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By blocking the bitter flavours of sweeteners, fermented mushroom extract can cut sugar in food and drink. © GettyImages/pinkomelet

MycoTech brings mushroom-based bitter blocker to Europe

By Niamh Michail

As US supplier MycoTechnology turns its attention to the European market, its CEO explains how fermented mushrooms can reduce sugar, block bitterness and improve the nutritional content of plant protein. “It’s really unlimited what we can do with our...

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Cocoa crop losses are 38% and rising - so what can be done?

By Niamh Michail

A staggering 38% of global cocoa is lost each year to disease or pests - and this figure looks set to rise - yet research is scant compared to rice, corn or wheat. Why is this and what is being done to reduce it?

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Focus on food choices to tackle NCDs, not specific nutrients

By Niamh Michail

Understanding the role of specific nutrients in food, such as sugar and saturated fat, is important but not enough to fully understand how diets impact risk of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), says one scientist.