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DNA breakthrough promises crispier and tastier apples

Crucial new genetic data on apples could help revolutionise the produce industry by unlocking the secrets of taste, health and colour.

Fruit and veg may cut adult asthma risk

A diet rich in vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots and leafy vegetables, could cut the risk of adult asthma by about 20 per cent, says new research.

Soy products pose no threat for infants, experts say

Scientific evidence says that consumption of soy from the diet or as supplements should not cause alarm despite negative reports about risks, a view that has been supported by a...

More evidence that whole grains could protect against colon cancer

Antioxidants in wheat, allied with dietary fibre, are the key to its anti-colon cancer properties, say researchers.

Business, not science, driving infant milk formulations say doctors

The standards for infant formulations, a topic of continued discussion with the Codex Committee, is being driven by commercial interests and not science say two paediatricians, claims that have been...

Folic acid fortification linked to lower stroke death rates

The number of deaths from stroke in North America has dropped by five per cent since the introduction of folic acid fortification, while figures in the non-fortifying UK have not...

Tocotrienols may stop the spread of cancer cells

Tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E, could stop the spread of cancer cells, adding to previous studies and drawing attention to this least studied form of the vitamin.

Pepper extract could stop prostate cancer growth

Capsaicin, the compound that gives red pepper its heat, could stop the spread of prostate cancer, claims a new study.

Fruit and vegetable waste rich with extractable antioxidants

Fruit and vegetables waste products offer a cheap and practical source of potent antioxidants that could be used as functional ingredients, says a Spanish-German study.

Pigs give more support for fruit and veg rich diet

An intake of antioxidants from different fruit could be more efficient at protecting against the effects of oxidative stress than single fruits, says new research using pigs.

Potential probiotics isolated from dairy sources

Greek researchers have isolated three strains of bacteria from dairy sources that have desirable probiotic properties and could be applied in the food industry.

B-vitamins 'not beneficial' to high-risk heart patients

Supplements of B-vitamins lowered homocysteine levels but did not reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack or stroke for high-risk patients, report two new studies - findings that cannot...

Calcium supplements could reduce severe pregnancy complications

Daily supplements of calcium might reduce serious complications during pregnancy by 25 per cent, reports a multi-centred WHO study.

Ginger may prevent diabetic kidney damage - animal study

Ginger could help protect against kidney damage, a condition said to threaten one in three diabetics, if the results of an animal study published in Food Chemistry are also seen...

Red cabbage could cut Alzehimer's risk

In a new study red cabbage was seen to reduce the build-up of certain plaques in the brain that could cause Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia that...

Vitamin E - the need for perspective

Conflicting study results concerning the benefits and safety of vitamin E are causing confusion amongst consumers, even though they are open to debate from fellow scientists and members of the...

Cholesterol-lowering foods - the sum greater than the parts?

A combination of foods like soy, plant sterols, almonds and viscous fibres, could reduce LDL-cholesterol levels by 20 per cent, and work better together than independently, says a new study.

More support that dairy could reduce colorectal cancer risk

A diet rich in dairy products could cut the risk of colorectal cancer by half, an effect that is not due solely to calcium, reports a Swedish study.

Vitamin C could reduce inflammation

A diet rich in sources of vitamin C could cut the level of markers for inflammation by 45 per cent, a result that needs verifying by supplementation studies, says a...

New study investigates fatty acids and severe behavioral disorders

A new pilot study gets underway today to assess the effect of fish oil supplements in children at a residential school who have experienced severe emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.

The vitamin E debate rumbles on

Gamma-tocopherol, the major form of vitamin E consumed in the American diet, and becoming more popular in dietary supplements, produces metabolites that are toxic to cells, claims a new study.

Med diet better than supplements for CVD

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet is better than taking individual supplements for cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the current science, says a new review from Canada.

Pomegranate peel extract has 'more potential' as supplement

Pomegranate peel yields double the amount of antioxidants than the pulp, and has 'more potential as a health supplement' claim Chinese researchers.

Folic acid may reduce severity of birth defects

Folic acid from fortification and supplements may reduce the severity of birth defects, as well as preventing the rate of defects, leading experts to again call for increasing fortification levels.

Rice bran supplements could lower blood pressure

Including a rice bran fraction in dietary supplements or functional foods could lower blood pressure, says Japanese researchers who have developed a new method of rice bran extraction.

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