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'Raisin' the preservative stakes

The humble, yet nutritious, raisin could well be the next rival to sodium nitrite in the food preservative stakes, claim researchers from the US this...

High cal diet - a doubled-edged sword?

A high calorie diet seems to increase the chances of surviving bowel cancer for longer, although it may also be the cause of it in...

Selenium may counter summer sun

Increasing levels of selenium in the diet could protect the skin against damage caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun, suggests new research from Edinburgh...

WHO looks to food industry for support

The World Health Organisation (WHO) hosted the first roundtable meeting with senior executives from the food industries on Friday, to discuss ways in which the...

Rising costs knock MGP Ingredients results

Company results continue today with US ingredients company MGP Ingredients reporting net losses for the third quarter ended 31 March 2003 due to a combination...

American eating habits shaping up

Americans are making greater efforts to eat healthier as more than three in four state that eating right is important to them. The recent survey...

Multivits help diabetic mothers avoid birth defects

Taking multivitamins around the time of conception may reduce the risk of birth defects in children born to diabetic mothers, according to a study in...

Mixed fat diet more nutritious

People eating a mixed diet of lower-fat and high-fat foods consume more vitamins and minerals than those who stick to only lower-fat foods or high-fat...

PCB contamination may reduce boy births

New research suggests that women exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls contamination, usually found in fish, are less likely to give birth to boys. The results, which...

The fiber debate continues

Many of the health benefits linked with foods have yet to be fully proven, and following on from last week's report highlighting the conflicting evidence...

Genistein's PSA reducing properties

A dietary supplement containing the soy extract genistein reduced prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels by as much as 61 per cent in a group of prostate...

Fighting infant anemia in the developing world

A combination of daily followed by weekly iron supplementation appears to be the answer for treating severe anemia in babies in the developing world, according...

Sesame oil to lower blood pressure

Cooking with sesame oil in place of other edible oils appears to help reduce high blood pressure and lower the amount of medication needed to...

FDA food safety statement

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a statement on the National Academy of Sciences' report, 'Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food'. The...

Fewer meals may help prevent diabetes

A new mouse study suggests fasting every other day can help fend off diabetes and protect brain neurons as well as or better than either...

Weight directly linked to cancer deaths

Body weight is directly associated with mortality from cancer, according to a study carried out in the US. The researchers at the American Cancer Society...

Creatine supplement found ineffective

Creatine serum supplements seem to have no effect on muscle ATP or creatine stores, despite claims by one US manufacturer, say researchers. At a recent...

Fatty acids, the new 2 per cent rule

From the beginning of June this year Denmark will become the first country in the world to introduce restrictions on the use of industrially produced...

Nutrition levels linked to pre-term births

Even modest restrictions in maternal nutrition around the time of conception can lead to premature births and long-term adverse health effects for offspring, suggests new...

Gathering evidence for chromium picolinate

A recent conference on chromium picolinate highlighted the evidence backing the use of chromium in glucose control for people with type 2 diabetes and insulin...

New B vitamin discovered in Japan

Japanese researchers have discovered a new vitamin that has an important role in immune response and fertility in mice. The chemical, pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), may...

Tough quarter for flavour company

Lower sales volumes and higher selling expenses resulted in a drop in net sales for the first quarter ended 31 March 2003 for US company...

Green tea may contain potent skin healing properties

Compounds in green tea may one day be able to treat common skin diseases and wounds, reports a researcher in the US. A team at...

Acrylamide, one year on

Risk assessors from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) repeated their call for the levels of acrylamide in foods to be reduced as...

Folic acid may play role in prevention of Down's syndrome

An adequate intake of folic acid during pregnancy, believed to protect against neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies, may also help prevent Down's syndrome, researchers...

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