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Questions unanswered on plant foods?

With fruit, vegetables, grains and other plant foods gaining more and more credit for their role in health, the British Nutrition Foundation's Task Force on...

Which drink is 98% fat free?

The UK Dairy Council is launching a campaign to debunk some of the myths about milk, such as the belief that it has a high...

Common plant contains anti-herpes agent

An extract from the common herb known as 'self-heal' may prove to be a powerful new herpes treatment, researchers reported at the annual American Society...

Strong support for omega-3 intake

Eating oily fish like salmon, tuna or bluefish at least twice a week can prevent sudden cardiac death because fatty acids in the fish block...

Ironing out fatigue in young women

Unexplained tiredness is common in young women, say doctors. Research in this week's British Medical Journal suggests that non-anaemic women with fatigue may benefit from...

Chitosan to cheat on dieting?

Chitosan, the substance derived from crustacean shells, may decrease mild to moderate cholesterol levels in women, suggest Japanese researchers. In a study on 90 female...

Further evidence for probiotic approach to IBD

A non-pathogenic strain of E. coli probiotic oral suspension appeared to relieve patients of the major clinical symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in a...

Infant weight gain may be clue to adult obesity

Infants who gain weight quickly in the first few months after birth may be more likely to be obese as young adults, suggests new evidence....

Tea beats bad breath

Compounds found in tea can stop the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Polyphenols,...

Atkin's gains upper hand in 'controlled' trial

Research deemed to be the first 'controlled' trial of the Atkins Diet finds it may be as safe and effective as conventional diets. The Atkins...

Beta-carotene may pose health risk for smokers

Taking supplements of the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene may increase the risk of colorectal cancer in smokers and drinkers, according to new research published this...

Food intolerance at the FSA

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a new section on its website providing information on food intolerance, including food allergy. The move seems...

Lycopene interaction with smoking under spotlight

Researchers are recruiting cigarette smokers for a pilot study to evaluate the role of tomato lycopene in reducing oxidative stress, a factor leading to lung...

Selenium may prevent oesophageal cancer

Selenium may inhibit progression toward oesophageal cancer among people with the precancerous condition Barrett's oesophagus, according to a new study. Researchers in the US found...

Probiotic therapy appears to treat gastrointestinal disease

A highly concentrated probiotic preparation may be an effective treatment for ulcerative colitis patients who fail to respond to conventional medicine, reported researchers in the...

Broccoli acts as anti-cancer agent

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, claim they have found that a chemical produced when digesting such greens as broccoli and kale can stifle...

Creatine serum supplements ineffective

Creatine serum supplements seem to have no effect on muscle ATP or creatine stores, despite claims by one US manufacturer, say researchers. At a recent...

Probi-ng deep into probiotics

Research-based Probi, headquartered in Lund in Sweden, has signed a licence agreement with the French dairy giant Danone, regarding the bacteria lactobacillusLp 299 v ....

No risk from mercury in seafood diet - study

Food safety agencies in a number of countries, including the UK and the US, have frequently warned pregnant mothers about eating certain types of seafood...

What does the future hold for health and nutrition?

A new multi-stakeholder project on the future of the nutrition and health trend in Europe is to be launched by two Belgium-based consultancy firms. The...

FDF tackles salt issue

In response to increasing demands from the consumer and health bodies to reduce salt consumption in the diet, the UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF),...

Calories: foe or friend?

A high calorie diet seems to increase the chances of surviving bowel cancer for longer, although it may also be the cause of it in...

FSA commissions caffeine investigation

The UK Food Standards Agency has commissioned a study of the possible association between maternal caffeine consumption and low birthweight by the Universities of Leicester...

Loders Croklaan introduces new CLA oil to fight flu

Dutch company Loders Croklaan Lipid Nutrition yesterday presented the findings of new research to support the immune boosting function of its conjugated linoleic acid product...

New role for selenium

Increasing levels of selenium in the diet could protect the skin against damage caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun, suggests new research from Edinburgh...

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