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Bridging the brain-body gap: How the ‘thinking’ gut influences mental well-being

As knowledge of the gut and brain relationship develops, the use of probiotics and prebiotics could open up new ways to shape mood and well-being, according to a prominent nutrition...

Special edition: Gender-specific nutrition

Folic acid fortification: The current global state of play

To date 75 countries globally have implemented mandatory fortification programmes for folic acid with the aim of preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. Yet despite growing calls from NGOs, health...

Special edition: Gender-specific nutrition

Protein bars are from Mars, fat burners are from Venus: Gender-specific sports nutrition

As sports nutrition makes gains in the mainstream, the emergence of the fitness-minded female is driving manufacturers to reconsider the typically male-dominated image of the sector.

On your marks: EFSA takes second look at DuPont’s betaine novel application

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is looking again at a novel food application for sports nutrition ingredient betaine, six years after it initially said there was not enough data...

Trust in gut feeling to reduce cancer risk, study shows

Intestinal bacteria play a key role in causing and preventing obesity and neurodegeneration and a study has suggested they could also reduce cancer risk.

Maple syrup polyphenols may protect against neurodegenerative effects: Study

Polyphenols found in maple syrup exert a neuroprotective effect that could protect the structure and function of motor neurons, a study in worms has found.

No new legislation needed on ‘growing up milks’, says long-awaited Commission report

There is no need for new legislation specific to so-called ’growing up’ milks, the European Commission has said in a report rebuked by industry and NGOs alike.

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Berry drink shows skin benefits

A polyphenol-rich red and black currant berry drink has shown significant anti-wrinkle and skin smoothing benefits in a 12-week French study.

EU committee vote backs 4 caffeine claims

A member state committee has voted to back the European Commission’s decision to authorise four health claims on caffeine and ban a final fifth. 

Magnesium right on time as role in body rhythms is recognised

The amount of magnesium in the diet plays a central role in helping to adapt to the rhythms of night and day, researchers have discovered.

EFSA needs more botanical experts, plant pundits urge

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) 12-member novel food working group needs more botanical specialists, a stakeholder meeting has heard.  

Bet on black: Blackcurrant nutrient content trumps its varieties

Anthocyanin and flavonol content of the blackcurrant beats its red, green and white varieties as a wide nutrient range was found between each type in a Finnish study.

European Parliament votes to scrap nutrient profiles

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) voted today to scrap nutrient profiles, a result that leaves consumer rights groups, public health campaigners and some industry players sorely disappointed.

Mind the fibre gap: The case of the vanishing gut microbiome

Increasing dietary fibre intake may be the best way to regain the microbial biodiversity that has been impaired by the western diet, according to researchers.

Food Vision Asia: Be part of a unique EU delegation

Are you looking to explore the Asian market for new business opportunities? Food Vision Asia is looking for individuals who are interested in forming a delegation to represent Europe’s trade...

Berry polyphenols may benefit learning and memory, for mice at least

Polyphenols from berries may offer significant benefits for learning and memory associated with age-related cognitive decline, according to two new papers from France.

Low selenium levels increase prostate cancer risk: Study

Low selenium levels could lead to a higher risk of prostate cancer, a study has concluded.

Is cactus water worth the hype? Why tea company Steaz chose to use it for new infused drink

Cactus water is gaining traction in the plant-based water market, and US company Steaz has spotted an opportunity to blend cactus water with ready-to-drink tea in its new beverage line.

French find fault in 4 or 5-class nutrient profiling

The French food safety agency (ANSES) has concluded two nutrient profiling systems won’t provide people with easily understandable grading of food into four or five classes depending on their healthiness....

Low vitamin D levels associated with higher cancer risk, study warns

Lower levels of vitamin D have been linked with a higher risk of cancer, researchers have found.

Red wine may offer heart protection by altering gut microbiome: Study

A compound found in red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease by changing the gut microbiome, according to a study.

Chr Hansen posts strong Q2 results – but nutrition growth ‘modest’

Downturn in yoghurt probiotic use propped up by supplements: Chr Hansen CFO

Chief financial officer (CFO) for ingredients giant Chr Hansen says there has been a downturn in use of probiotics in yoghurts over the last five years due to the EU’s...

Naturex adds chokeberry to botanicals range

Naturex has added a proprietary aronia extract to its library after inking a licensing deal with Polish food supplements and OTC player Adamed Consumer Healthcare SA.

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Tesco's NutriCentre failure speaks volumes about the food-medicine divide

'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.' Nice idea, one uttered by Greek doctor Hippocrates centuries ago, but best not mention it at the next Tesco future...

80% of surveyed products don't pass WHO nutrient profile

Survey blasts industry & EU for allowing unhealthy foods to make health claims

What’s the difference between a chocolate bar and an apple? Not much if you go by the misuse of health claims on food in Germany and the Netherlands says campaign...