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Study refutes organic health benefits

The controversial debate surrounding supposed added health benefits attributed to organic food looks set to continue this week as the results of a comprehensive review...

Human lactoferrin 'grown' in rice plants?

Genetically modified (GM) rice carrying a protein from human breast milk could be used to enhance infant formula, or so researchers hope, reports the latest...

Dream easy with milk draught

Milk which producers say may help people sleep better at night is set to hit the supermarket shelves, claims a report by Ananova.com. UK company...

Oats to combat high blood pressure, more evidence

Eating wholegrain oat cereal every day could help cut blood pressure or reduce the need for blood pressure medication, according to researchers from the US....

Acrylamide advice issued

Food authorities and governments responding to the release of unpublished research which links frequently consumed carbohydrate foods to a cancer-causing chemical, have been seeking to...

Red berry extracts good for heart health

Red berry fruits such as elderberry, chokeberry and bilberry have been used for centuries to cure a wide range of problems such as dysentery, stomach...

Almonds revalued

Growing evidence of the nutritional benefits from eating almonds has been highlighted by six different studies presented this week at the 2002 Experimental Biology (EB)...

Omega 3 from fish oil could prevent type 2 diabetes

An omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil has been shown to improve insulin function in overweight individuals who are vulnerable to type 2 diabetes,...

Bread, biscuits and crisps could be causing cancer

Bread, biscuits, crisps and french fries, foods frequently eaten by millions of people around the world, contain alarmingly high quantities of a cancer-causing chemical, according...

Austrian scientist invents world's first 'fat free crisp'

An Austrian physicist has invented what he claims to be the world's first fat-free crisp. The physicist, Peter Schwarzhans, has developed a special system which...

Grape genetics may lead to better champagne

Pinot Meunier, a variety of grape used in champagne production, could see enhanced production after the discovery of a new gene by Australian scientists. According...

EU project tackles food-borne pathogens

It is a fact that the diversity of food-borne pathogens is increasing in Europe, as well as globally. One explanation for this increase is environmental...

Green tea polyphenols to beat liver shortages

New research from the US suggests that drinking green tea may be the answer for patients waiting for a liver transplant. A liver transplant can...

Beyond obesity: waist to hip ratio

It is generally accepted in the medical world that obesity, as measured by a person's body mass index, may be an important risk factor for...

Tomatoes: cooked better than raw?

Tomatoes have long been known to be a good source of lycopene, the phytochemical which makes them red but which also has significant antioxidant properties....

Making sense of food

Eyes, nose and fingertips are the common means by which consumers assess the quality of food in the shops. For both the consumer and food...

Frozen OJ richer source of Vitamin C?

The ongoing debate in the food industry as to whether orange juice made from frozen concentrate has higher levels of active vitamin C than ready-to-drink...

Gene for fatty acid breakdown: links to cancer

A team of cancer researchers at John Hopkins University have identified a new gene which could help explain the dietary links to prostate cancer. The...

'Something fishy': consumers wary of appearance

Only a third of Scottish consumers are aware of the recommended amount of fish to eat each week, new research by the Food Standards Agency...

Binge drinking harms sense of smell

The abuse of alcohol has long been known to have a detrimental effect on the body's organs, but, until recently, all the evidence suggested that...

Five-tins-a-day?

A tin of baked beans has the same healthy eating benefits as a portion of fruit or vegetables, according to a controversial marketing campaign from...

Award for DSM probiotic cultures

The Dairy ingredients unit of Dutch company DSM Food Specialties' has won an award for a recently developed range of probiotic cultures. The unit was...

Japanese scientists to develop astro-noodle

A leading Japanese food manufacturer has announced its plans to make space noodles, reports Ananova.com this week. The company, Nissin Food Products, is about to...

Grape juice to combat breast cancer

Purple grape juice fed to laboratory animals led to significant reductions in both mammary tumour mass and the number of tumours per animal, according to...

Humans have innate hunger for high quality diets

The US based Centre for Global Food Issues said recently that the efficient use of the existing agricultural land base and new technology is key...

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