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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...

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...

DASH diet to control blood pressure

Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products, known as the DASH diet, is one of the most effective ways of controlling...

WHO report defies sugar industry attack

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released a controversial report on diet and its impact on disease...

Tea shown to fight infection

Drinking tea appears to prime the immune system to fight infection and chronic disease, according to US researchers. There is already a significant body of...

Ginkgo supplements not what they seem

The quality of the active ingredient in ginkgo supplements appears to have dropped significantly in the last three years, according to tests done by ConsumerLab.com....

ABF: steady growth but food not immune

Despite tougher trading conditions UK food and food ingredients business Associated British Foods (AB Foods) reported on Tuesday that operating profit had risen 14 per cent for the first 24...

Scientists question RDA of B vitamin

Low levels of vitamin B6 in smokers may raise their risk of cancer, according to researchers in the US, who found that even moderate smokers...

Bovine serum used to fight SARS-related disease

Proliant sister company American Protein Corporation (APC) says that a study has shown its bovine serum proteins to protect against coronavirus in an animal model....

New model predicts cheese damage

Researchers at a Dutch university claim to have developed a model that predicts how cheese will change when a force is applied to it. The...

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