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Nutrition data displayed graphically helps consumers make healthier choices

A graphical display of select nutrients has resulted in consumers purchasing healthier, lower-calorie menu items as a meal when ordering in a café setting, a study has shown.

Probiota day 3: Tweet by tweet

Researchers from Nestlé and Lallemand helped us wrap up this year's Probiota, tackling antibiotic-associated problems and bringing probiotics back from the dead. Intrigued? Here's how it went.

High-fat diet during pregnancy overrides genes in children, say researchers

A mother’s high-fat diet during pregnancy can override offspring’s genes and cause weight gain and insulin resistance, according to a new animal study in the journal Diabetes.

How can food grown on Mars boost food security on Earth?

Dutch researchers have launched a crowdsourcing appeal for a project that will analyse the safety and nutrient content of food grown on Martian and lunar soil -  and the findings could...

Texturisers will make food for seniors mainstream - but beware when marketing, say researchers

Texture modifiers could make specialist foods for older consumers mainstream and shake up a category that's on the cusp of exploding, say Norwegian researchers.

New tests needed to detect GM soy, says Cert ID

New GM crops such as CV127 soybean are not detectable with older testing methods, and food producers must update their testing protocols to avoid GM ingredients going undetected and undeclared in...

Nutrient-rich Nordic diet linked to better physical performance in elderly

The nutrients range of Nordic diets is associated with better physical performance and a decrease in disability risk later in life, a study confirms.

The NPD name game: Choose your letters carefully for better branding, say researchers

P is delicious, k is not? The way a product name is articulated subconsciously boosts palatability - and may even increase willingness to spend, psychology researches have found.

Industrialised food additives raise autoimmune disease risk: Review

The expanding use of industrialised food additives could raise the risk of developing autoimmune diseases (AD), say Israeli and German researchers.

Craving for calories trump taste in brain’s battle for nutrients

The brain rewards calorie content over sweetness, and responds to nutrients and taste in very different ways, according to new animal research published in Nature.

Séralini study on GMO toxicity ‘disappears’ after one day online

A study into long-term observational data by Seralini shows that GM Bt176 maize is “most probably” toxic in animals – but the paper has since ‘disappeared’ from the online journal after only one...

How do different dietary fatty acids influence body fat?

The way in which the body 'distributes' fat may be different depending on the dietary fatty acids consumed as well as genetic factors, Canadian researchers have found. 

Patent Watch

No oxygen required: Mars seeks patent for cocoa fermentation using airtight bags

Cocoa off-flavors can be avoided by fermenting beans in sealed vacuumed bags inside an incubator with yeast starter cultures, claims Mars in a patent application

German researchers claim plasticisers in food packaging causes weight gain

Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Integrated Research and Treatment Centre (IFB) at the University Hospital of Leipzig, Germany, claim plasticisers (phthalates) can cause weight gain....

Children’s beliefs and emotional reactions altered by food advertising, paper finds

Food-related advertisements and other marketing communications can have significant and measurable effects on children’s cognitions, emotions, and behaviours, encouraging unhealthy or risky consumption, a review paper has found.

European organic and biotech industries clash over plant breeding techniques

Organic farming body IFOAM EU has called for new plant breeding techniques that are still in the experimental stage to be classed as GM under EU law - but this...

A fat lot of good: Vegetables deep-fried in olive oil are healthier than boiled or raw

Vegetables that are deep-fried in extra virgin olive oil contain more healthy phenols and antioxidants than raw or boiled vegetables - important properties that reduce the risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes,...

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Nestlé nutrition expert talks ‘difficult’ task of cutting sugar in confectionery

KitKat maker Nestlé reports progress in reducing sugar across its confectionery portfolio but won’t reformulate to a lower threshold until sugar’s link to obesity and type 2 diabetes is substantiated....

Don't ignore different flavour preferences of older consumers: Study

Certain flavours, such as ginger or mint, appeal to older consumers more than younger ones, and should be considered along with texture when targetting seniors in new product development (NPD).

Anti-GMO study quoted in Italian Senate retracted amidst data manipulation claims

A research paper that was referenced in an Italian government hearing on whether the country should allow GM cultivation is to be retracted after one of the authors was accused of falsifying research data....

Gut microbe damage from low-fibre diets may be inherited - and irreversible

Adopting a high-fibre diet may not only benefit the microbial profile of the person consuming the diet but also their future children, according to a study in Nature.

Obesity places children at higher risk of blood clots, say researchers

A link between obesity and the formation of blood clots in the veins of children and adolescents has been established by researchers for the first time.

The money diet: Spend more on food to be healthier, says 2000-strong study

People who increased the amount they spent on food made healthier choices, ate less energy-dense food and lost weight, which has implications for food taxes and consumer subsidies, say the...

Sesame oil reduces TAG, but not cholesterol: Review

Sesame significantly reduces triacylglycerol (TAG) levels, but does not affect cholesterol, according to a review.  

Healthy food does not replace junk in kids’ diets: Study

Eating healthy food does not reduce the consumption of junk food among children according to researchers, who say there is no link between healthy and unhealthy food consumption.

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