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Why do some people with a genetic predisposition to celiac disease develop it and some people don't? Are saturated fats really as bad as we have been led to believe? Does labeling calories on menus really change consumer behavior? And how much sodium is too much? Stay up to date with all the latest food and beverage research in this section of FoodNavigator-USA.

Cargill R&D chief: 'When I started, food science was cool, now it’s viewed with suspicion '

Ironically, perhaps, just as open innovation is fostering a more open and collaborative culture in the notoriously secretive world of food R&D, consumers are becoming increasingly suspicious of scientists ‘meddling’...

Children with food allergies might be vulnerable to asthma, study finds

Developing food allergies are a reliable indicator of the chances of acquiring other allergies such as asthma and allergic rhinitis, a US study has demonstrated.

NCN says 'curated' list helps boost success of innovation events

Nutrition Capital Network partner Grant Ferrier said the mentoring program his company provides has boosted the success of innovation partnership programs such as the one sponsored by DSM.

5 trends changing how consumers grocery shop & tips for retailers to adapt

After changing little in the past 80 years, supermarkets need to lean into megatrends that are reshaping how consumers buy groceries or else risk losing shoppers to other emerging channels,...

Beetroot juice helps muscle recovery, but not through antioxidants

Drinking beetroot juice after exercise can reduce muscle pain and improve recovery, but does not improve real-world performance, according to a study also showing no benefit from antioxidants.

FOOD VISION USA: Let’s get personal. Your microbiome, your blood sugar and you

Could your microbiome - a huge ecosytem of trillions of bacteria living inside your body - explain why you find it harder to regulate your blood sugar than the next...

New research tackles carrageenan safety concerns

New research attempts to set the record straight on the safety of carrageenan – a controversial but widely used stabilizer and thickening ingredient that has been called into question as...

Harris Poll reveals what groceries Americans buy online and why

When it comes to online shopping, consumers may say that they want products with a long shelf-life, but a recent Harris Poll found that they are just as likely to...

WHO adds more cancer types linked to excess weight

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified obesity as more of a risk factor for cancer than previously thought as a report identifies more cancer types linked to excess weight. ...

Berkeley ‘soda tax’ linked to 21% drop in sugary beverage consumption, study finds

Within months of enacting Berkeley’s controversial “soda tax” and the corresponding public awareness campaign on the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages, consumption of the drinks in the California city dropped...

Guidelines not sugar-coated: Limits for children announced

Children between the ages of two and 18 should consume fewer than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends.

Parents are more likely to make a grocery list, but less likely to check it twice when kids are in tow

Time-crunched parents are more likely than those without children to make grocery lists, but sticking to them can be more of a challenge if their kids tag along to the...

Annual viral outbreaks & fluctuations in vitamin D could explain seasonal association of celiac disease

Epidemics of seasonal viral infections, such as the flu, or seasonal fluctuations in mothers’ vitamin D levels, could explain why celiac disease is strongly associated with children’s season of birth...

Edible packaging from milk proteins to hit store shelves in three years, say researchers

Researchers are developing an edible milk-based protein alternative to plastic food packaging.

Will consumers embrace animal-free milk Perfect Day?

Perfect Day, a new ‘animal-free’ milk scheduled to launch at the end of next year, contains all the same components as cow’s milk, including dairy proteins, but doesn’t use any...

Don't have a cow? Perfect Day animal-free milk bids for slice of multibillion-dollar global dairy market

The word ‘disruptive’ is bandied around with wearying regularity in relation to food startups these days, but if anyone warrants this moniker, it's Perfect Day (formerly Muufri). Unlike the purveyors...

Berry eaters may be at lower risk of diabetes: Meta-analysis

Data from almost 400,000 people suggests that consuming berries and the anthocyanins they contain may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus by 15-18%.

Higher cocoa chocolate may not mean more flavanols, say researchers

The most familiar quality parameter of chocolate – the cocoa solids percentage – has no correlation with flavanol levels, according to a study by the University of Reading.

BeyondBrands: 'The future of the natural products industry is about conscious products. Natural is almost so yesterday it’s embarrassing...'

While the word ‘natural’ still appears on the label of 11% of new food and beverage introductions in the US according to Mintel data, brands that are part of the...

Geltor seeks to disrupt the gelatin market with potentially game-changing animal-free alternative

If you think producing gelatin from a genetically engineered micro-organism in fermentation tanks doesn’t sound like something Grandma would do; hydrolyzing collagen from animal skin, bones and connective tissues on...

The future of tea: From hangover cures to tea jellies, Tetley’s top five predictions

From teas enriched with medicines to programmable tea taps, the humble brew could see a dramatic evolution over the coming years, says Tetley. Even the concept of tea consumed as...

Higher sodium intake could ease gout flares, but following the DASH Diet is an overall healthier option

At a time when public health advocates, regulators and manufacturers are pushing to reduce sodium in food and beverages to prevent related premature deaths from stroke and heart disease, new...

Cyclodextrin shows ‘modest’ cholesterol lowering effects: NIH study

Alpha-cyclodextrin may reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol levels by 10% in healthy individuals, compared to placebo, says a new study from scientists from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the...

Spirulina’s anti-fatigue benefits supported by RCT

Spirulina, a blue-green alga or cyanobacterium, may reduce physical and mental fatigue after exercise, report scientists from Ohio State University.

Grocers explore options to defend against growing meal kit category

While the financial threat to traditional grocery stores posed by the burgeoning meal kit delivery category may be manageable for now, it is growing as more players enter the space...

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