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Stress coupled with high-fat may slow metabolism in women

Experiencing a stressful event the day before eating a single high-fat meal could slow the metabolism of women, potentially contributing to weight gain, say researchers.

Salty snacks may increase metabolic syndrome risk by 56%: Study

Higher consumption of salty energy-dense snacks may be a factor in the development of metabolic syndrome, according to Iranian researchers.

Mediterranean fish stocks show steady decline

While careful management has helped stabilise and even improve the fish stocks in some parts of Europe,  the situation in the Mediterranean has deteriorated over the past 20 years, say...

‘Significant’ differences between organic and non-organic foods: Meta-analysis

Organic crops and crop-based foods may contain up to 69% more key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops, according to a new systematic analysis.

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Taste genetics: A new way to look at policy and segment consumers?

Can new research in to the genetic basis of taste could help manufacturers and policy makers better understand consumer choices, purchase behaviour and even the later risk of obesity and...

Food consumption linked to changes in 'biological clock' through insulin mechanism

Altering the foods you eat could have a profound effect on the body's internal biological clock, which regulates much of our biology and behaviours, say researchers.

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Okra extracts backed for natural hydrocolloid potential

Carbohydrates extracted from the okra plant have potential to be used as a natural hydrocolloid that improves the quality of emulsions-based food products, say researchers.

Salmon bones set to be recycled as protein supplement

A novel process to extract digestible proteins from salmon waste is set to be piloted in Scotland, before being scaled up for worldwide supply.

Fat is back in fashion, suggest analysts

Data indicates that sales of fatty foods such as butter are rising as consumers focus on limiting sugar and increasing protein in their diet, says Euromonitor International.

Decoding food odours: Scientists map molecular signatures of food smells

While foods contain many thousands of volatile chemicals, only around 230 of them play a role in how we perceive the odour of a food, say researchers.

Children’s TV promotes bad diets, says study

Unhealthy foods are being promoted to children in everyday children’s television programmes, new research published in the British Medical Journal suggests.

Palm oil plantations threaten water quality, warn researchers

The expansion of oil palm plantations may also pose a threat to water quality in fresh water streams that millions of people depend on, according to new research.

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Neanderthals may have consumed vegetables too

Studies of 50,000 year old stool samples from Spain have suggested that Neanderthals may have consumed more vegetables than previously thought.

Study: ‘Organic’, ‘whole grain’ give unhealthy foods a health halo

Health-related buzzwords such as “heart healthy”, “organic” and “all natural” can lead consumers to rate unhealthy foods as healthy, according to a study of college students at the University of...

Almonds may reduce heart disease risk: Study

Eating almonds may reduce the risk of heart disease by increasing levels of the antioxidant alpha-tocopherol in the blood stream, reducing blood pressure and improving blood flow, according to UK researchers....

What makes us fear food?

More and more consumers rely on the internet for their news, and stories can go viral within minutes, so it’s unsurprising that certain food ingredients have become the subject of...

Oil palm genetics may provide more reliable clues for ripeness

New genetic research could help palm oil producers to improve yields by aiding them in knowing when fruit is ripe, say scientists.

Tech transfer brings universities 'more than money', says study

Academic technology transfer – the process of moving research from the lab to the market – provides intrinsic benefits to universities that go far beyond any potential revenues from licenses...

Replacing sat fats with polyunsaturated fats is ‘questionable’

Researchers have questioned the practice of replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, claiming that there is ‘much evidence’ that doing the opposite is more relevant.

Experts take aim at SACN, sugar reduction and reformulation at summit

International experts and policy makers will debate the findings from the recent SACN report, and whether sugar should be a priority for public health, at the Sugar Reduction Summit next week....

Marketing to children: Brand knowledge and BMI relationship ‘quite robust’

The more a child is familiar with logos and other images from fast-food restaurants, sodas and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more likely the child is to be overweight or...

'Land grabbing' could help feed at least 300 million people, study suggests

Crops grown on "land-grabbed" areas in developing countries have the potential to feed an extra 100 million people worldwide, new research has suggested.

Sweet success: Researchers could produce erythritol from straw with new GM fungus

German scientists have developed a technique to produce the low calorie sweetener erythritol from straw using a new genetically modified fungus.

Maternal high fat diet could reduce anxiety in offspring

Exposure to a high fat diet in the womb could reduce anxiety and stress in adolescence, according to new research in rats.

Séralini saga continues as retracted GM study is republished in second journal

The long running controversy over the Séralini study linking Monsanto GM crops and herbicides to cancer took a fresh twist today as the widely criticised article was republished in a...