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Orange juice shelf-life may be extended by natural chitosan

Using chitosan, an emerging ingredient extracted from fungi cell walls, may act as an anti-microbial ingredient for orange juice, and remove the need for pasteurization, says a new study.

Low-grade apples may give high-grade pectin for industry

Pectin extracted from low-grade ‘Golden Delicious’ apples may offer an interesting alternative for jams and confectionery, suggests new research from Mexico.

Gluten-free diet not friendly to gut bacteria: Study

Following a gluten-free diet may be detrimental to gut health, which may also affect immune health, according to a new study from the Spanish National Research Council.

Diet vs. exercise obesity debate continues

The majority of American parents believe that exercise is more important than diet to combat childhood obesity, according to new research from Mintel, despite recent evidence to the contrary.

Study adds to stevia Reb A safety rep

Rebaudiside A does not pose any safety questions regarding genotoxicity, according to a new study that supports the safety profile of this up-and-coming sweetener.

Is obesity fuelling food allergies?

Rising childhood obesity levels may also be driving the increases in food allergies, suggests new research from the US.

US obesity due to more calories, not less exercise: Study

Increased calorie intake – rather than lack of exercise – is nearly exclusively responsible for the obesity epidemic in the US, according to a new study presented at the...

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Fruit and veg may slash colorectal cancer risk: Study

Increased intakes of fruit and vegetables may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 25 per cent, says a large European study.

Acrylamide has no link to brain cancer risk: Study

Dietary intakes of acrylamide are not related to increased risks of brain cancer, says a new study from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Good nutrition strongly linked to education: Study

Better-educated people tend to spend more money on each calorie, but also choose more nutrient-rich foods, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

New enzyme to squeeze more oil out of soy, rapeseed gums

Danisco is introducing a new enzyme for vegetable oil refiners which is claimed to increase yield during refining and enable more sustainable use of water and energy.

The science of stevia

There has been much excitement about the promise of stevia as a natural alternative to artificial zero-calorie sweeteners. FoodNavigator.com summarises the science so far.

Dietary acrylamide not linked to lung cancer risk: Study

Dietary intakes of acrylamide are not related to increased risks of lung cancer, says a new study from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Snack Size Science: Vitamin chips and mama's diet

FoodNavigator's Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we look at how chocolate-eating sheep may give us insights into childhood obesity, and how vitamins may protect...

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Supplements: Time to change the nay-saying record?

As yet another TV show concludes that supplements are unnecessary, is the ignorance of the mainstream media few putting the health of the many at risk? Isn’t it time to...

Even at-risk patients struggle with low-sodium diets

New research from the American Heart Association has shown that heart failure patients who are actively trying to reduce sodium intake still consume more than is recommended even for...

Organic apples beat conventionals on antioxidants

Organically produced apples have a 15 per cent higher antioxidant capacity than conventionally produced apples, says a new study from Germany.

Walnuts and fish affect heart health differently

Including both walnuts and fish products in the diet is required to reduce risks of coronary heart disease, says a new study funded by the California Walnut Commission.

Fatty fish may slash men’s heart failure risk

One portion of fatty fish per week may reduce a man’s risk of heart failure, according to new research from the US and Sweden.

Anti-fructose science may be swaying public opinion

Consuming beverages sweetened with fructose leads to weight gain and a build up of abdominal fat, and impairs insulin sensitivity, says a new study.

Soft drink shake-up called for amidst obesity fears

American consumers may require re-education about beverage intake to wean them off sugary drinks, with some health researchers calling on the industry to develop a new class of reduced calorie...

Vitamin B3 may reduce acrylamide formation: Study

Vitamin B3 may inhibit the formation of acrylamide in French fries by over 50 per cent, according to a new study from China.

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Vegetable juice may aid weight loss: Study

One glass of a reduced salt vegetable juice a day may help overweight people with metabolic syndrome lose more weight, according to a new study.

Salt reductions more challenging in low-fat formulations

Reducing the salt content of low-fat cheese has a greater impact on the flavour than similar reductions from high fat cheese, suggests new research from France.

Polysaccharides may give edible coatings for cheese

The days of cheeses coated with synthetic substances may be drawing to a close as new research suggests that natural polysaccharides may provide edible coatings for household favourites.

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