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Gates Foundation backs African infant microbiota project

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has signed a $100,000 (€89,485) cheque for academics from the University College Cork in Ireland to study the microbiota of infants in developing countries.

'This study will bring together the entire relationship between bacterial viruses and how they can alter the numbers of the good and bad bacteria in the infant gut in a way that has not been assessed before.' iStock.com / leoniepow
Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

Review: B vitamins, the brain (& deficiencies)

B vitamins play a significant role in cognitive performance and neurological functioning but deficiencies are common in too many populations, a Vitafoods Europe congress has been told.

Guest article

European infant formula makers: We don't need more regulation

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) and respected British journal The Lancet recently calling for tighter regulation and enforcement to better control infant formulae marketing, Aurélie Perrichet executive director of sector group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) says enough is enough, at least here in Europe....

Consumers crazy about coconut, but are they nuts?

Whilst sales data from market intelligence provider IRI shows that UK consumers can’t get enough of coconut products, a leading dietician brands coconut “an expensive con with no authorised health claims”.

Special edition: Omega-3s

Carrot vs. stick: What’s the key to securing a sustainable omega-3 supply?

With around 20-25% of global wild caught fish used for fish meal and fish oil production, environmental certification schemes like Friend of the Sea (FoS) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have been putting increasing pressure on the omega-3 sector to improve stock management. Yet with the majority of omega-3...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects Tate & Lyle polydextrose-defecation claim

The link between polydextrose consumption and maintenance or normal defecation is ‘weak’, EFSA has found in rejecting an article 13.5 submission from agrifood sugar giant Tate & Lyle.

Flaxseed supplementation may aid metabolic syndrome management, study finds

Researchers in Iran found that 30-g brown milled flaxseed daily helped study participants lower their blood markers of metabolic syndrome more than lifestyle changes did alone.

Six years on: European patent opens door for OmniActive’s Lutemax 2020

OmniActive Health Technologies has been granted a European patent for its meso-zeaxanthin-containing Lutemax 2020 carotenoid complex, a coup it hopes will bolster growth in Europe for the eye health ingredient. 

Review supports safety of green tea extracts

A recent systematic review of clinical trials using green tea extract underscores the ingredient’s overall safety, despite some recent associations with liver damage.

Make potassium labelling mandatory for processed food: UK petition

As new nutrition guidelines make labelling potassium on packaged foods mandatory in the US, a UK petition is urging the government to do the same but for different reasons - it would end the processed food "nightmare" for sufferers of Chronic Kidney Disease for whom potassium can mean heart failure and death,...

Beef & chicken protein match whey for muscle mass and strength

Protein from beef and chicken sources are equally as effective as whey protein to stimulate improvements in body composition and resistance training outcomes, says a new study.

Marketing turns off TV & moves massively online: ASA

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has highlighted the mega-trend platform shift in marketing activity toward online with the watchdog investigating 8633 cases on the web, compared to 3920 on television in 2015.