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Sugar reduces stress more than aspartame, say scientists

Sugar-sweetened drinks may reduce stress levels and therefore be harder to reduce than aspartame say scientists - but campaigners are still calling on industry to reduce both.

Ethical halos: Is there an additional value to CSR activities?

While CSR activities have been long suggested to improve public relations in general, new research has found that consumers rate products produced by companies with good CSR as a better...

Sound: The forgotten flavour sense?

Flavour perception is strongly influenced by the sounds heard when foods are bitten and chewed, claims a review published in Flavour.

Junk foods start to impact metabolism after just five days, warn researchers

Just five days of eating extra amounts of fatty foods can cause long-lasting metabolic changes that alter how muscles process nutrients, new research has found.

Junk food ads and brand placement: Joint use increases effect on children

The combined use of TV brand placements with advertising could increase the effect on children's brand awareness and behaviour towards junk food, a new study has said.

Report and industry clash over artificial sweeteners' role in childhood obesity

A new research report has said that artificial sweeteners may not help reduce obesity in children – a claim that the industry has dismissed.

Changing food porosity could cut salt and fat

Salt and fat content in processed food could be reduced by altering food pore size - without affecting the taste, say scientists.

Small changes for big benefits: Altering protein and carb profile has big impact on weight

Making small, consistent changes to the types of protein- and carbohydrate-rich foods we eat may have a big impact on long-term weight, say researchers behind a new large-scale diet study.

Pesticide exposure linked to increased heart attack risk in obese women

Pesticide exposure could contribute to an increased risk for heart attacks and inflammation in obese premenopausal women, a new study has found.

Eco-friendly foods: Can environmental messages be better targeted to consumers?

Research outlining why consumers support environmental food policies could help identify how messages should be targeted to different groups.

Food labels: Using emoticons better than using colour?

Emoticons on nutritional labels could have stronger impacts on perceptions of snacks than colour-coded labels, a study has claimed.

Cheese: The latest piece of the French paradox puzzle?

The body digests fermented dairy products like cheese differently from butter, leading researchers to suggest this may be another reason behind the French paradox.

Food preferences among elderly peers may differ, says study

Older adults with a poor appetite may have a higher preference for variation in foods compared with older adults with a good appetite, according to a study.

Do eating habits of others influence healthy eating in young women?

Healthy eating behaviour in young women could be influenced by the eating habits and the appearance of others, a study has found.

Near zero compliance with WHO sodium and potassium guidelines

As a 16,000-strong four-nation survey finds only 0.5% meet guidelines at best, researchers say education and individual action is not enough to ensure compliance – industry reformulation for sodium is needed.

Eating eggs linked to lower diabetes risk, says study

Eating four eggs a week could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in men, a study has claimed.

Taste beyond the tongue: How do other senses influence flavour?

Taste is much more complex than the experience of basic flavours on the tongue – it also encompasses our other senses to a larger degree than most people realise, according...

Better than veggie: Eat chicken to fight climate change

We have vegetarian, pescetarian, fruitatarian, vegan… and pollo-tarian? Ditching beef and dairy for poultry products is the best diet to combat climate change, according to new research.

Toward plant-based diets: How do people explain why they eat meat?

Shifting consumers from a meat-focused diet to a more plant-based diet must take into account their perceptions of meat, a study has said.

Mother’s diet has 'significant impact' on baby’s brain activity and weight

Maternal consumption of a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation could drive weight gain and obesity later in their offspring by changing brain circuits that control appetite and weight control,...

Doctors question study claiming pesticides lower semen quality

A study that claimed men who eat fruits and vegetables with higher levels of pesticide residues could have lower sperm count should be interpreted with caution, said health professionals.

Smaller plates, smaller portions? Not always, says study

Smaller plates may not encourage overweight teenage girls to reduce portion sizes because they may be less attentive to visual cues, according to a study.

Cereal survivor: Fiber could be a protective part of our diets, say researchers

Cereal fiber has a ‘potentially protective’ role, say US researchers, after a study showed that people with the highest intake of cereal fiber had a 19% lower risk of death.

Fatty foods could increase risk of mental illness, says mouse study

A high-fat diet could increase risk of mental illness even in the absence of obesity by driving changes in gut bacteria, say researchers.While previous studies...