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Mycoprotein reduces hunger and diabetes risk in overweight people

Eating mycoprotein could reduce appetite and risk of diabetes in overweight people, new research suggests.

Rise in multi-sensory packaging in the food and drink sector

Apart from the visual, the role of the senses tends to be underplayed and underexploited in food and drink packaging, as Paul Gander sniffs out.

Teen obesity a ‘significant predictor’ of liver disease in later life

Older teen males who are overweight or obese could be at a higher risk for liver disease later on in life, a study suggests.

Green packaging makes food seem healthier - but not for discerning organic shoppers

Discount shoppers believe a product tastes healthier if it comes in a 'healthy', green packaging - but organic shoppers have a more critical eye and are less affected by packaging,...

Eating peanuts during infancy nutritionally safe for kids: Study

Introducing peanuts into an infant diet is nutritionally safe and does affect the duration of breast-feeding or impact on growth, a follow-on study appears to confirm.

Heart healthy grains: Increasing intake each day linked to longer life

Eating at least three servings of whole grains (WG) every day could lower the risk of a cardiovascular disease-related death according to research.

Plant-based sweeteners can regulate blood glucose levels: Study

Replacing half the sugar content of food with a plant-based sweetener could lead to improved sugar control without affecting textural properties, a study has shown.

'radical reassessment' of the low-fat approach needed

More evidence in favour of healthy fats for weight loss

A study published in The Lancet provides more evidence that a low-fat, low-calorie diet is not beneficial for weight loss, while a Mediterranean diet high in healthy fats could help....

Early nutrition vital to fighting back against EU childhood obesity crisis

European children are ‘in crisis’ over the risk of gut disease and obesity, according to a new report that calls for renewed focus on pediatric digestive health. 

HPT process could offer fresher preserved food on commercial scale by 2019

A new processing technique to preserve food for months without loosing freshness could be commercially available as soon as 2019, say researchers developing the technique.

'Breakthrough' global accounting tool for waste could save billions

A new global standard to measure food loss and waste will help firms save billions of pounds and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Changing supply chain

Interconnected diets: Two thirds of crops we consume are result of ‘food globalisation’

'Foreign' crops dominate national food consumption patterns and farming practices, according to new research that finds nearly 70% of fruit, vegetables, legumes and grains in an average country's diet originate...

Wood-derived ingredients: Clean label innovation or consumer turn-off?

Finnish researchers are developing a range of clean-label wood-derived ingredients to replace current emulsifiers, texturisers and additives for bakery, meat and dairy products - but do consumers want wood in...

Prehistoric instinct could explain mystery of glucose-boosted self control

Glucose’s mysterious positive effect on self control could be due to the brain’s natural instinct to grab immediate rewards when deprived of sugary foods, a new theory suggests.

Sustainable protein from a global waste product: Enzymes key to rapeseed extraction

Using enzymes to extract protein from rapeseed press cakes in a sustainable and cost-effective way could transform 34 million tonnes of waste product into a valuable protein source, a Finnish...

Sweeteners in the clear? Study finds saccharin does not lead to weight gain - but sugar does

In contrast with previous reports that link artificial sweeteners with weight gain, new research on rats has found the non-nutritive sweetener saccharin has no effect on weight, while glucose does....

Complex textures could increase feelings of fullness: Study

Increased textural complexity in foods could help consumers to feel fuller for longer, say researchers.

Excess salt may raise heart disease risk in kidney patients, study suggests

An increased intake of salt may raise the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a study has determined.

Manufacturers want ‘whole package’ from suppliers

Food and drink manufacturers are increasingly asking for “the whole package” from their ingredients suppliers, a leading flavour producer has claimed.

Binge behaviour mechanism ‘switched off’ in brain study

Binge eaters are less motivated to eat a treat after hearing a ‘sugar cue’ when certain brain pathways are suppressed, an animal study has found.

Potato-heavy diet could raise blood pressure, study claims

A high intake of potatoes is related with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure in adults, according to a controversial study.

'Resource-smart' food system needs less meat and fewer ultra-processed foods

A tax on meat and stricter rules on marketing of cheap products that contain “empty calories” are needed as part of a major overhaul of the global food system, according to a...

Iron giant: Nestlé aims to iron out discolouration in fortified foods

Alterations to pH, complexation of iron and binding other micronutrients could minimise undesired colour changes in fortified foods, say Nestlé researchers.

News in brief

Nestlé Health Science partners with DBV to develop milk allergy detection tool

Nestlé Health Science has announced it has entered into a strategic collaboration with DBV Technologies to develop and bring to market a patch-test tool, MAG1C, for the diagnosis of Cow’s...

A late dinner is not linked to childhood obesity, study shows

Researchers have uncovered no significant link between eating dinner after 8pm and obesity in children, a study shows.

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