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‘Robust’ evidence for GM crop benefits, says meta-analysis

Genetically modified crops offer ‘large and significant’ benefits in both developed and developing countries, according to a new meta-analysis.

Mediterranean, vegetarian or pescetarian: Which is best for health and the environment?

The global drive toward more meat and dairy consumption could increase diet-related disease and boost greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, but other dietary patterns could provide answers, claims a study...

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects prunes for kids bowel function; carbs non-characterised

The EU’s central science agency has rejected a health claim submission linking prunes (Prunus domestica L) with normal bowel function in under-3s for a lack of infant-specific data. A carbohydrate-based claim...

Healthy planet, healthy people: Balancing carbon footprint and optimal nutrition

Plant-derived foods have been suggested as preferable to those of animal origin from an environmental perspective as well as for health – but nutrient density must be taken into account,...

Myth busting? High salt intake may not increase thirst

It is commonly believed that consumption of salty foods increases thirst, and could be a reason for increased consumption of sugary soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. But just how true...

Lung, breast and ovarian cancer risk lower among lactose intolerant: Study

Lactose intolerant individuals have a decreased risk of developing lung, breast and ovarian cancers, fresh Swedish findings suggest.

Forget calorie counting and start eating healthily, say UK healthcare leaders

Following a Mediterranean style-diet may be better at cutting obesity rates than following diets that involve continually counting calories, say researchers in the UK.

"When we put all this data together, there isn't a country that doesn't experience significant malnutrition"

Malnutrition costs 11% of world's GDP: Global Nutrition Report

Malnutrition is costing the global economy $3.5 trillion (€2.8trn) a year in both the developing and developed worlds, the biggest ever global survey of nutrition has concluded.

Trial data backs ‘moderate’ consumption of sugary drinks for teenagers

Moderate consumption of sugary drinks has little impact on adolescents' metabolic health, as long as they remain physically active, according to a new trial.

Obesity policies forget to consider food feelings, say researchers

A greater focus on emotional training may be a more effective way of encouraging healthy food choices than nutritional training, according to research.

Could a short term vegan diet improve overall health?

Participants in a ten-day vegan diet programme saw significant improvements in biomarkers associated with risk of heart disease and metabolic disorders, according to a retrospective study.

Popular diet plans lack evidence for long-term benefits

Popular commercial diets can aid weight loss in the short term, but the long-term impacts on weight maintenance and heart health remain ‘unclear’, say researchers.

Corporate responsibility programmes may create a ‘health halo’

Consumers underestimate calorie counts for, and consume more of, foods from companies with positive corporate responsibility programmes, say researchers.

Green tea may lower blood pressure - but only for non-smokers

Green tea, but not black tea, may lower blood pressure, but this effect is cancelled out by smoking, according to a five-year study in China.

Mediterranean diet has ‘lasting’ health benefits, say researchers

The health benefits of switching to a Mediterranean style diet and upping the amount of time spent exercising for a period of just eight weeks can still be seen a...

Not the only culprit? Celiacs react to non-gluten wheat proteins

Past celiac research has focused on gluten wheat proteins as the cause of reactions, but researchers say there may be other non-gluten proteins in wheat also to blame.

Front of pack symbols do not indicate healthier foods, suggests research

Products that display front-of-pack ‘health’ symbols do not have better nutrient profiles than those that do not, a study has suggested.

Unilever R&D searches out new ways to quantify thickeners in foods

A new strategy to identify and quantify the levels of polysaccharide used to structure food has been developed by a group of Dutch researchers led by industry giant Unilever.

Finnish dairy Valio to detail iodine content on all milk cartons

Finnish dairy Valio has charged itself with educating consumers in Finland and Sweden on the importance of iodine consumption.

Gut bacteria ‘digestion’ linked to red meat’s heart disease risk

Two research papers have revealed a new mechanism that link the consumption of red meat and other foods to an increased risk of heart disease.

French duo launch HalalTest: ‘We want to democratize analysis’

Two French entrepreneurs have launched ‘HalalTest’, a portable device that tests food for the presence of pork. 

Food manufacturers to lure young engineers

Food and drink manufacturers are planning to lure young engineers away from competing sectors, such as aerospace and automotive, during Tomorrow’s Engineer Week, which started on Monday (November 3).

Transforming NPD: Systems-based innovation and research needs industry-wide acceptance

Innovative systems-based models of NPD must be adopted by small and large players alike if the nutrition industry is to have success in developing functional foods that are backed by...

Effects of poor diet may persist after diet is improved, warn researchers

The effects of poor eating habits on the immune system persist long after dietary habits are improved, according to a new study in mice.

Fruit juice consumption linked to higher blood pressure

Habitual consumption of fruit juice may be a predictor for high blood pressure, according to new research.

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