Tomatoes remain firm through process
At the Fi Europe 2001, DSM Food Specialties will introduce a new
application of its FirmFruit® enzyme system designed to enhance the
appearance and consistency of processed tomato pieces in
Antioxidant protects against stroke damages
New research in mice suggests that an antioxidant compound called
dehydroascorbic acid can reduce the damage caused by a stroke.
Dietary calcium may increase prostate cancer risk
An 11 year study from Harvard researchers reveals that too much
dietary calcium may increase the risk of developing prostate
GM sugar in coffee - not just yet
Due to its complexity GM sugar will not be commercially produced
for another 10 years.
Flax for human consumption: seed or oil?
Lately, numerous studies have been published regarding the health
benefits of flaxseed otherwise known as linseed, one of the oldest
cultivated plants used by man.
Fenugreek enters modern medicine
Fenugreek, trigonella foenum-graecum, is an annual plant, member of
the pea family. The botanical name for fenugreek means "Greek hay,"
since it was used at one time to scent poor quality hay.
Lifestyle plays role in diabetes 2
The majority of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by the adoption
of a healthier lifestyle, American scientists revealed recently.
Berry extract fights West Nile virus
Findings of a new study in Israel show that the deadly West Nile
virus, which recently killed a 71-year-old Atlanta woman, may have
a natural enemy.
Oolong tea fights fat and cholesterol
An experiment by a Japanese doctor showed oolong tea reduces body
fat and rejuvenates internal organs, because it contains a large
amount of polyphenols.
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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low dosage liquorice affects blood pressure
A few mouthfuls of liquorice may raise blood-pressure levels,
according to researchers from Iceland.
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.
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.
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.
Milk protein hope for PKU sufferers
A dairy scientist in the US has developed a milk protein powder
that aims to dramatically expand the food choices for people with
phenylketonuria - more commonly known as PKU - a genetic disorder.
Eat soy, live longer - study suggests
According to a report in a Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
publication, diets containing soyfoods have contributed to the
longevity of people of Okinawa.
Antioxidants may interfere with cholesterol drugs
According to researchers, supplementing the diet with antioxidant
vitamins and minerals appears to blunt the beneficial effects of
certain cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Tesco into alternative remedies
Tesco announced it will bring alternative medicines to the masses
as it took a controlling stake in a specialist retailer of natural
Summit on "blue fruit" health benefits
The 4th annual summit organised by the Wild Blueberry Association
of North America (WBANA) is being held in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Low-fat diets may not provide enough omega-3s
According to researchers, the US government-recommended diets for
preventing heart disease do not contain enough essential fats, the
kind of fatty acids found in vegetables, lean meats, fish, and
Western health supplements trendy in Asia
According to a recent survey, Asians are increasingly switching
from traditional medicine to Western health supplements.
Health-linked GMOs the way to acceptance
What's in it for me? Australian research is showing this may be the
key question in selling genetically modified (GM) foods to
Food health claims nearing Code of Practice
The UK Joint Health Claims Initiative (JHCI) is drawing closer to
its goal to establish a Code of Practice for health claims on food.