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UK ponders folic acid options

The UK government could consider different options before implementing the Food Standards Agency’s advice to make the addition of folic acid to bread mandatory, says the Institute of Food Research....

Chr. Hansen highlights science behind probiotics

Chr. Hansen is remarketing its probiotics to underline their scientific backing as the industry reels from EFSA’s mass rejection of probiotic dossiers.

Special edition: Healthy chocolate

Markets: functional chocolate finding its feet

In the first of a four-part special series, NutraIngredients.com dips its investigative strawberry into the world of healthy chocolate and finds a relatively embryonic sector still finding its way but...

No evidence that probiotics treats bacterial vaginosis: Study

There is not enough evidence to support the claim that probiotics can remedy or prevent bacterial vaginosis (BV), according to a new study conducted jointly by scientists in the United...

New dairy partnership improves dairy product safety and shelf-life

Improved safety standards and longer shelf life are claimed to stem from a new marketing collaboration between Danisco and DuPont Qualicon. The venture matches Danisco’s patented protective cultures with DuPont’s...

Olive oil component could avert Alzheimer’s

A compound in extra virgin olive oil could deter proteins from disrupting nerve cell function that causes the debilitating effects of Alzheimer's disease.

Heart health claims grow in uncertain times

Heart health claims are becoming an increasingly common sight in food stores but Leatherhead Food Research says future success is not guaranteed.

Med diet cuts breast cancer risk in older women, says study

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet along with avoidance of Western-type foods may contribute to a reduction in postmenopausal breast cancer risk, claims new French study.

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Branded Corn Flakes are great for branding

Will we all be waking up bleary-eyed to bowls of tattooed Corn Flakes any time soon? Probably not, but by suggesting that we could, Kellogg’s has hit on a winning...

Chitosan marine compound claimed to remedy obesity

A compound derived from the shells of crabs, shrimps and other sea crustaceans could tackle obesity, according to recent research results presented by the Irish government-funded Marine Functional Foods Research...

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UK professor bags high-dose food supplements

High-dose vitamin and mineral supplements taken to protect against cancer “may be doing more harm than good,” reports UK newspaper the Daily Mail.

Health claim rules gag freedom of speech, says EU lobby group

Pan-European better nutrition advocate, the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), says the European Union health claims system is going way beyond its remit to protect consumer interests and curtailing freedom...

Scientists attack proposed EU omega-3 DRVs

An international consortium of concerned lipid scientists says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-recommended omega-3 dietary reference values (DRVs) are seriously flawed and should be amended before they see the...

Immune boosting product now low cost, says developer

A new process for the production of the human milk oligosaccharide Fucosyllactose that allows for large-scale production of the saccharide means the immune boosting food ingredient is now low cost,...

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Vitamin D researchers win DSM nutrition prize

Professors Michael Holick of Boston University and Heike A. Bischoff-Ferrari of the University of Zurich have won this year’s DSM Nutrition Award for their contributions vitamin D research.

Antioxidant OPCs may boost memory: Animal study

Supplements of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) improved memory in animals with age-related cognitive decline, says a new study from Japan and Korea.

Omega-3 may protect healthy men from chest pains

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids EPA, DPA, and DHA may protect men against acute coronary syndrome (ACS), says a new study.

CoQ10 may protect against obesity problems: Study

Supplements of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may protect or retard the development of fatty liver related to obesity, suggest findings from an animal study.

July 2010: When EU health claim compliance reaches store shelves

The European Commission has set itself the goal of processing the 94 generic article 13.1 health claim opinions issued by EFSA recently by the end of January, meaning claim rulings...

Omega-3 arguments continue after krill court case

Arguments about the nutritive value of Aker BioMarine’s omega-3 based dietary supplement Superba Krill are continuing even after it won a court case in Oslo, Norway against cod liver oil...

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Czech authorities ban Chinese supplement

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) has banned a food supplement called Sagirra originating from China for containing a dangerous substance.

Resistant starch and wheat bran may boost bowel habits

Increased intakes of resistant starch and wheat bran may improve regular bowel habits in healthy adults, say findings from a new study funded by Tate & Lyle.

New organic-certified fucoidan for functional beverages

The first organic-certified fucoidan ingredient developed for the functional beverage market will be launched as Fucorich at Supply Side West next month, according to the Australian biotechnology company Marinova.

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Thirty years of infant formula regulations

The pro-breast milk lobby is highlighting the fact it is 30 years since WHO and UNICEF-backed regulations came into play to control the content and marketing of baby milk formulas.

Green tea extracts may slow smokers’ lung damage

Daily consumption of a Chinese green tea extract may slow the damage of cigarette smoke in the lungs, according to results from a rat study from Hong Kong.

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