Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: Handbook of Lipids in Human Function: Fatty Acids

Laurence Eyres, AOCS member and one of the leading fats and oils specialists in New Zealand, took the time to review the Academic Press and AOCS Press book, Handbook of Lipids in Human Function: Fatty Acids this spring and wrote the following review.

Handbook of Lipids in Human Function sets out to review the current research in human and animal models that define the roles and research status of fatty acids in major areas of health and disease. The areas covered include cardiovascular disease, failing cognition, mood, diabetes and obesity. The majority of the authors are relative newcomers from various institutions around the world. This makes for a new and fresh critical look at many of the issues that give rise to controversies such as saturated fat, trans fats omega-3/omega-6 ratio and antioxidants.

The preface by the editors in this substantial book by AOCS summarizes the perceived need for this type of comprehensive research orientated book. They comment that the time is right to stop and take a close look at the concept that non-essential nutrients such as cholesterol, saturated fats and glucose, which make up a major proportion of our daily energy intake, are primary risk factors of chronic degenerative disease. The book initially presents current research relating to health issues whose impact may be modified by adopting personalized diets and lifestyle. They emphasize focusing on the whole of diet and not individual nutrients.

The large volume of material is presented in 29 stimulating chapters and brings together the research and work of an international team of experts. The book is designed to bridge the gap between traditional approaches to dietary interventions and leading edge integrated health strategies.
New and interesting material around genetic influences are a theme of the book.

Addressing cardiovascular and neurological diseases as well as cancer, obesity, inflammatory conditions, and lung disease, the authors correlate lipid sources with specific conditions, providing important insights into preventative as well as response-based actions designed to positively impact health outcomes.

Cardiovascular disease
The Chapter by Poledne on the effects of individual saturated fatty acids is very timely and most interesting and matches the recent article in Inform magazine (March 2016) with its conclusions. He describes how the recent dietary guidelines arising out of 30 years of research still maintain advice on keeping saturates low. There is a good discussion about why epidemiological data are so inconsistent mainly due to dietary records being inaccurate. Chowdhury et. al. (famous now because of media misinterpretation) point out that not all saturated and omega-6 fats are bad. This chapter is one of the longest in the book at around 100 pages whilst the majority are between 20-30 pages.

Inflammation
Inflammation and its causes is a theme that runs through several chapters but one by Lawrence approaches the whole subject of dietary fats and inflammation. He points out that saturated fatty acids such as lauric, myristic and palmitic are directly related to pro-inflammatory status, whilst in contrast long chain PUFA contribute to an anti-inflammatory status.

Alzheimer’s disease
Researchers from Germany in an informative chapter review the history of this disease from its first description in 1907 by Alois Alzheimer to a deep understanding of the deterioration processes so distressing to a growing population around the world. Mett et al.  informative chapter discusses how glycerophospholipids and other lipids are related to the amyloid precursor protein (APP) which has been the subject of most investigation of this cruel disease.

Mood and cognition/brain function
This area is closely related to the section on cognitive decline and is all about the vital role of lipids in brain structure and function. There are 4 chapters on this related topic.

Diabetes and obesity
Type 2 diabetes is a fast growing problem for the western world. Several chapters are devoted to the causes and potential solutions.

Audience
The recommended readership for this book includes food scientists, lipidologists, health researcher’s clinicians and nutritionists. Industry will find it hard but not impossible to assimilate the messages contained in the various chapters, as they seem to have become accustomed to comprehensive summary reviews. Having said that it is best for anyone making key decisions to scrutinize the source literature instead of relying on writers who can introduce their own biases. The good thing about this handbook is that most of the work reported is brand-new and takes quite a different perspective than traditional and classical nutritional publications.

I really enjoyed working my way albeit slowly through the book; although it is so detailed, it will be some time before I have explored all the chapters. The wide multidisciplinary approach taken by all the authors in the book offer invaluable information about where to start reflecting on new knowledge in this field about lipids in human function.

It is mildly amusing that a number of the chapters regularly conclude with a sentence about “more research is needed to verify the hypotheses.” Nutrition is a constantly changing and evolving science.

Reference:
Chowdhury, Rajiv; et al. (March 18, 2014)."Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids with Coronary Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis". Ann Intern Med.

Publisher Academic Press/AOCS Press Release date December 2015
Editor(s): Watson, R.R.  &   De Meester ,F.D.
Print Book ISBN :9781630670368
EBook ISBN :9781630670351
Pages: 842 with 29 chapters and 67 contributors.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Free for a limited-time: Ten top-cited Lipids articles from 2015

Below is a listing of the top-cited Lipids articles published in 2015, based on data from Web of Science. These articles are available for free viewing until July 30, 2016. Thank you to the Lipids editorial team and congratulations to all the authors of these papers! Well done. 

Be sure to sign-up for Table of Contents Alerts to stay in-the-know regarding every issue of Lipids. 


Monday, June 6, 2016

June INFORM highlights: Authenticate beef in 10 minutes; Laundry strategies that use less detergent; Emulsions with a cleaner label

The June issue of Inform magazine includes a feature article about a rapid screening approach to authenticate beef in 10 minutes based on the triglyceride composition. Other articles include using ultra-high pressure homogenization to produce reduced-fat emulsions with a “cleaner” label; crystallizers that optimize trans-free margarine production; laundry strategies that use less detergent but clean better, save money, and lower environmental impacts; and a front-end loading approach to capital projects that reduces overall costs, achieves shorter delivery periods, and results in fewer changes. It also includes two handy tables summarizing the fatty acid composition, scientific name, and seed oil content of 25 alternative triglyceride feedstocks (plus the industrial applications of the major fatty acid categories). You can access each free issue of Inform as soon as it becomes available by clicking http://www.informmagazine-digital.org/informmagazine/current. Bookmark it now! 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Read top-cited JAOCS articles from 2015. Free for a limited time!

Below is a listing of top-cited articles published in 2015 based on data from Web of Science. This selection of articles, available for free viewing until July 8, 2016, includes several papers investigating the industrial applications of oils and some that explore new analytical procedures. Thanks goes to the JAOCS editorial team and congrats goes out to the authors of these papers! Well done. 


Friday, May 13, 2016

Coconut oil and more in May 2016 issue of Inform

The May 2016 issue of Inform includes referenced articles on the health benefits of coconut oil; the advantages and disadvantages of enzymatic aqueous oil extraction; and a comparison of the results from chemical analysis, thermal behavior, microstructure studies, and rheological characterization that provide new insights into the gelling behavior of natural waxes. In addition, it includes a listing of patents; a curated list of recommended journal articles; and an update from Leslie Kleiner about palm oil production in Brazil.

You can read each issue as it becomes available by clicking http://www.informmagazine-digital.org/informmagazine/current.

Monday, May 2, 2016

AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo Tuesday May 3, 2016


Please join us for a complimentary cup of coffee or hot tea in the Expo for a networking break from 9:40-10:20 am.

 Registration
  • 7:00 am-6:30 pm Hall A/B. 
AOCS Pavillion
(AOCS Information Services, Bookstore, Silent Auction, Computer Stations and Charging Station)
  • 9:30 am -6:30 pm Hall A/B.
The Expo
  • 9:30 am -6:30 pm Hall A/B.
Poster Viewing
  • 9:30 am -6:30 pm Hall A/B. Authors will be present 5:30-6:30 pm.
Expo Networking Reception
Develop important connections with other industry professionals from around the world in the Expo Hall. This reception is open to all Annual Meeting full-conference attendees and Tuesday-only registrants. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
  • 5:00 pm -6:30 pm Hall A/B.

AM Quick Links

Contact your bloggers at tips@aocs.org (or stop by AOCS Information Services in the Expo Hall) to share Annual Meeting news and photos and get a prize!



Sunday, May 1, 2016

AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo Monday May 2, 2016

Monday is a very busy day at the 2016 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo!

In addition to our Technical Sessions Monday also offers Hot Topic Symposia as well as Special Sessions.

Please join us for a complimentary cup of coffee or hot tea in the Expo for a networking break from 10:00-10:30 am.

 Registration
  • 7:00 am-5:00 pm Hall A/B. 
AOCS Pavillion
(AOCS Information Services, Bookstore, Silent Auction, Computer Stations and Charging Station)
  • 9:30 am -5:00 pm Hall A/B.
The Expo
  • 9:30 am -5:00 pm Hall A/B.
Poster Viewing
  • 9:30 am -5:00 pm Hall A/B.

AM Quick Links

Contact your bloggers at tips@aocs.org (or stop by AOCS Information Services in the Expo Hall) to share Annual Meeting news and photos and get a prize!