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Salt intake directly linked to obesity: CASH

There is a direct link between salt intake and obesity, says 1200-strong CASH study – but health experts say the findings should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Focus on fat not sugar reduction to keep consumers: Study

Companies who reformulate to reduce sugar may risk losing more consumers than with reduced fat, find researchers.

Maternal diet linked to risk of heart abnormalities at birth

A relatively healthy diet before pregnancy is linked to a lower rate of certain heart abnormalities in babies at birth, according to new research.

Lux Research: Cost, speed & sustainability benefits of synthetic biology will make it a ‘permanent and growing aspect' of flavors market

Synthetic biology will become a “permanent and growing aspect of the flavors & fragrances landscape” predicts a new report from Lux Research, which says the approach is more sustainable than traditional...

Stop counting calories and start promoting nutritional value, urge researchers

When it comes to cutting levels of obesity-related heart disease and death, it’s time to stop counting calories, and start to make simple changes that improve the nutritional value of...

Brain study unravels why ethical labelling increases willingness to pay

Shoppers are willing to pay up to 30% more for ethically produced goods that carry the Fairtrade logo, according to a new brain study that suggests ethical foods produce a...

From trial-and-error to chocolate physics: Molecular dynamics can replace guesswork, claim researchers

German scientists say they may be able to improve chocolate’s mouthfeel after researching the molecular interactions with lecithin during conching.

High-fat diets linked to cognitive impairment in children

Children with diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol have worse mental flexibility than those with lower fat diets, according to a new study. 

Consumers have critical eye on atypical packaging

Unusual packaging designs make consumers analyse product claims more closely - making strong claims more effective but reducing willingness to pay for weak claims, say researchers.

Technology trends: HPP most important food technology – now and in the future

High pressure processing (HPP) will be the most commercially important food processing technology for European industry in the next ten years, according to new data. 

Meal routine helps lead to healthier diets, say researchers

Having a set meal routine is one of the strongest factors associated with healthy diets, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition.

Candy science observatory: ‘Pro health biscuits’

Bee pollen may up biscuits’ protein, fiber and polyphenol game: Researchers

Fortifying biscuit with bee pollen may help manufacturers increase protein, fiber and polyphenol content without impacting taste, according to Polish researchers.

Sustainers and curtailers: Which type of sustainable foodie are you?

Sustainability isn't one size fits all. Some consumers buy sustainable products while others curb consumption of less sustainable foods, say researchers. 

Front-of-pack labels boost purchase intent – regardless of nutrition

Consumers are significantly more likely to buy foods that carry front-of-pack nutrition labels irrespective of their nutritional value, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition.

Alterations to gut microbe environment may have role in type 1 diabetes risk

Changes to our gut microbiota could have a direct impact the production of antimicrobial peptides that play a role in the risk of developing type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune...

Movement implies freshness – even for packaged food

Implied motion in food advertising – such as an image of juice being poured into a glass – may make food appear fresher and more appealing, according to a study...

Healthy fats make leaner kids, says study

Children who report eating more polyunsaturated fatty acids are leaner and have lower body fat percentages than those who consume higher amounts of saturated fats, say researchers.

Why are bee populations falling? We don’t really know, so we don’t really care…

The public has become immune to dire warnings about what falling pollinator numbers could mean for the world’s food supply – because there is no clear solution to the problem,...

More grab-and-go, high-protein breakfast items needed to fight chronic diseases, researcher says

New research showing high protein breakfasts can prevent weight gain, curb hunger pangs and stabilize glucose levels reveals unmet needs in the marketplace and opportunities for packaged food manufacturers, according...

High fat diet in middle age could raise later malnutrition risk

A high energy intake from total fat, saturated fat and monounsaturated fat in middle and older age increases the risk of malnutrition ten years later, say Swedish researchers.

Sandals, sunglasses and Salmonella? Study finds pathogens introduced via luggage

Foodborne pathogens were found in 5% of items entering Germany, according to a study which looked at illegally introduced and confiscated products from two airports.

Protein-packed breakfast prevents body fat gain in overweight teens

A high-protein breakfast could help prevent further gains in body fat and might also reduce calorie intakes and improve blood sugar management, according to research in overweight teenagers.

Kids with poor diets score poorly on cognitive tests: Finnish researchers

The worse the diet quality of children, the worse they score on cognitive tests - especially boys, research finds.

Low-fat diet better than low-carb diet for trimming body fat

The ‘most precise human data to date’ has suggested that when it comes to losing excess body fat, following a low-fat diet is better than cutting out carbs.

Refined grains, added sugars increase depression risk in postmenopausal women, study finds

Consumption of refined carbohydrates, like refined grains and added sugars, significantly increases the odds of depression among postmenopausal women, researchers claim.

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