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Eat plants to stay slim, say Spanish researchers

People with diets that favour plants over meat can cut their risk of developing obesity by almost half, according to research being conducted in Spain.

Project TRUE gets bean counting to boost EU pulse cultivation

A €500,000 project aims to expand the cultivation of pulses in Europe to use less fertilisers, promote sustainability and rely less on imports, whilst promoting the health benefits of the...

Child weight gain linked to diet beverage intake during pregnancy, study claims

Children born to women who drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy, were more likely to be overweight or obese in later life, a study claims.

EU expresses ‘high concern’ for hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A, a chemical found in consumer products such as food packaging, may soon be restricted in the EU after authorities expressed “high concern” over its effect on human health....

European Commission's “early warning” system predicts food production issues

The European Commission has launched an “early warning system” which aims to detect agricultural production hotspot countries so it can mitigate the impact of drought and other disasters on food...

What are the best flours to use in gluten-free bread? Study evaluates contenders

The effects of different flours, including chickpea, chestnut and tiger nut, on gluten-free bread have been examined with results suggesting tiger nut flour could be a winner.

Rice production database better equipped to tackle food security issues

A publicly available database that provides added insights into rice cultivation could address security issues arising from its production, shaping policy in the process.

A 10% fruit and vegetable subsidy can save lives, new study finds

Fruit and vegetable subsidies can literally save lives, according to researchers at the University of Liverpool, who analysed how different food policy models may reduce deaths caused by cardiovascular disease...

Food safety recall round-up 9-15 June 2017

Recalls: Histamine, aflatoxin and perchlorate

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Denmark.

Fruit freshness ripe for innovation with use of coated fabric

A quick and reliable way to test the freshness of fruit is the focus of a study that adapts a coated fabric, which soaks up chemical compounds in the fruit...

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Barilla says Yes! to sustainable food research with €20k grant

Barilla is calling on Europe’s researchers to pitch their projects on food and sustainability for the chance to win a €20,000 research grant through its BCFN Young Earth Solution (YES!) competition....

Lost in processing? Organic’s ‘halo effect’ blunted in processed food

Organic claims for processed foods may not be particularly advantageous in promoting the benefits of the product, a study reckons.

PulseNet International pushes uptake of whole genome sequencing

A network dedicated to bacterial foodborne disease surveillance will standardise subtyping via WGS using whole genome multilocus sequence typing (wgMLST).

IAEA and FAO go mobile to tackle food fraud

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to look at mobile tools to combat food fraud and contamination.

Enzymes key to improving plant-protein stability, study finds

Plant protein uptake is still being hampered by poor solubility and limited functionality, but the right kind of enzymes can boost stability and foaming properties, say Finnish researchers.

Product visuals more impactful to parents than nutritional information: Study

Product visuals are a deciding factor when it comes to parents choosing food for their children, according to a study from researchers in Australia.

Women more prone to food allergies, study suggests

Food allergies are on the rise with the highest rates of intolerance recorded among women and the Asian population, a study concludes. 

Sugar-restricted diet hits certain cancers harder: Study

A low-sugar diet may affect the speed at which certain cancer cells spread after a study finds some types rely more on sugar as an energy source than others do. ...

Grill or microwave mushrooms to preserve protein content, say fungal researchers

Microwaving and grilling are the best approaches to preserve mushrooms’ nutritional profile, a study reveals, trumping methods like boiling and deep-frying.

Time to rethink nutrition labelling, say scientists: Food is not just the sum of its nutrients

It's time to move beyond the single nutrient model that looks only at individual fat, sugar or protein content, say scientists. Foods are eaten whole and so their effect on health...

‘Flatpack’ food enhances dining experience and saves on shipping costs

Gelatine sheets that transform into 3D shapes when placed in water may provide a means to save on food shipping costs as well as making food more interactive, say a...

Be still my beating heart: Chocolate’s 'anti-fluttering' qualities highlighted

The link between moderate chocolate intake and lower risk of irregular heartbeat may be due to chocolate’s flavanol content, say researchers.

Trans-fats' cell death role more direct than previously thought: Study

The action of trans-fatty acids may be more damaging to cells than previously thought, as a study reveals the mechanism by which cell death occurs faster, leading to atherosclerosis, heart...

Food production can weather the storm, say sustainability project leaders

As climate change poses an increasing threat to food security, a project that combines innovation with food growing technologies believes sustainability is possible in this changing environment.

Oral health status weighs heavy amongst the obese: Study

Overweight or obese people are more likely to experience oral complications such as periodontitis, as the consequence of carrying extra weight appears to alter the inflammatory process.

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