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Carbs and weight gain: Review points to low hormone levels that regulate fat

Researchers have investigated the mechanisms of action behind carbs and weight gain, pointing to hormone levels that regulate fat.

Neonatal nutrition gap could explain weighty issue of disease inheritance

The nutritional quality of a mother’s diet during pregnancy has a huge say in determining offspring attributes, such as weight and even susceptibility to chronic conditions, a UK study has...

Is food marketing awash with bad science? If so, who is to blame?

Dr Ben Goldacre: ‘Does this food cause or prevent cancer? Honestly, there's no need for any more stories like that, they have almost no value’

There was plenty of handwringing at the IFT show this year about the lack of scientific literacy characterizing the debate around food and farming, backed up by scores of press...

Nutrition profiles of food with health claims only ‘marginally better,' study shows

Foods carrying health claims have only slightly better nutrition profiles than products without, according to an Oxford University study.

Live long & prosper: Med diet credited with lengthening life span: Study

Several food constituents that make up the Mediterranean diet have been strongly credited in extending life span, a 10-year follow-up study has shown.

Less fat, more protein: Quinoa can replace fat in dry-cured sausage

Replacing fat in dry-cured sausages with boiled quinoa could be an effective way to reduce fat and boost protein content without affecting consumer liking, Spanish researchers have found.

Soy-based protein could boost hunger for elderly & anorexic patients: Study

A new soy-based protein could boost appetite for hunger-suppressed patients, researchers have suggested.

Hard water can boost sweetness and cut costs: study

Using certain types of water could allow drinks manufacturers to cut back on sweeteners, according to a new study.

Preparation key to cutting calories and adopting healthier eating habits: Study

Impulse food purchases almost always leads to an unhealthy selection when compared to meals ordered an hour or more in advance, a series of studies have determined.

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Can health pros be trusted with nutritional information?

If you can't trust 'health professionals' to sift nutrition data, who can you trust? argues EU food law critic Bert Schwitters after a recent ECJ ruling that potentially shifts the...

Veg good, meat bad: Dietary patterns determine pre-diabetes risk, study finds.

A diet rich in fruit and vegetables may lower the incidences of pre-diabetes whereas a meat-heavy regime may increase the risk of the condition’s onset, a study has determined....

EFSA launches public consultation on GM allergy assessment

The European Food Safety Authority is calling for public comments on its draft guidance for the allergenicity assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants.

Homemade baby food costs less, but often has more energy & fat than store bought alternatives

The common belief among new parents that homemade baby food is healthier than store bought options isn’t always true, according to new research published in the Archives of Disease in...

Food allergies unlikely to run in the family, study suggests

The chances of a food allergy in the brother or sister of an affected child are only marginally higher than in the general population, a study has concluded.

Waste from ice cream plant used to power UK homes

The world’s third largest ice cream manufacturer, R&R Ice Cream, is turning ice cream by-product into biogas for the National Grid in the UK.

No accounting for taste? Scientists get one step closer to rating food palatability

New insights into the science of taste and how changes in taste receptors determine the way we perceive food have been gathered in a study carried out by Japanese researchers.

The sugar-fat seesaw: Sugar focus undermines fat threat posed in obesity fight

Concentrating health advice only on sugar is likely to misinform consumers and downscale the urgent need to also reduce fat-derived calories, a paper has suggested.

An excess of red meat might harm kidneys, study suggests

The risk of developing chronic kidney conditions is strongly linked to high red meat consumption, a study has suggested. 

Studies look to enhance broccoli’s ability to ward off disease

Research that enhances compounds contained in broccoli may lead to a lower risk of coronary heart disease and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to two studies that reinforce the vegetable’s...

Calorie-restricted diet reduces onset of age-related diseases, study claims

Reducing the amount of calories eaten has been shown in healthy individuals to reduce inflammation – the precursor to many age-related diseases such as heart disease and dementia.

Healthy eating linked with reduced diabetes levels

Fresh research from years 1-4 of the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme has investigated the association between anti-inflammatory and antioxidant dietary patterns in reducing the onset...

Artificial sweeteners may cause cravings for the real thing: Study

Sugar alternatives may actually increase an individual’s appetite for real sugar by interfering with the way glucose is used in the body, a study has found.

Eat eight fruit & vegetable portions to feel happier, study says

Increasing fruit and vegetable intake to eight-a-day can make people happier, according to new research that challenges current European nutritional recommendations.

Phantom fullness: It’s not the calories that count, it’s consistency

A thick, low-calorie milkshake will leave you feeling fuller than one that is high in calories but thin – a finding that could have the potential to help people lower...

Lower risk of death linked to higher unsaturated fat intake: Study

Consuming higher amounts of unsaturated fats may lower the risk of death, according to a Harvard study.

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