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Rat study: Krill beats fish omega-3s in battling metabolic dysfunctions

Omega-3s sourced from krill are more effective than fish oil in combating some metabolic symptoms including raised fat levels in the heart and liver in obese individuals, according to Italian...

Red yeast rice demonstrates cholesterol-lowering potential

  American researchers have found red yeast rice to be effective in treating hyperlipidemia – the elevation of potentially damaging lipids in the blood – but who cannot tolerate statin treatment.

Dispatches from IFT

Giving process cheese a healthy makeover

Land O’Lakes discusses the latest development in process cheese, with 50 per cent lower fat and 35 per cent lower sodium.

Australian heart health market ripe for education

The Australian market for heart-healthy foods or supplements could be a tough one to crack, but consumer signs indicate that it holds potential for manufacturers willing to make the...

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Confusion reigns in cosmeceutical name game

The term cosmeceutical has always been controversial, but the blurring boundaries between the worlds of nutrition and cosmetics are highlighting divisions that neither industry can ignore.

Calcium, zinc, chromium forms safe, says EFSA

Forms of manganese, potassium, chromium, calcium and zinc have earned positive safety opinions from the European Food safety Authority (EFSA) and can continue to be used in food supplements across...

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Asia seeks health claims harmonisation

  Brussels-based consultancy, EAS, reports a health claims meeting held this month in Singapore has highlighted concerns among industry and regulators especially in regard to harmonisation.

Soy linked to lung benefits: Study

The consumption of soy products could decrease the risk of lung disease and breathlessness, according to a new study from Japan.

Healthy chocolate and candy products to beat the recession

Confectionery product ranges featuring new flavours, flexibility and variety will help manufacturers grow consumer purchases over the next five years despite economic uncertainty, according to the National Confectioners Association's...

Silliker buys French firm for more healthy food research

Silliker is building clout in the provision of food clinical studies with the acquisition of French CRO Biofortis, as the healthy eating drive and claims legislation demand top notch research.

Female soldiers benefit from iron supplements, say researchers

The physical and cognitive performance of female soldiers can be improved if they are given iron supplements, according to new research.

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EC agrees to explore GM opt-out proposal

The European Commission has agreed to draw up a list of options for further discussion after 11 countries urged that individual nations be allowed to opt out of growing genetically...

EFSA questions safety of mineral forms

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued negative safety opinions on forms of calcium, magnesium, iron, chromium and selenium for use in food supplements.

UK Dairy Council calls for health claims common sense

The UK Dairy Council has welcomed the European Food Safety Authority’s recent statements about greater transparency in its nutrition and health claims assessment process, but warned now-valid claims in member...

No additional weight loss with CLA, arginine combo: Rat study

Conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) and L-arginine consumed together have separate but not additive effects on weight loss, according to a study conducted on rats.

DSM courts academia with Science Awards

Manfred Eggersdorfer, director of research and development at DSM Nutritional Products, sat down with Shane Starling to discuss the value of open innovation and business/academia interaction after the 2009 DSM...

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EU health claims conversation must continue

Nigel Baldwin is one of Europe’s canniest consultants when it comes to the tricky business of European Union nutrition and health claims. He was at the European Food Safety Authority...

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Which? gives salads a dressing down

Which? has found that the average pre-prepared salad sold in UK supermarkets is almost as loaded with calories and fat as a burger – largely because of their dressings.

Young nano scientist scoops €10,000 DSM award

Alexandra Teleki, PhD, yesterday won the southern section of DSM’s annual science awards for young European scientists, claiming a €10,000 prize above 11 other finalists for her nanotechnology research.

Organic shift would drive healthier diets: report

A major shift towards organic agriculture in the UK would cause a shift in the commodity mix – and subsequently be accompanied by healthier eating options, concludes a new report.

Antioxidant supplement shows potential against AMD

A combination of antioxidant pigments and vitamins may slow down sight loss in elderly people, according to researchers from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Honey extract may ease heat stress for cyclists: Study

An extract from propolis, the waxy resin collected by honeybees, may reduce the detrimental effects prolonged exercising in hot climates, according to a new study.

Fibre-enriched pasta beats tradition in taste test

A resistant starch-rich powder from unripe banana could boost the nutritional content of pasta, report researchers from Mexico.

Australians skeptical about probiotic claims, says Datamonitor

Most Australian consumers are still not ready to believe the claims made by probiotic products, despite a steady and growing interest in their value for improving digestive health, according...

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Folic acid-cancer concerns rumble on

Concerns over a possible role of folic acid in development of colon cancer are continuing, as results of a rat study suggest the vitamin may promote tumour formation.

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