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More evidence links obesity in early childhood and later life

Yet another study has revealed the importance of good nutrition from an early age, as researchers found that children who are overweight as toddlers are more likely to become obese...

Scientists find 'proof' for high protein diets

A key hormone in the human gut could be the reason why high protein diets enhance satiety and promote weight loss, British scientists have reported.

New barley enzymes could mean more efficient beer brewing

US scientists have discovered heat tolerant barley enzymes, which could make malting more efficient for beer, and also provide benefits for the production of bakery goods and breakfast cereals.

Scientists look to carrageenans to boost egg white gelling

Adding carrageenans to egg white ovalbumin improves the gelling ability of the egg protein and could spark a "great interest using liquid egg as gelling agents", says research from Spain....

American diets lack fruit, veg, says USDA

Most Americans are not consuming enough of the daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, according to research by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Cancer Institute.

New study attacks portion sizes - again

Portion sizes have again been linked to rising obesity levels in the US, with a new study indicating that people may be eating more because they are unaware of the...

Scientists deepen sour taste understanding

US-based scientists say they have identified a protein responsible for the perception of sourness, backing up a similar recent study into a taste that is still relatively poorly understood.

Fruit and veg juice may reduce Alzheimer's risk

Drinking three glasses of fruit or vegetable juice a week could cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease by a whopping 75 per cent, according to a population based study from...

Soy's heart health benefits linked to blood clotting

The heart health benefits associated with soy isoflavones may be due to an affect on platelet aggregation, rather than improving classical cardiovascular risk factors, says a new study from Chile.

Allergies: accidental peanut exposure down but more work needed

Good manufacturing practices and more rigorous labeling have contributed to a decline in the accidental exposure to peanut of children with peanut allergies, but more stringent standards still need to...

Vitamin K1-rich diet linked to better heart health

A high daily intake of vitamin K1, found in green leafy vegetables, could reduce the risk of fatal coronary heart disease by 19 per cent, says a new study.

New study links obesity to ovarian cancer

Obesity has again been linked with cancer, in a new study that examines the so far little understood connection between extra body weight and ovarian cancer.

Weekly Comment

Some home-eating truths

As food manufacturers inch closer to the holy grail of low-calorie, trans-fat free flavor-fantastic products one has to ask how we veered so far from the common sense of fresh...

More milk, cheese varieties needed to combat kid calcium deficiency

Children are not getting enough calcium in their diets, according to US dieticians, who recommend that more milk, cheese and yogurt products targeting kids would be one way to address...

School wellness policies improve nutrition, reduce vending

The implementation of new nutrition policies throughout the nation's schools this academic year has already resulted in schools undertaking significant efforts to provide children with healthier foods and beverages, according...

Freshness dating could harm more than it helps, study

Food companies may have more to lose than to gain by placing freshness dating on their refrigerated products, says a new study, which reveals that consumer taste perception is influenced...

Tate & Lyle's new venture arm targets health and renewable ingredients

Food and beverage makers could soon tap into a range of new ingredients with a healthy twist as sugar and sweetener firm Tate & Lyle launches a new venture capital...

Whole Grain Stamp approved for use on meat, poultry products

Products containing meat and poultry will now be able to feature the Whole Grain Stamp, after the US government announced it was to expand the list of goods eligible to...

USDA to release new mushroom nutrient data

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to publish updated data on the nutrient levels of the nation's most commonly consumed mushrooms, which will include an analysis of fat, fiber...

Hunger state affects flavour preference, suggests obesity-related study

A liking or preference for sweetened beverages may be affected by hunger state, suggests a study from the UK that may have important implications in the fight against obesity.

Cow completed

It was announced yesterday that scientists have successfully mapped the most extensive cow genetic sequence - bringing and end to a three year project that is promising to revolutionize the...

Different omega-3s vary in heart benefits

Eating a diet rich in the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), may positively affect 'bad' cholesterol levels in the elderly, says a study from the Netherlands.

Clinton and AHA set nutrition guidelines for schools

Former President Bill Clinton has teamed up with the American Heart Association (AHA) in an effort to reduce childhood obesity through promoting a healthy school environment.

AHPA plans centralized ODI database

The American Herbal Products Association is planning to compile a database of dietary ingredients marketed in the United States before October 1994, and is calling on companies to send records...

Food industry dooms children to obesity, says scientist

A US paediatrician has said that childhood obesity is due to the high-calorie, low-fibre Western diets that cause hormonal imbalances that encourage children to overeat.

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