Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations will negatively affect the protein, micronutrient, and vitamin content of rice, with potentially disastrous health consequences for the poorest rice-dependent countries in Asia.
One out of 11 samples of ‘gluten-free’ foods tested in foodservice outlets in Melbourne, Australia, have been found to be contaminated with gluten at levels which could prove harmful to those with coeliac disease.
Coca-Cola India has launched the first no-sugar variant of a home-grown brand – Thums Up Charged No Sugar – with a leading executive claiming it is a “significant milestone in its sugar reduction strategy”.
A.G. Barr has reduced the sugar content of some of its drinks by as much as 70%, as well as developing an unprecedented number of new recipes, as it prepares for the introduction of the UK sugar tax next month.
UAE manufacturer Global Food Industries (GFI) has launched a new range of ‘healthy’ burgers and nuggets featuring superfoods quinoa and kale in at attempt to help tackle the region’s rising rates of obesity and diabetes.
The market for functional foods containing omega-3 is ripe for innovation in Asia and the Middle East, with one start-up claiming it can provide 250mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in 30g of chocolate.