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Americans’ Eating Habits During the Great Depression

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By Gloria Nzeka

Dr. Helen Veit, an Associate Professor in the department of history at Michigan State University discusses a project focusing on the history of what Americans ate during the Great Depression. Going across the country, Dr. Veit with her colleagues collected historical documents containing food recipes from the 1930s and digitized them.

The project revealed that American food was as diverse back then as it is today.

You can find food recipes and more about the ‘What America Ate’ project by visiting the website whatamericaate.org.

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Challenges to Achieving Global Food Security

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By Gloria Nzeka

Dr. Felicia Wu, a distinguished professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University discusses some of the challenges that food scientists will need to overcome in order to achieve global food security. She urges food scientists to become proactive in addressing public concerns surrounding genetically modified and bio-engineered foods.

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Using bitter melon to treat diabetes

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A bitter-tasting plant that looks like a cucumber with warts growing all over it might help treat the symptoms of diabetes. The bitter melon, or bitter gourd, is popularly used to treat diabetes in many countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

According to World Health Organization, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were caused by diabetes in 2012.

The cost of treating diabetes can add up over a lifetime, and fruits and vegetables with medicinal properties could be treatment options in low-and-middle income countries with poor access to health care.

Jose Perez researches the potential of bitter melon to treat diabetes. Jose is currently a doctoral student at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in the department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

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