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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.

Genes could contribute to obesity, say scientists

According to researchers in Boston, it is not just the types of foods consumed and a lack of physical exercise that lead to obesity; their findings suggest that both body...

Low GI diet could protect eyes against AMD

Eating a low glycemic index (GI) diet could reduce the risk of the incurable eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), by more than 60 per cent, says a new study.

Human aspartame study finds no cancer link

A human observational study has revealed that adults consuming aspartame-containing beverages did not show any increased incidence of certain cancers, but scientists caution that the study could have certain "limitations"...

Sweetener preference based on lack of bitterness, says study

The most important factor in determining what kind of sweeteners people prefer is the level of bitterness of the compound, according to a new study on taste perception.

New research could facilitate low-linolenic soybean production

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have discovered a way to speed up the identification of low-linolenic soybean varieties, findings that could contribute to increased production of low-trans fat soy...

Popular spices may stop cancer growth

Ginger and chilli peppers may inhibit the growth of certain cancers, said scientists at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Soy, breast cancer prevention link questioned

The link between soy consumption and a reduced risk of breast cancer has been called into question by a meta-analysis of available science, with researchers concluding that there is insufficient...

USDA funds genetic mapping of barley

A $5m project aimed at identifying and improving the genetic make-up of barley could lead to higher yields and a better quality crop, said the US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns...

Soy before birth could reduce offspring obesity risk, say scientists

The unhealthy, high-fat foods we consume may not be the only culprits when it comes to obesity and related diseases, according to US scientists who reveal that a pregnant mother's...

Beta-glucan fruit drink lowers bad cholesterol levels

Soluble fibre beta-glucan could lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and seems more efficient when put in beverages, claims new research.

ARS researchers create high fiber fat replacer

Researchers from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have created a fat replacement additive rich in soluble fiber, beta-glucan, to tap into the low-fat food market.

Omega-3s have no benefits for heart health, cancer - new review

Intake of omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish and fish oil supplements has no effect on mortality, heart disease or cancer, concludes a new review, but guidelines should continue for...

Wholegrains better than refined grains to lower bad fats

Wholegrains, but not refined grains, could lower blood triglycerides, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, say researchers from the US Agricultural Research Service.

Video games to be next way to target kids' nutrition?

Children may soon be encouraged to eat well through 'edutainment'- a variety of interactive computer games developed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an attempt to tackle the...

Soy products pose no threat for infants, experts say

Scientific evidence says that consumption of soy from the diet or as supplements should not cause alarm despite negative reports about risks, a view that has been supported by a...

Report claims "life-threatening" dangers of Atkins

Low-carbohydrate diets could pose a serious health risk and are not a safe way to lose weight, according to a new report.

Broccoli trend gains momentum

Cyvex Nutrition is expanding its range of broccoli ingredients after a series of studies revealing the cancer-fighting benefits of the wonder veg has increased popularity.

Scientist concerned at plummeting nutrient levels

Nutrient levels in fruits, vegetables and some food crops have dramatically declined in the past 50 years, something that could further push consumers to opting for more nutritious organic goods.

Diet success depends on consistency, not diet type, says research

The most successful way to lose weight is not the type of diet chosen, but actually sticking to it, according to research published by the ARS, which also reveals that...

Scientists create super-nutritious strawberries

Researchers have developed a method for enhancing the nutritional value of alpine strawberries - which could prove popular with consumers anxious to increase their vitamin intake.

Neptune clears barrier to NKO functional foods

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has announced that it has overcome the barriers to developing functional foods using Neptune Krill Oil (NKO) in alliance with Terepia, with the introduction of three...

Scientists to evaluate potential dangers of soy

An independent panel of scientists is to meet this week to review recent scientific data on the soy compound genistein. The scientists expect to reach conclusions as to whether or...

Red cabbage could cut Alzehimer's risk

In a new study red cabbage was seen to reduce the build-up of certain plaques in the brain that could cause Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia that...

High-fiber, low-fat diet benefits kids' heart health, study

Overweight children kept on a "nutritious" diet and encouraged to exercise during a two-week period showed a dramatic reduction in cholesterol and insulin levels, according to a study presented last...

New evidence linking soft drinks to weight gain in children

Children kept off sugary drinks lost weight after a period of six months, according to a new study, findings that add to the mounting body of evidence linking childhood obesity...

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