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Food and health are intrinsically linked, but we still have much to learn about the precise effects of nutrients on humans as well as optimal intake, bioavailability, and appropriate delivery formats.

'Positive association' between A1 protein and stomach pain: Study

Australian researchers have identified a "significant positive association" between A1 beta-casein protein and abdominal pain - a finding that has been unsurprisingly welcomed by the a2 Milk Company.

Trial underway to combat iron deficiencies with milk protein capsules

The University of Sydney will assess the effects of milk protein lactoferrin to meet the iron requirements of pregnant women and mitigate the health problems of their children.

Inspired by beauty jellies - Laboratoire PYC develops anti-ageing supplement for Asian skin

France-based Laboratoire PYC has expanded its range of nutricosmetics with an anti-ageing nutritional supplement based on a new on-the-go powdered concept.

Nestlé wants all of its children’s range to meet the ‘60/40+’ criteria by the end of 2014

Ten years after introducing the 60/40+ initiative Nestlé aims for all of its foods and beverages for children to comply with the initiative’s criteria. 

Eating more fish linked to lower cognitive decline in the over 65s

Consuming more fish could significantly reduce the annual rate of cognitive decline in older adults, says a new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

DSM and Merck form high-end folate alliance

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) is not abandoning its folic acid (vitamin B9) offering but has added a high-end, folate form aimed at global supplement and food makers in a deal...

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Australian institute to study ChromaDex's Niagen ingredient in mitochondrial respiratory conditions

ChromaDex Corp. announced an agreement to supply its Niagen nicotinamide riboside ingredient to the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Australia to enable researchers there to study the ingredient’s effects in cellular...

Breast is best: Punjab gov sets new infant formula labelling rules

Labelling of infant formula sold in the Pakistani department of Punjab must now include the warning “mother’s milk is the best food for your baby and helps in preventing diarrhoea and...

GM probiotics reduce insulin resistance and body fat: Mouse data

Mice lost weight and had significantly lower insulin resistance and body fat after taking genetically modified bacteria that produce the lipid compound NAPE in the gut, researchers from Vanderbilt University...

Is Danone feeling the need for Mead?

 Danone shares rose today as rumours strengthened the French dairy giant would sell its medical and paediatric nutrition business (Nutricia), but is the firm streamlining its activities around its core...

Folates not folic acid for flour fortification, urge researchers

New findings that the body is less efficient at metabolising folic acid than natural folates could inform policy-making decisions as the UK government considers mandatory fortification of flour with folic...

Southeast Asia

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

Many Southeast Asians might wonder what all the fuss is all about as the insect ingredient industry looks at ways to make dietary bugs more enticing to Western consumers. 

Verde Media forges ahead on production of low-cost microbial omega-3s

Verde Media Group is moving forward with construction of a pilot plant in Asia that will validate its production technology that the company said will yield lower cost omega-3s from...

Australia

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market

Now with backing from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), international anti-doping laboratory LGC is moving to test nutritional supplements for prohibited substances Down Under.

Works with Water Nutraceuticals revamps business strategy to cash in on supplement demand

After identifying significant growth opportunities across export markets and online, ‘Works with Water Nutraceuticals’ has completely revamped its skin supplement range in an effort to drive sales and brand awareness....

Japanese dairy backs bifidobacteria

Scientists have called new discoveries from leading Japanese dairy product company Morinaga Milk Industry on popular probiotic genus bifidobacteria, “an interesting first step”.

Malaysia

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

The causes behind the rise in obesity and diabetes in Asia’s most overweight country, Malaysia, are very different to those in the Western world, according to one of the Southeast...

Vitamin C supply: Aland deal won’t change DSM’s global ranking

The vitamin C landscape ‘will not change materially’ with DSM’s acquisition of China-based vitamin C maker, Aland, said an analyst, as the Dutch group announced the finalization of the deal...

Chlorella supplements show cardiovascular benefits: Human data

Daily supplements containing Chlorella may reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with mildly elevated cholesterol levels, says a new study from Korea.

Heliae enters joint venture to produce astaxanthin in Japan via hybrid algal technology

Astaxanthin has been a red-hot ingredient in the United States for several years and demand is ramping up worldwide. To meet that demand in the Japanese market, Heliae, an algae...

Swisse Wellness withdraws from US to focus on global brand building, but vows, ‘we’ll be back bigger and better!’

Swisse Wellness’ global growth is continuing with new office set to open in Europe and Asia soon, but global expansion will require a re-allocation of US resources and a withdrawal...

China

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

China has finally published official dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids—a move that is expected to help thousands of its consumers who are at...

Replacing sat fats with polyunsaturated fats is ‘questionable’

Researchers have questioned the practice of replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, claiming that there is ‘much evidence’ that doing the opposite is more relevant.

Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular,...

Probiotics may help elite athletes fight infections: Rugby study

Daily probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tract infections for professional rugby players, says a new study from New Zealand. 

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