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Med diet may reduce gallstone risk

A diet rich in polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats, such as those typically found in the Mediterranean diet, may not only protect heart health but could also reduce the risk of...

Overall diet may be key in fight against asthma

Evidence that vitamins and minerals can protect against asthma is scarce, suggests a new review, but the researchers do not rule out a dietary approach to impact the incidence of...

CRN castigates Lancet for incendiary reporting

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has reacted angrily to the article published in last week's Lancet - which suggested that dietary supplements may be doing more harm than good,...

Child's leukaemia risk lower if mother eats well

Women who eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit and protein before pregnancy may lower the risk of having a child who develops leukaemia, the most common childhood cancer in...

Further proof folic food fortification works

A recent study in Canada has given weight to the assumption that adding folic acid to food can dramatically reduce the incidence of birth defects.

Supplementation means gains for tax payer's pocket and health

Supplementation by US consumers could save the state $15 billion in health costs according to a study published last week. Philippa Nuttall spoke to Elliott Balbert, president of the Dietary...

Chromium picolinate cleared of toxic charges

Chromium picolinate received a further boost this week when its safety as a nutritional supplement was confirmed.

Antioxidant results for canola protein 'remarkable'

Burcon NutraScience and the Fraunhofer Institute have concluded the first phase of their investigations into the potential health benefits of the canola proteins, Supertein and Puratein, reports Philippa Nuttall.

'No proof' of potential citrus aurantium dangers

A review article suggested earlier this week that the use of citrus aurantium, or seville orange, as a substitute to ephedra may do more harm than good to help people...

Vegetable compound stops breast cancer cell growth

The broccoli compound sulphurophane disrupts the growth of breast cancer cells in later stages, a US team has found. They say their study reveals for the first time a possible...

Chromium, diabetes and toenails

Harvard researchers have been studying 15 year-old toenails in their attempts to discover whether there is a link between levels of chromium in the body and incidences of diabetes.

Gum health, new target for vitamin D?

Getting enough vitamin D, either through the diet or from sunlight, could be important for oral health, according to a new study.

GI diet gets health boost

A new animal study has added evidence to the health benefits of a low-glycemic-index diet, and could influence future debate on whether food makers can make claims for low 'GI'...

Lutein, zeaxanthin appear to restore eye cell health

Supplements of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin restored levels of the antioxidants in the blood as well as the density of macular pigment in an animal study out today.

Chitosan fails to reduce kilos, finds study

Taking a daily chitosan supplement had little effect on weight loss in a new study on obese volunteers, a finding that challenges previous research showing that the fibre could help...

Maternal diet impacts leukaemia risk in child?

Women of child-bearing age who eat regular quantities of fruit, vegetables and proteins could help avert the onset of leukaemia in children later born to them.

Vitamin B12 may also prevent birth defects

Mothers with low levels of vitamin B12 in their blood may be at increased risk of having a child with the birth defect spina bifida, Dutch researchers report.

Anybody for a tomato and soy?

Scientists at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center are trying to turn what is at present an unappetising watery orange liquid into a tasty drink full of health-giving properties.

Vitamin E found to fight colds in elderly

Taking a daily vitamin E supplement may protect the elderly from getting colds, suggests a new study, thought to be the first to demonstrate that vitamin E can protect against...

NPD opportunities with fizzy fruit tech

A new technology that makes fruit pieces 'fizzy' could provide food makers with new opportunities and encourage children to eat up their '5 a day', report food scientists in the...

Probiotics need more scientific backing

Researchers from Tufts University, Boston, US have concluded from a review of recent literature that further studies need to be carried out to substantiate the link between the ingestion of...

Babies exposed to iron have reduced asthma risk

Babies exposed to high levels of iron and selenium in the womb are probably less likely to develop wheezing and eczema in early childhood according to the Avon Longitudinal Study...

Controversy over antioxidant supplements

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has issued a robust response to the American Heart Association's (AHA) conclusion that consumers should get their antioxidants from food rather than dietary supplements.

Aloe vera goes into battle

The increasingly popular herbal extract aloe vera may be able to prolong the amount of time a trauma injury patient can survive before receiving treatment, such as a blood transfusion,...

Isolated soy protein may help diabetes sufferers

Adding isolated soy protein to men's diets could help reduce problems experienced in the advanced stages of type two diabetes, according to a small study by researchers at the University...

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