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Breast milk sugar may give babies defence against lethal infection : Study

A naturally-occurring sugar found in breast milk may provide protection against life threatening bacterium by acting as a food source for 'friendly bacteria' in a baby's intestine, a study by Imperial College has concluded. 

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Fermented soymilk isoflavones could cut UV damage

Consuming fermented soymilk products may help protect against ultraviolet radiation damage by increasing the number of isoflavone compounds in the body, according to a study on mice.

Botanical NPD surge: Sage extract reminds of Nexira's plans for health sector

French ingredient firm Nexira's launch of a sage extract for memory health is its latest NPD move to diversify from its roots in acacia gum towards a straight split between its food and health divisions. 

Special edition: Algae

Algal omega-3s sustainability message should be additive, not predatory, GOED director says

Algal omega-3s are a growing sector of the market, but companies need to be careful of how they sell the benefits of that source, said one expert.

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US firm looks to bring tocotrienol-rich seed extract to EU

A US firm is seeking EU novel food approval for a vitamin E-rich extract from annatto seeds, something it says will not be jeopardised by a recent unflattering safety opinion on colouring from the plant. 

Mediterranean diet protects health even for those with cardiovascular disease

Italian scientists have linked the Mediterranean diet with lower mortality rates for sufferers of cardiovascular disease, but they also warn that the diet’s benefits are reaching fewer people as consumers are priced out of eating healthily, especially since the financial crisis of 2007. 

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