Growth of ‘healthy’ food sales globally, but not at expense of more indulgent foods, research
March 4, 2015

Half of consumers around the world say they are actively trying to lose weight, and 75 per cent of them plan to achieve that goal by changing their diet, according to market research organisation Nielsen. However, sales of both ‘healthy’ and ‘indulgent’ food categories grew between 2012 and 2014. According to Nielsen’s Global Health and Wellness Survey, which reviewed purchasing trends between 2012 and 2014, ‘healthy’ categories grew 5 per cent, outpacing ‘indulgent’ categories... ...Read more »

Drinking coffee linked to lower risk of MS, study
March 4, 2015

Drinking coffee may be associated with a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. The study, published in February 2015 and to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015, found that coffee intake may help protect the brain. “Caffeine intake has been associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and our... ...Read more »

Food emulsifiers linked to metabolic syndrome and gut flora disturbance
March 2, 2015

Food emulsifiers linked to metabolic syndrome and gut flora disturbance Emulsifiers used in many processed foods may increase the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases and metabolic disorders, according to findings in a mouse study from Georgia State University in Atlanta. The study, published 25 February 2015 in the journal Nature, found that in mice, chemicals known as emulsifiers were found to alter the make-up of bacteria in the colon. This is the first time that these additives have been shown... ...Read more »

New ingredients feature in global ready meals market future
March 2, 2015

New ingredients feature in global ready meals market future More consumers are feeling time-scarce and view cooking as a chore, turning to convenient ready meals to free up more time for themselves, according to market research organisation Canadean. However, to survive in an increasingly health-conscious society, Canadean said ready meal manufacturers must innovate with new ingredients and premium products. Busy urbanites look for convenient products According to Canadean, consumers seek products... ...Read more »

Lightweight lager? Europeans embrace the non-alcoholic beer boom
February 25, 2015

Lightweight lager? Europeans embrace the non-alcoholic beer boom A love of a cold pint of beer unites nationalities throughout the globe, however European consumers are gaining a thirst for the non-alcoholic (NAB) variety, according to market research organisation Mintel. Mintel found that among six key European consumer markets, it was Spain that had the biggest thirst to quench for NAB. In 2013, three-fifths (60 per cent) of Spanish beer-buyers purchased non-alcoholic beer, rising to 69 per cent... ...Read more »

High-fat diet in short term may help minimise heart attack damage, study
February 23, 2015

High-fat diet in short term may help minimise heart attack damage, study A high-fat diet, eaten one day, one week or two weeks before a heart attack may reduce heart attack damage by about 50 per cent, according to a new study from Loyola University Chicago School of Medicine. The study, published in the American Journal of Physiology — Heart and Circulatory Physiology in February 2015, found that mice that ate a high-fat diet in the few days before a heart attack benefitted from a ‘protective... ...Read more »

Yoghurt growth opportunities fuelled by global lifestyle differences, market research
February 18, 2015

Yoghurt growth opportunities fuelled by global lifestyle differences, market research More than half (53 per cent) of consumers globally are eating more yoghurt than they used to, according to findings from a study commissioned by global health and nutrition ingredients company Royal DSM. According to DSM, yogurt preferences and eating occasions differed between countries and cultures. DSM said the findings indicated there were new and interesting opportunities for dairy companies to bring more yogurt... ...Read more »

Red wine could help burn fat, study
February 16, 2015

Red wine could help burn fat, study Drinking red grape juice or red wine in moderation could improve the health of overweight people by helping them burn fat better, according to a new study coauthored by an Oregon State University (OSU) researcher. The findings, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry in January 2015, suggest that consuming dark-colored grapes, whether eating them or drinking juice or wine, might help people better manage obesity and related metabolic disorders such... ...Read more »

‘Healthy diet’ linked to lower risk of chronic lung disease, study
February 11, 2015

‘Healthy diet’ linked to lower risk of chronic lung disease, study Eating a diet rich in whole grains, polyunsaturated fats and nuts – and low in red and processed meat, refined grains and sugary drinks – is associated with a lower risk of chronic lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD), according to researchers from France and the US. The researchers said their findings, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) supports the importance of a healthy diet... ...Read more »

Australia’s favourite spreads, market findings
February 9, 2015

Australia’s favourite spreads, market findings Vegemite is overwhelming more popular among Australian consumers born in Australia than overseas-born Australians, although New Zealanders are partial to it too, according to findings about Australia’s favourite spreads from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. In the 12 months to September 2014, 39 per cent of the population aged 14 and older ate Vegemite (or similar spreads Promite and Marmite) at least once in an average seven days. Of... ...Read more »

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