Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Slow Food

The articles discussed in tonight's class began with a study on the effects of lycopene on the inhibition of the growth of breast cancer cells in culture. Breast and endometrial cancer cells treated with lycopene exhibited a decrease in cyclin D1 levels, leading to inhibition of IGF-1 cell cycle progression.

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.

1 comment:

luvsknives said...

The Slow Foods Movement has really taken off. Buying foods grown locally as opposed to fast food definitely seems to be healthier. Plus supporting local farmers is our way of showing that we care about our area.
The Slow Foods Movement really reminds me of India, where if my aunts or grandmother need anything they go to the local outdoor market similar to the Farmers' Markets. They buy whatever vegetables and fruits they need for that day or two. They go back when they need more. Most of these fruits and vegetables are homegrown and are sold for cheaper rates than in bigger grocery stores. They seem to think that it is cheaper and healthier in the long run, since these local farmers do not use pesticides on their crops.