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Banana extinction rumours unpeeled

A plant pathologist with the American Phytopathological Society has largely dismissed rumours that bananas could face extinction within the next decade. The pathologist has spoken...

The natural way...

Speciality chemicals company Cognis announced recently that its agreement with Norwegian firm Natural for the licence to its Tonalin brand conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) went...

Death from foodborne higher than expected

More people may die from foodborne diseases than we think, finds a new study released published in this week's British Medical Journal. Researchers in Denmark...

Diet acts as disease supressant

Decreasing meal frequency and caloric intake protects nerve cells from genetically induced damage, delays the onset of Huntington's disease-like symptoms in mice and prolongs the...

Chocolate for hearts on Valentine's day?

Results from research carried out at the University of California reinforce the recent revelations concerning chocolate's potential cardiovascular benefits. The review, published this month in...

Spare rib - heart threat

A new report launched today by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) warns that the majority of women in the UK are dangerously unaware of the...

Taste breakthrough - new findings suggest common pathway

Although sweet, bitter and umami tastes are different, researchers are finding that information about each of these tastes is transmitted from the various taste receptors...

Shea nut to beat swellings

Danish vegetable oils and fats company Aarhus Oliefabrik announced yesterday that together with Astion, it will increase the development portfolio of BSP Pharma - focusing...

Agave: 'shooting' the mystery

The secrets of the tequila plant are set to be revealed with the launch of a new study in the UK that will seek to...

Food agency calls for banana diversity

Responding to recent media reports that bananas may be extinct within ten years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has urged producers to promote...

Cancer-fighting broccoli hits the shelves

Super-broccoli with serious cancer fighting abilities could shortly be hitting the supermarket shelves following an agreement between a seed supplier and scientists in the UK....

Tea tackles tans

Extracts from white tea may be able to protect the skin from cancer, report researchers in the US. Scientists at University Hospitals of Cleveland and...

Valentine launch for new food quality group

Four European research institutes have joined forces to found a new research association that aims to encourage, co-ordinate and disseminate research in the field of...

CLA impact on diabetes control

Supplementing the diet with the fatty acid conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may lead to better weight control and disease management in diabetics, a new study...

How harmless is fruit?

A rise in reported outbreaks of foodborne diseases such as Salmonella, E. coli, shigellosis, and hepatitis A from eating fresh fruit and vegetables has prompted...

GMO milk could reduce processing costs

News to delight dairy manufacturers and dismay opponents to genetically modified foods arrived this week with publication of a new study that reveals protein-rich milk...

More funding to cut the fat

As each day passes it would seem that new initiatives are taking place in the western world to tackle the increasing problem of obesity and...

Life sciences to increase food supply?

As agriculture and environment ministers at a European and national level discuss the potential impact of proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) -...

Bubbles in breadmaking

The stability of failure in single dough bubble walls is related directly to the extensional strain hardening properties of the dough and that strain hardening...

Prague to witness the cutting edge

The city of Prague is the setting for the first international symposium on recent advances in food analysis to take place on 5-7 November 2003....

DSM brews ideas

The beverage ingredients unit of Dutch company DSM Food Specialities is to offer two new ingredients for the brewing industry - the first is billed...

Size matters: food portions curb obesity

Anyone who has visited the United States will have witnessed the generous portions that regale the multitude of eateries. But according to new research to...

5-a-day: is the message working?

Key findings of a new survey from the Department of Health in the UK reveal that the government and the food industry still have a...

Obesity: Europe investigates

European researchers are assessing the candidate genes that might be involved in obesity to find out why some people prefer a high-fat diet and others...

Cut fat young to reduce breast cancer risk

Reducing fat intake during puberty could help lower the risk of breast cancer later on, report researchers in today's Journal of the National Cancer Institute....