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New committee for new dietary guidelines?

Thirteen leading nutrition experts have been appointed to the committee responsible for reviewing the national dietary guidelines, due to be updated in 2005. Based on...

Low-calorie watermelon

An agricultural scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem claims to have developed a less fattening variety of watermelon which still remains just as sweet....

Cut it and weep - the long lasting onion!

A team of onion growers in the US claims to have created a new variety of sweet onion which is not only said to be...

Major US funding for lipids research

The National Institutes of Health is investing around $35 million in a research project on lipids, which could help shed light on their role in...

Calcium deficiency raising ricket incidence among infants

Sodas and juices could be causing rickets associated with calcium deficiency in North American children, suggests new research. Researchers linked cases of rickets - a...

Vitamins may restore healthy cholesterol levels in children

Vitamin supplements could help protect children with abnormally high cholesterol levels from heart attacks in later years, according to a small study. Children with inherited...

HRT findings boost demand for supplements

Sales of supplements for menopause symptoms are likely to surge in coming months, after a major UK study finds that combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT)...

Isoflavones, lignans linked to reduced risk of endometrial cancer

Women who include the natural oestrogens isoflavones and lignans in their diet could be at reduced risk of endometrial cancer, the fifth most common cancer...

Vitamin C to counter passive smoking damage

Vitamin C may help prevent the damage caused by passive smoking, suggests a new study. Exposure to smoke in close environment is thought to increase...

Health store staff hurting industry?

Retailers of health foods could present significant risks to breast cancer patients, report researchers today. They are calling for regulations to ensure that health food...

Green tea could be more powerful than thought

Green tea's ability to fight cancer is even more potent and varied than scientists suspected, say researchers who have discovered that chemicals in green tea...

A healthier start to the day

Scientists have backed the claims of cereal makers who promote their goods as a healthy start to the day. In a new study, people who...

Vitamin E with exercise could improve seniors' health

Taking vitamin E along with some regular exercise could help slow down the aging process and improve health among the elderly, say researchers in the...

World food day to fight hunger

The theme of this year's World Food Day will be 'International Alliance Against Hunger,' emphasising the need for global mobilisation to create the political will...

EU clears ADM purchase of Unilever unit

The European Commission on Friday approved plans by US company Archer Daniels Midland to purchase food giant Unilever's edible oil refining subsidiary VDBO. The EU...

Acrylamide warning labels anger US processors

In the US, proposals by the state of California to make it compulsory for products that might contain the potential carcinogen acrylamide to carry warning...

Folic acid may not prevent Down's syndrome

Fortifying foods with folic acid may not reduce the incidence of Down's syndrome, say University of Toronto researchers, although they suggest we may to need...

Vitamin C may reduce stomach cancer risk

Increasing intake of vitamin C may be able to help prevent stomach cancer, suggest researchers in the US this week. The team from the San...

Diet drives generation changes

A mother's nutrition can be so important that it can alter her offspring's susceptibility to disease by changing gene expression, say researchers who claim to...

ARS launches new, improved nutrient database

The US Agricultural Research Service launched an updated version of its flagship nutrient database yesterday, billed as the most authoritative source of food composition in...

Further boost for fruit-based foodstuffs

Food manufacturers may include a FDA dietary guidance statement on fruits and vegetables on food labels, according to the agency this week. The dietary guidance...

Canada pushes through new BSE controls

The Canadian government took a further step towards reducing the risk of Canadians becoming exposed to the agent that may transmit BSE with new rules...

Cut the cone content, asks consumer group

One century on and millions of ice cream tubs later the US 'food police' are out in force calling on ice cream retailers to tell...

USP unveils lycopene monographs

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has published three new lycopene-based monographs, reflecting the rapid growth in supplement products containing the antioxidant. Lycopene is a carotenoid,...

Food division boosts Bunge Q2 results

Oilseed giant Bunge reaped a strong second quarter with net income more than tripling to $182 million (€158m), up from $50 million in 2002. The...