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Selenium under the spotlight

The US Agricultural Research Service is launching a study to investigate the potential benefits of fortifying breads, pastas and other flour-based foods with the trace...

New methods for cereal testing

Improved methods for wheat and flour quality evaluation will enable millers and bakers to more effectively assess quality, functionality and fitness for particular end uses....

Orange juice to beat blood pressure

A glass or two of orange juice daily could do wonders for our blood pressure, according to a pilot study conducted at the Cleveland Clinic...

Fish oils to beat the blues

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in significant quantities in salmon, swordfish, and tuna will help relieve depression in people already in maintenance therapy for depression, a...

Gene bank to fight disease and boost food security

The world needs to conserve its variety of plants for future generations by investing in "gene banks" which can be deployed in the war on...

EU project investigates dioxin effect on vitamin A metabolism

Contamination of foods by organohalogens, in particular dioxins (PCDD and PCDF) and dioxin-like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) are a real health concern for the food industry,...

Rapid test to detect E.Coli bacteria

Researchers at the Cornell University's Department of Food Science and Technology have developed a sensor, which employs liposomes, to rapidly detect E. coli bacteria, the...

Study finds caffeine intake destroys potential benefits of creatine

Caffeine negates the effects of the controversial sports supplement, creatine, according to research carried out by scientists from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in Belgium. Creatine...

Glucose feeds the memory

Students anxious to perform better in exams could improve their chances of success by drinking a sugar-containing drink while studying, new research suggests. Tests carried...

Soy to beat the pain, new research

A diet rich in soy appears to decrease inflammation-induced pain in rats, according to a study by American scientists at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution....

Bowl of organic soup could beat cancer

Eating organic soups could help to reduce the risk of developing cancer or suffering a stroke or heart attack, New Scientist magazine said on Wednesday....

Tomatoes to combat prostate cancer, new findings

Dr. Edward Giovannucci of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School has published a new epidemiological survey review that confirms earlier studies suggesting that...

Nutraceuticals drive flavonoid and isoflavone growth

Dramatic growth currently experienced by the nutraceuticals market is forecast to be the biggest driver in the development of the flavonoids and isoflavones markets in...

Legal action in Australia over vitamin price cartel

The vitamin price fixing affair which has already seen a cartel of some of the world's major producers fined by the European and US authorities...

Commission withdraws milk aid to Spain

The European Commission decided on Wednesday that an aid scheme for milk producers in the region of Asturias (Spain) for the acquisition of milk quotas...

Polyphenols come under the European microscope

In Europe, approximately 75 000 citizens die from colon cancer each year, a significant financial and social burden on Member States. Recent studies have revealed...

Tomatoes linked to nicotine addiction

An extraordinary phenomenon is currently under discussion - that smokers may be sensitive to tomatoes. A new book launched recently claims that eating tomatoes makes...

Oestrogen to combat atherosclerosis

Women who take oestrogen may decrease their risk of developing atherosclerosis - the progressive narrowing and hardening of the arteries - according to new research...

Canadian gov launches campaign to promote folic acid

Folic acid is certainly making the news this month. On this site alone we have reported a number of new studies highlighting a variety of...

Cocoa prices pushed to a 14-year high

Bad weather and political instability in major producing countries have pushed cocoa prices to a 14-year high, reports the BBC this week. The cocoa price...

Raspberry: the fat busting fruit

The little red berry may soon become the latest fat-burning food fad. Scientists in Japan have been experimenting with a range of different foods in...

Peanut gene map to help combat food allergies

US researchers who recently completed the map of the peanut's genetic code are not just hoping to make peanuts more nutty but that the genetic...

European project investigates biogenic amine food component

Scientists have known for some time that certain components of some foods, called amines, possess biological activity. Amines are formed during normal metabolic processes in...

Booze to beat blood pressure

Ongoing research into the effects of alcohol on our bodies reveals a variety of different, sometimes contradictory, findings. But a constant appears to be emerging...

Plant food allergens: either protective or storage proteins

Food allergies are a consequence of inappropriate immune responses to some food proteins resulting in a generation of antibodies (immunoglobulin E, or IgE). The main...

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