Could strawberry essence make food taste sweeter?
Scientists believe they have pinpointed the exact compounds in strawberries that give the fruit its unique flavor, a finding that could help breeders create more flavorful varieties even faster. Eventually, those naturally occurring compounds could be used to make processed foods taste better with far less sugar and no artificial sweeteners. And if fruits and vegetables taste better, people will be more likely to eat them, researchers say. After looking at 35 strawberry varieties over two growing seasons, conducting extensive biochemical testing, and hosting consumer taste panels, the researchers identified 30 compounds directly tied to strawberry flavors that consumers prefer. They also identified six volatile compounds that add to humans’ perception of sweetness in the fruit—independent of any type of sugar. Those six volatiles add to the growing portfolio of sugar-independent, flavor-enhancing compounds found in fruits, vegetables, and herbs that researchers are zeroing in on. Similar findings are expected in the next few years for other crops, including blueberries, peaches, and various herbs, says Thomas Colquhoun, assistant professor in environmental horticulture at the University of Florida. (via Could strawberry essence make food taste sweeter? | Futurity)
What if your heart could beat perfectly until your last days? Theoretically, that’s now possible.
Scientists at Washington University and University of Illinois have combined electrical engineering, 3D printing, and biology to create a custom thin mesh of electrodes that lays over the heart to correct improper cardiac impulses, ensuring the heart beats the right way every time.
This has huge implications for patients who suffer from myocardial infarctions, arrhythmias, and more. Click here to read more.
Science is pretty cool.