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Red wine compound backed to extend life and reduce food intake ... in bees

The red wine compound resveratrol could help to extend life and may even help to battle obesity by 'moderating' food consumption, according to new research ... in bees.

Italian supplements group sues EU over health claims

Italian food supplements trade group FederSalus has brought an action against the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) in European Union courts.

Polyphenol-rich apple juice shows obesity benefits

A daily glass of cloudy apple juice may decrease body fat in obese people, compared to a control beverage, with greater effects noted in individuals with certain genetic profiles.

Pepsi backs Dutch muscle function project

Food giant PepsiCo has joined a private-public research project in the Netherlands that is investigating how nutrition affects muscle function in athletes and the elderly.

'Sugar control' study could spawn food solutions to fight obesity and diabetes

Intestinal enzymes responsible for breaking down starchy foods could soon be ‘toggled’ to be on or off, leading to foods that might help battle obesity and diabetes by better controlling blood...

Kiwi authorities crack down on unlawful infant formula exports

New Zealand authorities have begun action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula to China, after trade bodies blamed these for severely undermining the southern nation’s reputation for food safety....

DSM eyes more buys (probiotics, herbals?) as it seeks complete nutrition portfolio

Growth in DSM’s human and animal nutrition cluster is set to continue after the company this morning indicated an ongoing commitment to broadening its portfolio and did not rule out...

Gut bacteria changes touted as a cause of diabetes

Major changes to the profile of our gut bacteria ecosystem are associated with the development of type two diabetes, according to ‘exciting’ new meta-genomic data published in Nature.

EFSA rejects two new 13.5 claims on ‘transit’ and ‘vaginal moisture’

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected two health claims dossiers for food supplements that claim to ‘improve transit’ and ‘reduction of vaginal dryness’.

Multivitamin shows brain boosting activity for elderly women

A daily multivitamin and mineral supplement with added herbal ingredients may boost performance accuracy and enhance neural efficiency in older women, suggest data from a randomized controlled trial from Australia.

Scandinavian €800,000 krill phospholipid oxidation project: “We have found some new compounds”

The problem of oxidation of phospholipids in krill being investigated by an €800,000 tri-party Norway government-backed project that seeks to reveal ways around a problem that affects taste, smell and...

Hop extract shows weight management potential

Extracts from hops (Humulus lupulus L.) may help manage weight and increase ‘metabolic flexibility’ in mice fed a high fat diet, researchers report.

EU project to test how well health claims are understood by consumers

A new EU project aims to tackle how consumers interpret health claims and symbols on food products in the hope of developing future guidelines on how such claims can be...

Guest article

Marketing without health claims

Health claims are not the be-all and end-all when it comes to marketing health food products, says Alan Ruth, CEO of the Irish Health Trade Association, in this guest article.

News in brief

FSANZ opens review of infant formula regulations

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reviewing its infant formula regulations, covering a range of issue including composition, labeling and advertising.

ECJ alcohol ruling strengthens EU health claims position

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has given strength to EU health claim laws by backing health claims of “temporary or fleeting effects”.

Rejected prebiotic player: EFSA didn’t follow own guidelines; eyeing EU Ombudsman

UK start-up Clasado Limited says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) failed to follow its own prebiotic guidelines in rejecting the firm’s gut health claims.

Buckwheat benefits linked to d-fagomine content

A diet rich in buckwheat products would provide a daily dose of the sugar d-fagomine linked to benefits in the range of the active dose seen in supplemental studies, says...

Study links vitamin D to heart disease and early death

Low levels of vitamin D may be associated with a ‘markedly higher’ risk of heart attack and early death, according to new research.

Omega-3s again linked to lower heart failure risk

Consuming fish at least once a month, and increased blood levels of  ALA and DPA, may reduce the risk of heart failure, says a new study that adds to the...

Probiotic may offer benefits for crying colicky infants

Use of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis could help soothe babies suffering from a common condition known as colic, according to new research.

Probiotic chocolate biscuits may aid bowel function in the elderly – study

Chocolate biscuits containing probiotics could help to preserve microorganisms in the gut that decline with age and cause constipation and diarrhea, according to a study.

Dietary antioxidants backed for lower heart attack risk in women

A diet rich in antioxidants could significantly reduce the risk of myocardial infarction in women, according to new research.

Pre-pregnancy diet may be just as important as maternal diet, study suggests

The way women eat before pregnancy could play a larger than previously thought role in the healthy development of children, according to new animal data.

News in brief

Low-calorie cranberry juice may aid blood pressure lowering efforts

Regular consumption of low-calorie cranberry juice could help to control blood pressure, according to new research.

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