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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...

Coffee formulation bursting with antioxidants

Scientists at Denver's AMC Cancer Research Center claim that they have invented a new coffee-roasting process that preserves the disease-fighting antioxidant present in green java...

Weekly iron supplements better than daily, new evidence

Intermittent iron supplementation could replace daily iron supplements for reducing anaemia in developing countries, report researchers from Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. In a...

Green tea helps cartilage health

The catechins found in green tea may benefit arthritis patients by reducing the degradation of cartilage, according to an in vitro study conducted at the...

Purity for sodium benzoic, DSM opens new facilities

DSM Special Products, a part of Dutch-based DSM Fine Chemicals group, announced this week that it has started producing benzoic acid products, Purox B and...

Prebiotics enhance our immunity, new research

Prebiotics, the increasingly popular health ingredients, have been found to bring about changes in the population and metabolic characteristics of the gastrointestinal bacteria, modulate enteric...

Health info on the Net improves

In 1997 a study set up to assess the quality of health information on the internet found that the overall quality of information was poor....

Global dietary supplement association gaining in strength

Belgian-based dietary supplement association, the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplements Associations (IADSA), this week announced that associations from Hong Kong, Poland and Hungary are soon...

A coffee a day...

Mixed messages from scientists about the advantages or disadvantages of coffee are almost a weekly event. New research published this week shows that coffee made...

Nutritional powders: label reflects content

A recent test of 26 nutrition powders in the US showed that 24 of them lived up to their claims regarding carbohydrate, fats and proteins....

New technology for cysteine food ingredient

Nearly one year since the implementation of EU directive 2000/63/EC requiring the elimination of cysteine derived from human hair in foods, many manufacturers in Europe...

Quest develops new vegetable profiles

Flavour and ingredients company Quest International this week announced the launch of a new range of 14 flavour preparations called Culinary Advantage, its largest vegetable...

Tastes like cream: ice cream powder ingredient developed

A new ingredient to help ice cream developers in the physical handling process has been designed by scientists in Australia. Researchers at the Food Science...

National Starch expands instant starch facility

Food ingredient company National Starch said this week that in response to increasing demand it has expanded its capacity to produce cold-water-swelling (CWS) or instant...

Cheese group criticises UK government

The UK government recently announced the launch of a nationwide £52million per year (E84.8m) initiative to hand out free fruit to 4-6 year olds. The...

New wheat flour for calorie counters

The trend for low fat foods continues to grow as weight-conscious consumers increase annually in numbers. US scientists might have the answer for those consumers...

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