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Excessive antioxidant use may interfere with cell stress response, study finds

Antioxidants’ effects may not be altogether beneficial as a study shows the reactive oxygen species (ROS) molecule that antioxidants are so efficient at eliminating may aid in maintaining health. 

Study delivers blow to nutrigenomic hopes – but damage not fatal

Results of a huge EU-backed project have dashed hopes that phenotypic and genotypic information could boost the effectiveness of personalised nutrition programmes. But one of the researchers behind the project says the findings open as many doors as they close.

Need for know-how in hygienic engineering knows no borders - EHEDG

The European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) will establish 20 new regional sections by 2020.

Access to fresh food may impact on heart health: Study

Restricted or low access to fresh food may increase the risk of developing heart conditions in later life, according to research.

Med diet appeals to hearts and minds as review outlines brain benefits

The benefits of the Mediterranean diet on the heart have been well documented but research has now established a strong link to boosts in attention, memory, and even language ability.

High protein and fibre pastas do not increase satiety

High protein and high fibre pastas are not more filling than normal pasta while high protein pasta is rated as being less tasty, say Barilla-funded scientists.


Diabetics should be wary of paleo diet ‘hype’

The Australian Diabetes Society president has said people with type 2 diabetes should be wary of social media hype about the benefits of going on the paleo diet, arguing there have been no trials going beyond 12 weeks.

Heavy intake of animal protein points to higher risk of death: Study

Diets with an emphasis on processed and unprocessed red meats are linked to a higher risk of death whist the opposite is true for diets made up from plant-derived proteins, a landmark study has shown.

When is it best to introduce complementary feeding for infants? Commission asks EFSA

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to update its scientific opinion on the appropriate age for introduction of complementary feeding for infants.

From law to labs: EU's tide change for animal experiments

With mounting public pressure, the EU has experienced a tide change on the use of animal experiments in recent years. But is this in vitro political will reflected in vivo on lab floors?

Soybean by-product tipped as alternative prebiotic

By-product Okara, otherwise known as ‘soy pulp’ or ‘tofu dreg’, is a promising novel prebiotic, according to researchers testing the ingredient in a human gut model. 

Live long & prosper: Med diet credited with lengthening life span: Study

Several food constituents that make up the Mediterranean diet have been strongly credited in extending life span, a 10-year follow-up study has shown.

'Healthy' dips are salt and fat traps: CASH survey

British public health charity, Consensus Action on Salt, has blasted so-called ‘healthy’ dips such as hummus as being salt and fat traps, as its survey reveals 74% of hummus dips have a red front of pack label for fat.

IFT 2016 part two: Ingredients and trends to watch

In part two of our IFT 2016 highlights gallery, we explore trends from the showfloor and the education sessions, spanning sprouted grains, stevia blends and natural antioxidants, colors and flavors, to novel sources of protein.

Commission approves 3 GM soybeans for EU import

The European Commission authorised three GMOs to be sold for food and feed in Europe last week.

UK retailer files carb:protein ratio health claim

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has filed a health claim for a particular carbohydrate to protein ratio it says helps overweight individuals lose weight.

Call for UK to bulk up childhood obesity strategy in wake of leaked plans

Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to revise its childhood obesity strategy, alleging that leaked draft documents show plans do not go far enough.

Healthy eating linked with reduced diabetes levels

Fresh research from years 1-4 of the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme has investigated the association between anti-inflammatory and antioxidant dietary patterns in reducing the onset of diabetes and looked at carb-protein ratios.

Algae calcium not permitted in organic soy drinks, says German court

A German state court has ruled an algae-sourced calcium has no place in an organic soy drink – the manufacturer has appealed the verdict.

TTIP could bring food safety regulations to a standstill: Report

The controversial trade deal between the EU and the US could give multinational companies increased power to challenge food laws that impact their bottom line, according to an analysis by the US-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).   

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