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Lycopene: watermelons outperform tomatoes

Researchers in the US have found that the watermelon contains more lycopene, the phytochemical associated with reduced prostate cancer risk and lower rates of heart...

Women aware of folic acid benefits, but still fail to take it

Almost 70 per cent of American women of childbearing age fail to take the B vitamin folic acid every day even though many of them...

Organic oranges are half the size but have a third more vitamins

Organically-grown oranges contain up to 30 per cent more vitamin C than those grown conventionally, a meeting of the American Chemical Society heard this week....

Flavoured milk better than none at all

Children who drink flavoured milk drink more milk and therefore have higher calcium intakes than those who do not, finds a study published in the...

Calcium without phosphorous could lead to bone loss

New research published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition shows that osteoporosis patients should receive their calcium in...

Consumers concerned, but ignorant, about nutrition - report

A new report from the US-based Nutrition Business Journal has shown that consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about improving their health through supplements or food,...

Vitamin mixture can help extreme athletes

Athletes who participate in "extreme" exercise such as marathon running may benefit from taking daily antioxidant supplements, finds a new study. The study, published in...

Space-grown soybeans could provide new benefits

Soybeans and soy proteins have received a lot of good press recently, helped by the recent validation of a health claim for soy products by...

High-fibre diet can help reduce cancer risk

Pre-pubescent girls who consume more fibre in their diets can halve the risk of early onset of menstruation, according to scientists at the University of...

Eggs to rival formulas as healthy baby food

The recent approval by the US Food & Drug Administration of baby foods enriched with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) has led to a raft of such...

A cider a day...

The news that the antioxidants in wine can help keep the body healthy has done much to boost sales of the alcoholic drink the world...

Hunger hormone key to weight loss

Thousands of obese Americans know firsthand that gastric bypass surgery can achieve long-term weight loss when dieting, exercise and medications have failed. The reason for...

Minimal deterioration for fruit ingredients

Food ingredients company DSM claims this week that food manufacturers seeking an alternative approach to mechanical and heat treatment of fruit pieces could benefit from...

Bananas breed cholera vaccine, the future

Advances in genetic engineering and the success of 'functional foods', suchas calcium-fortified juice, are, according to this story, spawning a new,exotic generation of agricultural products:...

A drink a day deters diabetes

Postmenopausal women may be able to combat the threat of diabetes by having a couple of alcoholic drinks a day, report researchers from the US....

White wine reaches new heights

The heart-protecting properties of red wine have been well documented over the last few years, leading to a sharp increase in sales the world over,...

Committee reviews recommended salt intake

The Salt Sub-group of Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) met in January 2002 to begin a review of COMA's 1994 recommendation that salt intake...

Novel nutraceuticals for astronaut nutrition

US nutritional marine oil company Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has formed a partnership with NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center (NASA FTCSC). NASA FTCSC works...

‘Flexi-eating' - the future for food consumption?

The trend away from traditional eating patterns and towards undisciplined dietary chaos continues to gain pace in the Western world. According to new study from...

Coffee - negative impact on high blood pressure

The small amount of caffeine found in a cup of coffee could have a negative effect on the walls of blood vessels, according to new...

Instant wheat the ingredient of tomorrow?

Australian scientists are claiming a world first with the creation of a biologically engineered 'no-milling-required' wheat that can be used in instant dishes after adding...

Link between high fat diet and colorectal cancer, new evidence

Scientists in the US claim to have hit upon a key clue in tracing the connection between high-fat diets and increased colon-cancer risk. Researchers from...

Lung damage link to food flavour production

Workers in the food-flavouring manufacturing industry may be at risk of developing an irreversible type of damage to the lungs, according to a study presented...

DSM launches vegetarian beta-carotene beadlets

The nutritional ingredients business unit of Dutch ingredients company DSM has recently launched what it describes as the world's first non-gelatine, vegetarian-approved beta-carotene beadlets. The...

Ingredients 'package' from Croda

Croda Healthcare, the pharma and nutritional division of UK company Croda Oleochemicals, has introduced a new "smart ingredients" package of lipid concentrates for the growing...