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Culture affects food aversions of pregnant women
December 10, 2015

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

pregnant-woman-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – A pregnant woman’s relationship with food isn’t only about what she wants. It’s also about what she doesn’t.

Single hair shows researchers what a bear has been eating
July 28, 2015

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Grizzly-80PULLMAN, Wash. – U.S. and Canadian researchers have found they can get a good idea of a grizzly bear’s diet over several months by looking at a single hair. The technique, which measures residues of trace metals, can be a major tool in determining if the threatened animals are getting enough of the right foods to eat.

Rock Doc: A light fast twice per week
July 29, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

petersPULLMAN, Wash. – It certainly sounded like a fad to me. A while ago I caught a program on public television about a medical doctor in Great Britain. Dr. Michael Mosley, like millions in both that country and in the U.S., found that in middle age he needed to lose weight and lower his blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

This time, you get to bite the bug
October 31, 2005

Mealworm tacos and cricket chili are among the delicacies that students in Washington State University entomology Professor Richard Zack‘s “Insects and People” class will dish up Friday, Nov. 4.From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Cascade Room of the Compton Union Building, Zack’s students will sample and serve a variety of foods that have insects as a primary ingredient. Friday’s menu also includes breads and cookies sweetened with a common bug byproduct – honey.The session, which is free and open to the public, follows his lecture on the nutritional value of insects and the cultures worldwide that depend on insects as a dietary staple.”Around … » More …

Effective diet has no magic pill
January 7, 2005

Diet. How’s that for a four-letter word, especially this time of year? The jolly season has been packed away with the tinsel and party hats. Suddenly, ‘tis the season to lose a few pounds.Low carb? Low fat? No flour? No sugar? What’s a body to do?We turned to WSU’s own informal “Food Intake and Obesity Group” in the Department of Veterinary, Comparative Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for answers.Well, they said, it isn’t easy. And ultimately, the best answer right now is an eight-letter word: exercise.Okay, you didn’t need a Ph.D. to figure that out. But, you probably do need a Ph.D., and years of research, … » More …

Dodging kidney stones and bullets in Iraq
December 17, 2004

An ailment that afflicts U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq has prompted the U.S. government to call upon a Washington State University researcher for her assistance.Linda Massey, professor of human nutrition at WSU Spokane, is a world expert on diet’s influence on kidney stones. Kidney stones are uncommon in people under the age of 30; however, soldiers in Iraq, most of whom are in their 20s, have an increased risk of developing kidney stones due to their unique lifestyle.Since 1991, Massey has studied the effects of variables such as milk, meat, soy protein, caffeine, salt and vitamin C on the formation of kidney stones. She was … » More …