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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...

Start young to influence babies' taste preferences

Getting children to eat vegetables is often a daily battle – but a love of healthy food can be fostered by introducing new flavours as early as possible.

Food chemicals may have harmful ‘cocktail’ effect

Risk assessment of food chemicals usually fails to take into account their effects when combined with other compounds – and these ‘chemical cocktails’ may be harmful to health, says new...

Mediterranean diet: Not just healthier but also better for the environment?

While the health benefits of following a Mediterranean-style diet are well-known, new research has also suggested that the dietary pattern also leaves less of a carbon footprint than other options.

Heat-resistant beans are 'front-line defence' to global warming

Thirty varieties of heat resistant beans will be able to survive rising temperatures and keep feeding millions, say scientists.

Study: UK dietary food guidelines could cut heart attack risk

Following the UK dietary guidelines could reduce the risk of heart attacks in middle-aged and older men and women by up to 30%=, say researchers.

Xylitol’s efficacy in fighting tooth decay ‘unproven’

There is little evidence to prove natural sweetener xylitol prevents tooth decay in children and adults despite an EFSA-backed health claim, says a Cochrane review.

Low salt food does not trigger compensation behaviour, says study

Reducing the salt content of food does not trigger compensation behaviours in consumers, research has found.

Is it worth buying nutrient-poor packaged fruit 'n' veg?

Fresh-cut fruit and veg are sold as an instant vitamin boost. But chlorine disinfection, refrigeration and up to three weeks on the shelf mean their vitamin content is often low...

Changing how rice is cooked could cut calories

A novel cooking and cooling process for rice could help slash the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half by increasing levels of resistant starch, say...

From soda bans to nutrient labelling: What really helps reduce obesity?

Trans-fat bans, and limiting the availability of sugary and fatty foods are the best ways to battle obesity, while nutrition information fails to deliver benefits, says a new review of...

Study rules out aspartame sensitivity

A double-blind study has found no evidence of aspartame sensitivity, reported by half of its participants.

Which protein can help weight loss but keep muscle?

Greater energy from whey protein means greater loss of fat but retention of muscle while dieting, according to research that looked at different protein sources. 

Gaps in knowledge on how organic food prices affect consumers, says study

Improved sampling techniques and deeper analysis are needed to identify research gaps in organic products and how price affects consumers, according to a review.

Academics challenge research that links diet soda to bigger waistlines

Academics have questioned a recent study that has attempted to establish a link between an increase in waistlines and the intake of diet soft drinks.

Software analyses food molecules to fight fraud

New software that analyses food molecules will provide cost effective ways to ensure food quality and prevent food fraud, say researchers.

A nutty idea? Reducing foodborne illness with peanuts

White peanut kernel could help reduce Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and Salmonella, according to a study.

Health or ethics? Reason for vegan diet may affect health outcomes

The reason why people choose a vegan diet could have important implications for their health, according to a study published in Appetite.

Cooking pasta removes certain wheat allergens

Certain wheat allergens are released and lost when pasta is boiled while others are highly resistant and remain during the entire digestion process, researchers from Italy have found.

Olive processing waste offers natural emulsifier potential

Solid waste from the processing of olives could provide a source of natural emulsifiers fit for use in neutral and acidic oil–in–water emulsions, say researchers.

Dietary salt risks go beyond blood pressure, warns new study

High intakes of dietary sodium may be causing harm to vital body organs even in cases where it does not cause high blood pressure, say researchers.

Traffic light labels may improve self-control

Traffic light nutrition labels may help consumers exercise more self-control over high calorie foods, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.