Eyespy: January 2014
Bringing you the quirkiest medical stories from around the world
Berry Nice—Move over blueberries—the buffaloberry is being hailed as the world’s next “superfruit.” The small red berry is native to North America and has a relatively sour taste. Research published in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science (doi:10.4141/cjps2013-087) has found that the fruit is high in dietary fibre and antioxidants such as lycopene and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The buffaloberry was tested alongside the chokecherry and sea buckthorn fruit and was found to contain high total titratable acidity (2.38%; P<0.001), which is indicative of its high ascorbic acid content (209 mg/100 g fruit, fresh weight basis). The mean that the ascorbic acid concentration is considerably higher than that of the blueberry and cranberry (7-20 and 9 mg/100 g respectively) and four times higher than that reported for oranges.
Heartwarming—Research published in Psychological Science (doi:10.1177/0956797613492773) indicates that you could literally text your way to a warmer winter. Scientists asked 20 participants