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Novel foods and health: effects difficult to measure

The feasibility of linking consumption data to health outcomes came to light this week following investigations into the buying and eating of novel foods, including...

Green algae extract improves flu vaccine response

A green algae supplement has been shown to boost the immune system's response to the flu vaccine in people aged 50-55 years old. While not...

Folate fortification may mask B12 deficiency

A mandated food additive aimed at better fetal development could be simultaneously increasing health risks for seniors. Scientists said this week that folic acid fortification...

Beta-carotene may raise lung cancer risk in smokers, but not long-term

Antioxidants could have significant impact on risk for cancer but their effects wear off some years after people stop taking the supplements, suggest new findings....

Omega-3 intake may protect against Alzheimer's

Intake of omega-3 fatty acids, known to boost cognition and mood, could also significantly reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease, said researchers this week....

Healthy diet equals cholesterol-lowering drugs

Eating a diet high in soy protein, viscous fibre, almonds and plant sterols is as effective in managing cholesterol as taking a starting dose of...

Sports drinks consumption under scrutiny in journal editorial

Athletes should be warned against drinking too much water, or other sports drinks, during and after exercise as it can have a potentially fatal outcome,...

Yeast leader expands in the US

Lesaffre Yeast has added a new consumer yeast brand to its North American portfolio with the acquisition of Stranks Management and its subsidiaries. As a...

Meal-hybrids meet snacking needs of 21st century

Eating in between mealtimes is fundamentally ingrained in Europeans' eating habits, claims a new report that encourages manufacturers to concentrate on healthy snacks and meal-snack...

New findings back fat, breast cancer link

Scientists in the UK have found evidence to support the association between consumption of fat and breast cancer. They claim that imprecise methods of assessing...

Whipping analysis into shape

Engineers at the Russian company Izobretatel - translated as 'Inventor' - in Moscow have designed and patented a new device for rapid and cost-effective analysis...

Pizza, the latest functional food?

The carbohydrate-rich pizza could be associated with a reduced risk of cancer, according to a report in yesterday's La Repubblica newspaper. Researchers at a Milan...

Vitamin C trial backs heart protective effects

Women who take vitamin C supplements may have a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease than women with low intakes of vitamin C, according...

Magnolia extract beats tumor growth

Chemicals in the seeds of magnolia trees have been found to inhibit the growth of new blood vessels, cutting tumor growth in mice by half....

Major review supports safety of black cohosh extracts

A review of black cohosh, said to be the most comprehensive to date, finds it to be safe, just days after another study suggested that...

Obesity may raise risk of Alzheimer's

Reducing obesity among the elderly may also help to cut down the currently rising numbers of women who develop Alzheimer's disease, suggests a new study....

Encapsulated ingredients to increase market share?

Explosive growth will continue to mark the food preservation industry in the US, hitting 5.5 per cent annually until 2008. The use of encapsulated ingredients...

FDA backs heart health benefits of walnuts

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed the health benefits of omega-3 rich walnuts. The agency will allow California's walnut growers to use...

New findings suggest black cohosh increases spread of breast cancer

A new study on mice suggests that the herb black cohosh, used by women as an alternative to HRT to treat menopause symptoms, may speed...

Cysteine may lower breast cancer risk

Increasing levels of the amino acid cysteine may be able to reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a study presented on Saturday at...

CSM expands in UK

Dutch food group CSM has acquired UK-based Readi-bake from the US group Country Home Bakers for €28 million. With annual sales of approximately €22 million,...

Herbal research spurred on by HRT risk

The University of Illinois at Chicago is to investigate the effectiveness of the herbals black cohosh and red clover for relief of menopause symptoms. The...

Taste not an issue in soy drinks

Flavor and mouth-feel of soy-protein drinks should not present a barrier to consumer preferences, claim researchers, assessing the acceptability of soy drinks compared to those...

Will trans fat labels improve health?

All packaged foodstuffs sold in the US will have to carry labels informing consumers of the trans fat content following the introduction of new regulations...

Red clover appears to have little effect on hot flashes

Red clover extracts marketed to treat menopause symptoms had no significant effect on hot flashes, reported researchers in this week's Journal of the American Medical...

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