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Education central to nutrition label success - dietician

American attitudes to nutrition labeling have been thrown under the spotlight with new research suggesting just a fraction of a consumers pay attention to dietary information available at some major...

Cypress selenium gets GRAS for use in foods

Ingredient firm Cypress Systems has received FDA-reviewed GRAS status for its selenium yeast product, opening up the use of the ingredient in foods and beverages targeting a range of health...

African extracts employ nanotech processing

  Fledgling South African ingredients firm, AfriNatural Corporation, is using a patented encapsulation process it says will improve the salability of its offerings in the North American market.

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Research alliance to reveal shifts in American purchasing decisions

Market researchers The Hartman Group and GfK Custom Research North America have teamed together to conduct a survey on consumer spending habits during the recession.

Vitamin K and prostate cancer – study supports benefits

An improved vitamin K2 status may reduce the risk of prostate cancer, suggest results from German scientists that build the science linking the vitamin to improved prostate health.

Tocotrienol build-up in tumours ‘critical’ for anti-cancer benefits: Study

Tocotrienols, members of the vitamin E family, may exert their anti-cancer benefits by accumulating in cancer cells and delaying tumour growth, says a new study from Japan.

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DSM builds China presence

  DSM has linked with the North China Pharmaceutical Group Corporation in three separate projects that will see DSM take a minority 10 per cent share in the Chinese company.


Obama’s veg plots point the way to healthy eating and more

“If you don’t plan to plant a garden in Lake Wobegon in the spring, it means you plan to be planted yourself.”

New review breaks down consumer perception of health claims

Health claims appearing on food and beverage products may not influence consumer purchasing behavior as much as price and taste, suggests a new review.

Omega-3 supply debate rages on

The marine versus plant-derived omega-3 debate continues in the wake of recent studies that found in favor of one or the other on environmental or physiological grounds.

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Drug-supplements trade group appoints new board

CHPA, a trade association representing both over-the-counter drug products and nutritional supplements, has appointed new members to its board, including a representative from supplements firm Nutrition 21.

Flaxseed proteins may have blood pressure lowering potential

Proteins from flaxseed may reduce blood pressure and potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests new research from Canada.

Early soy intake may slash breast cancer risk later in life

High intakes of soy during childhood may reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer later in life by 58 per cent, according to a new study.

Sodium limit too high for most Americans, says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has claimed that the current recommended limit for sodium intake may be too high for as many as two-thirds of Americans and...

Canada takes risk-based approach to food-drug borderline

The Canadian food and drugs regulator has issued guidance to assist the classification of those foods that, due to their associated health benefits may be classed as medicines, with an...

Scientists develop juice fermentation process for diabetics

Scientists in China have developed a new method to produce a vegetable juice suitable for diabetics by using lactic acid bacteria to remove carbohydrates while retaining the vitamins and...

Cosucra: prebiotic fibres equally well tolerated

Inulin-type fructans are well tolerated regardless of whether they have a short or long chain, says new data from Cosucra.

Omega-3 science review criticized for bias

  The International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) statement that ALA only converts to DHA in the body at negligible levels, has drawn criticism for...

Cranberry industry develops standard PAC testing method

The US cranberry industry has teamed up with a group of scientists to develop a standardized test that can be used to measure proanthocyanidins (PACs) – the antioxidants in cranberries...

Beer and wine in moderation could aid bone density - study

Moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages could have benefits for bone health, though any potential impacts may be lost upon continued drinking, according to new research.

Carotenoids linked to fewer hip fractures

Increased intakes of antioxidant pigments from plants may lower the risk of hip fracture in older men and women, according to a 17-year study from the US.

ALA-DHA conversion negligible, say fatty acids experts

Alpha-linolenic acid, (ALA) does not convert to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) at levels that confer any physiological benefit, according to a summary of omega-3 research conducted by the International Society for...

Mood foods are on the way up, confirms Mintel

Mood foods are set to nudge their way into the spotlight as the science linking diet and behavior continues to emerge, says market researcher Mintel.

Omega-3 may protect prostates from cancer: Study

Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids may protect against advanced prostate cancer, according to new research from the University of California San Francisco.

Antibody yoghurt stymies stomach ulcers, say researchers

Yoghurt fortified with antibodies extracted from chicken eggs, can battle bacteria that cause gastritis and stomach ulcers, according to preliminary findings from Japanese researchers.

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