Quinoa Compounds Slow Aging, Improve Metabolic Health in Animal Study

December 27, 2017 – In a collaboration between Rutgers University and the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NC Research Campus (NCRC), scientists used an animal model to show for the first time that quinoa phytochemicals, such as ecdysteroids, may slow the effects of aging and improve metabolic health. Their study was published in the October 2017 edition of the Journal of Functional Foods. Read more.
This article was originally published on transforming-science.com.

Caramelized Pear, Roasted Tomato and Lentil Salad

December 29, 2017 – This fresh New Year salad combines the natural sweetness of caramelized pear and roasted tomato, with earthy lentils and tender butter lettuce. Finished with lemon zest, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, this elegant salad lends starts the New Year off on a healthy note. Get the recipe here.

Appetite For Life – January 17 – “Whole Foods and Nutrient Synergy”

Carol Cheatham, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Why do we eat applesauce with pork? Many explanations can be found as to why certain foods are always eaten together; some actually make sense. How about whole foods? Why are certain nutrients always found together in whole foods? Dr. Cheatham will present the available evidence surrounding the superiority of eating whole foods to support brain development and function. After a discussion of ancient and current food practices, she will dig deeper into the idea that nutrients appear together in nature because they support each other in their functional properties. As an example, she will present some of her work showing that nutrients in human milk work together in support of infant recognition memory. Come learn about your food and how you can best use it to fuel your brain!

Program begins at 6:00 PM at Restaurant Forty-Six101 West Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Seating is limited. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Come a few minutes early to get a seat, and enjoy light bites, compliments of Restaurant Forty-Six.

  • February 12 – Jef French, PhD  Please note the change to Monday evening for the February program.
  • March 14 – Susan Sumner, PhD
  • April 18 – AFL @ Johnson & Wales University

Registration for each program opens 4 weeks in advance on uncnri.org.