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Calcium + vit D for breakfast show weight management potential

Consuming high levels of vitamin D and calcium for breakfast may increase fat oxidation rates and energy burning during the course of the day, says a new study from Australia.

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Newsweek slams antioxidants: Yawn!

Monday mornings are never easy. As I read yet another article slamming antioxidants the desire to yawn was stronger than normal.

The risky business of health organization and food company partnerships: CMAJ

Partnerships between food industry and health organizations can risk jeopardizing public health goals, claims an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

USDA releases 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the first time since 2005, with a number of small changes that could make a big...

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USDA deregulates GM alfalfa

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to fully deregulate alfalfa that has been genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup-brand herbicide, the agency has said.

Study reveals the foaming properties of gluten protein

The foaming properties of gliadin – a gluten forming glycoprotein – may be affected by the pH of food systems, as well as the concentration of salt.

Sara Lee to split into two separate companies

Sara Lee Corp. announced its decision on Friday to split into two separate companies and to reject unsolicited buyout offers, ending months of speculation over the company’s future.

Nearly half of Americans want IOM-style front-of-pack labels

Nearly half of American shoppers would like to see calories, saturated fat, sodium and trans fat clearly labeled on food packaging to help them avoid unhealthy products, according to a...

Study begins to unlock the development of child taste preferences

Children’s knowledge and consumption of fast food has a significant impact on their palate and preference for foods that are high in added sugars, salt and fats, according to new...

Monsanto and FDA move toward healthier GM soybean oil

Monsanto and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have completed a biotechnology consultation process for a key component of the company’s high-oleic soybeans, the biotech giant has said.

DSM and USAID unite to tackle developing world nutrition

Dutch company Royal DSM is linking with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop nutrition al projects in the developing world.

Danisco’s natural preservatives go gluten free

Danisco has revised its natural preservative range of cultured dextrose and cultured milk fermentates to ensure they are gluten free, as its customers increasingly demand gluten free options, the company...

Wild gains Toothfriendly approval for Sunwin Stevia

Wild has obtained “Toothfriendly” certification for its Sunwin Stevia product – the first stevia ingredient to obtain the endorsement.

USDA predicts rising food prices in 2011

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said it expects the Consumer Price Index to rise by 2 to 3 percent in 2011, ending a period of near-stagnant food price...

Salty snacks increase asthma risk in children, study

New research suggests that children who consume salty snacks more than three times a week are almost six times more likely to have asthma symptoms.

Senate bill aims to reform US sugar policy

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a new bipartisan bill in the Senate this week intended to phase out the sugar support program, claiming sugar prices are artificially high and...

WHO highlights governments’ role in curbing unhealthy advertising

Governments should play a more active role in curbing the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages high in saturated fat, trans-fatty acids, free sugars, or salt to children, warns the...

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FAO warns against knee-jerk food policy

 Countries should carefully examine the potential implications of any policy actions intended to tackle high food prices, as they may make matters worse in the long term, the FAO is...

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PepsiCo gains Russian approval for Wimm-Bill-Dann deal

PepsiCo has received all the necessary regulatory approvals from the Russian authorities required to close its acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann.

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GLG Life Tech gets business license for Chinese JV

GLG Life Tech’s joint venture in China has been given the go-ahead by Chinese authorities to provide its stevia-derived sweeteners for use in foods and beverages, the company has said....

Energy drinks ‘threat to public health’: JAMA commentary

Scientists and health professions should not wait for FDA action and should be educating consumers of the dangers of consuming energy drinks, says a new commentary in the Journal of...

Interest in Nutrition Facts panel declining, says NPD

Interest in reading the Nutrition Facts panel on the back of food and beverage packages has slipped in recent years, according to market research organization the NPD Group.

Hawaiian governor Abercrombie proposes soda tax

Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie has proposed establishing a tax on soda and similar beverages in the state, in his first State of the State address.

Low calorie sweetener may not increase satiety, suggests study

Oral ingestion of artificial sweeteners such as sucralose may not increase levels of satiety inducing hormones that are released when sugars are ingested, according to new research.

New study identifies limits of sodium reduction in dairy foods

New research suggests that reductions in the sodium content of dairy foods may be more noticeable in simpler products and require appropriate labelling to be acceptable to consumer taste buds.

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