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5@5: A scientific study on gluten | It starts with soil

Each day at 5 p.m. we collect the five top food and supplement headlines of the day, making it easy for you to catch up on today's most important natural products industry news.

Science has finally begun taking gluten seriously

A group of prominent researchers at Harvard and Columbia are out with a new study concluding that eating gluten does not cause heart disease. That might seem like a given, but this study is significant because it's among the most meaningful research yet on the relationship between gluten consumption and health outcomes. Given the number of consumers who are now avoiding gluten, some medical professionals believe there could be some kind of undiscovered clinical entity that people who are intolerant to gluten (but don't have celiac) have that's worth studying. “I believe we need to research and study rigorously the things that patients are interested in,” said Benjamin Lebwohl, a gastroenterologist and the lead researcher on the study. "If the public is barking up the wrong tree, we shouldn’t ignore that." Read more at The Atlantic...


A climate change solution beneath our feet

Practices like reduced tillage and cover crops have long been used by small and organic farms to keep their soil healthy, but awareness is rising that healthy soil isn't just important for the food we grow—it's important for the Earth we live on. California is planning a $7.5 million program expected to start this summer that will provide state funding to help farmers and ranchers reduce their emissions through healthier soil. Read more at The Washington Post...


The first corporate executive ever to do time for food safety violations may walk free

In 2015, Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell was sentenced to 28 years in prison for knowingly allowing products that had tested positive for salmonella to be distributed. But Parnell has appealed, claiming that the jury was biased and that his sentence was miscalculated. Read more at New Food Economy...


Prepared food distribution service Power Supply rebrands as Territory and raises $6.7 million

As some meal kit delivery companies (read: Maple and SpoonRocket) shut down, this one is looking to expand into new markets with new capital from investors. The company differentiates by working with local chefs. Read more at Tech Crunch...


Whole Foods: Priced for a sale?

One analysts says the retailer's shares have topped out, unless it gets acquired. Read more at Barron's...

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