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Finding solutions to 'globesity'

The pressing problem of obesity in children has to be tackled rapidly and efficiently to avert the heavy price society might pay as incidences of obesity linked diabetes and heart...

Palm oil programme to drive vitamin A consumption

Rich red palm oil could be an efficient and cost effective way of increasing vitamin A levels in the regions south of the Sahara in Africa, suggests new research.

Hunger sharpen taste for salt and sugar

Hunger could sharpen our ability to taste by increasing the sensitivity of the taste receptors on our tongues, or by changing the way we perceive the same taste stimuli, authors...

Tomatoes bred to contain extra antioxidant

US scientists have created purple tomatoes that include anthocyanins, the antioxidant pigments in red wine believed to prevent heart disease but not normally found in domestic varieties of the fruit.

Turning the food pyramid on its head

Scientists in Denmark are to investigate whether a radical suggestion from the US about turning the 'food pyramid' on its head - and therefore eating more foods such as rice...

British opposition to GM over-estimated, claims report

slators in Brussels are currently preparing to decide whether to allow genetically modified products to be sold in the European Union, but most of the 15 Member States have also...

Food security in infectious world

The European Commission recently convened researchers, experts and decision-makers from all over the world to discuss ways to increase international cooperation in the battle to combat highly transmissible animal diseases...

Added lactobacilli in sourdough bread design to beat gluten intolerance

Sourdough bread containing select bacteria may be tolerated by patients with a rare digestive disease that causes gluten intolerance, say Italian and Irish researchers. The new research could provide new...

Natural additives from tomato waste, research continues

The European research commissioner Phillipe Busquin has extolled the virtues of a new EU-funded study that aims to turn around 4 million tonnes of tomato by-products into proteins, sugars, fibre...

Wholegrain intake associated with lower risk of metabolic syndrome

Eating more wholegrain foods could help people reduce their chances of developing metabolic syndrome, say researchers, analysing the role of carbohydrates on insulin resistance and the prevalence of the metabolic...

Low fat combats male tumours

A low-fat diet may help men with aggressive prostate cancer better fight their disease and live longer, according to researchers who showed that a diet low in polyunsaturated fats slowed...

Food quality needs funds to further FP6

The European Parliament adopted an own initiative report on 11 February, calling on the Commission to focus more on the sustainability of agriculture in the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes,...

Rice is life, warns FAO

Grown in 113 countries and the staple food for over half the world's population, rice is the globe's most popular food that shapes religious festivals, customs, cuisine and celebrations. But...

New soybean design scoops away trans fat levels

Traditional breeding methods have come up with a new soybean oil to beat the darling of the Mediterranean cuisine - olive oil - on the heart healthy stakes of monounsaturated...

Food policy based on risk, not culture

Food risk will be a defining issue of a 21st century marked by globalisation and foodborne illness. Safety experts gathered at the weekend in the US to examine new methods...

Stressful men should cut the coffee

Stress creeps up in the workplace in parallel to the quantity of coffee breaks, finds new research on caffeine handled by researchers in the UK.

Torrefacto roast for antioxidant boost

If you want a short sharp shot of coffee with an added antioxidant boost the torrefacto roast is the answer, according to scientists in Spain who set to work on...

Fruit for a healthy valentine

Intitiatives by the food industry and governments to bring the five-a-day phenomenon to the consumer gained further credence this week with a new study showing fruit and vegetable consumption can...

Australian consumer turns back on GM ingredients

The tide is turning down under with a new poll showing Australians are increasingly worried about genetically modified foods and the risk they could pose to human health and the...

Strong evidence for 5-a-day benefits

The impact of vegetables, fruits and fibre on rectal cancer have a role to play in reducing rectal cancer risk with findings from new study suggesting high intakes could cut...

Peanuts for weight loss plus heart health

Peanut allergies might be on the rise in consumers, but a new study concludes that a weight loss diet rich in peanuts is better for heart health than a low...

Low-fat foods to stem diabetes?

Dutch scientists reveal that low-fat product diet is better than smaller portions of normal high-fat food for preventing diabetes in obese people.

Peeling away at the health properties of raw onions

Scientists are one step closer to understanding the health benefits of onions with a new study in Australia revealing the lipid modulating and immunostimulatory properties of the raw brown version.

Low fat lamb with cancer-fighting value

Working to bring low fat lamb products to the European marketplace scientists in Spain are set to add value to the end product with new research focusing on boosting the...

Plant genomics a priority

The EU has provided €2.2 million of funding for a new project that aims to promote transnational cooperation in plant genomics research and, ultimately, better coordinate the €80 million spent...

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