The second presentation looked at the effect of cranberry juice consumption on antioxidant status and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease. Cranberries contain high levels of anthocyanins which are found in other foods utilized in the Mediterranean diet. After a fourteen day intervention, cranberry juice consumption was not shown to alter any blood markers of antioxidant status or cardiovascular disease.
The third presentation was a study looking at muscadine grape product intake and the impact on diabetes. Subjects were randomly assigned to an intervention of either muscadine wine, dealcoholized muscadine wine, or muscadine juice. Positive effects on lipid profiles were seen in diabetic subjects receiving the muscadine wine intervention as compared to those subjects receiving either dealcoholized wine or juice.
After the break, the night's lecture focused on food heritage and the trend toward slow food. Before the post-war food industry kicked into high gear, many Americans survived through subsistence farming, eating seasonally, and eating locally.
Today there is a push back toward these values as evidenced by the increasing demand for organic products, popularity of farmers markets, and individuals becoming more aware of where their food is coming from and the environmental impact of its production.