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Cutting carbs, gluten or fat? The 'utter nonsense' behind claims to be the best diet

From the benefits of gluten-free to those of Mediterranean and Palaeolithic diets, many claims that one dietary strategy are better than another for health and weight loss are simply 'unjustified' and 'sometimes utter nonsense', according to a new review.

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Chewing the fat: Calorie perception of hard and soft food differs

People perceive foods that are hard to have fewer calories than soft equivalents, according to new research published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Food Vision 2014: In pictures

The Food Vision event in Cannes brought together global food and drink industry leaders to tackle some of the biggest issues and key topics directly affecting the future of the industry and the profitability of businesseses. FoodNavigator and the Food Vision team bring you the highlights in pictures.

EU whole grain label laws could take over a year to define, says expert

Industry will meet with scientists next week in Vienna to start discussions on the future of pan-European whole grain labeling, but it’s likely to take more than one year to finalize, says an expert from TNO.

Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

Scientists discover novel sources for cocoa butter alternatives

Shea and palm oil derivatives may lead the way as the most common sources of cocoa butter alternatives for use in chocolate, but researchers are discovering novel forms ranging from mango seed to camel hump fat.

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Tests reveal a third of lamb takeaways contain different meat from FoodQualityNews.com

Almost a third of lamb takeaway meals contained other cheaper meat, according to findings released by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Room for innovation, expansion in nut butters & sweet spreads: Mintel analyst from FoodNavigator-USA.com

It’s hard to find an American pantry that doesn’t contain peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread or some variation therein. But there’s still room for growth in the $3.9 billion nut-based and sweet spread category, according to a report from Mintel. 

Fears of Indian mango shortage after only 50% of crop harvested from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

India’s national fruit may break the bank later year with mangoes for domestic consumption in short supply owing to significant crop damage and rising export orders.

INNOBEV SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS: MOMS FEAR 'CRASHES AND SPIKES'

'Working moms have hidden energy drink habit', BENEO warns from BeverageDaily.com

Working moms are ‘hidden’ heavy users of energy drinks but are a group that would rush to buy healthier products providing sustained energy without spikes and crashes, BENEO says.

Losses increase for 2 Sisters Food Group from FoodManufacture.co.uk

2 Sisters Food Group suffered a loss of £16M in its last set of annual results, covering the 52 weeks to July 27, 2013.

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What’s for breakfast? Depends on your gender, says GrubHub from FoodNavigator-USA.com

An analysis of breakfast orders placed with 28,800 restaurants in 600+ US cities between 6-11am local time over the past 12 months reveals sharp differences between men and women, according to GrubHub , the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering company. 

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Football boss Ferguson to score £3M for wine collection from FoodManufacture.co.uk

A collection of over 5,000 bottles of wine owned by former Manchester United football manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to fetch £3M when sold in Hong Kong, London and online by auction house Christie’s.

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Eastern Europe and Asia lead the way in fresh food consumption
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Eastern Europe and Asia lead the way in fresh food consumption

Consumption of fresh food was strongest in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific in...

Waste date beans- from eco coffee alternative to beyond

Waste date beans- from eco coffee alternative to beyond

An Israeli company that has released a range of coffee alternatives made from roasted date kernel, says the...

NPD insights: You must know what existing product your new one will replace

NPD insights: You must know what existing product your new one will replace

In a world where retail shelves are already overflowing with options, food manufacturers must already know which...

Food labelling is 'confusing' and redundant without education

Food labelling is 'confusing' and redundant without education

Consumers are baffled by ambiguous messages about healthy eating and need help to unravel the labelling conundrum,...

No picnic: Is pea protein moving from the fringe to mainstream?
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No picnic: Is pea protein moving from the fringe to mainstream?

Pea protein may be moving in from the food and beverage fringes, however formulating with the fast-growing...

FAO: Ukraine-Russia tensions and poor weather lead to sharp rise in food prices

FAO: Ukraine-Russia tensions and poor weather lead to sharp rise in food prices

Unfavourable weather conditions in the Asia, Brazil and the US, coupled with increased political tension in the...

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