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The nose of the matter

One of our most powerful senses - that of smell - remains enigmatic. Of the five basic senses, the sense of smell is the least...

Scientists turn bitter around

From one sense to another - taste. As children, and indeed adults, how many of us have been forced to swallow bitter-tasting medicines ? But...

Heart of the cholesterol problem

More heart healthy food products could be hitting the shelves soon following the claim from US healthy ingredients company Cargill Health & Food Technologies that...

Eggs to beat cancer?It's no 'yolk'.

Women who eat more eggs as teenagers may be less likely to develop breast cancer later on, say researchers this week. The research, published in...

Melon rinds to treat arginine deficiencies

Could a cure to sickle-cell related deficiencies lie in the rind of the honey-like bounty of Mediterranean summers ? Scientists in the US would have...

Impact of coffee litres on pregnant women

Pregnant women who drink eight or more cups of coffee a day run more than twice the risk of stillbirth compared with women who do...

Brain food and fats

Europe continues to assess the role that diet can play in keeping our minds healthier for longer with the launch of a new study in...

Innovation and trends: getting it right

In the mature and stable food and drinks industry innovation is often seen as the lifeblood of growth, writes market analysts Datamonitor this week. The...

Stable launches rig for pectin and gelatine users

UK provider of texture analysis equipment Stable Micro Systems this week announced the launch of an annular pumping rig for measuring the relative proportions of...

Healthier bread on the way?

Research now underway will provide the means to develop novel forms of bread, and other foods, which contain increased amounts of soluble fibre, making them...

Culture and CVD risk

European researchers are attempting to discover whether moving to a different country and changing diet can alter the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) using...

Are you a 'supertaster'?

"Tell me what you eat, and I shall tell you what you are," wrote French gastronome Brillat-Savarin, in his 19th century tome, The Physiology of...

Skip the tuna

The UK Food Standards Agency has reiterated its advice to pregnant and breastfeeding women regarding fish intake in a bid to protect against what it...

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...

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