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Christmas feature

Food: the adult love affair

Ask any child what's most important about Christmas and you're almost sure to hear it's presents, or Santa Claus, or school holidays. But certainly not food.

Christmas feature

The old Christmas pudding

The Puritans described its rich ingredients as "unfit for God-fearing people". The Quakers referred to it as "the invention of the scarlet whore of Babylon ". Who would have thought...

Vitamin E and prostate cancer - anything concrete?

Consumers are confused about the benefits of vitamin E for prostate cancer, Harvard doctors have claimed at the end of a year that has seen sales of the vitamin plummet.

Soluble fiber on the rise in the US

Insoluble fiber, from wholegrains, is currently enjoying more attention from consumers and the food industry than soluble fiber, but interest in the soluble variety is rising fast, according to Frost...

Biogaia writes off allergy study

Disappointing results from a two-year investigation into the effects of probiotics on allergies have forced Sweden's Biogaia to end the research.

Christmas Feature

The festive food frenzy

0600 hours, 24 December - touched down on planet earth, life force appears rounded and inert.

Christmas Feature

Evolution of the Christmas dinner

Humble pie, stuffed peacock and sugar mice have left our Christmas tables seemingly never to return. But what was it that forever pushed such dishes from our hearts and feasting?

Clover looking at microalgae as new omega-3 source

Australian omega-3 producer Clover Corporation is testing whether microalgae could offer an alternative source of health fatty acids to its current raw material supply, fish.

Mangosteen making an impact in US

Mangosteen, a little-known fruit from southeast Asia, ranks amongst the antioxidant-rich 'superfruits' that have attracted increasing interest from industry and consumers this year, and awareness looks set to grow in...

Nutrition at risk with rising food insecurity

The number of food insecure households in the United States rose in 2004 for the fifth year in a row, from 11.2 percent of the population in 2003 to 11.9...

Christmas feature

The sum of chocolate

Chocoholics rejoice: 2005 was the year it became clear chocolate really is good for you. But before Christmas ushers in a race to cram the candy, reflect a moment on...

Christmeas feature

Anyone for a reindeer roast?

All those who still believe in Santa, stop reading here. For his sledge-pulling reindeer, Dancer, Prancer, and Rudolph, have long been consumed in a tasty stew.

NuTein to start alfalfa lutein scale-up

Eye health supplement makers could soon have another source of lutein at their disposal, as Minnesota company NuTein starts scaling up production from alfalfa.

More support for dark chocolate's heart benefits.

A daily treat of dark chocolate can improve overall heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, say researchers from Zurich.

Study probes dietary supplement use

A pamphlet distributed by the FDA is discouraging consumers from continuing or recommending dietary supplements, reports a study from the University of Connecticut.

Christmas feature

The chemistry of delicious

If only they taught chemistry in schools as it happens at Christmas tables across Europe. For here lies the secret of delicious. Come next weekend, the centrepiece from north to...

Orafti brings active ingredients under Beneo umbrella

Orafti is seeking to raise industry awareness of its prebiotic fibers by bringing them together under the Beneo brand, which has, until now, been used solely for consumer marketing.

Lonza buys Nutrinova DHA business

Swiss chemicals group Lonza has bought Nutrinova's DHA business, it revealed today, enhancing its nutrition portfolio with an omega-3 ingredient.

Advitech, Cothera announce Dermylex deal

Advitech's psoriasis nutraceutical is set come to market next year, as the Canadian biotech enters into its first marketing agreements: Cothera is to market and distribute Dermylex in France, and...

Further support for bitter orange safety

Bitter orange has virtually no effect on blood pressure or heart rate reports new research, supporting claims from previous studies.

NBTY boosted by Solgar sales

Recently acquired Solgar is already earning its spurs for NBTY, boosting sales by $17 million in Q4 2005 to avert a $10 million decline compared to last year.

BASF to close down vitamin C production

World number two vitamin maker BASF said today it will shut down its vitamin C plant in Denmark by the year-end, bringing to a halt all of its production of...

Omega-3 fatty acids can improve COPD symptoms

A diet rich in omega-3 and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could improve lung function for COPD sufferers, reports a study from Japan.

Martek pulls back FY 05 from stockpiling setback

Martek Biosciences reported a better-than-expected 4Q that has helped steer it to growth for the full year, despite hard-hitting inventory problems.

Tropicana claims first in added fiber OJ

Fiber has been a focus for health-conscious consumers in 2005, and PepsiCo's Tropicana is looking to steal a march on the market. The latest addition to its Pure Premium Essentials...

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