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Refined grains, added sugars increase depression risk in postmenopausal women, study finds

Consumption of refined carbohydrates, like refined grains and added sugars, significantly increases the odds of depression among postmenopausal women, researchers claim.

Campden BRI recognised by NSA as a bakery industry specialist

Campden BRI has received formal approval as a Centre of Excellence for Food Science and an Industry Specialist in Bakery, by the National Skills Academy (NSA).

Shrimp-corn snacks for higher protein, reduced fish waste: Study

Shrimp-fortified corn snacks contain 70% more protein and make good use of an underused local fish source, say Iranian researchers.

Sat fats in the clear? Study links trans fats, but not sat fats, to heart disease and death

Saturated fats are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes, says a new study published in the BMJ.

Chia extract can slash cake fat by 25%, finds study

Chia mucilage gel can be used to directly replace vegetable fat in pound cakes without impacting texture or color, researchers have found.

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Hot chips! Frito-Lay files European patent for microwaveable snack packs

Frito-Lay has developed a microwaveable snack pack that enables consumers to heat chips before eating.

‘Antiquated’ national flour fortification laws must be updated to meet WHO recommendations: Researcher

If iron flour fortification is to work sources and levels approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are required and actual consumption must be considered, says food fortification expert.

Gluten-free products are no better for you, claims study

Despite a surge in popularity for gluten-free (GF) products, they are no healthier than their glutenous counterparts, according to new research from The George Institute for Global Health.

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Puffed nut future? Frito-Lay files patent for expansion method

Frito-Lay has developed a method to puff nuts and legumes for enhanced-texture snacks.

Chia seeds fail to boost athletic performance but athletes ‘should still include them in their diet’

Runners adding chia seeds to their diet in the belief that it will boost athletic performance may be disappointed to hear that the ‘superfood’ may not enhance their performance, says...

Healthier RTE cereals exist but consumers aren’t eating them: Study

Consumers are gravitating towards less healthy ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal products and it has nothing to do with price or availability, find researchers.

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

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Nestlé files patent for ‘light’ but sturdy oven-puffed snack

Nestlé has developed a method that combines cold extrusion and oven baking to manufacture puffed, hollow snacks that are light to eat but resistant to breakage.

How effective is fortifying flour at reducing anaemia?

Fortifying flour with micronutrients is effective in decreasing national prevalence of anaemia, say researchers who looked at 32 different countries.

Seeking a definition: What makes whole grains whole?

Whole grain foods should be promoted for health – but the term needs a standard definition to encourage innovation among food companies, say nutrition researchers.

Green tea extract promising for low-GI bread: Study

Green tea compounds could be used to develop low glycemic index (GI) baked and steamed breads, claim researchers.

Driven to distraction: Low attention to food leads to later snacking

The amount of attention we pay to our food while eating it has a direct relationship with intakes of food later in the day, according to new research. 

Reacting to allergies: Is self-diagnosis leading to malnutrition?

Inaccurate home testing and self-diagnosis is leading to unnecessarily restrictive diets and malnutrition, says a report claiming to make sense of allergies. 

Can eating nuts extend life? Research backs ‘handful a day’ to prevent early death

Snacking on half a handful of nuts every day could significantly lower overall and cause-specific mortality, Dutch researchers have reported. 

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General Mills tackles sodium reduction with leavening method

General Mills has filed a patent on a method to regulate the reaction rate of leavening agents in packaged dough using ions, enabling bakers to use less leaveners which are...

PepsiCo team wins green food innovation award

A team of PepsiCo placement students has landed a £2,000 cash prize after winning a prestigious green food innovation award.

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UNL to research low-moisture food safety techniques

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has received a USDA food safety grant to enhance low-moisture food safety by improving pasteurization technologies.

Nano focus: Are protein nanostructures safe for the food industry to use?

While many foods already contain naturally occurring nanostructures that are perfectly safe to consume, the potential to develop new nanoscale proteins for foods may carry unexplored risks that must be...

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Nutrition promise via extrusion ‘potentially huge’, says food technologist

Extrusion can be used to break down raw materials to extract functional compounds for use in final snack products, suggests a food technologist.

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