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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?

Milk containing only A2 protein doubles disease-fighting antioxidant GSH: Study

Cow's milk containing only A2 protein has been shown to increase the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) that may help strengthen the body's disease-fighting power. 

New prebiotic combination enhances calcium, magnesium and iron absorption

A novel combination of prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharides could significantly improve absorption of certain minerals, according to new research in rats.

Fermented tea could help protect the liver from high-fat diet damage

Water extracts of a fermented tea, known as Pu-erh tea, could help to reduce oxidative stress and protect the liver against damage caused by a high fat diet, research in...

'Great probiotic potential': Korean soy sauce contains bacterial strains with commercial promise

Three bacterial strains isolated from traditional Korean soy sauce show commercial potential as probiotics and starter cultures, say researchers.

Phytosterol warning: Fat used in ‘lower cholesterol’ products impacts performance

The type of fat used as a carrier for phytosterol in fortified foods and drinks could have a major impact on the ability of the ingredient to lower cholesterol, according...

Winter mothers more likely to develop gestational diabetes: Population-based study

Women whose babies are conceived in winter are more likely to develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, with a lack of vitamin D during these months one of the likely factors,...

Declining nutrient intakes still a worry in growing China, researchers say

Despite economic growth and reduction in income poverty, calorie intakes and nutritional wellbeing are declining in China, warn researchers.

Spices and diabetes: Urgent need for more human trials to assess benefits, say Asia researchers

There is an urgent need to carry out more human studies with spices that have the potential to reduce glycemic response and potentially manage and treat diabetes, according to Singapore...

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Insects: A special food case for the European Union

Watch out! Crickets about to hop over from Thailand to across the entire European Union. What a leap!

Fonterra mascarpone cheese set for Japan

Fonterra’s new type of mascarpone cream cheese is set to head to Japan in January 2017.

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Cake Concepts takes Japanese idea to develop Fun Cakes and sponge pancakes

Cake Concepts has taken an idea from Japan and adapted it to American and US tastes to create a niche market in the bakery industry.

India

Arjuna launches Ayurveda-based clean-label preservative

Kerala-based botanicals major Arjuna Natural Extracts will launch a range of preservatives that the company says will appeal to the clean-label food fixation of millennials by combining herbal extracts with...

Look out Japan, scientists are cultivating Norwegian nori in the lab

Japan’s billion dollar nori industry, which produces 350,000 tonnes of edible and nutraceutical seaweed lauded for a multitude of beneficial health effects, could have a new competitor…Norway.

Peanut probiotic: Researchers develop commercially viable lactose-free probiotic ‘yoghurt’

A newly developed peanut-based probiotic ‘yoghurt’ could serve as a functional food for those who follow a vegan diet or have lactose intolerance, say researchers.

Kids with vitamin D deficiency more likely to develop asthma: 10-year study

Children with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop asthma, a 10-year study of children in Perth, Australia, has discovered.

Omega-3 PUFAs could aid Alzheimer’s fight by boosting glymphatic system: Macau mouse study

New research from Macau suggests that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could improve the function of the glymphatic system, which facilitates the clearance of waste from the brain.

Nutrition professionals are ‘allowing’ industry to dominate policy-making in Australia

Nutrition professionals, scientists and other public interest bodies are staying on the sidelines and allowing the food industry to dominate Australia’s nutrition policy-making, according to research analysis. 

Korean menopause botanical blend wins EFSA backing

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said a herbal root mix is safe for use in menopause food supplements.

Assam herbs ripe for nutraceutical and functional food development: Study

Twelve edible herbs from Assam, India, are “alluring candidates” for nutraceutical and functional food developments, according to study which highlights their antioxidant capacity.

Snapshot from Malaysia

‘Hot dog’ name ban shows officials’ desire to take offence

In conversation with an Uber driver in Kuala Lumpur, it will never be long before he mentions hot dogs. They are a subject on everyone’s lips now, after Malaysian religious...

Taurine supplementation improves symptoms for young people suffering first episode psychosis

Research appears to show that supplementation with taurine - an additive commonly found in energy drinks - improves symptoms in young people suffering a first episode of psychosis (FEP).

Soy protein early in life may help prevent bone loss in adulthood

New research suggests reports that a diet heavy in soy protein isolate during early life can protect against serious bone loss during adulthood. 

Big in Japan? Blackcurrants, barley and maple syrup pitch for functional food success in Tokyo

The sports nutrition potential of New Zealand blackcurrants, the superfood status of Canadian maple syrup and the functional benefits of Canadian barley – these were three of the high-profile pitches at...

Australian firm launches ‘world’s first clinically tested’ prebiotic honey, targets China market

Australian manufacturer Capilano has launched what it states is the world’s first clinically tested prebiotic honey.

Good palm oil is possible. This is what it looks like, says Palm Done Right CEO

At a time when the conversation around palm oil centres on deforestation, fires and habitat loss – and global demand shows no signs of abating – several companies have come together...

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