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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...

‘Food circuit’ identified that could control appetite, study shows

A ‘food circuit,’ in which neurons are activated when a sweet taste is detected, may represent a new approach in controlling appetite, a study on Drosophila flies has shown....

Sugar reduction now a 'key mindset' of consumers, survey shows

Reducing sugar intake has become a key concern amongst many European consumers, with a quarter of those surveyed now preferring low sugar food products, a 2,500-strong survey has found.

Salt stimulates passive eating of fatty foods: Study

Salt provokes fatty food eating, and can even trigger increased food intake among people who have a preference for less fatty foods, Australian researchers have found.

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AgriFood research focuses on sustainability and health

A new agrifood research network is being launched, which is seeking a fundamental change in food production, supply chain resilience and consumer health.

Weight of the world: 20% of adults obese by 2025, study predicts

Around 20% of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025, if policies designed to slow down and stop the worldwide increase in Body Mass Index (BMI) are not revised and...

'Everything in moderation' advice is unlikely to be effective: Study

'Everything is moderation' is valued as simple, effective advice to promote healthy eating. But without a fixed definition, it leaves people the freedom to define moderation as how much they want...

UK a nation of ‘convenience food and waste,’ says survey

The United Kingdom is emerging as a nation of casual consumers, whose preference for convenience food appears to give rise to increased food waste, a survey has shown.

Nano 3D structure of food could lead to reduced costs and waste

3D images of food produced at a nano level promise to save on food industry costs and reduce food waste as a result of faulty production, according to a study’s...

Pictures of big portions lead to overeating, study warns

Images featured on food packaging can influence portion sizes that cause consumers to overestimate appropriate serving sizes, a study has discovered. 

Cocktail of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit beverages

A trio of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit based beverages that have an increased nutritional value yet are low in sugar, say Danish researchers. 

Voice-controlled calorie counter may aid people in losing weight

A spoken-language app that makes calorie counting easier has been developed by researchers, who believe the technology could prove useful for those struggling to lose weight.

Brain places energy needs over sweet taste: Mouse data

Given the choice between eating something calorific with an unpleasant taste and more pleasant tasting food that is calorie-light, the brain places energy needs first, a study has shown.

Doctors may encourage moderate dark chocolate consumption after latest health links: Researchers

Healthcare professionals may recommend moderate dark chocolate consumption after daily chocolate eating was tied to reducing heart disease risk factors, claim the authors of a cross-sectional study.

High protein diet has 'intriguing' double benefit of weight loss & improved sleep: Study

Consuming a high-diet protein while dieting may improve sleep in overweight and obese adults, according to a new research.

Sugar “unacceptably high” in children’s juices & smoothies and should be reduced, researchers argue

Parents embracing fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies for their children because they perceive them as a healthier alternative to sugary sodas is misguided, based on new research that found...

Genetic alterations stops obesity onset in mice, study shows

Tinkering about with the genetic make-up of female mice can stop them gaining weight despite being fed on a high-fat diet, a study has demonstrated.

Splenda CEO blasts ‘flawed’ Ramazzini research: ‘Sucralose does not cause cancer’

Sucralose “is safe and does not cause cancer, despite what you may have seen in some headlines,” Ted Gelov, the CEO of Splenda brand owner Heartland Consumer Products Group, has...

Rare plant compound subject of novel industrial-scale production method

A method to recreate a rare class of plant-derived chemical compounds has the potential to be produced on an industrial scale for the food and flavour industries.

Irish diet shows signs of chemical exposure, warns FSAI

The typical diet in Ireland shows worrying signs that consumers could be at risk from exposure to chemicals such as lead, aflatoxins and acrylamide, according to a study by Food...


Gene-diet insights key to personalised nutrition success

Separating fact from fiction will be one of the main challenges for the food industry when it assesses personalised nutrition from the wealth of research that looks into gene-diet interactions....

Sugar tax

Budget shock: sugar tax on soft drinks

A surprise tax on sugary soft drinks to tackle childhood obesity, unveiled in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, has dismayed manufacturers but delighted campaigners, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

myfood24 – the online tool helping researchers get teenage kicks?

An online method of collecting diet data could help unlock intake information for teenagers, a group often neglected in government policy, say UK researchers.