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Men blind to obesity health risks, difficult target for slimming products

Makers of weight loss products are failing to reach the biggest group of overweight people - men.

Smell of fresh bread and fast food influences behaviour

Demonstrating again the power behind our sense of smell, researchers find the smell of fast food wrappers, fresh bread and pastry can lead a driver to road rage, writes Lindsey...

Food takes majority slice of pocket money

Children in the UK spend more than a third of their pocket money on sweets, snacks, drinks and takeaways, find new statistics from the country's national number crunching body, reports...

Australian drought threatens wheat supply

Australia, the world's second largest wheat exporter, may be facing up to a 30 per cent fall in its grain production this year, says a report released yesterday by the...

Animal feed grains to be focus of IGC conference

Developments in the global animal feed industry and their estimated impacts on international trade in grain will be among the key topics to be addressed at the UK's upcoming International...

Resistant starch may speed up fat-burning

Resistant starch could help people burn more fat and speed up metabolism, says a researcher, offering significant benefits to the growing numbers at risk of obesity-related disease, reports Dominique Patton.

Lycopene gets go-ahead from UK for food use

The tomato-derived ingredient lycopene is safe for use in a range of foods including yoghurts, cheese, bread and cereal bars, says an expert panel in the UK.

Industry comment

Who is afraid of GMOs?

It is a perversion of the 21st century that while affluent societies continue the quest to slice the fat from their increasingly obese populations, five million children die from hunger...

High vitamin B intake cuts risk of colorectal cancer

Women who consume significant amounts of vitamin B6- often found in fortified cereals- can cut their risk of colorectal cancer, especially if they drink, according to new research, writes Dominique...

Grants to promote UK grain usage

Grants of up to £50,000 (€73,000) are available to companies launching new products that would result in additional UK grain usage.

Snack makers to pay for health advertising?

Food manufacturers in the UK should be forced to pay for health awareness advertising to counterbalance the promotion of their unhealthy products, doctors said on Thursday.

Childhood obesity figures provide new impulse for obesity strategy

Around half a million European children are suffering from health problems often associated with later life because they are overweight or obese, a European congress on obesity heard yesterday.

Consumers turn away from crisps and snacks

The decline in the UK crisp and snack market could well last for several years, predicts a new report, but there is some room for growth in premium products, writes...

Eating breakfast builds healthy bones, say studies

The American Dietetic Association is seeking to stir up debate over the nation's breakfast tables. Girls who skip breakfast are more likely to miss out on dietary sources of calcium...

Wholegrains better than other heart health foods despite high GI

People who eat wholegrain foods regularly can have a 20 to 40 per cent lower risk of heart disease and stroke compared with those who rarely eat wholegrain foods, according...

New starch could cut costs

A new potato starch launched on Friday by the Dutch starch company Avebe could help lower costs and improve baking stability in bakery creams and fruit filling products, writes Lorraine...

Dieters go for low GI, nutritionists still wary

The glycaemic index (GI) is emerging as a new weight loss regime, despite the belief of some nutritionists that there is not enough science to demonstrate it can effectively control...

Whey protein for longer shelf life and softer bars

A whey protein additive that keeps nutritional bars soft could help food makers break into what is a lucrative and highly innovative market, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Missed breakfasts and hectic lives drive snacks

A new report from market analyst Datamonitor reveals that UK consumers are continuing to abandon traditional sit down family meals in favour of snacks.

Ireland to follow neighbours' initiatives against obesity

Ireland is the latest European state to call for new guidelines on food labelling and a ban on vending machines in schools in order to slow down the growing rise...

Monday comment

Time for a fair trade

The UK government must introduce a compulsory new supermarket code ofconduct if it is to make up for past mistakes and save the food industryfrom a spiral into anti-competitive practices.

New opportunities for gluten-free market

Consumer demand for gluten-free products continues to surge, presenting a significant opportunity for bakers targeting this niche market, writes Lorraine Heller.

Millers and bakers resolve differences to beat challenges

UK millers and bakers, often at loggerheads in the past, are increasingly working together, presenting a stronger front to challenges facing their industry, reports Lorraine Heller.

Trans fats raise gallstone risk?

Trans fatty acids could 'modestly' increase the risk of gallstone disease, say US researchers, providing yet more evidence to encourage food makers to remove these fats from food formulations.

Food labels and healthy signposts, food industry waits for consensus

UK food agency launches 'the largest research project to date', to establish the clearest route for food makers to use food labels to flag-up healthy foods.

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