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Britain urged to throw off the yolk of egg myths

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is urging consumers in the UK to forget the old wives' tales about eggs and listen instead to the...

'Friendly' bacteria to get the genome treatment

Three dozen scientists from across the US will meet later this month to examine the genomes of lactic acid bacteria, the so-called 'friendly' bacteria which...

American kids fatter than ever, finds report

Childhood obesity rates have reached staggering levels and obesity has nearly surpassed smoking as the leading cause of preventable death among Americans, according to a...

Question mark over calcium-enriched foods

Studies presented at the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology, suggest that calcium-fortified foods may hinder...

Better bone-building vitamin D discovered

A novel form of vitamin D has been shown to grow bone in the lab and in experimental animals, a result scientists claim could have...

Thumbs up for Central Soya protein

US soy processor Central Soya reported that a study carried out by researchers at the University of Massachusetts shows that consumption of Alpha protein, a...

Scientists get to the root of celiac disease

A team of investigators led by Stanford University researchers have discovered the cause and a potential treatment for celiac sprue, an autoimmune disease that leads...

Soy and HRT - the truth?

Both soy supplements and hormone replacement therapy appear to improve risk factors for heart disease in women with diabetes, according to a report by USA...

Gelatine replacer from Cerestar

Starch and starch derivatives manufacturer Cerestar, recently taken over by US agri-business Cargill, said this week that it has developed a new gelatine replacement, targeting...

Food science provides the answers

Arguably, consumer preferences are currently moving towards easily prepared food, less severely processed food (vitamins and nutrients preserved), natural food (without preservatives and other artificial...

Mathematics, microbiology and food security

The 13th congress on food microbiology, held in Bilbao, Spain last week, amassed 400 congress members together to discuss the issue of food security. The...

Green tea to combat disease, more evidence

Solid evidence is mounting that drinking tea can prevent cell damage that leads to cancer, heart disease and perhaps other ills, scientists said on Tuesday....

Blackcurrants to blast kidney stones?

More evidence to suggest the health benefits of cranberry juice were revealed this week by researchers in Germany. Setting out to evaluate the influence of...

Head found for FDA

A White House health policy adviser on the American President's Council of Economic Advisers has been chosen to fill the role, empty since January 2001,...

Starch pathway in maize lacks diversity

In the first look at the molecular diversity of the starch pathway in maize, researchers at the North Carolina State University have found that -...

Skip the seafood?

Eating too much seafood, which can contain high levels of the toxic substance mercury, could be linked to an increased risk of infertility in men...

High cholesterol link to altered metabolisms and child obesity

Overweight children could be eating their way into problems - no news there. But an increasing body of scientific literature suggests that obesity precedes the...

Manufacturers tackle trans fatty acids

Food manufacturers are increasingly coming under pressure from consumer groups for the use of trans fatty acids, a type of fat linked to heart disease,...

Family unit to promote good health

The days when the family unit gathered around the breakfast table to share the first meal of the day are fast disappearing into the history...

Soy to beat breast cancer

One more piece of evidence hailing the health benefits of soy joined the already considerable volume this week when scientists suggested that consuming tofu and...

All gone pear-shaped

The mysteries of pear-shaped fruits and vegetables appear to have been revealed. Scientists in the US have found that disabling one gene in a tomato...

Green tea for allergies

New evidence suggests that drinking the increasingly popular green tea may provide some relief to allergy sufferers. Researchers in Japan identified a compound in green...

Brazilian soy soars

Brazilian soybean production could break records again in the upcoming 2002-03 (Oct-Sep) season, reaching 47 million to 48 million metric tonnes, according to the Brazilian...

Vitamin D impact on prostate cancer

Researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University in the US on Thursday announced the launch of a national study to investigate the effect of...

Dietary salt reduction- scientists question long-term impact on blood pressure

New research in the UK suggests that reducing the salt intake in people's diets may only have a slight effect on reducing blood pressure in...