Food Science and Nutrition

lobster boat

Developing value-added products for the lobster industry

Lobster is the icon for Maine. In fact, over 70% of the lobsters landed in the U.S. are landed in Maine, and the only lobster-processing facilities in the U.S. are in Maine. There are nearly 6,000 lobster licenses issued in Maine each year, with about 4,300 commercially active. While the lobster fishery in Maine has […]

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Seafood science

Engineering for food safety and quality

Consumer demand for safe, minimally processed, additive-free, shelf-stable foods that retain the appearance, flavor, texture and nutritional qualities of raw or fresh foods has been a driving force for commercial application of non-thermal food processing methods, such as high pressure (HP) processing. Applying high pressure at 240-350 MPa for 3 min to live oysters to […]

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eating behavior

Factors that influence eating behavior of young adults

Excessive weight gain is associated with increased risk of developing many serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Young adults are at a uniquely increased risk for weight gain because of rapidly changing social situations that influence eating and exercise behaviors. Despite extensive efforts to promote weight management, these efforts only reach […]

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Products and processes for a healthier community

Maine is a state endowed with many natural benefits but business opportunities are scarce. Development of new food and dietary supplement products, and processes to produce them, will benefit farmers, processors and consumers. Farmers, commodity groups and processors will be informed opportunities to produce and promote the health benefits of Maine botanicals and food crops. […]

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Development and modification of advanced chromatographic techniques

Agriculture and food processing plays a substantial role in support of the fragile Maine economy. Potato and blueberry production are vital to the depressed economies of northern and eastern Maine and valuable niche crops (i.e. tomato, elderberry, pepper, Chaga mushrooms) have the potential to provide additional employment opportunities. The shellfish industry also employs a significant […]

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canned food

Integrated approach for microbial and chemical food safety

Every day, the FDA implements recalls because of possible microbial or chemical contamination in fresh or processed foods. Maine has been a large producer of agricultural commodities such as berries, potatoes, and seafood commodities such as lobster. Safety of food products is a major concern to the growers and processors. This research, aimed at an […]

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Building a nutrition program with plant (berry) bioactives

Epidemiologic evidence supports consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables to promote health and to decrease risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Presently, the world is experiencing a dramatic increase in both obesity and type 2 diabetes and a major target area to address this rise is by addressing diet. Elderberry is […]

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fishermen's coop sign

Sustainable, healthy, seafood

Maine’s seafood industry contributes significantly to the state’s economy, and research to support the industry will benefit the state as a whole. Last year, Maine’s catch of American lobster was 47,117 metric tons, valued at over $330 million and contributing 70% of the commercial fishing income in this state. Processing waste can reach 75-80% of […]

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Food science

Nutrient bioavailability–phytonutrients and beyond

The metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a major public health problem in the United States. The MetS is characterized by the concurrent presence of obesity, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, and hypertension, and other associated metabolic abnormalities. Finding economical and effective ways to prevent and reverse the MetS is extremely important for public health and the […]

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