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Study questions Nordic diet’s heart health benefits

Healthy Nordic diets may not be as good for the heart as previously thought, according to a new study of more than 43,000 Swedish women.

Understanding emulsions key to better low-fat foods: Study

Designing low-fat foods requires thorough understanding of the many roles that fat plays in the way we experience foods, according to a paper published in Advances in Nutrition.

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Tree-mendous: NPD boom in plant waters, with 'natural' and 'no preservatives' leading health claims

Plant waters such as aloe, birch, artichoke, maple, cactus, and almond water are starting to challenge coconut water’s pedestal, with NPD in this emerging category booming, according to Innova Market Insights. 

Flexitarians fuel innovation in vegetarian food

Vegetarians are enjoying a wide range of packaged food– but it's their flexitarian friends who are fuelling innovation in the taste and texture of plant-based meat alternatives.

Evolva meets third milestone in Roquette collaboration

Swiss fermentation specialist Evolva Holding SA has reached a third milestone in its collaboration with Roquette Frères SA, triggering a payment of “several hundreds of thousands of Swiss Francs” to Evolva, the company has said.

Taxation necessary to offset rising cost of a healthy diet

The price of fruit and vegetables in the UK has tripled in the past 30 years, while the price of ice cream has halved – a pattern being repeated across the developing world which is fuelling the global obesity crisis.

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ITS expands into Spain, Italy and Portugal

UK-headquartered bakery ingredients specialist International Taste Solutions (ITS) has expanded its team into Spain, Italy and Portugal, the company has said.

MEPs make final offer over novel foods regulation as EU draws ‘close to an agreement’

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have put forward what they describe to be a ‘final offer’ on proposed novel food regulations – warning that they will not compromise any further. 

Fishy goodness from beef? Chinese scientists breed omega-3 rich cattle

Chinese scientists have successfully reared beef cattle rich in the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA – which are traditionally associated with fish oils.

Three ways to encourage healthy eating anywhere

Yes we can: By making healthy food choices Convenient, Attractive and Normal companies and policy-makers can foster healthy eating habits in all contexts, say researchers.

Too much variety may be fuelling the obesity crisis

Big differences in the calorie content for one food type distorts expectations of satiety and energy content leading to overeating - a feature of Western diets that is fuelling the obesity crisis, say researchers.

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Student investigates 400-year-old herbal text for modern lessons

The University of Canterbury’s school of health sciences is conducting ground-breaking research into a Renaissance medico-pharmaceutical text that could hold invaluable recipes for healthy nutrition.

Packaged food sales increase in ‘two-speed’ Western Europe

The Western European packaged food market has grown 5% since 2009, with chilled pasta, sustainable foods and frozen yoghurt leading the way, according to Euromonitor International – but Europe is still a divided market.

Is coconut vinegar the next big coconut ingredient?

The health halo associated with coconut ingredients could mean coconut vinegar is the next ‘it’ product in Europe -- though its nutritional benefits are to yet be verified.

Eastern promise: The untapped health potential of Japanese cuisine

The Japanese diet can rival the Mediterranean diet for both health benefits and consumer pulling-power – with the added bonus of 'undiscovered' ingredients waiting to be developed by Western food manufacturers.

Regulation squeezes digestive health NPD out of EU

The percentage of food and drink launches carrying digestive health claims has fallen from 2.4% in 2009 to 2.2% in 2014 in the EU, says Innova Market Insights.

EU companies must get ready for ‘bio-piracy’ law now

Global and EU regulation aims to stop companies using indigenous bio knowledge and material to make profits without filtering any of the benefits back.

European trans fat report 'could lead to ban'

The European Commission will consider action on industrially produced trans fats in foods following a high-level debate, said a spokesperson at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Policy makers call on EC to act on trans fats

Policy makers in Europe have today called on the European Commission for action on industrially produced trans fats in foods in the European Union.

Demand for ‘natural’ drives Europe’s food colouring growth

Growing demand for natural food colourings by manufacturers and consumers will continue to drive the Western European market in the near future, according to a new report by Future Market Insights.

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