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Green tea supplements: Good for weight loss, but lacking in anti-inflammation action against PCOS

Consumption of green tea supplements leads to weight loss in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but it is still uncertain if supplementation provides a direct anti-inflammatory effect against the condition....

Daily chocolate fix reduces heart disease risk in postmenopausal women

Daily consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa reduced arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women – therefore lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study revealed.

FoodEx Japan 2017

Functional soups: The next big business opportunity for food and nutrition firms in Japan?

Functional soups featuring botanical and herbal ingredients such as ginger, ginseng and cordyceps are ripe for new product development in Japan, with the ageing population a particularly lucrative target market.

Asian Blending adds new category to GDT Marketplace

Global Dairy Trade (GDT) has announced that Singapore-based milk powder blending manufacturer, Asian Blending, is now offering chocolate and vanilla flavored milk powders on GDT Marketplace.

FOOD VISION ASIA 2017

Infant obesity: Act now over formula protein guidelines, regulators urged

Regulators in Asia should not wait for new CODEX regulations for infant formula and act now to cut the amount of protein required in order to help reduce obesity, a...

Home-based treatment with local therapeutic food helps tackle child malnutrition in India: Trial

Locally prepared ready-to-use therapeutic food is the best option for tackling severe acute malnutrition among Indian children, a trial has found.

Dubai enlists Nutricia for grassroots infant healthy-eating initiative

Dubai health officials have called on Danone’s infant nutrition brand to support its drive to persuade parents to adopt health eating habits for their toddlers.

Iron deficiency in Korea: Clinicians underestimate health consequences, study states

A large number of Korean infants and young children still develop iron deficiency anaemia despite increased breastfeeding rates, improvements in public health and a rise in iron-fortified food, a recent study...

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Hemp product sales slowly inch up as cultivation barriers get more lax

Retail sales of hemp food, CBD, and supplements posted $285.3 million in sales in 2016, according to data by retail research firm SPINS and Vote Hemp, a non-profit advocating a...

Why fortification should be seen as a business case, not a nutritional handout

The most effective way to boost nutrition through fortification is by targetting people as consumers, not merely recipients of a donation or a public policy programme.

Probiotics and omega-3: Co-microencapsulation boosts bacteria survival and fatty acid retention

The co-microencapsulation of probiotic bacteria with omega-3 rich tuna oil improved its survival and intestinal adhering ability, and also helped to retain a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids in...

VIDEO: From earthquakes to sourcing strife - the challenges to open the world’s newest omega-3 fish oil refinery

Omega-3 fish oil supplier SeaDragon overcame a raft of challenges to open the world's newest refinery, with the firm now hopeful it can start recouping some of its NZ$11m investment....

Cargill, General Mills and Unilever agree to fortify flagship wheat flour brands with vitamins and minerals in India

Major brands and millers have agreed to fortify wheat flour with iron, folic acid and vitamin B12 under India’s drive to boost nutrition levels through a mass fortification programme. ...

Nestle seals joint venture to improve nutrition among Chinese stroke patients

Nestle Health Science and the Chinese Stroke Association have entered into a collaboration to help stroke patients swallow with less difficulty. 

Omega-3 clampdown in Indonesia: Regulator now given ‘full picture’ says national trade body

Indonesian regulators didn’t have the ‘full picture’ when they slashed the permitted daily limit for omega-3 health claims earlier this year, claims the country’s trade association boss.

Blues-busters: Study shows blueberry juice antioxidants ease stress

A blueberry drink a day can help keep stress away, suggests a study which found blueberry’s antioxidant power improved the cognitive performance of adult rats exposed to stress.

‘Extreme superfoods’: Diets yielding high levels of acetate and butyrate protect against type 1 diabetes

Specialised diets designed to release large amounts of acetate or butyrate after bacterial fermentation in the colon protected against type 1 or juvenile diabetes in mice, said researchers from Monash...

HI SOUTH EAST ASIA 2017

False claims still blighting Indonesia’s functional food sector despite tighter rules

Misleading health claims are still rife in Indonesia despite tighter functional food rules, claims a new association set up to ‘professionalise the industry’.

OPINION: Why vitamin D is vital for women, especially in Asia

The recent occasion of the International Women’s Day provided a good opportunity to reflect on both gender equality, but also on differences between the genders, writes DSM senior scientist Barbara Troesch....

Noodles as a nutrient vehicle: Research reveals how instant snack is suitable for fortification

Fortifying wheat flour used for making instant noodles has the potential to improve nutrient intakes in Asia, a review showed.

Sweet potato and weight loss: Food firms urged to exploit 'new business opportunities'

Sweet potato supplementation significantly reduced obesity caused by a high-fat diet and also had beneficial effects on liver and kidney functions, a new China study showed.

Scoop of the day! Ice cream fortified with chia seed oil found to be a ‘superb’ source of omega-3

This could be as close to guilt-free that ice cream is ever going to get: Researchers have revealed that fortification with chia seed oil ramps up omega-3 levels while maintaining...

No silver bullet? Probiotics have ‘little impact’ when taken with a balanced diet

Probiotics improved the microbiota of rats fed junk food and boosted their cognitive function, but had little impact on healthy animals and actually impaired memory.

Gallery: Six of the top functional foods, health and supplement products launched at FoodEx Japan

This year’s FoodEx Japan show featured well over 3,000 exhibitors, from more than 80 countries, and attracted over 80,000 delegates.

Probiotics and ageing: DNA sequencing shows how bacteria evolves from birth to centenarians

How gut microbiota composition changes with age has been charted using state-of- the-art DNA sequencing in Japan, revealing which strains are most prevalent at different stages of life.

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