Food Research

Heavy Alcohol Use in Teenagers Alters Brain Electrical Activity

18 Jan 2017 --- Long-term heavy use of alcohol in adolescence alters cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital.

Metabolic Syndrome Patients Need More Vitamin E

18 Jan 2017 ---  New research has shown that people with metabolic syndrome need significantly more vitamin E - which could be a serious public health concern, in light of the millions of people who have this condition that's often related to obesity. 

Study Shows Calorie Restriction is Beneficial to Aging

18 Jan 2017 --- A collaboration between two competing research teams-- one from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one from the National Institute on Aging, has shown that restricting calories helps rhesus monkeys live longer and healthier lives. 

Prenatal BPA Exposure Could Impact Mental Health In Boys, Study Reveals

17 Aug 2016 --- Boys exposed prenatally to a common chemical used in plastic food containers and water bottles, may be more likely to develop symptoms of anxiety and depression at age 10-12, a new study has revealed.

Researchers Develop New Framework for Human Nutrition in a Bid to Solve Obesity Problems

01 Aug 2016 --- Existing models for measuring health impacts of the human diet are limiting our capacity to solve obesity and its related health problems, claim two of the world's leading nutritional scientists in their newest research.

Beware of Antioxidants, Warns Scientific Review

20 Jul 2016 --- Two experts have concluded that antioxidant supplements should not be taken unless a clear deficiency is diagnosed by a healthcare professional. The lay press and thousands of nutritional products warn of oxygen radicals or oxidative stress and suggest taking so-called antioxidants to prevent or cure disease.

Answers to ME/CFS May Lie Within the Gut

11 Jul 2016 --- Researchers on the Norwich Research Park have published a review of evidence for a role of the gut microbiota and virome in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Commonly presenting with hugely diverse and debilitating symptoms including post-exertional tiredness, unrefreshing sleep, concentration problems and widespread pain, ME/CFS is very difficult to diagnose and treat. 

DuPont Nutrition & Health Honors 2016 Science Excellence Medalists

06 Jul 2016 --- The Danisco Foundation has awarded Science Excellence Medals for 2016 to three world renowned scientists for their human microbiota research and its application in the food and nutrition industry.

Cartoon Characters Can Triple Salad Bar Trips in Elementary Schools, Study Shows

06 Jul 2016 --- Convincing kids to choose vegetables becomes easier when animated characters are used, new research has found.

New Research Shows Digestive Health is Key to Wellbeing for European Consumers

28 Apr 2016 --- New quantitative consumer research, commissioned by functional ingredients manufacturer BENEO, shows that consumers see digestive health as key to their health and wellbeing. The results also underline that breakfast is the prime time of day to provide digestive wellness solutions that meet the growing needs of today’s consumers. 

App That Provides “Nutrition Receipts” For Groceries Wins IDEAS Global Challenge

06 Apr 2016 --- ValueMe, co-founded by two MIT Sloan School of Management students, earned a US$15,000 award — and high praise from judges — for inventing an app that gives food shoppers “nutrition receipts” for their purchased groceries, and tells them if the foods in their cart are lacking in essential nutrients.  

NUS Food Scientists Create Diabetic-Friendly Bread from Black Rice

26 Feb 2016 --- A team of food scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has successfully formulated a recipe for making healthier bread by adding a natural plant pigment, called anthocyanin, extracted from black rice. 
This is the first study where anthocyanin extract has been fortified into a bread product, and the findings open up new possibilities of creating healthier, diabetic-friendly food products.

Asthma And Allergies: A Protective Factor In Farm Milk

01 Feb 2016 --- Fresh, unprocessed raw cow’s milk has a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids than does pasteurized, homogenized or low-fat milk. This factor partly explains why children who consume the unprocessed product are less likely to develop asthma.

Eating Soy May Protect Women Against Infertility Risks of BPA

29 Jan 2016 --- Consuming soy regularly may protect women who are undergoing infertility treatments from poor success rates linked to bisphenol A exposure, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Study Shows Brain Function Differs in Obese Children

27 Jan 2016 --- The brains of children who are obese function differently from those of children of healthy weight, and exhibit an "imbalance" between food-seeking and food-avoiding behaviors, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found.

Study Suggests Potential to Predict Peanut Allergy Therapy Outcomes

27 Jan 2016 --- Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy induces early, distinct changes in immune T-cell populations that potentially may help researchers determine which people will respond well to the therapy and which immune mechanisms are involved in the response, a new study suggests. The work was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and conducted by scientists at Stanford University.

Aged Garlic Extract Reduces Dangerous Artery Plaque Buildup

25 Jan 2016 --- The supplement Aged Garlic Extract can reverse the buildup of deadly plaque in arteries and help prevent the progression of heart disease, according to a new study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Nutrition.

Commission Admits Genetically Engineered Soybeans Need Assessing

22 Jan 2016 --- In a letter to Testbiotech and GeneWatch UK, the responsible EU Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis admits that "it is true that the legislation requires cumulative and synergistic effects of pesticide residues to be considered".

Weekend Binges Just as Bad for the Gut as a Regular Junk Food Diet

22 Jan 2016 --- Yo-yoing between eating well during the week and bingeing on junk food over the weekend is likely to be just as bad for your gut health as a consistent diet of junk, new UNSW research suggests.

Omega 3 Levels Affect Whether B Vitamins Protect Brain Health

22 Jan 2016 --- While research has already established that B vitamin supplements can help slow mental decline in older people with memory problems, an international team have now found that having higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in your body could boost the B vitamins' effect.