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High doses of vitamins are dangerous, UK report

The UK is set to radically lower the levels of vitamins currently available in supplements and will probably ban the mineral chromium picolinate from shelves,...

Flat sales at Chr. Hansen

Danish probiotics maker Chr. Hansen reported flat sales in its food ingredients division for the first six months of the year ended 28 February. The...

European experts to look at nutrigenomics

Scientists are to gather at an upcoming conference in the Netherlands to discuss nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology. The international conference, the second in the...

Herbal teas causing tooth erosion

Herbal teas may not be such a healthy alternative after all. Researchers at the University of Bristol Dental School in the UK reveal the potential...

Multivits combat birth defects for diabetic mothers

Taking multivitamins around the time of conception may reduce the risk of birth defects in children born to diabetic mothers, according to a study in...

Keeping tabs on cyclamate levels

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is advising parents to give young children no more than three beakers (about 180ml each) a day of dilutable soft...

Varying strengths for herbal antioxidants

Norwegian and Japanese scientists have confirmed several culinary and medicinal herbs as important sources of dietary antioxidants. But they say their results demonstrate that there...

Infant formulas not all equal

Infants fed different infant formulas can develop significantly different levels of bone mineral content and bone mineral density - key indicators of bone strength -...

Mixed fat diet more nutritious

People eating a mixed diet of lower-fat and high-fat foods consume more vitamins and minerals than those who stick to only lower-fat foods or high-fat...

PCB contamination reduces boy births

New research suggests that women exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls contamination, usually found in fish, are less likely to give birth to boys. The results, which...

The fibre puzzle

Many of the health benefits linked with foods have yet to be fully proven, and following on from last week's report highlighting the conflicting evidence...

Soy extract and prostate cancer link

A dietary supplement containing the soy extract genistein reduced prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels by as much as 61 per cent in a group of prostate...

Iron supplementation in developing world infants

A combination of daily followed by weekly iron supplementation appears to be the answer for treating severe anaemia in babies in the developing world, according...

Fatty acids in formula milk may prevent heart disease later

Adding long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids to infant formula milk is associated with lower blood pressure later in childhood, and may cut the risk of...

Soy formula needs to be reviewed, say UK scientists

The UK's independent scientific Committee on Toxicity (COT) is urging the government's health department, which has responsibility for infant health and feeding practices, to review...

Cutting salt in foods is easy, say researchers

Food manufacturers could reduce the salt content in bread by 25 per cent, without consumers noticing any difference in taste, according to researchers in Australia....

Calcium retention unaffected by high-protein diet

A high-protein diet containing mostly meat does not have adverse effects on women's ability to retain calcium, according to a study . About 200 million...

Fasting regularly may help prevent diabetes

A new mouse study suggests fasting every other day can help fend off diabetes and protect brain neurons as well as or better than either...

Sesame oil to lower blood pressure

Cooking with sesame oil in place of other edible oils appears to help reduce high blood pressure and lower the amount of medication needed to...

Poor nutrition associated with premature births

Even modest restrictions in maternal nutrition around the time of conception can lead to premature births and long-term adverse health effects for offspring, suggests new...

Weight directly linked to cancer deaths

Body weight is directly associated with mortality from cancer, according to a study carried out in the US. The researchers at the American Cancer Society...

Folic acid deficiency linked to child cancer

Further evidence of the harmful effects of folate deficiency during pregnancy are revealed as scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research report a possible link...

New B vitamin discovered in Japan

Japanese researchers have discovered a new vitamin that has an important role in immune response and fertility in mice. The chemical, pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), may...

Green tea may contain potent skin healing properties

Compounds in green tea may one day be able to treat common skin diseases and wounds, reports a researcher in the US. A team at...

Industry reacts to WHO report

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) released a controversial report on diet and its impact on disease in...

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