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  • New Zealand blackcurrants good for the brain


    Research has shown that New Zealand blackcurrants are good for keeping us mentally young and agile, a finding that could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging populations, or helping people with...

    (Issue date: 30 June 2015)
  • Mushroom used in Chinese medicine 'slows weight gain'


    A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals, say researchers in Taiwan. The study suggested Ganoderma lucidum slowed weight gain by altering bacteria in the gut. The researchers suggested...

    (Issue date: 30 June 2015)
  • Study finds a good appetizer could make main course less enjoyable


    A good or mediocre appetizer has the potential to significantly change how the main course is enjoyed, according to one Drexel food science professor.


    Jacob Lahne, PhD, an assistant professor in the Center for Hospitality...

    (Issue date: 30 June 2015)
  • Muscadine grape seed oil may help reduce obesity


    Muscadine grape seed oil supplies a form of Vitamin E, giving scientists another clue to reducing obesity, a new University of Florida study shows.

    The oil may help mitigate the formation of new fat cells because it produces...

    (Issue date: 30 June 2015)
  • MRSA contamination found in supermarket sausages and minced pork

    A survey carried out earlier this year has found the first evidence of the ‘superbug’ bacteria Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in sausages and minced pork obtained from supermarkets in the UK. However,...

    (Issue date: 24 June 2015)
  • Strengthening GM risk assessment - new EFSA guidance explained


    New EFSA guidance identifies data that companies need to supply when applying for renewed authorisation to import genetically modified (GM) plants for food and feed into the European Union (EU).


    The European Commission...

    (Issue date: 24 June 2015)
  • Diet that mimics fasting appears to slow aging


    Want to lose abdominal fat, get smarter and live longer? New research led by USC’s Valter Longo shows that periodically adopting a diet that mimics the effects of fasting may yield a wide range of health benefits.


    In a new...

    (Issue date: 24 June 2015)
  • French ecology minister attacks Nutella over palm oil use


    France’s Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal, has ruffled many feathers in the sustainable palm oil industry this week, by saying that consumers should stop eating chocolate spread brand...

    (Issue date: 24 June 2015)
  • European Parliament shows no appetite for food from cloned animals


    The European Parliament’s Agriculture and Environment Committees have sent a strong signal of support of consumers’ rejection of food from cloned animals.


    A majority of MEPs want cloning for food supply to be banned in...

    (Issue date: 24 June 2015)
  • Daily consumption of nuts and peanuts linked to lower mortality rates


    Nuts and peanuts, but not peanut butter, may protect against death from cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease and other major causes, new study finds


    A paper published confirms a link between peanut and nut intake and...

    (Issue date: 17 June 2015)
  • Avocados may hold the answer to beating leukaemia


    Rich, creamy, nutritious and now cancer fighting. New research reveals that molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a form of cancer.


    Professor Paul Spagnuolo from the University of Waterloo has...

    (Issue date: 17 June 2015)
  • College researchers discover molecular component of cinnamon prevents colorectal cancer in mice


    Research conducted at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and the UA Cancer Center indicates that a compound derived from cinnamon is a potent inhibitor of colorectal cancer.


    Georg Wondrak, PhD, associate...

    (Issue date: 17 June 2015)
  • Eating chocolate daily linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk


    Eating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk, finds research.


    There doesn't seem to be any evidence for cutting out chocolate to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease,...

    (Issue date: 17 June 2015)
  • FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods


    Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalised its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in...

    (Issue date: 17 June 2015)
  • Top salads with eggs to better absorb vegetables' carotenoids


    Adding eggs to a salad with a variety of raw vegetables is an effective method to improve the absorption of carotenoids, which are fat-soluble nutrients that help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, according to research...

    (Issue date: 10 June 2015)
  • Acrylamide in food is a public health concern

    Following a comprehensive review, EFSA has published its scientific opinion on acrylamide in food. Experts from EFSA’s Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) have reconfirmed previous evaluations that acrylamide in food...

    (Issue date: 10 June 2015)
  • Food and Drink Employers and Unions gather in Stockholm to discuss the attractiveness of their industry as crucial to the future success of the EU economy


    Over two days of panel debates and interactive workshops, EFFAT and FoodDrinkEurope, social partners in the food and drink industry, met in Stockholm to discuss some of the challenges of their sector’s employability, including...

    (Issue date: 10 June 2015)
  • Food labels nudge diners to eat healthier


    A Cornell study of food labels in dining halls shows that when people know the calories and fat content in foods, they lean toward healthier fare.


    The study is important because obesity and related diseases, such as diabetes...

    (Issue date: 10 June 2015)
  • Is dietary supplementation appropriate for children with ASD?


    Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often picky eaters, which can lead parents to suspect that their children might not be getting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. This sometimes leads parents of children...

    (Issue date: 10 June 2015)
  • Campylobacter survey: cumulative results from 12 months


    The FSA has today published the final set of results from its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. Campylobacter is a food bug mainly found on raw poultry and is the biggest cause of food poisoning in the...

    (Issue date: 03 June 2015)
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