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Dear food system

Dear food system

Today, October 16, is commemorated, as every year since 1979, World Food Day, promoted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This year, the FAO makes a special call to achieve healthy food for all corners of the planet and, especially, for the...

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October 16th, World Food Day: #ZeroHunger

October 16th, World Food Day: #ZeroHunger

#ZeroHunger is the motto for the World Food Day that is celebrated on October 16 leaded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) worldwide. #ZeroHunger is also part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the World Health Organization...

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Acrylamide has a special ‘COLOR’

Acrylamide has a special ‘COLOR’

From the creators of “What doesn´t kill you makes you fatter or is a sin” and "You don´t know what to eat" appears "Take care if you like overcooking!" and "Nightmare in the kitchen, there is acrylamide in your food". For years it was known that acrylamide was a toxic...

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Would you eat insects?

Would you eat insects?

Entomophagy, or insect consumption by humans, is not a novelty to anyone. Diets based on insects and arthropods are fully accepted in many countries and cultures, especially in South America, Asia or Africa. Even they are a real delicacy for some gourmets experts, for...

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The recommended intake of sweet consensus

The recommended intake of sweet consensus

Last July, EFSA published a protocol that sets out the strategy to follow for the collection of data that will be used for the development of a Scientific Opinion that establishes the maximum tolerable level of sugar intake. I know it could seem confusing, let me...

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Trashcooking: the circular economy of food

Trashcooking: the circular economy of food

Who has not practice “trashcooking” in his kitchen? Aren’t you? It is high time to start. Keep on reading to know how. “Trashcooking” is the new concept to call the old law of "the food is not pulled" coming from our grandmothers or what today could be called "the...

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Alimentaria 2018

Alimentaria 2018

For those of us who work in R&D&I in food, the international reference events in the food sector, such as Alimentaria and Hostelco are very interesting. With 4.500 exhibitors from 70 countries and nearly of 150.000 registered experts, Spain has once again...

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With M of Microbiome

With M of Microbiome

In recent years the definition of the human microbiome has been postulated as an essential tool for medicine, pharmacy, nutrition and other disciplines in order to understand the role of microorganisms present in the body on health and immunity. In fact, the...

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Natural soils or tecnosoils?

Natural soils or tecnosoils?

Artificial soils, also called tecnosoils, technosols or technosoil are, as the name implies, artificial soils made from mixtures of different non-hazardous waste and by-products. These technosoils are usually complemented with other raw materials for their application...

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What is an online NIR and what are its uses?

What is an online NIR and what are its uses?

The quality control of the products we consume daily is carried out by means of reference methods that present great limitations as to the necessity of sampling (which may or may not be representative of the whole), which also entails the manipulation and even...

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Cereals: whole, refined or… improved?

Cereals: whole, refined or… improved?

There is no doubt that cereal grain are the main source of the diet of consumers around the world. In fact, global cereal production in 2016 was 2,6 million tonnes (FAO data) and account for 30 to 70% of daily energy consumption (FAO data). Cereal intake should be 2-3...

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Sugar free, please: the ideal sweetener

Sugar free, please: the ideal sweetener

We start the new year fulfilling the promise of writing a second part of the post "Without sugar, please” of possible alternatives to elaborate food without sucrose or "table sugar", the most commonly used sweetener in the industrialized world. So this year, my letter...

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Do we toast with cava?

Do we toast with cava?

During these dates we usually toast at Christmas celebrations. The idea is to toast with a frothy drink, although sometimes we don´t know how to differentiate well one from the other, because we may confuse the terms “sparkling wine”, “cava” and “champagne”. Cava and...

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Without sugar, please

Without sugar, please

Bad news for those people who love sweet food. In the Guideline: sugars intake for adults and children (2015), WHO recommends a reduced intake of free sugars to below 5% of total energy intake. A few 6 teaspoons of coffee/day (25 g), including sugar that provide food....

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Snackification: eating and snacking

Snackification: eating and snacking

There is no doubt that the snack food market is one of the strongest in the food industry, as is evidenced by its increasing market value. The snack category of food used to meaning snack chips, nuts and other traditional snacks (extruded snacks, popcorn, nachos...

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‘I fat with vegetables’

‘I fat with vegetables’

I tell you a real situation: Some years ago, I was chatting with a friend, when she looked at me very serious and said: I am not be able to lose weight! My doctor says that vegetables fattens me and the worst thing is that I love it! In that moment, those words seemed...

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Vegetal covers or mulches, right or wrong?

Vegetal covers or mulches, right or wrong?

More than once, especially in the villages, we have heard a farmer saying a similar phrase: “Wheat is growing a lot due to rains this year, what a pity! Because many weeds will grow and I will have to spread herbicides”. Before this comment it could open a long...

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There’s a bug in my pantry!

There’s a bug in my pantry!

Everybody has lived something like this. Open the pantry, take a packet of rice, flour or pasta and… insect! We find out that our foods are infected with bugs. Insect contamination of stored food is a very annoying and worrying problem for consumers and for food...

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All that glitters is not gold

All that glitters is not gold

We cannot speak about Mediterranean diet without the presence of olive oil in our dishes. This fruit juice plays an essential role in the gastronomy of our country. Extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil, olive oil, olive-pomace oil…all of these products are...

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Delicious, and safe raw milk?

Delicious, and safe raw milk?

Surely many of you have as childhood memory go shopping with your parents to buy fresh milk from farm or the nearest village, or even remembers the van of milkman that went selling the milk in jugs by the streets. This flavour, the cream was left on the surface after...

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How much quantity of salt do you consume?

How much quantity of salt do you consume?

‘And because I do not like dry steaks, mom, take a little sauce and flavor’. As this Spanish rumba says, in our country we use ‘salt-cellar’, in the full sense of the word. In fact, we consume 9,8 g of salt daily, which is almost twice the recommended amount. But we...

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‘Brightlabeling’

‘Brightlabeling’

Every day in the supermarket, we have to face the decision to buy one product or another. Unconsciously, and according to experts, we dedicate about 6 seconds to choose. If we only look on nutritional aspects, manufacturers must be able to communicate that their...

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Nothing is thrown away!

Nothing is thrown away!

The photographer Peter Menzel few years ago visited different countries of the world in order to photograph families of those countries with the food they consume regularly for a week. A book was published based on this work, “Hungry Planet”, where tastes, preferences...

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Superfoods?

Superfoods?

‘Did you know that cocoa increases mental activity? We are going to discover and prove scientifically the incredible power of what we have in the pantry’. With these words, the Spanish cooker Alberto Chicote started ‘Superfoods’, his special TV program, on March 28....

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How can we reduce waste in food industry?

How can we reduce waste in food industry?

On 26 September it was celebrated in Madrid the "4th Meeting point against food waste" organized by AECOC, where the waste problem was analyzed from different perspectives and pooling actual experiences of prevention and reduction. Social enterprises as...

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Alimentaria 2016: what’s new?

Alimentaria 2016: what’s new?

Given that the food and beverage industry in Spain comprises about 22% of industrial GDP and is formed by 30.000 companies (of which 96% are SMEs), it is not strange that our country avails one of the most important exhibitions in Europe: Alimentaria. This biennial...

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Suggestion’s chef

Suggestion’s chef

There is a restaurant in Japan where if  its clients left one only rice grain in the plate, should pay a fine. Specialized in shellfish, the "Hachikyo Restaurant" offers a dish that consist of salmon roes over a white rice bed. The restaurant informs the...

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They are already here…

They are already here…

Entomophagy. This is the name we use to call insect consumption by humans. It is estimated that more than 2.000 million people worldwide include insects in their daily diet, but until now, those palates are not European. Among the most consumed insects are beetles,...

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Misshapen potato

Misshapen potato

“True beauty lies within”, this words have been heard for all of us and in this way we have learned at home. But the reality is far from the theory when we are talking about fruits and vegetables. Around 30% of the food waste problem is related with the primary...

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Don’t spill the beans

Don’t spill the beans

The United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has launched the 2016 International Year of Legumes under the slogan “nutritious seeds for a sustainable future”. The objective is raising awareness about the protein power and health benefits of...

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Don’t play with your food

Don’t play with your food

We like food.  We like eating. The gastronomy is fashionable. TV channels and programs dedicated exclusively to cookery, children chefs, kitchenware that before only used to have the chefs come to our homes, blogs with a plenty of recipes, and culinary...

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Flexitarian, millennial or foodie

Flexitarian, millennial or foodie

If you have not decided yet what will be your food trend for 2016, here there are some clues. When the year ends, a lot of studies appear and predict annual trends in every sector. In the food industry, lists are published on what will be in style next season, have...

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Diet and climate change

Diet and climate change

From November 30 to December 11 was celebrated Paris the COP21, the twenty-first conference on climate change. One of the objectives of this summit was to reach agreements between the participating countries, which allowed limit global warming to a level below 2 ° C....

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Because the flesh is weak

Because the flesh is weak

The World Health Organization recommends reducing the red meat consumption and avoid processed meat intake, after the report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). For many years, it has been recommended to consume the red meat in moderation. So...

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