The Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University is working to develop biodegradable golf balls made from soybeans. "Our idea is to use soybean-based materials such as soybean meal to use for the inner core, and for the outer layer -- you can see this has to be very strong -- we are using soybean oil-based polymer to make the outer layer," said PSU chemistry professor Ram Gupta.
Researchers at KU Leuven in Belgium have developed an unsaturated fat made from plant sterols that is solid at room temperature and could potentially replace saturated fats in some food products. The new fat will be tested first in margarines and baked foods.
Multiple plant proteins can be blended in food products to improve nutrition, texture or taste, or to make a product more cost-effective to produce. "Blending pea and canola protein is a new and compelling approach that formulators can utilize for developing products with complete protein in the plant-based space, which has traditionally been quite tricky," said Jeff Casper, director of research and development at Merit Functional Foods.
A new mouse study found a correlation between a modification in RNA molecules and fatty liver disease, which could help explain why women tend to have more liver fat than men. The study was performed by UCLA researchers and results were published in the journal Nature Metabolism.
A study published in the journal NPJ Parkinson's Disease found that people with familial Parkinson's disease with GBA mutations had a different lipid profile when compared with healthy individuals and those with sporadic Parkinson's disease. Researchers said the study data "support the hypothesis of lipid metabolism disruption as one of the main pathogenic mechanisms in GBA-associated [Parkinson's disease]."
An analysis of data collected from 57,053 Danes found that the eicosapentaenoic acid content in biopsied adipose tissue was correlated with atrial fibrillation risk. The findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation.
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