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Are you a 'supertaster'?

"Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are," wrote French gastronome Brillat-Savarin, in his 19th century tome, The Physiology of...

Cargill moves base

The European business centre for the amalgamated Cargill/Cerestar starch, sweetener and derivatives operations is to move from Paris to Mechelen in Brussels. The move follows...

Ginseng shows memory-boosting potential

A small study found that a ginseng compound improved the memory scores of people suffering from stroke-induced dementia, Chinese researchers reported last week. A ginseng...

Obesity - the most important cause of diabetes?

Elderly men and women with normal body weight still may be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if they have large amounts of muscle...

Soya could be harmful to infants

Eating soya during pregnancy may damage the sexual development of unborn infants, say researchers in a report this week. Researchers in the US found that...

Fat intake could be link to diabetes

Intake of animal fat may be linked to the outcome of type 2 diabetes, according to researches studying subjects from a Mediterranean population. A team...

Red meat, desserts linked to colon cancer

Women who eat a typical 'Western diet', high in red meats, sweets, fried food and refined grains, have a 50 per cent greater risk of...

Five-a-day message may not be hitting home

Despite constant media reports of the growing public health problems, including an 'obesity epidemic', a new study suggests many Americans may not even be eating...

Celiac disease more prevalent than thought

One out of every 133 Americans may have celiac disease, according to results from one of the largest studies ever on the disease, now found...

Calorie restriction shows further disease-fighting potential

Decreasing meal frequency and caloric intake protects nerve cells from genetically induced damage, delays the onset of Huntington's disease-like symptoms in mice and prolongs the...

Melatonin - time for a full review

UK scientists claim that funding should be provided to back proper testing of the supplement melatonin, used to relieve jet lag symptoms, so that it...

Battling biology for a thinner population

Eating 100 fewer calories a day could help prevent weight gain in the average individual, say scientists in the US. A wider look at genetics...

Confectionery: sugar free, innovation to drive sales

The International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) held last month in Cologne, Germany, clearly illustrated the key confectionery trends, write market analysts Euromonitor. Particularly evident,...

Vitamin A derivative could restore smokers' health

Use of a Vitamin A derivative could protect against lung cancer development in former smokers by restoring production of a crucial protein, claim researchers in...

Selenium supplements stay prostate cancer progression

Dogs fed a diet supplemented with selenium show a lower level of DNA damage in their prostates compared with dogs fed a normal (unsupplemented) diet,...

Food agency calls for banana diversity

Responding to recent media reports that bananas may be extinct within ten years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged producers to promote...

Australia clears Burns bid, but delays from NZ

The Burns Philp - Goodman Fielder saga continues with the news today that the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has cleared the hostile bid from...

Experts question impact of 'healthy' snacks

Researchers in the US have pointed to growing consumption of 'nutrition' bars and functional beverages as a risk to health - they say these new...

Blood sugar could be key to memory loss

An inability to quickly bring down high levels of sugar in the blood could help explain some of the memory loss that occurs as we...

Ephedra - accounting for the risks

Taking ephedra is 200 times more risky than taking many other commonly used herbs, according to a study which has pitted the reported side effects...

Glucosamine offers relief from knee pain

Glucosamine supplements reduce knee pain in people with cartilage damage and possibly the degenerative joint disease osteoarthritis, concludes research in this month's British Journal of...

Broccoli offers potential as anti-cancer food

California-based Seminis said this week it has secured exclusive marketing rights to broccoli containing up to 80 times more cancer-fighting ability than standard broccoli. The...

Folic acid does not increase chances of twins

A Chinese population-based study provides strong evidence that women who take folic acid supplements during pregnancy do not have an increased likelihood of having a...

Siberian tea: the next ginseng?

Nutritional supplements company Enzymatic Therapy has introduced Rhodiola Energy, a Rhodiola rosea extract based on the clinically studied herb. Is this the next ginseng? "I...

Homocysteine research backs role of folic acid

People with a genetically determined, reduced breakdown of the amino acid homocysteine have an increased risk of coronary heart disease compared to healthy people, according...