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The unwanted consumer? Beware the harbingers of failure, warn researchers

Positive product feedback is a good thing, right? Not if it is from a ‘harbinger of failure’ who repeatedly buys niche market and flop products, warn researchers.

Force companies to reformulate and save thousands of lives: study

Mandatory salt reduction is the most effective way to reduce health inequalities and could save up to 4,500 lives in England each year, say scientists.

Protein and veg before carbs helps keep blood sugar in check, say researchers

The order in which we eat food could play a vital role in how our bodies manage post-meal blood sugar and insulin levels, a small study has reported.

Increased calorie availability ‘more than enough’ to explain obesity epidemic, says WHO bulletin report

Increases in the food energy supply in many countries of the world, leading to a higher availability of cheap energy-dense foods, is more than enough to explain a concurrent increase...

A computer game to reduce snacking and lose weight?

A simple computer game could help people reduce snacking and lose weight by associating certain foods with the act of saying 'no', British psychologists have found.

The apéritif effect: Alcohol’s impact on the brain’s response to food aromas

Although research into the ‘apéritif effect’ (where alcohol increases food consumption) is well-documented, a study has linked the brain, as well as the gut, to the phenomenon. 

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide: Global prevention plans needed, say researchers

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research, which warns of an urgent need for strong global prevention programs.

Sugary drinks duty of 20% could lead to 2,400 fewer diabetes cases, says study

A 20% duty on sugary drinks in England could result in 2,400 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,700 fewer cases of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to...

Fatty and sugary foods linked to lower cognitive functions: Mouse data

A diet rich in fat and sugar could cause changes in the make up of our gut bacteria, which in turn lead to losses of cognitive functions, suggest researchers.

“Shhh!” seaweed swell could tackle UK iodine deficiency

Edible algae could help tackle iodine insufficiency in the UK, but very few manufacturers are bragging about this nutrient content on pack, research finds.  

Fructose could lead to lower brain reward than glucose

Fructose may lead to overeating by creating fewer reward signals in the brain, suggests a small pilot study published in PLOS ONE.

How effective is fortifying flour at reducing anaemia?

Fortifying flour with micronutrients is effective in decreasing national prevalence of anaemia, say researchers who looked at 32 different countries.

Reference materials studied for silver nanoparticles in meat

A feasibility study for a reference material of silver nanoparticles in chicken meat has been investigated by scientists.

Seeking a definition: What makes whole grains whole?

Whole grain foods should be promoted for health – but the term needs a standard definition to encourage innovation among food companies, say nutrition researchers.

Financial reward only helps stop bad eating habits

Giving people money to encourage healthier lifestyles only works in the longer term when designed to stop negative behaviour rather than promote positive choices, suggests research from the London School...

New Séralini study questions legitimacy of GM safety data

The validity of safety tests for commercial pesticides and genetically modified foods has been called into question, after French researchers found control diets and historical diet data contained GM materials...

Academics seek industry partners for electrospun nanofiber delivery

UK-based researchers are seeking industry collaboration and inspiration for work creating electrospun nanofibres that could provide improved products and ingredient delivery systems for foods.

Scientists discover how to make sustainable palm oil profitable

Scientists have found an ‘optimal point’ at which switching to sustainable palm oil production methods actually becomes profitable.

New plant enzyme discovery could help battle global vitamin A deficiency

A newly discovered enzyme that is critical for the biosynthesis of carotenoids in plants could help to reduce vitamin A deficiency, say researchers.

Driven to distraction: Low attention to food leads to later snacking

The amount of attention we pay to our food while eating it has a direct relationship with intakes of food later in the day, according to new research. 

Review highlights potential of nano-delivery systems for nutraceuticals in foods

While there are several challenges involved in the nano-delivery of vitamins and nutrients in functional foods, such systems have ‘considerable potential’ within the food industry, says an expert in oral...

Breaking consumer ties with junk food brands could backfire

Consumers' affinity with beloved junk food brands can be strong – but trying to weaken it may be counter-productive by reducing preferences for healthy foods, say scientists.

Brain hormone could help distinguish sugar and zero calorie sweeteners

Fruit flies have a set of neurones that fire only when they encounter real sugar – triggering the release of a hormone that is not released when they eat a...

Reacting to allergies: Is self-diagnosis leading to malnutrition?

Inaccurate home testing and self-diagnosis is leading to unnecessarily restrictive diets and malnutrition, says a report claiming to make sense of allergies. 

Maternal diet before conception may affect baby’s DNA expression

A mother's environment and dietary habits around the time of conception could permanently change the function of genes influencing the risk of diseases in her child, say researchers.

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