This Week’s Nutrition News (week starting Monday 14 April)


BluewMonday: Heart Foundation and SMH

3D printer technology may lead to petri dish hearts for patients in the future. Scientists hope that by building a scaffold for cells to grow over, new functional hearts may be grown. If successful technology such as this would circumvent the critical issue of donor rejection as well as low donor rates.


Tuesday: Australia Network News (ABC)

Not only is the world’s fish population being over-fished unsustainably, but the effects of climate change may be adding an extra layer of complexity. The acidification of ocean water has led to changes in the survival instincts for fish. Scientists say that they have even been attracted to their predators. Surely action must be taken soon, and on both these issues. Fish are one of the few sources of long chain omega 3 fatty acids, important in balancing the body’s state of inflammation and a healthy source of energy.


Tuesday: ABC local radio Mystery News!

There was a segment during an radio update about the cancellation of an agreement between the Pathology dept of NSW Health and either the food authority or FSANZ whereby the dept undertook food testing on behalf of the food regulator. It was an interesting headline which, unfortunately I could not find anywhere on the internet.


Wednesday: SMH Vitamin D

Australian’s of all people are not getting enough sun! Well according to one report. I’m sure a completely contradictory report on the controversial topic of vitamin D deficiency can be found. Vitamin D is found in butter, margarine and can be made inside the body using sunlight. It’s primary role is in strengthening bones, but may also protect against various chronic diseases.


Thursday: CSIRO Super Grain

CSIRO has developed and successfully commercialised a natural low GI wholegrain with twice the fibre and four times the resistant starch. A diet high in fibre has been shown to be important for bowel health and in reducing the risk of chronic disease. Starch is thought to act similarly, and may help increase faecal bulk which may be protective against bowel cancer. Barley Max Enterprises, established by CSIRO and Australian Capital Ventures Limited (ACVL) says that “Five Australian companies are now using BARLEYmax grain in their food products, which include breakfast cereals, muesli bars, rice blends and bread”.


Good Friday: Bloomberg

On a bloomberg article detailing China’s covering up of toxic soils, Greens leader Senator Christine Milne (@senatormilne ) tweeted “This is why we need country of origin food labelling for consumers and why cheap imported products need to be tested” and “This is one reason why China is seeking to out source food production by buying land and water in other countries”. The Greens are raising awareness for a new Bill on labels detailing the origin of food products. Australia has a complex and illogical system, a fact highlighted in an episode of ABC’s ‘The Checkout”.


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