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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.

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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.

A low-salt diet could raise heart disease risk, study suggests

Low-salt diets may not be beneficial for everyone and may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death as the results of a study appear to contradict currently accepted...

Artificial sweeteners cut calories but may affect glucose control in obese: Study

Artificial sweeteners may help obese individuals cut calories and lose weight but a new study has suggested that these sugar substitutes impair how glucose is utilised in the body....

Sweet potential: Tongue enzyme research may aid zero calorie sweetener industry

The discovery of ‘gut enzymes’ in sweet taste receptors on the tongue could point industry towards a new route in the development of non-caloric sweeteners, say those behind the research.

Expert dispels common myths in following a gluten-free diet

Consumers are buying gluten-free products as part of a healthy lifestyle, with few adopting this diet as part of a treatment for coeliac disease (CD), a study has concluded.

Researchers unlock mystery of protein that filters odour information

A 30 year-old mystery surrounding the function of a protein in our smell receptors has been solved after researchers revealed it plays a vital role in filtering data from smell receptors.

'Food science has been 'corrupted by commercial influences,' slam authors

Government guidelines for low-fat diet 'disastrous' for health: report

Following a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, recommended by official UK guidelines, is based on "flawed science" that has had "disastrous" health consequences, according to a report by a UK health charity....

Serving suggestions play important role in consumer expectations and willingness to buy

Pack images that depict serving suggestions play a vital role in driving consumer expectations and ‘willingness to buy’, say researchers.

Fruit and vegetables may prevent diabetes and Alzheimer’s: Study

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help to protect against age-related inflammation observed in diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, a study has demonstrated. 

Study adds confusion over ‘best time’ to introduce solid foods

In contrast to previous research, a new analysis has found no link between the age at which babies are introduced to solid foods and later risk of childhood obesity.

Hunger hormone also encourages acting on impulse, study discovers

The hormone responsible for controlling appetite may have a detrimental effect on the ability to make decisions and control impulse, a study has concluded.

Low-fat or 'light' foods encourage over-eating in the long-term

Low-fat, light and diet versions of products may actually contribute to rising obesity rates by encouraging over consumption compared to regular products both in the short- and long-term, Dutch scientists have...

Environmental toxins throw a spanner into meat-cancer link: study

Environmental pollutants may play a more significant role than previously thought in the relationship between meat consumption and cancer, a study has shown.

Imprinting obesity: Mum's metabolic health may have lasting impact on baby

Mothers who gain excess weight or have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy could ‘imprint’ obesity on their children, even if they are born with a normal body weight.

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