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The Nut Association chairman: '…Obesity and snacking in between meals would be a lot healthier if people ate these little things.'

Nuts: A ‘five-a-day’ food?

By Kacey CULLINEY

The Nut Association has filed a paper to Public Health England in the UK calling for nuts to be included in the country’s five-a-day fruit and vegetable recommendations.

Organic NPD vital to survive mainstream 'healthification'

By Niamh Michail

The organic sector has cultivated a culture of ethical awareness among consumers that conventional manufacturers are now cashing in on – and new product development is vital for the sector to retain its value, say experts.

Naturally functional foods must have some intrinsic health benefit and seem less processed than alternatives, says Julian Mellentin.

SPECIAL EDITION: 25 YEARS OF FUNCTIONAL FOODS

Companies need to address 'serious' health claim ignorance

By Niamh Michail

With 93% of consumers saying they don’t trust product health claims, naturally functional foods have instant appeal – but if companies highlight the science and regulation behind claims all stand to benefit, say analysts.

Japanese researchers tip dietary fibre made from guar beans for satiety.

Could guar gum help satiety?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Guar gum could hold potential for both short and long term control of appetite, say Japanese researchers.

Broccoli is the only commonly eaten vegetable that contains meaningful quantities of glucoraphanin – a naturally occurring compound beneficial to health

Functional broccoli may lower cholesterol

By Niamh Michail

A functional variety of broccoli with a high glucoraphanin content - the vegetable's 'healthy' compound - may reduce cholesterol by altering the body's fat-synthesising signal pathways.

Hemp is the new superfood for vitamins and omega-3

Not just for hippies: Hemp's rising superfood status

By RJ Whitehead

Bursting with nutrients and boasting an impressive growth rate, the future of hemp seed is bright– but what’s the best way for manufacturers to cash in on a product that is connected – mistakenly but understandably – with an illegal drug?

More than a myth: The science behind the Mediterranean diet

More than a myth: The science behind the Mediterranean diet

By Niamh Michail

The benefits of the Mediterranean diet have been firmly established – we all know that we should eatmore fresh fruit and vegetables, use olive oil, eat whole grains, nuts and pulses, a few dairy products and a little meat – but why do we know it?FoodNavigator...

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