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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...

Asia-Pacific

Asians prefer natural ingredients but don’t have time to eat clean

Consumers in China, Indonesia and Thailand have a striking awareness of healthy nutrition and a strong preference for clean labelling, according to a global study of consumer preferences. 

The Pacific

Agriculture almost wiped out in Vanuatu by cyclone Pam

Strong winds, heavy rains and floods in the wake of severe tropical cyclone Pam have caused extensive damage to agriculture across Vanuatu, including its main food and export crops, livestock...

UAE dairy Al Ain claims world's first with camel milk powder and ice cream

Al Ain Dairy, the largest dairy processor in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has launched what it claims are the world's first camel milk ice cream and milk powder products available on...

Vitamin D may prevent inflammation behind type 2 diabetes and clogged arteries

Vitamin D may play an important role in preventing the inflammation that leads to the development of type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, according to research in mice.

Agriculture

FAO: Asian farmers bear the brunt from the world’s natural disasters

Natural disasters caused US$28bn in damage to agriculture in Asia in 2014, making it the the world’s worst hit region last year with farmers bearing the brunt.

Folic acid may help reduce stroke risk: 5-year study

A combination of folic acid and the medication enalapril may be more effective in reducing the risk of stroke in adults with hypertension than the medication alone, according to large-scale research...

India

'Reduce drinks packs, not price, and target the bottom of the pyramid'

Beverage brands must appreciate how perceived packaging wisdom in a mature market may be inappropriate if it is applied in emerging markets like India.

Science short

Veggie diet can reduce colorectal cancer risk rate (in some Christians): Study

Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)-published research has found vegetarian Seventh-day Adventist men and women have a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than meat eating folks from the same religion....

Fastest flow wrap machine in the East? LoeschPack touts hot seal speed merchant for Asia

LoeschPack has introduced a horizontal flow wrap machine with hot seal capabilities that it claims will help confectioners protect product integrity in hot climates and pack at greater speeds than...

Food Vision sneak peeks - Cannes, March 18-20

Ex-World Cup sports scientist: Best carb-protein blend is 3:1

Protein was once thought necessary to fuel sporting activity but evolving research has shown it is better for muscle recovery and short chain carbohydrates (sugars) are the accepted fuel tools....

Gut microbiota shifts could predict diabetes risk, suggests study

The composition of our microbiota may change through the development of pre-diabetes and diabetes, thus predicting risk and potentially leading to new ways to aid blood sugar management, say researchers.

Bill Gates Foundation backs microbiome engineering to boost infant health

Gut microbiome engineering can reduce stunting and other infant health issues and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding research into the nascent area.

Skipping breakfast may lead to diabetes and heart disease

Skipping breakfast may typically be associated with obesity but a recent study on young women suggested it could also lead to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and...

Breakfast is key for diabetics

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people with type 2 diabetes, an international study has claimed.

Asia-Pacific

Apac colourings market growing by almost 5% annually

Asia’s food colourings market will grow to over half a billion dollars by 2019 at a time when India is struggling to break away from the synthetic products it traditionally...

Not all foreign companies are familiar with food canning US FDA requirements

Registrar Corp claims not all foreign companies are familiar with food canning US FDA requirements as it celebrates National Canned Food Month this February.

Snacking power house talks about ‘regional jewels’ at Packaging Innovations 2015

Developing markets account for 44% at Mondelēz International with plans to expand into more ‘white space’

Mondelēz kicked off the Packaging Innovations tradeshow at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, today talking about its developing markets and ‘regional jewels’.

Briefing

Peanuts: Fewer allergies mean more fans as Asian consumption grows

It is no coincidence that eight out of the world’s top 10 peanut consumers are in Asia, where eating the nuts appears to be an altogether safer pastime than doing...

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.

News in brief

DNV inks deal to increase Asian presence

DNV has acquired International Standards Certifications (ISC) which has a strong presence in Asia.

FAO

FAO: Food security requires ‘paradigm shift’ in agri-production models

Farmers must change their approach to production if the world wants to meet its food security challenges, the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations said...

Carlsberg announces new CEO; Russian market puts pressure on full year results

Carlsberg’s CEO and president Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen will retire from the group in June, and will be succeeded by Cees ‘t Hart (currently CEO of the Dutch dairy giant Royal...

Consumers increasingly claim to avoid sweeteners, but purchasing behavior says otherwise

Before manufacturers reformulate food and beverages in response to consumers’ increasing claims about avoiding sweeteners, they should double check shoppers’ purchasing habits, which betray a different truth, according to new...

Too broad vs. too limited: Can the sports nutrition industry climb out of regulatory purgatory?

A European Commission report due in July this year should bring legal clarity to the current regulation obscurity that surrounds the sports nutrition market, according to a paper by the...

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