Boomtime for nutritional oils
Martek Biosciences Corp., a Columbian company that makes products
from microalgae, reported a 166 per cent increase in sales of its
nutritional oils for infant formula.
Wild mushroom linked to muscle failure
A group of French people who ate a popular wild mushroom developed
rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal condition in which skeletal
muscle fibres break down, the New England Journal of Medicine
reports this week.
New trendy foods - not always so healthy
According to experts, even nutritious foods packaged in new and
improved ways could be bad for the health in the long term if one
does not carefully read the labels.
Vit. E & cancer prevention - more studies needed
Numerous university health publications, including the Harvard
Health Letter, report the health benefits and the safety of vitamin
Calcium from mutant plants could be a reality
A scientist from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the US
Department of Agriculture's scientific research agency, identified
a mutant plant that could provide more calcium to daily meals.
Improved health for India
India's health minister, Dr C P Thakur, last week unveiled the
draft of a new proposed national health policy-the first in 18
years, New Scientist reports this week.
NZ dairy industry supports GM research
Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd wholeheartedly supports the use of
genetic modified organisms (GMOs) and stressed this week that it
must be allowed in New Zealand.
Denser bones with oestrogen and vit. D supplementation
According to a new study, oestrogen with vitamin D increase bone
density in elderly women.
Cholesterol - vital for the immune system
Excess cholesterol on the blood is a sign that one is at risk of
cardiovascular diseases. However, according to new research,
too-low cholesterol levels could increase the risk of cancer.
Henkel completes sales of Cognis
Henkel KgaA has agreed to sell its chemical division Cognis to a
consortium of financial investors comprising of Schroder Ventures
and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.
Tea compound effective in targeting cancer cells
Rutgers University researchers have found a compound in black tea
that may target and kill colorectal cancer cells without harming
surrounding healthy tissue.
Shrub berry - more lycopene than tomato
According to scientists from the USDA's Agricultural Research
Service, the berries from autumn olive, a shrub, could become an
alternative source of lycopene.
Heinz boosts organic baby range
As the organic trend continues to scale new heights US food giant
Heinz has announced the addition of a range of babyfoods.
Discovery of obesity gene
Hoffman-La Roche and deCODE genetics announced that deCODE
scientists have mapped genes contributing to obesity and clinical
Look for the 'heart' sign
With activities taking up more time in the evening, no- or
low-preparation snacks and meals may be an easy choice, making the
effort to determine their nutritional value can be exhausting.