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Kiwi bread study gives rise to healthier staple food

Bread design could be substantially improved to better protect heart health, according to new research from New Zealand.

Scientists develop a drinkable, peanut-based dietary supplement for older adults

To benefit older adults who are at a high risk of protein-energy malnutrition, scientists from the University of Georgia developed a peanut-based beverage supplement and compared its nutritional and microbiological...

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Bugs: A strange case of amnesia

Please don’t get me wrong, I am not a fervent entomophagist; I am just passionate about edible insects as a new food industry. 

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

Food and drink product launches with seaweed flavours, including kombu, nori, and wakame, grew by 147% in Europe between 2011 and 2015, according to latest figures.

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Taiyo gets non-GMO verification on Sunfiber prebiotic ingredient

Japanese ingredient supplier Taiyo has expanded the certification support for its Sunfiber prebiotic ingredient with a Non-GMO Project verification.

This week Down Under

First gluten-free barley beer ships out of Australia to Germany

A science-based Aussie invention has succeeded in taking the world's first gluten-free barley beer to German supermarkets.

4th & Heart ghee offers ayurvedic addition to kitchen staple

The clarified butter known as ghee is a staple in South Asian households and its diaspora. Raquel Tavares Gunsagar wanted to bring a new twist to the ancient ingredient by...

A “home cooking revolution” is inspiring women to eat at home more & reach for global favors

America is in the middle of a “home cooking revolution” with more people cooking in their kitchens more often than in the recent past as a way to eat healthier...

Palm oil sustainability boosted by certified emulsifiers chain

Palsgaard has said it is now able to offer a broad range of emulsifiers based on segregated certified palm oil, following a sustainability drive.

4 probiotic strains found in kimchi

South Korean researchers have isolated four potentially ‘useful’ probiotic strains in traditional Korean fermented food kimchi. 

This week Down Under

Anti-smoking drugs found to be effective for kicking the sugar habit

In the world’s first study of its kind, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology believe that anti-smoking drugs could be used reverse a global trend towards excess sugar consumption....

Australia exports sheep to China in genetics breeding program

Australia has flown 1,400 specially-reared Suffolk sheep to China as part of a breeding program geared up to stimulate the genetic development of China’s growing livestock.

Elderberry extracts may protect air travelers from colds and flu

Supplementation with a standardized elderberry extract may reduce the duration and symptoms of the common cold for air travelers, report scientists from Griffith University in Australia.

Entomo Farms rides the edible insects wave: ‘Things really exploded for us in 2015’

2015 was a difficult year for some in the embryonic edible insect ingredients business, with Big Cricket Farms suspending activities due to water supply problems and All Things Bugs facing...

News in brief

World’s first EpiCor yeast fermentate lozenge launched in New Zealand

New Zealand ingredients supplier Embria Health Sciences has announced the launch of the world’s first throat lozenge formulated with EpiCor yeast fermentate.

Australia hit by dried oregano fraud findings

Seven of twelve dried oregano samples tested by an Australian consumer watchdog contained other ingredients, including olive and sumac leaves.

China reopens long-abandoned halal regulation debate

Beijing lawmakers are considering a new halal law 13 years after the country’s State Council ordered the legal provision, the council’s legal office has announced.

Sweet & sour: Cherry-infused cookies boost nutritional value, study shows

Cherry extract improves the nutritional value of products like cookies and may be useful for food fortification, a study demonstrates.

An herb to watch: Ashwagandha science growing consumer recognition and sales

Sales of Ashwagandha are booming as the pressures of modern life push consumers to seek out natural solutions to problems like stress, leading suppliers tell NutraIngredients-USA. But what’s next for...

This week Down Under

Ancient genes analysed to protect modern wheat

Scientists in Queensland have been undertaking research into ancient wheats in a bid to ensure the crop’s future.

SPECIAL EDITION: AYURVEDA

Changing conversation around Ayurveda leading to massive growth for herbal products

Disillusionment with allopathic medicine among Americans is driving interest in Ayurveda and other herbal supplements, says Amy Keller, Director of Education and Training at Organic India.

Special edition: Ayurveda

Increasing tide of research floating all Ayurvedic boats, exec says

Increasing research is helping to bake a bigger pie for all Ayurvedic companies, said Natreon CEO Sanni Raju.

Mondelēz, Nestlé, Mars and Lindt pledge to use 'sustainable cocoa' for Australian-made chocolate

Australia’s leading chocolate companies such as Mondelēz, Nestlé, Mars and Lindt have all pledged to source only “sustainable” cocoa for domestically manufactured goods, says the Australian Industry Group.

Omega-3 neglected in malnutrition product formulations: Researchers

Omega-3 content is a neglected issue when formulating products to combat severe acute malnutrition in children, say international researchers.

Curcumin supplement reduces muscle damage post-exercise: Human data

‘Optimized’ curcumin may reduce markers of inflammation and muscle damage following excessive exercise, says a new study.

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