Wild mushroom linked to muscle failure
A group of French people who ate a popular wild mushroom developed
rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal condition in which skeletal
muscle fibres break down, the New England Journal of Medicine
reports this week.
NZ dairy industry supports GM research
Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd wholeheartedly supports the use of
genetic modified organisms (GMOs) and stressed this week that it
must be allowed in New Zealand.
Cholesterol - vital for the immune system
Excess cholesterol on the blood is a sign that one is at risk of
cardiovascular diseases. However, according to new research,
too-low cholesterol levels could increase the risk of cancer.
Henkel completes sales of Cognis
Henkel KgaA has agreed to sell its chemical division Cognis to a
consortium of financial investors comprising of Schroder Ventures
and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.
Shrub berry - more lycopene than tomato
According to scientists from the USDA's Agricultural Research
Service, the berries from autumn olive, a shrub, could become an
alternative source of lycopene.
Brewer's yeast offers hope against HIV
Could a pint of beer protect you from HIV in the future? The answer
is yes, according to a US company that is aiming to make a cheap
vaccine out of brewer's yeast.
Calcium campaign launched to boost teenage intake
The US National Medical Association (NMA), the professional
organisation of African American physicians, launched a new calcium
education campaign at their annual meeting in August, to encourage
american adolescents to recognise the...
Marine nutraceutical gets GRAS status
Marine-based nutraceuticals company Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd.
(ONC) announced this week that it had achieved GRAS (generally
recognised as safe) status for its omega-3 concentrated 30:20 EE
complex derived from fish oil.
Parkinson's patients: leave the bean behind
Younger Parkinson's patients are more likely to take alternative
treatments than older Parkinson's patients, new research suggests.
Elderberry's health benefits
Elderberries have been employed in European folk medicine since
antiquity for lots of illnesses from arthritis and asthma to colds
Béghin-Say H1 results
The Board of Directors of Béghin-Say, chaired by Jérôme de
Pelleport, met on 10 September 2001 to approve the consolidated
financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2001.
Provide the milk, they'll drink it
The results of a national vending machine pilot test in American
middle and high schools released on September 10 show that milk is
a hit with kids as long as it is offered when, where and how they
'Good source' of choline - claim approved
The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised products
containing qualifying amounts of the essential nutrient choline to
carry a nutrient content claim.
Greenpeace denounced patent of 'living beings'
The Ecologist group Greenpeace condemned the granting of a European
patent for a genetic tweak that can make salmon grow eight times
larger than normal.
Controversial Thai GM rules
Consumer and interest groups criticised the Thai Food and Drug
Administration's draft regulations on the labelling of food
products containing genetically modified organisms for benefiting
manufacturers over consumers.
Coffee boasts bountiful antioxidants
Coffee contains four times the amount of health-boosting
antioxidants as green tea, reveals a new study that examined the
effects of green tea, cocoa, herbal teas and coffee on antioxidant
Algae - the healthy ingredient
Market analysts Frost & Sullivan investigate the various
applications for food ingredients sourced from algae, the potential
health benefits of algae and the future of this ingredient.
Vit. B plays role in stroke prevention
Supplementing the diet with vitamin B and folic acid to keep
homocysteine level low may help in the prevention of strokes.
Genes for eternal life
Why do individuals in certain families live longer than others? Is
there a genetic type that will dictate a long life? Recent findings
published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
this week suggest that this may...
Insurance coverage for vitamin supplements?
The American Senate is taking steps to ensure that dietary
supplements, like prescription drugs, would be covered by health
Low-cal diet slows down aging process
Elderly mice put on a low-calorie regime saw anti-aging effects
that researchers say suggests older humans could reap the benefits
of such diets.
Indonesia No.1 US soy customer
Indonesia looks like becoming the United States' largest soymeal
customer in 2001 as credit guarantees and supply problems from
other origins boost U.S. sales.
Coffee harms arteries, new study
According to new research, the first cup of coffee may damage
arteries, the European Society of Cardiology was told in Stockholm
on September 3.
Nestlé India studies fruit-based milk drink market
Nestle India is eyeing the emerging market of fruit-based milk
drinks in India, reports The Financial Express this week.
GM tomatoes boosted for health
German scientists have engineered a genetically modified "healthy"
tomato that prevents its new genes from passing to other crops.
Flaxseed's role in breast cancer prevention suggested
Flaxseed may protect postmenopausal women against breast cancer.
Scientsits at the University of Minnesota believe this is the first
study to reveal the link.
Herbal Association refutes recent ginkgo study
American Herbal Products Association and the National Nutritional
Foods Association have heavily criticised the findings of a new
study that links colchicine to natural ginkgo.
Soy linked to kidney stones, new research
New research indicates that soybeans and soy-based foods may
promote kidney stones in those prone to the condition, recent
research in the US suggests.
Ginkgo compound may harm placenta
Harmful compound colchicine has been found in the placental blood
of women taking Gingko biloba.
GM fish labelling for S.Korea
South Korea will label genetically modified (GM) fish products from
September 1, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said on
Numico denies selling out-of-date vitamins
Numico denied on Tuesday that its food supplement unit GNC
deliberately sold expired products in the United States
Iron supplements to help coughs
Iron supplements may be a simple remedy for the common dry cough
associated with ACE inhibitor drugs.
Nutrigenomics - the future of health
Our burgeoning knowledge of the interaction between genes and
nutrition has led to a greater understanding of diet on specific
health conditions, or to put it another way, nutrigenomics.
GRAS status for DMV Lactoferrin
DMV International announced this week that the American FDA has
given its milk derived Lactoferrin Generally Recognized as Safe
Hot lemon tea as skin cancer prevention
According to a new study by American scientists, drinking hot tea
with citrus peel could protect the body against skin cancer.
Quitting coffee improves heart conditions
A new study from Norway has found that coffee drinkers who quit
drinking caffeinated filtered coffee cut their blood levels of
cholesterol and the protein homocysteine, which are known risk
factors for heart disease.
Drink milk, not soft drink
According to a new study published in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition, women are drinking soft drinks in record
amounts and this daily habit may be wreaking havoc on their bones.
Vit. B fortified foods improves public health
According to a new report, fortifying foods with B vitamins and
giving additional supplements to people with heart disease, and
those at risk, could save lives and money.
NZ goes forward on GMOs
The New Zealand Royal Commission on Genetic Modification has
recommended that research on GM crops and animals proceed with
Nestlé reports H1 results
Nestlé delivers strong sales and earnings per share growthDuring
the first six months of 2001, the group continued last year's
Low dosage liquorice affects blood pressure
A few mouthfuls of liquorice may raise blood-pressure levels,
according to researchers from Iceland.
Halal certification board for Philippines
In a bid to improve the Philippine "halal" industry President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has started steps to develop a local
"halal" food industry.
Junk food and AMD link revealed
New research suggests that snack fats may damage the eyes but omega
3 can help beat blindness.
Pomegranate seed may cause breast cancer cells to self-destruct
Israeli researchers have found that pomegranates could have
important implications for breast cancer treatment and the safety
of oestrogen replacement therapy.
Tighter rules for health claims?
British food producers have serious reservations about any move by
Brussels to subject claims they make about their products to
UGO (Unidentified Gene Organism) found in soybeans
Belgian scientists found alien gene fragments in soybeans grown
from seed developed by the American biotechnology giant Monsanto
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.
Cornmeal violates JAS law
11 of 59 soybean and corn-processed products subject to a Japanese
government investigation were found to contain ingredients with
Higher vitamin-C RDA for women, study suggests
US government researchers suggest that the RDA of vitamin C for
healthy young women should be increased from 75 mg to 90 mg.
Sports drinks, the battle continues
Coca-Cola Co. said its relaunched Powerade sports drink was gaining
momentum and braced to better challenge Gatorade