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MSI at the European Nutrition Conference

September 4, 2015 The McCormick Science Institute (MSI) will be sponsoring a scientific session at the 12th European Nutrition Conference FENS 2015, October 20-23 in Berlin, Germany. The session titled "Spices and Herbs: Improving Public Health through Flavorful Eating" will be presented under the topic of "Nutrition, public health, and chronic disease". Four MSI Scientific Advisory Council members will present: Dr. Ian Rowland, Dr. Anne-Marie Roussell, Dr. Margriet Westerterp-Plantenga, and Dr. James Hill.

Spice My Plate

August 31, 2015 Researchers in Baltimore City, Maryland determined whether an experiential nutrition education intervention focusing on spices and herbs ("Spice MyPlate") was feasible and improved diet quality and healthy eating attitudes among an urban and predominantly African-American sample of adolescents more than standard nutrition education alone.

Spices and Sodium Intake

August 26, 2015 Researchers at Johns Hopkins University examined the effects of a behavioral intervention, which emphasized spices and herbs, on the maintenance of sodium intake at the recommended intake of 1500 mg/d in individuals to whom the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans apply.

Spices and Nutrient Intake

August 10, 2015 This review paper discusses how pungent spices can be used to stimulate intake, especially among individuals with altered/reduced taste and smell perception. Also covered are methods for using pungent spices to suppress the intake of food components that have a negative impact on health when consumed in excess.

Effect of Capsaicin at a Meal

August 7, 2015 Researchers evaluated the metabolic effects of capsaicin and capsiate consumed orally as part of a meal. A secondary aim of this study was to determine if a relationship existed between oral ingestion of capsaicin and capsiate and blood pressure.

Spicy Foods and Longevity

August 7, 2015 Public health researchers examined the associations of the regular consumption of spicy foods in a daily diet with total and cause specific mortality in a population cohort study of 0.5 million Chinese adults.

Spices and Vegetable Consumption

June 29, 2015 This pilot study was conducted to determine the feasibility of evaluating the impact of spices added to vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, and spinach on amount and rate of vegetable consumption under controlled conditions using a Universal Eating Monitor (UEM). Pre- and post-consumption testing of taste, appetite and mood was assessed using a computer-based Visual Analog Scale (VAS).

Ginger and high-intensity resistance exercise

March 30, 2015 The study aimed to determine if ginger supplementation is efficacious for attenuating muscle damage and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) following high-intensity resistance exercise. Following a 5-day supplementation period of placebo or 4 g ginger (randomized groups), 20 non-weight trained participants performed a high-intensity elbow flexor eccentric exercise protocol to induce muscle damage.

Turmeric extract & delayed onset muscle soreness

March 30, 2015 Researchers from New Zealand completed a double-blind randomized-controlled crossover trial to estimate the effects of oral curcumin supplementation (2.5 g twice daily) versus placebo on single-leg jump performance and DOMS following unaccustomed heavy eccentric exercise.

Herbs & Spices and Food Consumption

March 30, 2015 Researchers at the University of Colorado examined factors that may improve liking of reduced fat and reduced saturated fat foods, including the addition of herbs and spices and habitual consumption of different high-fat and low-fat food items.

Culinary Spices & Postprandial Metabolism

January 20, 2015 Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University studied the efficacy of a culinary spice blend to blunt postprandial elevations in triglycerides following a high fat meal in healthy, but overweight/obese adults.

Assessing Spice Consumption

January 20, 2015 Researchers in Southern India assessed dietary spice intake at the household and individual level by estimating the frequency and quantity of spice intake from routinely prepared dishes based on pattern of spice use and portion size of spice consumed.

Turmeric & Black Pepper in Meat Patties

January 15, 2015 Researchers from the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of California investigated the effect of combining curcuminoids and piperine on the antioxidant activity and the effect of combining turmeric and black pepper on lipid peroxidation during the preparation of hamburger meat.

History of Red Pepper

December 12, 2014 A historian from Swansea University in the United Kingdom seeks to understand how Capsicums became the 'worlds most popular condiment'. This paper details the global diffusion of five cultivars of capsicums and presents an analogy to the global diffusion of black pepper.

Garlic and Sodium Reduction

December 1, 2014 Researchers in Brazil prepared a seasoning and garlic salt with a low sodium content using various mixtures of salts, including NaCl, KCl and monosodium glutamate. Additionally, sensory tests and evaluations of temporal acceptance (time-intensity and temporal dominance of sensations) were performed.

Clove Review Paper

November 17, 2014 Review article by Dr. Keith Singletary that provides a summary of some of the potential health benefits of clove and the variety of scientific research on this topic.

Culinary Processing and Saffron Bioactives

November 11, 2014 Using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), researchers in Spain investigated the effects on the bioactive compounds of different cooking times in boiling water at 100 °C in samples of Saffron from La Mancha (safranal, picrocrocin, transcrocin 4, cis-crocin 4 and trans-crocin 3).

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Flavor Is What Drives Healthy Eating Habits

November 3, 2014 Informational video produced by the McCormick Science Institute (MSI) and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). Discusses how flavor can drive drive good eating habits and that restaurants need to 'lead with flavor' when developing healthy menu options. Also highlights the "Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Lives" program, a joint initiative between the Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America.

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Spices & Herbs for Healthy Eating Habits

November 3, 2014 Informational video produced by the McCormick Science Institute (MSI) and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). Discusses how spices and herbs can fulfill America's desire for flavor without adding excess salt, sugar and fat.

Join the Call to Action to Improve the Nation's Diet

October 28, 2014 Informational video from the 2014 Science Summit sponsored by the McCormick Science Institute and ASN. Bringing together the best and brightest minds, the Summit catalyzed a national conversation on the role of spices and herbs in a flavorful and sustainable healthy diet. Video discusses how consumers can achieve healthier eating habits, such as the DASH diet, through use of spices and herbs

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The Roman and Islamic Spice Trade

October 6, 2014 Archaeologists from the University of Leicester in the UK evaluated the botanical remains of spices recovered from excavations at a port active in the Roman and medieval Islamic spice trade.  Spices recovered from the excavations included black pepper (Piper nigrum), ginger (Zingiber officinale), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) and turmeric (Curcuma sp.).

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Prehispanic use of chili peppers in Mexico

September 9, 2014 Researchers report the confirmation of Capsicum sp. residues from pottery samples excavated at Chiapa de Corzo in southern Mexico dated from Middle to Late Preclassic periods (400 BCE to 300 CE). Residues from 13 different pottery types were collected and extracted using standard techniques. Presence of Capsicum was confirmed by ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)/MS-MS Analysis.

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Spice & Vegetable Acceptance in Toddlers

September 4, 2014 Researchers in France compared the effect of repeated exposure to that of flavor-flavor learning, on the acceptance of a non-familiar vegetable (salsify purée) in toddlers.  Two unconditioned stimuli were used for the flavor-flavor learning: salt and a salt-associated spice (nutmeg).

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Capsaicin and Energy Expenditure

July 16, 2014 In a randomized, cross-over design, 11 men ingested 500 mg of cayenne pepper (1.25 mg capsaicin), 500 mg evodiamine, or placebo at rest following 30 minutes of energy expenditure assessment using open-circuit spirometry.

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Herbs & Spices and Reduced Sodium Soup

May 29, 2014 Researchers in the United Kingdom investigated if the addition of herbs and spices could enhance the liking of lower salt tomato soup.

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Healthy Eating and Herbs & Spices

May 14, 2014 Researchers at The University of Colorado examined whether adding herbs and spices to reduced-fat foods would improve their consumer liking.

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Capsaicin Clinical Study

March 25, 2014 Researchers in The Netherlands investigated whether there is an effect of capsaicin on appetite profile and ad libitum energy intake in Caucasians when 1.03 g of red pepper is added to meals with a normal fat and normal protein content in a 25% negative energy balance.

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Spice Mix Clinical Study

January 13, 2014 Clinical research study that investigated whether consumption of a hamburger cooked with a polyphenol-rich spice mixture would reduce postprandial lipid oxidation and endothelial dysfunction in men with Type 2 diabetes.

Capsaicinoids & Weight Management

November 25, 2013 Meta-analysis investigating the potential effects of capsaicinoids on energy intake. Seventy-four clinical trials were evaluated for inclusion of which 8 provided results suitable to be combined in analysis (191 participants). The paper also clarifies previous observations and forms evidence-based conclusions about possible weight management roles.

Effect of Black Pepper & Rosemary on Energy

August 12, 2013 Clinical research conducted at the University of Georgia investigated whether a single dose of black pepper or rosemary produced short-term enhancements in sustained attention, motivation to perform cognitive tasks, or feelings of mental energy and fatigue.

Capsaicin, Fullness & Energy Expenditure

July 18, 2013 Researchers in the Netherlands investigated whether an 80% energy requirement diet consisting of partly replacing carbohydrate by protein plus the addition of capsaicin reached the same level of fullness ratings and energy expenditure as a 100% energy requirement control diet.

Capsaicin, Energy Expenditure & Fat Oxidation

July 15, 2013 Researchers in the Netherlands investigated the 24 hour effects of capsaicin in 25% negative energy balance on energy expenditure and substrate oxidation.  More specifically, the research determined whether the 24 hour effects of capsaicin in 25% negative energy balance counteracted the effects of a negative energy balance on energy expenditure and enlarged fat oxidation compared to 100% energy intake without capsaicin.

Herb Dip & Vegetable Intake in Children

May 28, 2013 Researchers from The Pennsylvania State University conducted a research study to determine whether adding herbs and/or spices for a reduced-fat dip increased children’s willingness to taste, liking of, and consumption of vegetables.

MSI Pilot Study on Red Pepper and Turmeric

December 15, 2012 Researchers from The David H. Murdock Research Institute looked at whether feeding overweight females (aged 40-72) red pepper and turmeric affected biomarkers for inflammation and oxidative stress.

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Andioxidant Values in Dried Herbs

June 20, 2012 A test tube study compared dried herb antioxidant values before and after cooking.

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Capsaicin Meta Analysis

June 4, 2012 Researchers from the UK analyzed the effect of active compounds in chili and red peppers and their affect on weight management.

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Energy Balance and Red Pepper Active Compounds

January 24, 2012 Researchers from Purdue University looked at the evidence of consumption of active compounds from red and chili peppers and energy balance.

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Ranch Dip Makes Kids Like Vegetables More

December 14, 2011 A clinical trial found that preschoolers were more likely to eat vegetables when ranch dip was added.

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Spices and Energy Balance Review

November 17, 2011 A review of research on spices, appetite, and energy balance.

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Antioxidant Comparison of Dried, Paste, and Fresh Spices

November 10, 2011 UCLA researchers compare Anioxidant Values of dried, paste, and fresh varieties of nine common herbs (basil, chili, cilantro, dill, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, oregano, and parsley) and one herb mixture (Italian Herbs).

MSI Funded Study on Rosemary and Cognition

October 18, 2011 A small study on rosemary consumption and the effects on cognition.

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MSI Funded Paper on Ginger

August 20, 2011 A review of the potential health benefits of ginger.

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MSI Funded Paper on Red Pepper

August 18, 2011 A review of the potential health benefits of red pepper.

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