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Sweden to take 2-day snapshot of kids’ diets

The Swedish Food Authority (NFA) will look at what 3,000 children eat and drink over two days as part of a study into the diets of the country's youth. 

Chia extract can slash cake fat by 25%, finds study

Chia mucilage gel can be used to directly replace vegetable fat in pound cakes without impacting texture or color, researchers have found.

Food neophobia: Toddlers reject new food smells

Male toddlers are put off by foods with unfamiliar smells, says a French study looking at the play between taste and odour.

Even low sugar intakes carry risk of caries, finds review

Even low intakes of free sugars can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and dental caries - a finding that re-emphasises the importance cutting dietary sugar intakes, say...

Moderate butter intake increases LDL and HDL cholesterol levels: Danish study

Moderate butter consumption could result in higher levels of both 'bad' LDL and 'good' HDL cholesterol, the findings of a Danish study suggest.

The importance of carbs in human evolution – and in the Paleo diet

Consumption of carbohydrates and starches may have been critical for the accelerated evolution of the human brain, and would have been a vital part of a real Palaeolithic diet, suggest...

Global analysis of beverage consumption reveals key national differences

New data on beverage intakes for 187 countries has revealed significant differences in current consumption levels and historic trends for sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices and milk, say researchers.

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Fibers from food waste offer clean label option

Multifunctional fibers made from fruit and vegetable peals and pulps that would otherwise be thrown away can help manufacturers meet consumers’ growing demand for clean ingredient labels while also reducing...

Regularly eating spicy foods associated with a lower risk of death, BMJ study suggests

The mouth-burning, eye-watering and cough-inducing sensations that come with eating spicy foods might make some people feel like they are dying, but in reality eating spicy food could reduce their...

Half believe organic food contains more minerals and vitamins than conventional products despite lack of data

Organic preferences: Health before animals and the environment, say Danes

Richer people eat more organic foods and buy them because they perceive them to be healthier than conventional foodstuffs, a Danish study has found.

Fast food fever: Modern diets impact immune health of you and your kids

Modern ‘Western diets’ can lead to poor immune functioning and increased risk of inflammatory conditions, allergy, and auto-immunity, researchers warn.

Which do you think is more filling – a Coke or a Mars bar?

While past research has suggested solid foods are more filling than beverages – consumers don’t always make this distinction, warn researchers. 

Night snacking woes: Is food timing is key to weight loss?

There is a lack of top level evidence to support the notion that eating ‘little and often’ is beneficial for metabolism and weight loss, say researchers who warn that more...

‘Mild’ increases in salt intake add risk of high blood pressure and heart disease: New data

Even small increases in salt intake that are well within the ranges seen in daily life are linked to a higher risk of high blood pressure, according to new Japanese...

School meals are a valuable tool against vitamin D deficiency: Danish researchers

Adding fish to school meals could boost children’s vitamin D levels in winter, research finds.

The power of symbolic wording on a food label

Symbolic information on a food label can change the perception of a product – even when consumers are aware that this perception is false, write researchers.

Maternal diet changes new-born heart 'tastebuds': Rat data

Baby rats whose mothers were fed a high-fat diet have larger than normal hearts with fewer taste receptors for bitter flavours, say researchers.

Skipping breakfast may put diabetics at risk of dangerous blood sugar spikes, warn researchers

Diabetics who skip breakfast may be provoking hazardous blood sugar spikes by fasting until lunch, according to new research.

Wholegrain consumption may prevent early death

A high wholegrain intake may lower the mortality rate regardless of wholegrain type or cause of death, say researchers in a 120,000-strong Scandinavian cohort study.

Introducing oleogustus: Fat ‘confirmed’ as sixth basic taste

Research demonstrating that fatty acids have a taste sensation that is distinct from other basic tastes ‘confirms’ that fat is the sixth basic taste, say researchers.

Breakthrough discovery for lowering arsenic in rice

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have made a breakthrough discovery in lowering levels of arsenic in rice.

Citrus food flavouring is genotoxic, says EFSA

Citrus food flavouring perilla aldehyde causes DNA damage to the liver, says EFSA – a finding that calls into question the safety of nine other chemically similar flavourings.

Top food companies to provide £3.7m for diet-related research

Fourteen leading UK food and drink companies have united to help fund six research projects that aim to tackle diet-related health problems.

‘Added phosphate’ linked to spikes in blood levels

Phosphates that are artificially added to foods like dairy and cereal products appear to cause bigger spikes in blood phosphorus levels than naturally occurring phosphates, potentially putting harmful stress on...

Sugary drinks linked to type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity: Meta analysis

Sugary drinks may cause type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity – and artificially-sweetened drinks or fruit juice are not necessarily healthier alternatives, according to new research.

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