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AACC challenges fiber definitions

The American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) is challenging the definitions for dietary, functional, and total fiber published by the Food Nutrition Board (FNB) of...

AHCC attracts growing medical interest

Around 350 medical doctors from around the world are expected to attend this year's International AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) and GCP (Genistein Combined Polysaccharide)...

EU council thumbs up for intense sweeteners

Following a proposal from the European Commission to allow the use of two new intense sweeteners - sucralose and an aspartame-acesulfame - the European Competitiveness...

Probiotic therapy helps treat gastrointestinal disease

A highly concentrated probiotic preparation may be an effective treatment for ulcerative colitis patients who fail to respond to conventional medicine, reported researchers in the...

Stable season for Treatt

Despite an increase in sales UK flavour and fragrance company Treatt described trading for the six months to 31 March 2003 as 'challenging' this week,...

Broccoli could help fight cancer

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, claim they have found that a chemical produced when digesting such greens as broccoli and kale can stifle...

No risk from mercury in seafood diet - study

Food safety agencies in a number of countries, including the UK and the US, have frequently warned pregnant mothers about eating certain types of seafood...

Bravo Foods works with Diabetes Research

Bravo Foods International, makers of low fat fortified milk drinks has teamed up with the Diabetes Research Institute in an effort to advocate new source...

'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...