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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.

Green tea shows benefits for blood sugar management: Meta-analysis

Consuming green tea may improve blood sugar management, according to a meta-analysis of 17 randomized clinical trials.

Liquid breakfast row: Soapbox

Choice’s ‘sneaky politics’ is what's really misleading consumers

Recently Choice, the consumer activist group from Australia, accused a number of Australian and New Zealand food manufacturers of making allegedly "shonky" health claims (see details and reaction here ) and...

Nestlé: ‘Our animal testing has nothing to do with superfoods or health claims’

Nestlé has defended its animal testing practices against a damning report that said large food companies were unnecessarily using animals to test functional food health benefits to save time and money....

Ayurvedic salacia herb shows pre-diabetes benefit: Study

An ayurvedic herb can manage pre-diabetes states and mild to moderate hyperlipidemia, according to Indian researchers.

Curcumin: New studies support brain and cardiovascular benefits

Daily supplements of curcumin – the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow color – may support healthy aging, with two new studies indicating benefits for arterial aging and cognition.

The Lancet: 'Undernutrition cripples global economic growth and development'

Undernutrition causes the deaths of 3m children each year and retards developing world economic growth, commentators have said in The Lancet.

Slow progress: UN children’s agency calls for action to combat childhood undernutrition

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reiterated calls for more to be done to improve nutrition in the first 1000 days of life to reduce growth stunting that blights...

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China to get revised dietary guidelines to boost omega 3 consumption

The Chinese Nutrition Society its to revise its dietary intake guidelines because of a marked increase in the nation’s intake of DHA and EPA fatty acids. 

FAO demands an end to malnutrition that affects 3.5bn people

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has issued a compelling demand for an end to the malnutrition that continues to affect more than half of the world’s population....

Vitamin D may ease exercise-related muscle damage: Animal data

Supplementation with vitamin D may reduce muscle damage and inflammation linked to exercise, suggests a new study with lab rats.

Special Edition: Battling malnutrition

Combating 'hidden hunger' with Vitamin Angels

Vitamin Angels is combating hidden hunger by helping children under five, pregnant women and new mothers gain access to lifesaving and life changing micronutrients. Check out this photo gallery to learn...

Probiotics again linked to fat and weight loss: RCT data

Daily supplements of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055) may help weight loss in people with obese tendencies, says a new study from Japan.

Gluten-free app could drive nutrition innovation, says research fellow

A gluten-free scanning app in Australia could prompt industry to improve nutritional content and label on-pack, says a research fellow from the George Institute for Global Health.

A2C prepares first a2 infant formula shipment to China

A2 Corporation (A2C) – the New Zealand-based manufacturer of a2 fresh milk – has commenced packing of its new a2 Platinum infant formula range, and hopes to make its first...

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Mixed vitamin E forms show liver benefits: Rat data

A mixture of vitamin E tocotrienols and alpha-tocopherol may work synergistically to improve liver health in lab animals with non-alcoholic steatohepatits (NASH), the most extreme form of non-alcoholic fatty liver...

Omega-3s for clot prevention: EPA for men, DHA for women?

Men and women may benefit from different types of omega-3 fatty acid supplements to reduce their risk of stroke or heart attacks linked to blood clots, says a new study...

High fructan barley holds wholegrain promise, says CSIRO

A barley variety high in fructans and positively linked to improved gut health holds promise for wholegrain foods, according to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).

Tropical leaf extracts may boost pre-diabetic health measures: Clinical trial

Daily supplements containing extracts from Elaeis guineensis or Ficus deltoidea may benefit the health of people with pre-diabetes by improving blood sugar and lipid levels, say findings from a clinical trial....

CHOICE Australia slams ‘alarmingly’ high salt levels in kids’ snacks and cereal

CHOICE Australia has slammed industry on high sodium levels in snacks and breakfast cereal targeting kids and has called for tougher action towards change.

Japanese firm seeks EU probiotic approval

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is calling for views on an application from Japan’s Miyarisan Pharmaceutical for European Union Novel Foods status for a probiotic strain.

PS supplements show ADHD benefits in children: RCT data

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from daily supplements of phosphatidylserine (PS), according to a new study from an international team of researchers.

Children's diets

Only 5% of schools provide healthy meals in Australia’s capital

Menus in Australian state schools could do better, according to the results of research compiled for online advocacy group The Parents’ Jury. A review of 263 school menus across Australia...

EFSA health claims chief to share ‘magic recipe’ insights in Geneva

The chief of EFSA’s health claims panel will discuss where the agency stands on the topic in 2013, at this year’s Vitafoods conference and expo in Geneva in May.

Nestlé: Vitamin and mineral deficiencies account for 10% of global health burden

Better food fortification initiatives are required to tackle the global problem of hidden hunger that accounts for 10% of health costs, a Nestlé-sponsored congress heard in Germany today.

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Lycored launches Japanese pagoda bone health, menopause blend

Lycored has launched a lycopene, vitamin D3 blend with genistein, sourced from the Japanese pagoda tree targeting bone health and menopausal women.

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