato, Larissa Miho Hara, Élida Castilho Bonomi, Guilherme de Andrade Calligaris, Lisandro Pavie Cardoso, Renato Grimaldi, Theo Guenter Kieckbusch
Two formulations of dark chocolate were developed by adding cocoa butter stearin (CBSt) or sorbitan monostearate (SMS) and compared to a standard formulation in order to investigate fat bloom formation over time. Fat bloom was monitored by Whiteness Index (WI), melting behavior and polymorphism determinations, in bars stored during 90 days at 20 °C and under oscillating temperature between 20 and 32 °C. All samples stored at 20 °C did not develop fat bloom and the required β(V) form was maintained...
August 1, 2018: Food Chemistry
Nathaniel W Fortney, Shaomei He, Ajinkya Kulkarni, Michael W Friedrich, Charlotte Holz, Eric S Boyd, Eric E Roden
Chocolate Pots hot springs (CP) is a circumneutral pH, Fe-rich geothermal feature located in Yellowstone National Park. Previous Fe(III)-reducing enrichment culture studies with CP sediments identified close relatives of known dissimilatory Fe(III)-reducing bacterial (FeRB) taxa, including Geobacter and Melioribacter However, the abundance and activity of such organisms in the native microbial community is unknown. Here we used stable isotope probing experiments combined with 16S rRNA gene amplicon and shotgun metagenomic sequencing to gain an understanding of the in situ Fe(III)-reducing microbial community at CP...
March 30, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Amanda M Fiorenza, Tatiana A Shnitko, Kaitlin M Sullivan, Sudheer R Vemuru, Alexander Gomez-A, Julie Y Esaki, Charlotte A Boettiger, Claudio Da Cunha, Donita L Robinson
BACKGROUND: Conditioned stimuli (CS) that predict reward delivery acquire the ability to induce phasic dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens. This dopamine release may facilitate conditioned approach behavior, which often manifests as approach to the site of reward delivery (called 'goal-tracking') or to the CS itself (called 'sign-tracking'). Previous research has linked sign-tracking in particular to impulsivity and drug self-administration, and addictive drugs may promote the expression of sign-tracking...
March 30, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Mohammad Matlabi, Reza Esmaeili, Mahdi Moshki, Afsaneh Ranaei, Alireza Haji, Rahele Mehrabi
Background: Malnutrition is an important factor affecting hypertensive incidence. Since the unhealthiest nutritional behaviors are rooted in childhood attitudes and experiences, applying educational interventions to these age groups will be most useful in the formation of preventive nutritional behaviors. Objective: To determine the predictive power of the TPB on hypertension in junior high-school students. Methods: The present cross-sectional study was conducted on 160 junior high-school students in Kashmar, Iran in academic year commencing 2-13-2014, selected through random sampling...
January 2018: Electronic Physician
Sami Ben Hamida, Sueli Mendonça-Netto, Tanzil Mahmud Arefin, Md Taufiq Nasseef, Laura-Joy Boulos, Michael McNicholas, Aliza Toby Ehrlich, Eleanor Clarke, Luc Moquin, Alain Gratton, Emmanuel Darcq, Laura Adela Harsan, Rafael Maldonado, Brigitte Lina Kieffer
BACKGOUND: Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is devastating and poorly treated, and innovative targets are actively sought for prevention and treatment. The orphan G protein-coupled receptor GPR88 is enriched in mesocorticolimbic pathways, and Gpr88 knockout mice show hyperactivity and risk-taking behavior, but a potential role for this receptor in drug abuse has not been examined. METHODS: We tested Gpr88 knockout mice for alcohol-drinking and -seeking behaviors. To gain system-level understanding of their alcohol endophenotype, we also analyzed whole-brain functional connectivity in naïve mice using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging...
February 9, 2018: Biological Psychiatry
Giuliana Tórtora, Gastón Ares
Time orientation can influence health-related behaviors, including food consumption. The aim of the present work was to study the influence of time orientation on food choice, using cookie labels as case study. A choice-conjoint task was designed using labels differing in type of cookie (chocolate chips vs. granola), front-of-pack nutrition information (nutritional warnings vs. Facts Up Front system) and nutritional claim (no claim vs. "0% cholesterol. 0% trans fat"). An online study was conducted, in which 155 participants evaluated 8 pairs of cookie labels and selected the one they would buy if they were in the supermarket...
April 2018: Food Research International
Hao Wang, Farnaz Maleky
In a multi-component chocolate product, oil migration, from high oil content filling into chocolate, is one of the major contributors to the product quality loss. Among various parameters influencing oil diffusivity, cocoa butter is studied intensively. Studies have shown that the rate of oil transportion in cocoa butter is affected by its composition, the way that it is crystallized, and also the storage conditions. To model and study effects of cocoa butter type and processing conditions on oil migration, five different cocoa butter samples were studied in this work...
April 2018: Food Research International
Letícia L P Morassi, Angélica O Bernardi, Alexandra L P M Amaral, Rafael D Chaves, Juliana L P Santos, Marina V Copetti, Anderson S Sant'Ana
This study aimed to determine the prevalence and populations of fungi in cake production chain. Besides, the growth potential of twelve fungal strains in different cake formulations was evaluated. Raw materials from two different batches (n=143), chocolate cakes (n=30), orange cakes (n=20), and processing environment air samples (n=147) were analyzed. Among the raw materials, wheat flour (3.2±0.3 log CFU per g) and corn meal (3.8±0.8 log CFU per g) belonging to batch #1 showed significant higher fungal counts (p<0...
April 2018: Food Research International
Antonios Konstantas, Harish K Jeswani, Laurence Stamford, Adisa Azapagic
This study evaluates life cycle environmental impacts associated with chocolate products made and consumed in the UK. The paper focuses on three representative chocolate products occupying 90% of the market: 'moulded chocolate', 'chocolate countlines' and 'chocolates in bag'. The impacts were estimated using life cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool and following the ReCiPe impact assessment method. The water footprint was also considered. For example, the global warming potential ranges between 2.91 and 4.15 kg CO2 eq...
April 2018: Food Research International
Lochan Singh, Tripti Agarwal
Food products such as bread, biscuits, tea, coffee, oils, chocolates, grapes, pepper and fishes belonging to different categories represent a significant part of everyday diet in India and other countries having variable cooking techniques. In this study, we evaluated cancer risks of long term exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) through consumption of these products for eight societal groups in India. Total concentrations of PAHs in these products from India ranged from 0.18 to 61967 μg kg-1 and the cancer risk values for the eight sections of Indian population ranged between 7...
March 15, 2018: Chemosphere
Ecem Evrim Çelik, Vural Gökmen
This study aimed to investigate the interactions between insoluble fractions of different coffee infusions and major cocoa free antioxidants, catechin and epicatechin, as well as the interactions between different coffee infusions and dark chocolate. Espresso, filtered coffee, French press and Turkish coffee were used for this purpose. Antioxidant capacity (AC) measurements were performed by monitoring the percentage inhibition of 2,2-Diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazil (DPPH) radical. Multivariate approach was adopted for experimental design and data analysis steps...
July 30, 2018: Food Chemistry
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