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WTO's failure is food industry's loss

The short sighted failure of greedy WTO trading partners to achieve any sort of meaningful agreement on global agricultural tariffs is bad for Europe's food industry.

Could spices and spicy foods help in obesity struggle?

Spices have benefits beyond giving flavour to foods and drinks, say scientists from Holland and Canada, and could be considered as 'functional' ingredients in the struggle against obesity.

University seeks business investment for nutrigenomics study

Clemson University has been granted $2m to create an endowed chair in nutrigenomics to tackle obesity, but before an academic can be appointed it must match the figure in industry...

Lifeway swallows organic kefir competitor

Lifeway Foods is acquiring Helios Nutrition, its main competitor in cultured dairy beverages in a bid to increase its organic presence and reinforce its position at the top of the...

Burcon rights offering to raise further R&D funds

Burcon Nutrascience Corporation has been granted the go-ahead to conduct a share offering by way of a rights offering, which is expected to raise up to C$5m towards the continuing...

Mannatech markets plant supplements to knowing consumers

The return to naturally-sourced nutrients over synthetic has entered a new phase, as Mannatech announces the launch of supplements containing only vitamins and minerals absorbed and stored by plants.

Omega-3, heart health evidence is strong, says review

Omega-3s from oily fish and supplements can reduce the risk of cardiac and sudden death, and possibly stroke, says a new review from the US.

Folic acid supplements could reduce inflammation

A daily supplement of folic acid could reduce inflammatory markers and therefore offer protection from heart disease for overweight and obese people, suggests a short study from Italy.

Sensitive taste buds turn kids off veggies, says study

Kids who are overly sensitive to bitter tastes, caused by genetic variations, are more likely to eat less vegetables, says a study from the US.

Guest article

The global regulatory environment for nutraceuticals

Just as the regulatory environment for dietary supplements, food supplements and nutraceuticals is evolving in the United States, so is the case in other key global markets. But for a...

Fortitech bolsters South American sales to meet demand

Fortitech has experienced such steady growth in demand for its premix solutions in South America that it is increasing its presence in the region in a bid to make the...

Magnesium supplements could reduce inflammation

A daily magnesium supplement could reduce the levels of a inflammation that could lead to heart disease in people with low dietary intake of the mineral, says a US study.

More carotenoids from warmer watermelon, says study

The quantity of carotenoids from watermelon, particularly lycopene and beta-carotene, increases if stored at room temperature, says a study from US Department of Agriculture researchers.

Could prebiotics reduce infant eczema?

Prebiotics in infant formula could reduce the risk of eczema by up to 15 per cent in infants at risk of the condition, says a new study from Germany.

FTC orders Seasilver makers to pay $120mn

The FTC has ordered the makers of 'cure all' Seasilver to pay almost $120mn for failing to comply with an earlier order to reimburse consumers - thereby signaling to infringing...

Low GI diet best for weight loss, suggests study

An Australian research team has reported that a low-GI carbohydrate-rich diet leads to weight loss of five per cent or more and reductions in 'bad' cholesterol levels.

Low lutein, zeaxanthin levels linked to artery disease

Researchers from Sweden have reported that people suffering from coronary artery disease (CAD) have low levels of the antioxidant carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, and could respond to supplementation.

Health benefits of vinegar overlooked, says report

The US vinegar market is sagging, according to market researcher Packaged Facts, as marketers are failing to look beyond its commodity status to well-researched health benefits and other uses.

Argan and SNT propose merger

Publicly traded holding company Argan has entered into a letter of intent for a proposed merger with manufacturer Supplement and Nutrition Technologies (SNT), a move that would add to its...

Weekly comment

Vanity fayre: cosmetic foods are not nutraceuticals

Functional foods are generally defined as products imbued with additional nutrients with health-promoting properties. But the industry needs to be wary of foods that present no actual health benefit from...

Blue California innovation for more lutein uses

Blue California is introducing a new, water-soluble form of Biolut lutein made possible by microencapsulation technology, which extends the uses of the company's branded ingredient to chewable, effervescent and uncoated...

Fuji bags astaxanthin inflammation patent

Fuji Chemical Industry has been granted a US patent for the use of astaxanthin to reduce inflammation, enabling the manufacturer to further strengthen its position in the market.

Antioxidants linked to slower vision loss

The antioxidants vitamin E and alpha-lipoic acid slowed the loss of sight from retinitis pigmentosa in mouse models - yet more evidence linking antioxidants to improved eye health.

Chilli could boost insulin control, says study

Regular consumption of chilli pepper could improve control of insulin levels after eating, helping obese people and diabetics manage their levels, says research from Australia.

Study boosts lutein safety rep and finds new research possibilities

The antioxidant activity and safety of lutein from marigold flowers have been given a boost by research from a Chinese-Canadian collaboration - research that has been applauded by lutein producer,...

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