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Gut bacteria ‘shift’ from fibre could aid weight loss

Dietary fibre can cause a shift in the gut toward beneficial bacteria may have the potential to assist in weight loss, while also reducing the risk of colon cancer, type...

Vitamin D supplements should be taken with a meal to boost absorption: Study

Vitamin D supplements should be recommended to be taken with a meal containing fat to optimize the absorption of the nutrient, says a new study from Tufts University and supported...

Future foods could mimic exercise benefits, claim Nestlé scientists

Future food and nutritional products could use the enzyme AMPK to mimic the effects of exercise on metabolism, Nestlé researchers have claimed.

Meta-analysis backs lactitol sweetener for constipation relief

Supplementation with the bulk sweetener ingredient lactitol could be of benefit for those with adult constipation, according to data from a new meta-analysis.

Vitamin E tocotrienols show bone health benefits: Rat data

Vitamin E tocotrienols from annatto may improve bone shape in males, according to a study using testosterone-deficient male rats.

Healthy planet, healthy people: Balancing carbon footprint and optimal nutrition

Plant-derived foods have been suggested as preferable to those of animal origin from an environmental perspective as well as for health – but nutrient density must be taken into account,...

Genetically backed personal nutrition improves diet outcomes: RCT data

Personalised dietary advice based on a person's genetic makeup improves eating habits compared to current ‘one-size-fits-all’ dietary recommendations, say researchers.

Forget calorie counting and start eating healthily, say UK healthcare leaders

Following a Mediterranean style-diet may be better at cutting obesity rates than following diets that involve continually counting calories, say researchers in the UK.

Why fish oil fails: Omega-3 review retracted after suspicions raised about author

A peer-reviewed journal has pulled a panning review of omega-3 benefits as concerns about its author's conflicts of interest and credentials were flagged.

"When we put all this data together, there isn't a country that doesn't experience significant malnutrition"

Malnutrition costs 11% of world's GDP: Global Nutrition Report

Malnutrition is costing the global economy $3.5 trillion (€2.8trn) a year in both the developing and developed worlds, the biggest ever global survey of nutrition has concluded.

Vitamin E may boost IQ for low birth weight infants, says study

Long term supplementation of extremely low birth weight infants with vitamin E may improve mental development, according to a new study from Japan.

Manufacturers urged to develop ‘tasty’ protein-enriched foods for the elderly

Researchers have urged food producers to develop good tasting protein-rich products that are based on foods that the elderly already regularly consume.

PUFAs may boost muscle strength in older people, but relationship is complex, says new study

Increased levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may be associated with bigger muscles and greater knee extension strength in older people, says a new study.

Popular diet plans lack evidence for long-term benefits

Popular commercial diets can aid weight loss in the short term, but the long-term impacts on weight maintenance and heart health remain ‘unclear’, say researchers.

Immunoglobulin from cow's milk may protect against RSV in infants: Study

The inclusion of intact bovine immunoglobulin G (bIgG) in milk-based infant formula could provide protection against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Dutch researchers claim.

Tainted science? Microbiome studies may be ‘flawed’ by contamination

Researchers may be incorrectly linking certain microbes to the microbiota and disease states because of laboratory contamination, a new study has warned.

Folic acid & vitamin B12 may not improve cognitive performance, says 2-year study

Vitamin B9 (folic acid) and vitamin B12 (cobalamin) do not benefit thinking and memory in elderly people despite lowering levels of an Alzheimer's-linked protein, according to the largest study of its kind....

Holding up RCTs as 'gold standard' of research is a false hope and conceals statistical pitfalls, experts say

Randomized, placebo-controlled trials are a straitjacket for nutritional science, making FTC’s hardening stance an increasing burden on industry, experts said at the recent CRN conference. The approach poses ethical quandaries...

Green tea may lower blood pressure - but only for non-smokers

Green tea, but not black tea, may lower blood pressure, but this effect is cancelled out by smoking, according to a five-year study in China.

Olympic Seafood set for krill oil research collaboration

Norwegian firm Olympic Seafood AS has entered in to a research collaboration with two universities to use novel ‘omics’ technologies to investigate the potential health benefits of krill oil supplements.

Optimal selenium status linked to better mood for young adults: Study

Maintaining optimal levels of selenium may improve mood and be associated with lower risk of depressive symptoms for young adults, says a new study from New Zealand.

Increased protein intake could boost metabolism and lean muscle mass

Consumption of a diet rich in protein could boost metabolism over the short term, and increase lean muscle mass by up to 45%, suggest researchers.

Mediterranean diet has ‘lasting’ health benefits, say researchers

The health benefits of switching to a Mediterranean style diet and upping the amount of time spent exercising for a period of just eight weeks can still be seen a...

Low calorie whey-guar mix may help reduce blood sugar: Study

A low-calorie drink of whey and guar before breakfast could lower blood glucose levels for pre-diabetics and type 2 diabetics, without the calorie burden of a high dose of protein,...

Calcium fructoborate may boost effectiveness of glucosamine + chondroitin, says new study

Combining calcium fructoborate with glucosamine and chondroitin may boost measure of joint health by about 25% compared with glucosamine and chondroitin alone, says a new study from VDF Futureceuticals.