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Formulation

The constant quest for innovation requires food technologists to be up-to-date with research. From hydrocolloids to oils and fats, flavours to flour what works well in which formulations, how does production method affect performance, and what are the sensory effects?

Changing how rice is cooked could cut calories

A novel cooking and cooling process for rice could help slash the number of calories absorbed by the body by more than half by increasing levels of resistant starch, say...

Malaysia

Nestlé shows consumers how to tell fake Milo after counterfeit bust

Milo’s supposedly biggest market, Malaysia, was dealt a scare over the weekend after thousands of packs of the exceptionally popular chocolate milk powder were seized by inspectors in Negeri Sembilan....

China

ConsumerLab takes its ingredient safety reports to China

ConsumerLab.com (CL) has launched a Chinese-language service, cn.ConsumerLab.com, to help consumers in China evaluate the safety of food products.

Malaysia

Collagen suitable for Muslims and Hindus launched for first time

A Malaysian company has released the world’s first food-grade sheep collagen on the market to tap into religiously observant markets for which beef or pork are not allowed.

Vitamin D deficiency closely linked to diabetes but not obesity: Study

People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, say researchers.

Australia

Beer researchers look for the secrets behind the perfect head

Queensland researchers have begun a study to prescribing the unique molecular signature of Queensland’s iconic XXXX beer.

New patented probiotic for Nestlé toddler formula

Nestlé and Swedish-based supplier BioGaia have announced the launch of a new toddler formula containing the patented probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis.

India

India on way to developing more drought-resistant variety of rice

A US-India commercial research project has hit a milestone in its goal to develop water use efficient (WUE) rice.

Australia

Glucosamine and chondroitin trial results lauded by non-pharma body

Australia’s complementary healthcare lobby has welcomed the results of a study that shows that the benefits of taking glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis of the knee are equivalent to taking...

Microbiome changes linked to onset of type 1 diabetes

Data from the largest follow up study yet suggests that there is a significant shift in the species diversity seen in the microbiome before the onset of type 1 diabetes.

The tropical fruit with a vibrant red colour and anti-oxidant credentials

Breathing fire into confectionery: Dragon fruit a ‘promising’ ingredient for functional confections

Red pitaya fruit puree could prove a ‘promising and safe functional ingredient’ for gummy confections, according to a new Malaysian study.

Australia

Omega-3 capsule concentration is mostly mislabelled, say researchers

Most of New Zealand’s omega-3 fish oil capsules have less fatty acid that the level shown on the label, scientists have found. 

News in brief

Researchers unravel Tibetan barley genome

Scientists in southern China have mapped the Tibetan highland barley, the country’s staple food, for the first time. 

Soapbox

How hemp seed oil could offer new hope to epilepsy sufferers

It is well established that the brain has metabolic requirements that must be satisfied by what we eat or in the case of infants, “what their mother eats”. In particular,...

Cocoa intake may delay progression of type 2 diabetes: Rat study

Cocoa intake may delay the progression of factors associated with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in rats.

New Zealand

Feijoa and blackberry could give new focus for inflammation treatment

New Zealand scientists believe that feijoa and blackberry extracts could be central to the development of new treatments for inflammatory bowel disease after the two fruits came top of a...

Review of the year

Asia-Pacific in 2014: A year of scandals, soul searching and success

The last 12 months have been turbulent for much of Asia-Pacific's food industry, with regulations, legislation, markets and partnerships continuing to develop in the latest step in the region's economic...

Research into amino acids' purported nitric oxide effects will help dispel clouds of protein pumping, experts say

Ongoing research into the effects of individual amino acids will both substantiate their possible effects and counteract the negative assumption that they have been added to sports nutrition products solely...

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reducing portion sizes: Cutting calories or cheating consumers?

Shrinking a confection is a surefire way to reduce calories, but can it aggravate consumers and even discourage sales?

News in brief

Setria Glutathione approved for use in Australia

Australia’s Therapeutics Goods Administration has approved Setria Glutathione for use as a “therapeutically active ingredient in adults”. 

Not just for flavour: Herbs and spices backed for heart health

Antioxidant-rich spices and herbs could help to improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to new research.

Flexible pouch delivery mode will ride rising wave of beauty from within, collagen supplier says

Beauty from within, still in its infancy in North America, is a concept that has long been driven by dosage form innovation, an expert in the field says. This is...

Based on benefits of D-ribose, new RTD tea line intends to break into energy sector

John Gagliardi let his experience as a college and professional lacrosse player guide his choices when it came to formulating his new energy beverage company.  Called Titan Tea, the product...

Singapore

‘Culinology’ central to Ingredion’s Singapore’s research centre

Cereal chemists, food scientists and even culinologists will feature in Ingredion's new innovation centre in Singapore—the latest in a series of international food development facilities opening in the city-state. ...

Australian complementary health under the spotlight

You’d have to be a dope not to realise the benefits of hemp’s CBD

Stoners have had their day in the push to legalise cannabis for recreational use. Now, consumers and patients are in increasing numbers turning to the plant’s beneficial properties to bring...