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UGO (Unidentified Gene Organism) found in soybeans

A team of Belgian scientists found alien gene fragments in soybeans grown from seed developed by the American biotechnology giant Monsanto Co., which are spliced...

Alternative oestrogen products - not always what it seems

The American provider of consumer information ConsumerLab.com, released on August 16 the results of its Phyto-oestrogen Product Review. The review focused on dietary supplements made...

Fats are good for you

Although oils and fats often receive negative publicity and at times are a significant factor in one or more serious diseases, they are not all...

Calcium fortification kills salmonella

Orange juice fortified with calcium lactate/tricalcium phosphate may affect the survival rate of salmonella whereas calcium citrate malate and calcium citrate fortifications have little effect,...

Increasing use of unregulated supplements

According to a recent sports survey, almost 60 per cent of US college athletes use nutritional supplements that are unregulated and may contain banned substances...

High fatty acid levels increase heart attack risk

Healthy middle-aged men who have elevated blood levels of "free" fatty acids may be 70 per cent more likely to experience sudden cardiac death than...

Higher vitamin-C RDA for women, study suggests

US government researchers suggest that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C for healthy young women should be increased from 75 milligrams (mg) to...

Folate may alleviate drug side-effects

According to researchers, patients taking a drug usually prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis can lower their risk for drug-related liver damage by taking folate supplements, reports...

Soy Symposium for November

The Fourth International Symposium on the Role of Soy in Preventing and Treating Chronic Disease is to take place in San Diego on 4-7 November...

Milk protein hope for PKU sufferers

A dairy scientist in the US has developed a milk protein powder that aims to dramatically expand the food choices for people with phenylketonuria -...

Eat soy, live longer - study suggests

According to a report in a Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions publication, diets containing soyfoods have contributed to the longevity of people of Okinawa, the southernmost...

First GM cookbook out soon

How about a bowl of genetically modified (GM) rice with a serving of GM tomato? The world's first cookbook featuring only GM ingredients, penned by...

Antioxidants may interfere with cholesterol drugs

According to researchers, supplementing the diet with antioxidant vitamins and minerals appears to blunt the beneficial effects of certain cholesterol-lowering drugs. Their findings suggest that...

Tesco into alternative remedies

On August 8, the British supermarket chain Tesco announced it will bring alternative medicines to the masses as it took a controlling stake in a...

Exercise and diet reduces diabetes risk, new evidence

Exercise and diet can dramatically lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, scientists claim this week. This conclusion was reached on completion of the...

Summit on "blue fruit" health benefits

Today starts the 4th annual summit organised by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA). For two days, US and Canadian health, nutrition and...

Low-fat diets may not provide enough omega-3s

According to some researchers, the US government-recommended diets for preventing heart disease do not contain enough essential fats, the kind of fatty acids found in...

More evidence of black tea benefits

A cup of black tea, with an apple and a chunk of chocolate may help protect against heart disease, a recent study suggests. Elderly men...

Western health supplements trendy in Asia

Asians are increasingly switching from traditional medicine to Western health supplements, a survey published on August 6 found. People in the region spending an average...

Health-linked GMOs the way to acceptance

What's in it for me? Australian research is showing this may be the key question in selling genetically modified (GM) foods to consumers, Reuters reports....

Food health claims nearing Code of Practice

The UK Joint Health Claims Initiative (JHCI) is drawing closer to its goal to establish a Code of Practice for health claims on food. The...

Benefits of low cholesterol in elderly questioned

It is the general belief today that low blood cholesterol is key in reducing cardiovascular disease. This opinion has now been challenged by data from...

Capsugel extends vegetable capsule line

US capsule manufacturer, Capsugel, has extended its line of liquid filled vegetable capsules to include a lecithin filled capsule, the company announced this week. The...

Low trans-fat margarines

Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service, the scientific research agency of the US Department of Agriculture, have developed a new process to produce foods with...

Soy may reduce breast cancer risk

Antioxidant compounds found in soy foods have been shown to reduce levels of hormones associated with breast cancer risk in women. A new study suggests...