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Barley to beat high cholesterol?

Research continues into the potential benefits that oats and barley could have on our health with new findings from the US suggesting that diets high...

Kikkoman, far reaching investment in US

Japanese soy sauce giant Kikkoman is to forge ahead with plans to expand in the US with the announcement this week that it has earmarked...

Caramel, the plain option

A rich hue combined with a bland flavour profile is the latest caramel colour from US company Sethness. The 'Plain' caramel colour - SC105 -...

US loses Egypt support over GM foods

Attempts by the United States administration to challenge the EU's five-year-old moratorium on approval of new genetically modified crops before the World Trade Organisation suffered...

Government office urges new guidelines on omega-3 intake

The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week urged the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) to revise dietary...

Probiotics build eczema resistance

Probiotics given to pregnant women and babies around the time of childbirth could protect children from atopic eczema for up to four years - two...

Common plant contains anti-herpes agent

An extract from the common herb known as 'self-heal' may prove to be a powerful new herpes treatment, researchers reported at the annual American Society...

Strong support for omega-3 intake

Eating oily fish like salmon, tuna or bluefish at least twice a week can prevent sudden cardiac death because fatty acids in the fish block...

Iron reduces tiredness

Unexplained tiredness is common in young women, say doctors. Research in this week's British Medical Journal suggests that non-anaemic women with fatigue may benefit from...

Infant weight gain may be clue to adult obesity

Infants who gain weight quickly in the first few months after birth may be more likely to be obese as young adults, suggests new evidence....

Tea may fight bad breath

Compounds found in tea can stop the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Polyphenols,...

Probiotic may offer relief for IBD sufferers

A non-pathogenic strain of E. coli probiotic oral suspension appeared to relieve patients of the major clinical symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in a...

Atkin's diet - slight edge over conventional approach

Research deemed to be the first 'controlled' trial of the Atkins Diet finds it may be as safe and effective as conventional diets. The Atkins...

Study finds beta-carotene raises cancer risk in smokers

Taking supplements of the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene may increase the risk of colorectal cancer in smokers and drinkers, according to new research published this...

Lycopene interaction with smoking under spotlight

Researchers are recruiting cigarette smokers for a pilot study to evaluate the role of tomato lycopene in reducing oxidative stress, a factor leading to lung...

Selenium may prevent esophageal cancer

Selenium may inhibit progression toward esophageal cancer among people with the precancerous condition Barrett's esophagus, according to a new study. Researchers in the US found...

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...