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Smart chocolate may eventually be used to treat Alzheimer’s, says neurologist

Cocoa extracts could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and may eventually come in chocolate form, according to a leading neurology doctor.

Pack Expo 2015

Consumer trends changing the world of packaging

Consumer trends are actively changing how food items are packaged, according to a report released at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas and Pharma Expo 2015.

More than half of consumers eat across a 15-hour span daily, study finds

Consumers end up eating for much longer stretches of the day than they had anticipated with over half of adults eating over a 15-hour span daily, says new research.

Sat fat debate: ‘Butter is not back’, warn authors of new review

Replacing intake of dietary saturated fat with unsaturated fats may still be the best for heart health, according to new Harvard review that warns against increasing intake of saturated fats.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Whole grain consumption by pregnant women in Singapore critically low

The first study of its kind has found the intake of whole grains by pregnant women in Singapore is below international guidelines, potentially increasing their risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Unhealthy rewards? Diet drinkers may ‘compensate’ by eating more unhealthy food

People who drink diet beverages may compensate for the absence of calories in the drinks by feasting on extra food that is loaded with high levels of sugar, salt and...

Lactating women should restrict flaxseed intake: Researchers

Flaxseed intake during lactation should be limited as it may change maternal adrenal function, research in rats has suggested. 

Focus on fat not sugar reduction to keep consumers: Study

Companies who reformulate to reduce sugar may risk losing more consumers than with reduced fat, find researchers.

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Think you have what it takes? FoodNavigator seeks editor

Do you have what it takes to take on the editorship of Europe’s number one daily news service for the food, beverage, and nutrition industries?

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.

Patent Watch

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.

Patent Watch

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...

Patent Watch

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.

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