News Bites: An Appetite-Suppressing Chemical and the New Donut-Cannoli Hybrid

News Bites: An Appetite-Suppressing Chemical and the New Donut-Cannoli Hybrid
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News Bites: An Appetite-Suppressing Chemical and the New Donut-Cannoli Hybrid

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Appetite-Suppressing Diet Pill

Scientists have discovered that the chemical acetate is released when plants are digested in the colon. The acetate sets off a chemical reaction to inform the brain that the body has had enough food. Researchers are hoping that studying acetate further will help them to combat obesity and may lead to the development of a new diet pill.

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The Donnoli

A Philadelphia bakery has joined the ranks of epic dessert mashups. Frangelli's Bakery has invented a mouthwatering donut and cannoli hybrid. The bakery has been using the same donut dough recipe since 1947, so we'll trust that this pastry is glorious.

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Cost Affects Perception of Food

A new study has found that the price of food affects its taste. The researchers found that while price didn't affect how much consumers ate, it did hugely impact the appreciation of the food and the experience of eating it. Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a professor at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell explains, "Simply cutting the price of food at a restaurant dramatically affects how customers evaluate and appreciate the food."

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Half-Priced Frappuccinos

Starting May 1, Starbucks will offer half-priced Frappuccinos at participating locations from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This tasty deal will last until May 10.

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Mites and Bees

Shortages of honeybees are unfortunately nothing new, but now a new parasite is threatening to further harm the bee population. Jeff Pettis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory told NPR that the varroa mite has been infecting bees with viruses and compromising their immune systems. The environmental impact of a bee decimation could harm produce like apricots, apples, blueberries and peaches, which all depend on bees for pollination.

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Hungry for More News Bites?

Yesterday, News Bites explored the rising prices of bacon and Starbucks' plans to add tea to its menu.

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A new study has found a natural chemical that causes the body to feel full. Scientists are hoping to isolate the chemical to fight obesity in the form of a diet pill.

In other news:

  • Part donut, part cannoli—this latest hybrid is sure to excite pastry lovers.
  • According to new research, the cost of food can affect its taste.
  • Starbucks will sell one of its popular drinks at half price.
  • A parasite is endangering bees, which could harm certain produce.

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