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Antioxidant content of fruit more than previously thought?

We may be underestimating the antioxidant content of fruit and vegetables, according to an international team of scientists from Spain and the UK.

Reducing death from low birth weight: Now Foods commitment

Leading US supplement firm Now Foods has teamed up with the non-profit group Nourish America to provide prenatal vitamins to US mothers in a bid to reduce the number...

Citrus hybrids may offer antioxidant-rich extracts for nutraceuticals

Crossing clementines and blood oranges may yield a new citrus hybrid with an enhanced content of antioxidant phytochemicals, according to new research from Europe.

Is taurine slipping out of energy drinks?

Manufacturers of energy drinks are less frequently including the ingredient taurine in their new product launches, according to the latest post-market statistics.

News in brief

Study challenges coffee’s reported brain benefits

Increased intakes of coffee do not affect the rate of decline in mental functions as we age, nor the risk of dementia, according to new results from Finland.

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FDA supplements manager to train industry on GMPs

A seminar on GMP compliance to be held in October will allow supplement industry officials to be trained by the same faculty that instructed FDA inspectors.

More high fines for deceptive supplement marketing

The marketers of two dietary supplement products have been ordered to pay almost $70m for misleadingly selling products that claimed to cure a range of diseases, including cancer and...

New study to investigate why people ignore food labels

The FDA is planning to conduct a study to uncover barriers to consumers looking at food labels, in a bid to help consumer understanding and use of information provided on...

Soluble fibre may benefit IBS sufferers: Study

Adding soluble fibre to the diet may improve symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome, but insoluble fibre may worsen the effects, says a new study.

Rye for breakfast may boost feelings of fullness

Eating a high-fibre breakfast from rye may increase feelings of satiety and lead to reduced food intake later in the day, says a new study from Sweden.

US leads in healthy food product launches

The United States is far ahead of all other markets in the launch of new food and beverage products that claim to deliver health benefits, according to new market statistics.

Vine root extract has heart health supplement potential: Study

Extracts from the roots of a vine that has overgrown almost 10 million acres in the southeastern United States may improve heart health, says a new study from the US.

Letter to the editor

Folic acid: Why mandatory fortification is vital

Relying on voluntary fortification of grain products with folic acid is not sufficient to ensure adequate intakes and relieve the burden of birth defects, says an eminent British professor.

Ajinomoto opens center for healthy applications

Ajinomoto has opened a new application center in Chicago to develop new food and beverage applications for its ingredients and technologies – with a strong focus on health.

Martek takes on DHA distributor for west coast

A new distribution deal announced today will see ingredient firm ET Horn selling Martek Biosciences’ branded omega-3 DHA ingredient in the west of the Untied States.

News in brief

Omega-3 shows no diabetes prevention benefits: Harvard study

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids are not associated with a reduction in the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, according to new findings from Harvard.

Investor event to find funds for functional ingredients

A suppliers’ event to be held at SupplySide West in November aims to help the development of functional ingredients and technologies by linking small firms with interested investors.

Pomegranate seed oil may prevent diabetes: Study

Consuming oil from pomegranate seeds may prevent the development of diabetes, suggest results from a study with mice fed a high-fat diet.

Soy protein may reduce cholesterol levels for diabetics, too

Increased intakes of soy protein may reduce cholesterol levels in people with type-2 diabetes, says a new study that expands on the heart healthy potential of soy.

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Wasted watermelons could yield nutrients, fuel

Researchers at the USDA have established that watermelons not sold for food use due to cosmetic imperfections could be a source of nutraceutical ingredients and biofuel.

Tea drinkers may have younger biological age

The cells of regular tea drinkers may have a younger biological age than cells from non-drinkers, according to new research from China.

Food label habits to improve nutrition: Survey

Making healthy food choices and adding specific nutrients into their diet are the two main reasons why US consumers read food labels, according to a recent survey.

FDA says continue taking weight-loss Alli – for now

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing its review of reports of liver damage linked to the only over-the-counter weight loss drug – Alli – after receiving...

Melon extract linked to cardiovascular benefits: Study

Daily consumption of an antioxidant-rich melon extract may lower cholesterol levels and prevent hardening of the arteries, according to a study with hamsters fed a high fat diet.

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