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Government must back functional foods, argues expert

The Canadian healthcare system needs to accelerate disease prevention by introducing functional foods to lower early risk factors, argued one of the speakers at a...

McClellan calls for 'better' nutrition label

Speaking to the Harvard School of Public Health this week, Mark McClellan, the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, urged scientists and advisers "to do more"....

Polyphenols may lower women's cholesterol levels

Grape polyphenols could reduce cholesterol in menopausal women, suggests a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers from the University of Connecticut used female guinea...

Europe embraces tough new GM rules

Europe's bureaucrats have cleared strict new rules on GM foods in Europe, paving the way for an end to the European-wide ban on GM foods....

Large zinc doses may raise prostate cancer risk

A high intake of zinc in supplements may raise the risk of prostate cancer, finds a recent study by a team at the US National...

Education, marker of healthy diet

Education is playing an increasing role in the quality of our diets, new research indicates, pointing to a much wider gap between the diets of...

New dietary intake limits for mercury

Experts convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have studied the data and agreed to reduce the...

Insufficient evidence to show vitamins prevent cancer, heart disease

There is still insufficient evidence to determine whether vitamin supplements or multivitamins can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease or cancer, concludes a report by...

Drinking milk in childhood could be link to lower asthma risk

The components in milk fat could be responsible for lower rates of asthma among young children, concludes a study in Thorax, which challenges previous findings...

Tackling global food trade and food safety

Representatives from 169 countries gathered in Rome yesterday to tackle standards for the global food trade. High on the agenda : food safety, biotechnology, food...

Further support for fortifying formula with fatty acids

Infant formula supplemented with iron and the fatty acids DHA and ARA helps to significantly improve the visual development of infants compared to non-supplemented formula,...

Omega-3 fatty acids linked to depression in elderly

Fatty acids may have a significant impact on mood in the elderly, say researchers in the Netherlands, showing that it is not just new mothers...

Blue food bursting with health

Imagine eating purple bread, purple vinegar or blue noodles. Now imagine that they are good for you. Food scientists in Australia have come up with...

Soda consumption increasing vitamin deficiency?

Sodas and sugary drinks are helping to push up the figures of obese children, suggests a small study in the US, and also result in...

CAP: dilution or development?

The beginning of a new era? An historic moment? Or a plain old compromise? All have been used to describe yesterday's agreement by EU farm...

Passive smokers low in folate

Exposure to cigarette smoke may sap blood levels of folate, the B vitamin thought to protect against birth defects and reduce risk of some cancers,...

Arginine may help treat pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell patients

Supplements of oral arginine reduced pulmonary hypertension by 15 per cent after five days of therapy in sickle cell patients, report researchers in a journal...

Boosting botanicals at SupplySide West

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are to provide scientific presentations on botanicals as dietary supplements as part of the expanded seminar...

Fruit antioxidants shown to lower cancer risk

Eating sufficient fruit and vegetables to maintain antioxidant vitamin and mineral levels could reduce the risk of cancer and mortality in men, report researchers from...

Rhodia tackles Australia

Rhodia Food, a subsidiary of French company Rhodia, has strengthened its position in Australia with the signature of a distribution agreement with Australian chemical giant...

Theaflavin-enriched tea appears to lower cholesterol

A theaflavin-enriched green tea extract significantly reduced LDL cholesterol in patients with raised cholesterol levels, report researchers this week. They say that the supplement could...

Isoflavones appear to work best on initial hot flashes

Soyfoods and soybean isoflavone supplements seem to be most effective at alleviating the hot flashes experienced during menopause when initially most frequent, report researchers in...

DNA changes to reduce caffeine fix

As the debate hots up over genetically modified foodstuffs, a report published in the latest issue of Nature suggests that, thanks to the tinkering of...

Beware of vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is much more frequent among African American children and adults than previously thought, according to researchers speaking at a recent meeting. In...

Flavours to drive oleoresin growth

The innovative world of flavours is experiencing more rapid growth than the overall food industry, giving fresh momentum to the essential oils and oleoresins market,...