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Canadian marketing guru's research drills down to the very words that motivate consumers

Words are powerful, and finding out what words consumers use to describe natural and organic products is one of the insights provided by Canadian marketing guru Ryan Benn on Thursday.

Amaranth extract goes head to head with beet as nitrate source

Indian firm Arjuna Natural is launching its Oxystorm branded amaranth extract to the European sports nutrition market at Vitafoods, on the back of peer-reviewed clinical research and growing demand for...

Menace to society: Age-old herbal remedies don't guarantee safety

Popular herbal medicines that have been used for many years should not be considered safe as researchers highlight gaps in toxicity and carcinogenicity testing.

Leicester City’s secret weapon: Beetroot juice

English Premier League champions Leicester City have partially credited their remarkable title triumph to the restorative and performance enhancing properties of the humble beetroot.

Drinking cherry juice may lower high blood pressure: Study

Drinking cherry juice may be as effective as medication in reducing high blood pressure, researchers have discovered.

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Liquid form of Fibersol soluble fiber can help solve no-cal mouthfeel issues

Fibersol-2L, a liquid version of the Fibersol line of corn-based fiber ingredients, has been launched by the partnership of Matsutani and Archer Daniels Midland to help solve some of the...

HK scientists find probiotic mix's benefits in liver cancer treatment

Hong Kong researchers have developed a novel probiotic mixture that may have potential therapeutic effects on liver cancer.

Resveratrol’s blood pressure benefits may pass from mother to child

Hereditary hypertension may not pass the generations if the mother is given resveratrol supplements during pregnancy, suggests a new study with lab rats.

Consequences of a high-fat diet countered by grape polyphenols: Study

Consuming grapes can help offset some of the negative metabolic effects of consuming a high-fat, American-style diet, two studies have concluded. 

Irish authority backs mandatory flour fortification to fight neural tube defects

Mandatory flour fortification with folic acid would be more effective at reducing birth defects than supplementation or voluntary fortification alone, a report from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) weighing...

Novel bitter melon extract show metabolic and anti-obesity effects: Study

Oil extracts from the seeds of bitter melon (Momordica charantia) may help reduce body weight, suggests a new study from China.

UK obesity soars as government inaction 'disappoints' campaigners and industry

Levels of obesity in the UK have almost doubled since the early 1990s, with 58% of women and 65% of men overweight or obese. Obesity-related hospital admissions for children have...

Long-term multivitamin use linked to fewer heart problems: Harvard study

A daily multivitamin may protect men from cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in the long-term, says a new study.

3 years, 3 countries, 222 children: Big gut data tracks impact of hygiene on microbiome

Gut microbiome development in the early stages of life may explain the rise in autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis, a study reports.  

CVD prevention strategies should focus on eating more ‘good’ foods, not avoiding ‘bad’ foods

Greater consumption of foods found in the Mediterranean diet may be more important for prevention of heart disease and strokes than avoidance of ‘unhealthy’ processed foods, a new study finds. ...

Kids avoid sugary drinks when water and dairy are available: Study

Overweight children decreased their consumption of sugary drinks when additional water or milk was added to their diet, a study has discovered.

A decade on: Irish diet contains too much saturated fat, not enough fish oils

Saturated fat intake has increased in Irish adults and omega-3 fish oil intake has decreased in younger age groups, according to a 10-year comparative study.  

Eating black raspberries may decrease heart disease risk: Study

An extract found in black raspberries can significantly lower arterial stiffness, a key measure of cardiovascular disease, according to data from a Korean study.

Crowdsourcing control: Don’t make it a free for all, warn researchers

With momentum building for crowdsourcing and funding as a platform for nutrition research, scientists warn that greater control may be needed to safeguard the quality and validity of such studies. ...

The EFSA hackathon: Authority offers €20,000 for app ideas

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering €20,000 for an app idea it can use to provide “quick, user-friendly” mobile access to its work."

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Gut flora composition linked to health, diet, and lifestyle, pioneering population study reveals

In one of the first population-wide studies on gut flora variation, a distinct link between gut bacteria and health, diet, and lifestyle, has been established.

Plant-derived bacteria shows anti-obesity effects: RCT

Heat-killed Pediococcus pentosaceus LP28 derived from the longan fruit may help trim waist lines and reduce body fat, say results from a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study.

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Fish oil, cocoa & plant sterols: The winning combination against heart disease?

Combining fish oil, cocoa extract and plant sterols food supplements could offer an effective defence against heart disease, a new study suggests.  

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EFSA moves ‘flagship’ journal to Wiley as transparency drive continues

The EFSA Journal and its full archive dating back to 2003 has migrated to Wiley Online Library, as the EU’s central agency seeks greater “openness and engagement” for its primary research work....

New forum showcases the benefits of pulses

A networking forum to help manufacturers understand the nutritional value of pulses has been created by McGill University in Montreal, Canada.