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Do we need a better global approach on whole grains?

The lack of a harmonised message on whole grain intake in many countries may be leading to confusion and creating barriers for industry, warn researchers.

Foodex 2016

Antibacterial bag wins Foodex Best New Idea

An antibacterial Bag for Life – designed to prevent food infections from most common types of bacteria – won the Best New Idea award at the trade event Foodex 2016.

High-carb meals better in curbing appetite amongst the obese: Study

Foods high in carbohydrates may help promote better short-term appetite control than high-fat foods, a nutritional study has revealed. 

Altering food choice architecture can promote healthy eating

Nudging techniques, such as changing food product order, can influence food choice and holds promise for changing consumer behaviour - but quantifying its effectiveness is difficult, researchers have found.

CVD prevention strategies should focus on eating more ‘good’ foods, not avoiding ‘bad’ foods

Greater consumption of foods found in the Mediterranean diet may be more important for prevention of heart disease and strokes than avoidance of ‘unhealthy’ processed foods, a new study finds. ...

Kids avoid sugary drinks when water and dairy are available: Study

Overweight children decreased their consumption of sugary drinks when additional water or milk was added to their diet, a study has discovered.

A decade on: Irish diet contains too much saturated fat, not enough fish oils

Saturated fat intake has increased in Irish adults and omega-3 fish oil intake has decreased in younger age groups, according to a 10-year comparative study.  

News in brief

EFSA moves ‘flagship’ journal to Wiley as transparency drive continues

The EFSA Journal and its full archive dating back to 2003 has migrated to Wiley Online Library, as the EU’s central agency seeks greater “openness and engagement” for its primary research work....

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Video: Nim's brings its fruit-drying technology to vegetable snacks

Snacks supplier Nim’s Fruit Crisps unveiled its first range of vegetable crisps at the Food & Drink Expo in the UK last week – and took the show’s award for...

Forget weight, body shape is key indicator for heart attack risk, study finds

Excess abdominal fat is more of a risk factor for heart attacks than weight, especially for women, a Norwegian study has determined. 

Diet changes may not improve sleep quality, review concludes

Modifying food intake as a therapy for improving the quality of sleep may not make a difference, a review of studies has found.

News in brief

Cambridge backs cloud-based food safety system

Cambridge City Council has provided backing for Checkit’s management and monitoring system.

3D Food Printing Conference 2016

3dChef partners with confectionery firms to develop next generation candies

3dChef has partnered with a number of confectionery firms to develop next generation candies, sweets and decorations for the pastry industry.

Sweet or salty? Weight gain more likely in sweet-toothed toddlers, study shows

Children who eat sweet foods over salty snacks, despite being full, are more likely to experience weight gain, a study has found.

Mother’s high-fructose diet may lead to foetal metabolic disorders: Study

A high-fructose diet during pregnancy may lead to the foetus developing hypertension, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and obesity in later life, a study reports.

Opinion

Coconut oil: superfood or not?

The nutrition science community is becoming increasingly concerned about the health halo around coconut oil and the risk to health if consumption becomes a regular occurrence.

Grain of truth in fast food & infertility link, study states

People who consume more fast food are exposed to higher levels of chemicals that can lead to infertility, according to a study.

Energy & fibre intakes far below recommended levels

Paper offers insights into +85s diets – but huge data gaps remain

The rapidly-growing age segment of over-85s has been neglected in both nutrition research and dietary recommendations, say UK researchers behind a large-scale trail-blazing study.  

From science to shelves: the development of MacuView

Study says MacuView helps with eye health and AMD

A recent study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology has shown the benefits of consuming a dairy drink, MacuView, containing lutein-, zeaxanthin- and DHA-enriched egg yolk.

Fresh fruit linked to lower risk of heart attack and stroke

Fresh fruit consumption has been linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, according to new research.

Excess sugar consumption ‘similar to cocaine addiction', says study

An over consumption of sugar sets in motion a reward mechanism in the brain that mimics other drugs such as tobacco and cocaine, a study has suggested.

Phosphate alternative suggested to keep prawns juicy and tasty

Polysaccharides have been put forward as a cheaper alternative to phosphates to help retain water in prawns under commercial conditions, a study has decided. 

Vitafoods Europe 2016, Geneva, Switzerland, May 10-12

Vitafoods to showcase nutrition innovation boom

92% of 800+ ingredient and product exhibitors that attended Vitafoods Europe in Geneva last year said they would launch at least one product in the following year.

Simple paper test could better detect food pathogens

A simple, paper-based test could help detect food pathogens before they reach supermarket shelves and restaurants, say Korean researchers.

CO2 rises could fuel obesity as plants “carb-load”

The nutritional quality of food will plummet as carbon emissions rise, with every bite delivering less protein, fewer micronutrients and more sugars, according to a report released this week.