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Sensory profiling just got simpler, faster and cheaper: Nofima

Sensory profiling and product testing can be complicated, but Norwegian researchers have developed methods that are simpler, faster and cheaper, allowing smaller companies to carry out their own new product...

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Counselling for kids proves effective in promoting healthy eating

Children from families who participated in lifestyle counselling ate more vegetables and had a higher intake of important nutrients, a two-year follow-up study has shown.

Almost all Germans contaminated with glyphosate, warns study

Researchers are calling for a glyphosate ban after finding that 99.6 % of Germans are contaminated with the controversial herbicide, with highest levels found in children, teenagers and meat-eaters.

Study: Excesses salt in pregnancy could damage baby’s liver

Chinese researchers believe that exposure to high levels of salt could lead to foetal liver damage.

Naturex calls on start-ups for ingredient innovation partnerships

Naturex is calling on innovative start-ups with fresh ideas on plant-based ingredients, green technologies and novel farming processes to collaborate with it thorugh Ingenium, its open innovation accelerator scheme.

Pile on the protein to feel fuller for longer, study suggests

Dietary protein is more effective than carbohydrates and fat in suppressing appetite, according to Swedish researchers. 

Defining the salt taste may lead to enhanced alternatives, study predicts

Understanding the biological mechanisms responsible for detecting the salty taste will help create solutions to combat the health problems caused by overconsumption of salt, a study has determined.

Introduce allergic-inducing foods to infants to build up tolerance, study believes

Introducing a broader range of foods at an early age may help infants that were breast-fed to build up tolerance to common food allergens such as peanut or egg, a...

Scientists unlock key to drought-resistant, nutrient-boosted beans

Sequencing the common bean’s genetic make-up is set to reap nutritional benefits as well as making the pulse resistant to drought, expanding its use beyond the food industry, a study...

Sleep loss activates ‘pleasure’ part of brain to seek out snacks, says study

A lack of sleep may cause an individual to seek out pleasurable foods that are high in fat and sugar contributing to the increased risk of obesity, a study has...

Eating in groups makes food taste better, study believes

The experience of eating can be affected by how we perceive food and the context in which it is presented, Italian researchers have discovered, which has significant repercussions for the food marketing...

Eat less meat to meet EU climate targets, study says

Technological advancements and dietary changes have been targeted to meet EU climate targets that require deep cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a study has identified.

Scientists develop method to boost sweetness of plant-derived thaumatin

Plant-derived sweetener thaumatin can be made up to 1.7 times sweeter by swapping basic amino acids, Japanese researchers have found.

Our Paleo ancestors were more active than us, but did they really have an optimal diet?

Supporters of the 'Paleo' diet (a hunter/gatherer-style approach to eating) urge us to eschew grains, dairy and legumes - among other things. But any diet that eliminates major food groups...

Red meat may increase fatal heart failure risk: study

Patients suffering from acute heart failure have high levels of a metabolite of which red meat is a major dietary source, a new study has claimed.

Don’t rub it in, drink it up: UVO sun protective drink

After spending years researching alternative forms of sun protection, dermatologist Bobby Awadalla has launched an orange and peach flavored 'sun protective drink' called UVO.

Obesity risks rise with exposure to air pollution: Study

Inhaling polluted air could raise the risk of gaining weight, elevate cholesterol levels and increase insulin resistance, a precursor of Type 2 diabetes, a new study has claimed.

Sugary drink obesity claims slammed by industry

The soft drink industry has slammed claims that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would cut UK obesity rates by 5% within nine years – resulting in 3.7M fewer obese people.

Diet nutrients play larger role in gene function: Study

Cell behaviour is determined by nutrients in the diet, suggesting the biochemical reactions that occur within an organism play a larger part in gene regulation than previously thought, a study...

French & German authorities weigh in on 'emotional' glyphosate debate

Glyphosate cannot be classed as a probable carcinogen but its use in formulations could be a cause for concern, says the French food safety authority while the German safety body has called for scientific...

Food labelling dismissed as ‘marketing tool’ to skew nutritional data: Study

Food manufacturers have been accused of disclosing nutrition values based on smaller recommended serving sizes in order to boost sales, a team of German researchers have found.

Nestle’s nutrition profiling system helps target reformulations

Carefully balancing consumers’ age-specific nutritional needs with how and when they eat different foods helped Nestle successfully reduce sodium, sugar and fat significantly in some of its most frequently consumed...

Organic meat & dairy has more omega-3 but amounts aren't 'nutritionally relevant'

Organic meat and dairy products have more healthy omega-3 fatty acids according to a large meta-analysis review - but experts have warned the amounts are too small to actually have an...

An egg a day doesn't hurt your heart, study concludes

Eating one egg a day or a high intake of dietary cholesterol are not linked with an increased risk of a heart attack, a study has suggested.

Switch in family diet determines infant gut bacteria makeup

The transition from early infant feeding to family foods is a major determinant for gut microbiota development, a Danish study has shown.