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A group of scientists recently unveiled a new type of food packaging that has the potential to prevent food and packaging waste. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about a new biodegradable, antibacterial food packaging made from a type of corn protein called zein, starch and other naturally-derived biopolymers. It also releas…
 
In this episode, Ayesha talks about a new study from UCSF that shows how physical activity can maintain brain health in older individuals. The research shows that exercise increases levels of synaptic proteins in the brain involved in maintaining and strengthening neuronal connections. The researchers also found these proteins could be protective e…
 
Veganuary, which combines the words “vegan” and “January,” is an annual challenge that encourages people to go vegan for the month. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about how the Veganuary movement got started in 2014 and how far it has come since then. She also discusses what some major food and beverage brands are doing fo…
 
In this episode, Ayesha discussed a new blood test developed by researchers at the University of Oxford that can detect cancers and even if they’ve metastasized. The test is based on measuring metabolites produced by tumor cells in blood samples using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The researchers found that the test could identify …
 
As 2021 came to an end, many of the lessons learned and habits formed will continue to shape the food and beverage industry in the coming year. In the first episode of the Xtalks Food podcast in 2022, Sydney discusses the top three food and beverage trends to look out for this year. She spoke to a variety of food and beverage experts, including Nil…
 
In the first episode of 2022, Ayesha provided updates on Omicron and COVID-19 vaccine boosters. The FDA expanded authorization of booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to youth between 12 and 15 years of age, a third dose for immunocompromised children between five and 11 years old and a shorter wait time to get a booster for individuals 12 an…
 
An Israeli food tech startup called B.T. Sweet recently unveiled a plant-based, one-to-one drop-in sugar substitute called Cambya. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about Cambya’s potential to replace traditional sugar in a multitude of baking applications as well as its advantaged over other sugar substitutes. She discusses …
 
In this episode, which is the last episode for the year (the team will be back in January!), Ayesha discusses the FDA approval of Biohaven’s intranasal spray Zavegepant indicated for the acute treatment of migraines in adults. The drug is similar to the company oral dose tablet (ODT) Nurtec but is the first CGRP receptor antagonist in a nasal spray…
 
Would you take an extra step to browse through an app to save money on groceries and help cut down on food waste? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about Flashfood, an app that allows users to shop for soon-to-expire groceries at a discount and divert food waste from landfills. The startup has partnered with around 1,200 groc…
 
In this episode, Ayesha discussed statements from Moderna and Pfizer regarding Omicron and the need for new variant-specific boosters. Moderna’s CEO sparked concerns when he said the current vaccines likely won’t be effective against Omicron, while Pfizer’s CEO said vaccines for COVID-19 will likely be needed for many years. The editorial team disc…
 
A new study from Stanford University suggests one greenhouse gas can be captured and transformed into feed for farmed fish. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about a recent study that unveils a cost-effective method of producing fishmeal from methane, a greenhouse gas emitted and flared from industrial sources across the US. …
 
In this episode, Ayesha discussed Omicron, the latest SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern. The editorial team talked about the emergence of variants amid low vaccine uptake in some parts of the world owing to vaccine inequities and vaccine hesitancy. Omicron’s transmissibility, severity and the effectiveness of the current vaccines against it remain unkn…
 
Each year, TIME Magazine releases a list of its Best 100 Inventions, and this year, several food companies made the list. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about three food companies that TIME deemed innovations in their sectors. The list includes a new pasta shape called Cascatelli, a packet that absorbs moisture and keeps d…
 
In this episode, Ayesha discussed the first FDA-approved virtual reality treatment for chronic lower back pain. The virtual reality system is called EaseVRx and is developed by virtual reality medtech company AppliedVR. The non-invasive treatment system is self-administered and is designed for at-home use. It consists of a virtual reality headset, …
 
Did you know that major food companies are using marketing tactics to obtain valuable consumer data? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney explains how major food and beverage brands, including Mondelez, PepsiCo and McDonald’s, are obtaining first-party data from consumers through personalized offerings or limited-edition products avai…
 
In this episode, the editorial team had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Brett Wingeier, CEO of neuromodulation MedTech company Magnus Medical about the company’s Magnus System for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). The neurostimulation device received breakthrough device designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) la…
 
Are food delivery robots just a trend, or do they have the potential to replace humans in the future? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney discusses the slow and steady rise of food delivery robots, and how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the demand for contactless delivery. She talks about their features, limitations and some of th…
 
In this episode, the editorial team discussed Pfizer’s new oral antiviral pill for the treatment of COVID-19. Pfizer released data from an interim analysis of a Phase III trial evaluating the drug, which shows that it can reduce the risk of hospitalizations by almost 90 percent. It also prevented COVID-19 related deaths in the study. The results we…
 
Will a low-carb, high-protein bagel find success among its unhealthier counterparts? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney introduces the team to the Better Bagel, the first product from California-based startup Better Brands. Its founder, Aimee Yang, believes daily bagel eaters shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste and nutrition, so she c…
 
In this episode, Ayesha discusses the FDA’s authorization of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children between five and 11 years of age. The authorization was based on trial data that showed the vaccine was safe, well-tolerated and induced robust immune responses among children in this age group; side effects were generally mild to moderate. …
 
Will camel milk ever become a popular alternative to cow’s milk? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about three dairy innovations that prove the animal-based dairy sector still has room for growth and improvement. The innovations range from protein-enriched cheese to alternative animal sources for milk, such as camels. The tea…
 
In this episode, the editorial team discusses the FDA approval of Cyltezo as the first interchangeable biosimilar for AbbVie’s Humira. The approval lends to the growing Humira biosimilars market, which will take off in 2023 with Boehringer Ingelheim’s Cyltezo and biosimilars from Amgen, Merck and Alvotech. AbbVie has been facing a lot of heat over …
 
Will pecan milk find success in the abundantly crowded alternative dairy market? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks why pecans are an optimal nut for plant-based milk since they are zero waste and don’t require straining. She introduces the team to a few pecan milk companies, including THIS PKN, Pecan Milk Co-op and MALK Organ…
 
In this episode, the editorial team talks about Moderna’s unwillingness to share its COVID-19 vaccine formula with other countries, namely low- and middle-income countries who continue to face issues accessing COVID-19 vaccines. The company said it would be more efficient for it to aim to produce more of the vaccines themselves to deliver to poorer…
 
Is there an easy, mess-free way for consumers to compost in their own homes? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about smart food waste composters, new devices that can transform food waste into compost in a matter of days. Whereas traditional composting can take up to months to break down food waste, require worms, emit odors …
 
In this episode, Ayesha talks about World Arthritis Day, which is on October 12 every year, with this year’s theme being raising awareness about early diagnosis. In addition to timely diagnosis, there may soon be a preventative vaccine for inflammatory arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers at the University of Toledo have d…
 
How has 7shifts, an employee scheduling and management software, revolutionized the restaurant industry? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney introduces the team to 7shifts, a program capable of scheduling foodservice employees, enabling managers to focus on their businesses. Hear clips from Sydney’s interview with Jordan Boesch, the …
 
In this episode, Ayesha talks about the CDC’s updated guidance according to which the COVID-19 vaccines can be administered at the same time as the flu shot and other vaccines. The new guidelines comes after the federal health agency says there is now substantial data around the COVID-19 vaccines to show that it is safe to be administered alongside…
 
Why throw away “wonky” fruits and vegetables if they could be put to better use? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney introduces Ayesha to Dash Water, a UK-based sparkling water brand that uses upcycled produce. As one of the only sparkling water brands that uses “wonky” produce, Dash Water has made a name for itself and is planning t…
 
In this episode, Ayesha talks about the FDA’s new interactive quiz as part of its Bad Ad outreach program that targets misleading pharmaceutical promotions. Although the Bad Ad program is primarily directed towards healthcare providers, the general public can also anonymously report dubious ads to the FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OP…
 
Why have food mashups garnered so much attention in 2021? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney explains why food mashups, ordinary foods that are combined to create unusual pairings, found success throughout the pandemic and gives some notable examples. The team discusses the role of marketing and exclusivity in advertising food mashu…
 
In this episode, Ayesha discusses the FDA’s pending decision on authorizing COVID-19 vaccine boosters for the general public. While an FDA vaccine advisory committee voted against boosters for individuals 16 years of age and older last week, the FDA is still working towards its final decision on the matter. At the same time, the advisory panel reco…
 
Can a new method of freezing food drastically cut down on energy and emissions? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about isochoric freezing, in which foods are stored in a firm, sealed container made of hard metal or plastic, filled with a liquid like water and placed in a freezer. The team discusses why this method is a more …
 
With RNA being the popular new “it” molecule in genetic research, Ayesha discusses Eli Lilly’s new partnership with biotech company ProQR to develop RNA-based therapeutics in this episode. The $1.5 billion deal will see Lilly leverage ProQR’s proprietary RNA editing platform to develop targets of interest. The team discusses how the success of the …
 
Can a prebiotic, better-for-you beverage replace traditional soda? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney introduces the team to Poppi, a prebiotic soda brand that recently received millions in funding from several celebrity investors. The team discusses the role celebrities and social media play when advertising beverages and wonders w…
 
Knee replacements may soon be getting smarter with the world’s first smart knee implant. In this episode, Ayesha discusses a new personalized knee implant with integrated smart technology that recently received FDA clearance. Using sensors and cloud connectivity, it can help patients and practitioners monitor post-operative progress in real-time. T…
 
Are WunderEggs the world’s first plant-based hard-boiled eggs? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney introduces the team to Crafty Counter, an Austin, Texas-based startup that created WunderEggs, a plant-based dupe that looks, cooks and tastes like a chicken egg. The team compares the analogue to the real thing in terms of price and nu…
 
If 20 percent of the 250 million antibiotic prescriptions written globally each year are unnecessary, are there more drug-resistant superbugs in our future? In this episode, Sarah talks about the importance of paying attention to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and how surveillance programs will be key to preventing the next pandemic. The team debat…
 
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way brands and retailers hand out food samples? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney discusses how food sampling has changed in retail settings and at home, with many companies shifting to e-commerce or online grocery orders as a means to send out samples. The team discusses whether in-store s…
 
In this episode, Sarah presents three ways that Alzheimer’s trials will change now that Biogen’s Aduhelm (aducanumab) has been approved by the FDA. The team discusses whether placebo-controlled trials are still ethical and how ongoing dementia studies can manage patient attrition. Can trials pivot to allow patients to aducanumab as a background the…
 
Are delivery kitchens the future money makers for the foodservice industry? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Mira discusses Wendy's new partnership with REEF to introduce 700 new delivery kitchens in the US, Canada and the UK. Hear more from the editorial team as they discuss the opportunities that delivery kitchens can provide restauran…
 
In this episode, Ayesha discussed the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised individuals. These individuals would primarily include organ transplant recipients, as well as patients taking immunosuppressive drugs for conditions like cancer and HIV/AIDS. …
 
Are short and sweet ingredient lists the latest health trend in snack foods? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney introduces the team to That’s It Nutrition, the maker of snacks with six ingredients or fewer. Hear more from Sydney’s interview with the company’s founder and CEO, Dr. Lior Lewensztain, where they discuss the brand’s phil…
 
In this episode, Ayesha discussed a presentation at this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2021 about the impacts of COVID-19 on cognitive health. The study, conducted at New York University Langone Health, found that in cognitively normal COVID-19 patients that experienced the neurological symptom of confusion due to t…
 
How is a global food player dealing with rising commodity costs? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney discusses how Unilever maintained positive growth in its second-quarter results despite rising costs. The team discusses whether they would be willing to pay more for the same amount of product in the grocery store and whether food co…
 
In this episode, Sarah talked about attending the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2021 virtually this year and discussed increasing diversity in Alzheimer’s clinical trials as an important topic that was part of the conference. Black and Hispanic people are more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s compared to Caucasians.…
 
Is cell-based fish the next big food innovation? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney discusses the technology behind cell-based fish, in which muscle cells from a fish are extracted and propagated in ideal conditions inside a bioreactor. The team discusses its potential to disrupt the fishing industry and wonders whether there is a l…
 
In this episode, Ayesha discusses a set of recommendations for use of the new FDA-approved Alzheimer’s treatment Aduhelm (aducanumab) published by an expert panel, which was shared at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2021 this week. Ayesha and the team talked about the controversial approval of the drug, with lingering qu…
 
How much choice do consumers actually have at the grocery store? In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney discusses food monopolies, a few big food brands that control the majority market share of almost 80 percent of dozens of grocery items. The team discusses the implications of food monopolies on consumers, small producers and the envi…
 
In this episode, Ayesha talks about the misleading headlines that ensued after WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan made comments in a press briefing about mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines and how there is currently no data to support additional doses and boosters at this time. News agencies like Reuters were at the helm of the misleadin…
 
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