Aflatoxin in milk raises safety concerns

Of the over 6,400 samples collected from 1,100 towns/cities in India, 93% were found to be safe. But 5.7% had aflatoxin M1 residues beyond the permissible limit. The highest levels of aflatoxin M1 residue in milk were seen in three States — Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Kerala. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has … Continue reading Aflatoxin in milk raises safety concerns

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Adding egg or milk can reduce stunting in young children in India

Adding 200 ml of milk or milk products (including curd), an egg or 45 grams of legume (dal) to the daily diet can reduce the risk of stunting in children younger than two years, researchers at St. John’s Medical College, Bengaluru found. The risk of stunting in children aged one-three years reduces by 10% when … Continue reading Adding egg or milk can reduce stunting in young children in India

Bengaluru researchers’ novel method accurately measures protein digestion

By using isotope-labelled proteins, researchers at St. John's Research Institute, Bengaluru have developed a novel method to accurately measure the digestibility of dietary proteins. While only 57% of protein was absorbed in the case of both chickpea and mung beans, protein digestion was way higher in meat (chicken) and egg. By labelling spirulina and two legumes (chick pea … Continue reading Bengaluru researchers’ novel method accurately measures protein digestion

IISc develops a handheld device to detect melamine in milk

Detecting melamine in milk has become extremely easy, quick and inexpensive thanks to a handheld melamine detector developed by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Tiny amount of silver nitrate is dissolved in 50 ml of distilled water and 2 micro litre of this silver nitrate solution is added to milk along … Continue reading IISc develops a handheld device to detect melamine in milk

Earliest evidence of dairying practices in Sahara found

Published in The Hindu on June 21, 2012 Researchers from the University of Bristol and other institutions have found the “first unequivocal” chemical evidence of dairying practices by Saharan people about 5,000 years ago — at a time when the region was in a humid phase and had plenty of plant cover. The story so … Continue reading Earliest evidence of dairying practices in Sahara found