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Video: Nim's brings its fruit-drying technology to vegetable snacks

Snacks supplier Nim’s Fruit Crisps unveiled its first range of vegetable crisps at the Food & Drink Expo in the UK last week – and took the show’s award for...

Forget weight, body shape is key indicator for heart attack risk, study finds

Excess abdominal fat is more of a risk factor for heart attacks than weight, especially for women, a Norwegian study has determined. 

Diet changes may not improve sleep quality, review concludes

Modifying food intake as a therapy for improving the quality of sleep may not make a difference, a review of studies has found.

News in brief

Cambridge backs cloud-based food safety system

Cambridge City Council has provided backing for Checkit’s management and monitoring system.

3D Food Printing Conference 2016

3dChef partners with confectionery firms to develop next generation candies

3dChef has partnered with a number of confectionery firms to develop next generation candies, sweets and decorations for the pastry industry.

Sweet or salty? Weight gain more likely in sweet-toothed toddlers, study shows

Children who eat sweet foods over salty snacks, despite being full, are more likely to experience weight gain, a study has found.

Mother’s high-fructose diet may lead to foetal metabolic disorders: Study

A high-fructose diet during pregnancy may lead to the foetus developing hypertension, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and obesity in later life, a study reports.

Opinion

Coconut oil: superfood or not?

The nutrition science community is becoming increasingly concerned about the health halo around coconut oil and the risk to health if consumption becomes a regular occurrence.

Grain of truth in fast food & infertility link, study states

People who consume more fast food are exposed to higher levels of chemicals that can lead to infertility, according to a study.

Energy & fibre intakes far below recommended levels

Paper offers insights into +85s diets – but huge data gaps remain

The rapidly-growing age segment of over-85s has been neglected in both nutrition research and dietary recommendations, say UK researchers behind a large-scale trail-blazing study.  

From science to shelves: the development of MacuView

Study says MacuView helps with eye health and AMD

A recent study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology has shown the benefits of consuming a dairy drink, MacuView, containing lutein-, zeaxanthin- and DHA-enriched egg yolk.

Fresh fruit linked to lower risk of heart attack and stroke

Fresh fruit consumption has been linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, according to new research.

Excess sugar consumption ‘similar to cocaine addiction', says study

An over consumption of sugar sets in motion a reward mechanism in the brain that mimics other drugs such as tobacco and cocaine, a study has suggested.

Phosphate alternative suggested to keep prawns juicy and tasty

Polysaccharides have been put forward as a cheaper alternative to phosphates to help retain water in prawns under commercial conditions, a study has decided. 

Vitafoods Europe 2016, Geneva, Switzerland, May 10-12

Vitafoods to showcase nutrition innovation boom

92% of 800+ ingredient and product exhibitors that attended Vitafoods Europe in Geneva last year said they would launch at least one product in the following year.

Simple paper test could better detect food pathogens

A simple, paper-based test could help detect food pathogens before they reach supermarket shelves and restaurants, say Korean researchers.

CO2 rises could fuel obesity as plants “carb-load”

The nutritional quality of food will plummet as carbon emissions rise, with every bite delivering less protein, fewer micronutrients and more sugars, according to a report released this week.

High-protein diet better for weight loss and improving mobility, says study

A high-protein diet can help obese older adults lose weight and improve physical function compared with a regular weight loss regimen, according to a new study.

Switching from saturated fat to vegetable oil cuts cholesterol but increases heart attack risk: Review

Switching from saturated fat to vegetable oils that are rich in linoleic acid reduces cholesterol but actually increases the incidence of heart attacks and heart disease, according to a recent...

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Personalised nutrition ‘really works’: new research

New EU research shows that diets targeted at an individual’s specific needs –personalised nutrition – can improve health more than general nutrition advice, but the results are not improved by...

Wearable sensor tracks calories by recognising chewing sounds

Scientists have developed a wearable system that monitors calorie intake by recognising the chewing and swallowing sounds of food, a research paper has revealed.  

3D Food Printing Conference 2016

Wageningen University & FrieslandCampina researching 3D printing of milk protein structures

3D food printing gives academics an opportunity to explore the functionality of ingredients and how we can delay the process to get a solid structure and build challenging shapes, according...

Duck feet: The next alternative gelatin source for confectionery?

Gelatin extracted from duck feet or other avian sources could provide an alternative to pig and cow sources, which some consumers avoid for ethical or religious reasons, claims a new...

Expert calls for activity icons that could help ‘reduce obesity rates’

Food should be labelled with how much exercise is required to expend its calories in order to help promote an active lifestyle, said a leading health expert. 

Healthy eating guidelines not eco-friendly enough, say scientists

Following global dietary advice for healthy eating could help avoid over five million deaths per year, but it will only cut carbon emissions by 29% - nowhere near enough to...