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'Smart forks' slow eating rate - but what about the amount of food eaten?

An augmented fork designed to help people eat slower can reduce eating rate but needs further testing to prove it can reduce the amount of food eaten, according to a...

‘Strong evidence’ supports obesity and cancer link: British Medical Journal

A review of over 200 studies has revealed a substantial connection between obesity and 11 different types of cancer, prompting calls for further research and tougher efforts to tackle the obesity crisis.

Sugar’s ‘sweet spot’ link to Alzheimer’s disease discovered

An excess of sugar appears to promote the onset of Alzheimer’s disease as British researchers identify a link between diet and the neurological disorder.

Dairy Council: Milk mortality theory ‘poorly supported’

The hypothesis of a study, which looked into whether drinking milk to excess could shorten life span in women, is ‘poorly supported’ according to the Dairy Council. 

Obesity caused by parents, not social or economic factors: Study

Up to 40% of obesity in children is inherited from parents - irrespective of wealth and social status, new research has found.

SCIENCE SHORT

Stevia’s stability affected by light

The stability of stevia’s sweet-tasting molecule rebaudioside A is adversely affected by light exposure, say researchers, but light-protective packaging could be the answer.

Eat 10 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day to live longer, say scientists

Eating 10 portions (800 g) of fruit and vegetables a day can greatly reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease and could prevent 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide, according...

Obesity-related pain eased by foods found in the Mediterranean diet: Study

Obesity-related joint discomfort may be eased by a diet that is high in anti-inflammatory foods such as fish, nuts and beans.

Reformulation rethink in cutting calories gives taste of success

As obesity levels continue to rocket in Europe, food industry efforts in reformulating popular foods to reduce fat, salt and sugar levels are making inroads but are unlikely to provide...

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Scientists need to ‘rethink’ approach to GMO engagement with public

When it comes to controversial science issues, scientists need to rethink their approach to engaging the public, according to the authors of a new study looking at women's attitudes towards...

Excess fructose in kids linked to rise in liver disease

High fructose intake could increase the incidence of liver disease in adolescents and children, a new study suggests.

Study says stevia on par with sugar in drinks satisfaction, but finds fibre fouls feelings

Drinks sweetened with high-Reb A stevia may have similar or higher satisfaction ratings than sucrose drinks, but added fibre lowers scores, according to a new sensory and sensation-focused study.

Healthy reformulation, high protein foods and NPD strategies get €1.2m research boost

Pre-competitive industry research into fat reduction, high protein foods and new product development (NPD) strategies has been given a £1 million (€1.2m) boost in funding through the UK's research councils....

Titanium dioxide may interfere in digestive processes: Study

Titanium dioxide, a common food colouring used in sweets and chewing gum may affect the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients and protect against harmful pathogens, a study has determined....

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Making a deposit: Faecal biobanks have ‘great potential’

The interest in stool transplants or faecal microbial transplants has gathered momentum in recent years giving rise to the concept of faecal biobanks.

Excess milk intake may shorten life span in women, researchers claim

Drinking milk to excess may be detrimental to health and could even shorten life span in women, according to Swedish researchers.

Gluten-free staple identified as toxic metal contributor: Study

Rice flour, a staple ingredient used in commercial gluten-free products, has been suggested to contain increased levels of toxic metals linked to heart and brain disorders.

'The exposure of the population has remained high and virtually unchanged'

Acrylamide needs to be regulated at the source, says expert

Manufacturers should favour reduced sugar potatoes, specific storage temperatures and use acrylamide-cutting enzymes to reduce levels of the possible carcinogen, according to one expert.

All dietary protein contributes to good muscle health, study suggests

A high protein intake from any protein dense food regardless of its source - plant or animal - can improve muscle health, according to US researchers.

High-GI carb intake may trigger a depressive low, study finds

The type of carbohydrate we eat may affect depression, say scientists who have identified high-GI foods as a risk factor. 

Quinoa gene tinkering key to meeting worldwide food demand

Quinoa has the potential to provide a highly nutritious food source to the world’s growing population and a new genetic map can help researchers to breed in useful traits.

Prenatal BPA exposure may lead to weight issues later in life: Mice study

A chemical normally used in the canned food industry has been found to interfere with the hormone that controls appetite, raising the prospect of increasing weight gain and obesity. 

Food insecurity may hinder children’s mental and physical development: Review

Unreliable access to affordable, nutritious food has a significant bearing on a child's behaviour, academic performance and emotional well-being, a review has determined.

'It appears that no safe exposure during human pregnancy exists'

Eating liquorice while pregnant is comparable to prenatal binge drinking: Study

Eating liquorice while pregnant could harm the baby's cognitive abilities and increase its risk of aggressiveness and depression, according to a Finnish study.

Sweet and spicy flavours add beverage calories, study notes

Individuals are piling on excess calories by sweetening or adding spice to their coffee or tea, according to a study from the US.

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