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A low-salt diet could raise heart disease risk, study suggests

Low-salt diets may not be beneficial for everyone and may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death as the results of a study appear to contradict currently accepted...

Artificial sweeteners cut calories but may affect glucose control in obese: Study

Artificial sweeteners may help obese individuals cut calories and lose weight but a new study has suggested that these sugar substitutes impair how glucose is utilised in the body....

Sweet potential: Tongue enzyme research may aid zero calorie sweetener industry

The discovery of ‘gut enzymes’ in sweet taste receptors on the tongue could point industry towards a new route in the development of non-caloric sweeteners, say those behind the research.

Expert dispels common myths in following a gluten-free diet

Consumers are buying gluten-free products as part of a healthy lifestyle, with few adopting this diet as part of a treatment for coeliac disease (CD), a study has concluded.

Researchers unlock mystery of protein that filters odour information

A 30 year-old mystery surrounding the function of a protein in our smell receptors has been solved after researchers revealed it plays a vital role in filtering data from smell receptors.

'Food science has been 'corrupted by commercial influences,' slam authors

Government guidelines for low-fat diet 'disastrous' for health: report

Following a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, recommended by official UK guidelines, is based on "flawed science" that has had "disastrous" health consequences, according to a report by a UK health charity....

Serving suggestions play important role in consumer expectations and willingness to buy

Pack images that depict serving suggestions play a vital role in driving consumer expectations and ‘willingness to buy’, say researchers.

Fruit and vegetables may prevent diabetes and Alzheimer’s: Study

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help to protect against age-related inflammation observed in diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, a study has demonstrated. 

Study adds confusion over ‘best time’ to introduce solid foods

In contrast to previous research, a new analysis has found no link between the age at which babies are introduced to solid foods and later risk of childhood obesity.

Hunger hormone also encourages acting on impulse, study discovers

The hormone responsible for controlling appetite may have a detrimental effect on the ability to make decisions and control impulse, a study has concluded.

Low-fat or 'light' foods encourage over-eating in the long-term

Low-fat, light and diet versions of products may actually contribute to rising obesity rates by encouraging over consumption compared to regular products both in the short- and long-term, Dutch scientists have...

Environmental toxins throw a spanner into meat-cancer link: study

Environmental pollutants may play a more significant role than previously thought in the relationship between meat consumption and cancer, a study has shown.

Imprinting obesity: Mum's metabolic health may have lasting impact on baby

Mothers who gain excess weight or have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy could ‘imprint’ obesity on their children, even if they are born with a normal body weight.

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Teens, eat your greens for a lower breast cancer risk, say scientists

Fruit and vegetable intake during teenage years and early adulthood is strongly associated with a lowered risk of breast cancer, a study has concluded.

Artificial sweeteners linked to overweight babies

Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy could double the risk infants being overweight one year after birth, according to new research in mothers.

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Junk food diet can cause damage seen in diabetes, experts warn

A diet that is made up of junk food rich in fat and sugar can cause kidney damage normally seen in those with diabetes, a study has observed.

Lactose intolerance has parallels to mental illness progression, study suggests

Genes that are linked to lactose intolerance may also provide a blueprint into how schizophrenia and other complex conditions manifest themselves, a study has suggested.

Healthier pack lunches needed to change kids' eating habits: Study

Children as young as 9 years old are receiving almost half of their daily energy requirements from "discretionary" or junk foods, research has discovered.

Coconut oil bread? Swapping fat in bread dough could help control blood sugar

Altering the type of fat used in bread baking could help to blunt post-meal spikes in blood sugar, say researchers.

Food crop yield to benefit from nanoparticle innovation, study predicts

Nanoparticle technology could be used to improve the way beans absorb nutrients, boosting growth in order to meet the demand for food, a study has highlighted.

Do we need a better global approach on whole grains?

The lack of a harmonised message on whole grain intake in many countries may be leading to confusion and creating barriers for industry, warn researchers.

High-carb meals better in curbing appetite amongst the obese: Study

Foods high in carbohydrates may help promote better short-term appetite control than high-fat foods, a nutritional study has revealed. 

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Antibacterial bag wins Foodex Best New Idea

An antibacterial Bag for Life – designed to prevent food infections from most common types of bacteria – won the Best New Idea award at the trade event Foodex 2016.

Altering food choice architecture can promote healthy eating

Nudging techniques, such as changing food product order, can influence food choice and holds promise for changing consumer behaviour - but quantifying its effectiveness is difficult, researchers have found.

CVD prevention strategies should focus on eating more ‘good’ foods, not avoiding ‘bad’ foods

Greater consumption of foods found in the Mediterranean diet may be more important for prevention of heart disease and strokes than avoidance of ‘unhealthy’ processed foods, a new study finds. ...