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Himalaya International invests in Indian functional foods

India’s burgeoning middle class is opening up opportunities for functional foods, with nut-based products eyed by Himachal based Himalaya International set to open a new functional food project.

Krill oil safe, well tolerated and effective, says study

Daily supplements of omega-3-rich krill oil is a safe and effective way of increasing levels of EPA and DHA, says a new study from Aker Biomarine.

Folic acid over-intake not an issue: Study

Less than five percent of Americans are exceeding safe limits of folic acid despite intakes from a multitude of sources, both enriched and natural, says a new study.

Special edition: Healthy chocolate

Regulation: the rules governing healthy chocolate

In the final part of our series on healthy chocolate, NutraIngredients scans the regulatory landscape to see how the movement towards healthy cocoa offerings is being affected by the rules...

Plant stanol and sterol claims now law in EU

Two of the three article 14 cholesterol-lowering health claim opinions relating to plant sterols and stanols have been written into the European Union legislature – along with 19 other claims.

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HFMA answers supplements doubting professor

The UK Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has responded to a professor who recently claimed, “many people think that they can reduce their cancer risk by taking supplements, but evidence...

Ocean Spray extends Pepsi partnership beyond cranberry

PepsiCo and Ocean Spray have added more single-serve juices and juice drinks to their three year-old sales and distribution agreement.

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GOED continues to push for higher omega-3 DRVs

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) continues to fight for higher EU omega-3 dietary reference values (DRVs) of 500mg per day or more.

Leading probiotics researcher slams vaginosis study

Probiotics pioneer, Professor Gregor Reid, has criticised a Cochrane review of science that questioned the ability of probiotic treatments to battle bacterial vaginosis (BV), for including combinations of strains that...

EFSA publishes probiotic guidance

Genetic typing, internationally recognised naming protocols and evidence of consistency in the final product have been highlighted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as critical factors for probiotic health...

Study fails to find omega 3 benefit for depression

New research, contrary to previous studies, shows augmenting antidepressant therapy with an omega-3 fatty acid supplement does not result in improvement in levels of depression in patients with coronary heart...

Special edition: Healthy chocolate

Supply: Sourcing heart healthy chocolate

In the third part of a special series on the health benefits of cocoa polyphenols, NutraIngredients looks at the sourcing and supply issues associated with ensuring antioxidant levels in chocolate.

Special edition: Healthy chocolate

Science: Getting to the heart of chocolate’s benefits

In the second part of our special series on the health benefits of cocoa polyphenols, NutraIngredients looks at the science behind the claims, and asks how much is too much

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...

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