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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...

Pizza parties in space

NASA-awarded food science students will present the ultimate in space comfort foods - the 'Pizza Popper'- at the upcoming IFT Annual Meeting in Chicago this...

Vitamin E - beyond the antioxidant effects

Vitamin E may be more important for its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits than its antioxidant activity, suggest authors of a recent Harvard Medical School publication....

Herbalife targets heart health

Herbalife is to market nitric oxide in supplement form to boost cardiovascular health. The product, made with an amino acid complex, antioxidants and folic acid,...

Acatris calls for harmonisation of isoflavone testing

Acatris, the Dutch health ingredients company, has called for greater harmonisation of the methods used to test soy isoflavones to help consumers avoid "the proverbial...

Ginseng offers hope for diabetes patients

Red ginseng may help regulate blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, according to two small studies presented at the American Diabetes Association's recent Scientific...

Vitamin B supplements could help depression patients

Taking folate supplements may help suppress depression suggests a new study, which found that people with high blood levels of homocysteine, thought to be broken...

The future for nutrition

'Nutragenomics' promises an exciting era for the food industry but are companies ready to take up the opportunities it offers? A seminar at this week's...

Government must back functional foods, argues expert

The Canadian healthcare system needs to accelerate disease prevention by introducing functional foods to lower early risk factors, argued one of the speakers at a...

McClellan calls for 'better' nutrition label

Speaking to the Harvard School of Public Health this week, Mark McClellan, the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, urged scientists and advisers "to do more"....

Polyphenols may lower women's cholesterol levels

Grape polyphenols could reduce cholesterol in menopausal women, suggests a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers from the University of Connecticut used female guinea...

Europe embraces tough new GM rules

Europe's bureaucrats have cleared strict new rules on GM foods in Europe, paving the way for an end to the European-wide ban on GM foods....

Large zinc doses may raise prostate cancer risk

A high intake of zinc in supplements may raise the risk of prostate cancer, finds a recent study by a team at the US National...

Education, marker of healthy diet

Education is playing an increasing role in the quality of our diets, new research indicates, pointing to a much wider gap between the diets of...

New dietary intake limits for mercury

Experts convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have studied the data and agreed to reduce the...

Insufficient evidence to show vitamins prevent cancer, heart disease

There is still insufficient evidence to determine whether vitamin supplements or multivitamins can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease or cancer, concludes a report by...

Drinking milk in childhood could be link to lower asthma risk

The components in milk fat could be responsible for lower rates of asthma among young children, concludes a study in Thorax, which challenges previous findings...

Tackling global food trade and food safety

Representatives from 169 countries gathered in Rome yesterday to tackle standards for the global food trade. High on the agenda : food safety, biotechnology, food...