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Smells like teen spirit? Different age groups have specific food smells - and that's important for tailored NPD

Vanilla is associated with children, roasted nuts with seniors and floral notes with adults, and the findings will provide "a deeper understanding" for tailoring new product development (NPD) to age...

Experts dismiss new study showing dangers of BPA

New research shows exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) in pregnant mice can disrupt the immune system and lead to multiple sclerosis in infancy, but experts say the chemical poses no...

Plant protein may prove a more effective diabetic defence: Study

Consuming protein from plants rather than meat greatly reduces chances of type 2 diabetes, new research shows.

Rogue one: Liver immune cells turn to dark side in the face of obesity

Being overweight and following a high-fat diet appears to reprogram virus-fighting immune cells into disease-promotors in a discovery that sheds light as to why the liver produces an excess of...

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How to reduce sugar scientifically and creatively in confectionery

Soluble dietary fibers, dextrins and added vanilla can help manufacturers cut sugar beyond reducing portion size, writes Leatherhead Food Research’s head of microscopy.

Artificial sweeteners raise stroke and dementia risk, study claims

Drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily may increase the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who consumed this drink less than once a week.

Time for an oil change? Next-gen fats and oils offer health-boosting options

Oils and fats that provide the taste and food qualities while providing a rich source of the ‘good’ fats is an ongoing issue that has resulted in a range of...

Acacia gum improves texture and shelf-life of bread, says supplier

Adding between one and 3% of acacia gum to either gluten-free or white bread can improve softness and extend shelf-life, according to French supplier Alland & Robert.

Salty food diminishes thirst and increases hunger: Study

New research has reversed ideas about the health impacts of a high salt intake diet, and may have implications for salt reduction campaigns throughout Europe - though public health campaigners...

Food quality, not quantity matters to label lovers

People who pay attention to nutrition labels are more concerned with the quality of the food they eat, choosing to eat more fruits, vegetables and beans, and shunning potatoes and...

Whey protein approach could cut calories in yogurts and ice-cream

Novel-textured, high-protein desserts may soon become available thanks to a method that uses whey protein and polysaccharides to reduce the calorie content of high-fat foods such as ice-cream.

New insights reveal how stevia controls blood sugar levels

How stevia controls blood sugar levels has remained a mystery until now as researchers think they have unravelled the natural, no-calorie sweetener's action that results in its observed health benefits.

EU scientists warn against methods that overstimate carcinogen levels in food

EU scientists have warned against pitfalls in the method used to analyse carcinogenic contaminants 2-MCPD, 3-MCPD and glycidyl esters in food, recommending an additional ‘clean-up step’ to avoid skewing results.

Obesity may obstruct rheumatoid arthritis management, study highlights

Excess weight and obesity can interfere in the diagnosis and care of autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis as the impact of diet on the inflammation process is highlighted. 

German research initiative celebrates as new ingredients near launch

A multi-million Euro initiative backed by the German government has hailed the ‘good news’ of being close to market for a number of natural flavour masking ingredients for food and...

Dutch project scaling up multi-analyte methods

An institute of Wageningen University & Research is part of a project to improve multi-analyte diagnostic assays for rapid (on-site) detection of food safety issues.

Food tech: the future is now, say investors

Food prices are rising, corporates are failing to innovate and diets are shifting – it’s the perfect recipe for a food tech start-up.

Pregnancy fat and sugar diet ‘programs’ mother and child health complications: Mouse Study

Eating foods high in fat and sugar during pregnancy can severely disrupt metabolic processes in both women and their offspring, new research on mice has revealed.

Marmite on the mind? Research suggests Marmite impacts brain functioning

High consumption of vitamin B12-rich Marmite spread could alter brain activity by increasing certain chemical messengers, says new research.

Fruit and veg can lower blood pressure according to reviewers

Increasing potassium-rich natural foods in the diet could reduce blood pressure and thus, cardiovascular and kidney disease, according to a review conducted in the US.

Small and 'healthy' weight gains before pregnancy could double diabetes risk: Study

Women who increase body weight by small amounts before pregnancy could have a doubled risk of developing gestational diabetes, even when BMI remains at a healthy level, a new study...

Low acceptance of insect-derived foods not all about taste: Study

An unwillingness to eat foods like insects may have more to do with food appropriateness than its actual taste as findings could have implications for consumer acceptance of other protein...

Novel Salmonella strain sickens 40 in four countries

A new Salmonella serotype that first caused illness in Greece has spread to three other countries, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Symposium targets food fraud prevention and mitigation

Regulators and experts from academia, government and industry are meeting in Quebec this week to discuss food fraud.

Higher consumption slashes risk by 35%

Legumes linked to lower diabetes risk

A higher total intake of legumes is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes by more than a third, the long-term PREDIMED trial had concluded.

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