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So say scientists who argue plant-based meat alternatives simply can’t measure up in terms of nutritional components.
Duke University researchers compared 36 food samples — 18 widely known plant-based meat alternatives to 18 grass-fed ground beef options from an Idaho ranch. For each sample, the number of metabolites, small molecules that make up the nutrients in foods, were measured.
The study, published in the Scientific Reports journal, found the beef contained 22 metabolites that were not found in the plant-based substitutes. The plant-based meat, meanwhile, contained 31 metabolites that were not found in the meat. Researchers found the largest disparities were in vitamins, amino acids and types of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids found in both food products among other variables.
Alternative meat, which has grown in popularity in the past few years, mimics the look, taste and texture of meat. Additionally, some alternative products contain vitamins such as B12 to create a similar nutritional profile to genuine meat.
However, the study found that several metabolites proven to be vital to human health were discovered either exclusively or in greater amounts of beef, researchers said.
“These nutrients are important for our brain and other organs including our muscles,” postdoctoral researcher at the Duke Molecular Physiology, Stephan van Vliet, said in a statement. “But some people on vegan diets (no animal products), can live healthy lives — that’s very clear.”
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The CST-100 Starliner capsule has passed its flight readiness review (FRR) for the upcoming liftoff, which will kick off the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) mission to the station, NASA and Boeing representatives announced today (July 22). Read the full story here.
Over the weekend, engineers mated the Starliner spacecraft to its Atlas V rocket, marking a key milestone ahead of the mission’s launch next week. See the photos here.
NASA hands SpaceX contract for first mission to Jupiter's moon Europa – Fox Business
NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Southern California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has awarded SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) with the launch services contract for the Earth’s first mission to conduct detailed investigations of Europa.
The “Europa Clipper” mission is set for October 2024 and NASA said in a Friday release that the spacecraft will launch on a Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The contract award is approximately $178 million dollars.
The world – discovered first by famed astronomer Galileo Galilei – shows strong evidence for an ocean of salty water beneath the planet’s crust, thought to contain twice as much water as Earth’s oceans combined.
NASA believes that the moon’s ice shell is around 10 to 15 miles thick and its internal ocean is estimated to be around 40 to 100 miles deep.
The mission will send Europa Clipper to orbit around Jupiter to perform close flybys of Europa on an elliptical path. The orbiter’s suite of science instruments will help to measure the ocean’s depth and salinity and the thickness of its icy shell, map surface geology and composition, search for plumes of water vapor that could be emitted from Europa’s crust and subsurface lakes and produce high-resolution images of its surface.
JPL notes that understanding Europa habitability will help astrobiologists to better understand how life developed on Earth approximately 382 million miles away, in addition to efforts to find life beyond the blue marble.
While JPL leads the development of the Europa Clipper mission in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, NASA’s Kennedy-based Launch Services Program will manage the Europa Clipper launch service.
Additionally, the Planetary Missions Program Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will orchestrate program management of the Europa Clipper mission.
Buck Moon rises over Oshawa harbour – insauga.com
July’s orange- or yellow-tinted full moon – known as a Buck Moon – arrived at 10:36 p.m. Friday night.
It’s called the Buck Moon because the antlers of male deer are in full-growth mode at this time.
Indigenous people of Canada have several other names for the phenomenon, including Berry Moon (Anishinabe), Feather Moulting Moon (Cree), Salmon Moon, (Tlingit) and Raspberry Moon (Algonquin, Ojibwe).
The full moon can be viewed in all its glory until tomorrow night.
Photo: Colin Ryan
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