Australians not doing the weekly grocery shop eat more vegetables
October 5, 2015

Horticulture representative body AUSVEG has released data showing that less Australians might be doing a weekly grocery shop but they are still managing to eat more fresh vegetables.   The study showed those who regularly visit the shops throughout the week instead of doing one large shop may be better off health wise. According to the research just one extra trip per week can increase consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables by 3.8 servings per week.   AUSVEG spokesperson Kurt Herman... ...Read more »

Blame it on mum and dad: how genes influence what we eat
October 5, 2015

Hate the taste of Brussels sprouts? Do you find coriander disgusting or perceive honey as too sweet? Your genes may be to blame.   Everybody’s food preferences vary and are shaped by their unique combination of three interacting factors: the environment (your health, diet and cultural influences); prior experience; and genes, which alter your sensory perception of foods.   The food we eat is sensed by specialised receptors located in the tongue and nose. The receptors work like a lock... ...Read more »

Calcium supplements unlikely to help bones
September 30, 2015

New research claims to have found that eating more calcium or taking calcium supplements is unlikely to help prevent fractures or osteoporosis in the elderly.   Lead scientist, Dr Mark Bolland from the University of Auckland, says the evidence is good cause for health professionals to stop recommending increasing calcium consumption.   “Collectively, these results suggest that Clinicians, advocacy organisations and health policymakers should not recommend increasing calcium intake for... ...Read more »

Pregnant women might not need to ‘eat for two’
September 28, 2015

An Australian study has found that women do not necessarily need to ‘eat for two’ whilst pregnant.   Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) discovered that expectant mothers boost fat stores and extra lean mass, while increasing energy output, all without needing to eat large amounts of food.   The study followed the weight gain, energy spent (metabolised) and food consumption of 26 pregnant women. On average, the women gained 10.8kg whilst carrying; 7 kg’s... ...Read more »

Dairy industry leads in new protein claims
September 28, 2015

Nearly four per cent of global launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in the financial year ending the 30 June 2015 used a protein marketing claim.   The claims were either ‘high-in-protein’ claims or ‘source-of-protein claims’.   Dairy products were the main category using a protein claim, eight per cent of new dairy products included an advertised protein feature. Within the yoghurt category alone this figure jumps to 14 per cent.   Director of Innova Market Insights... ...Read more »

Same day Alicyclobacillus test for fruit juice and concentrates
September 28, 2015

Alicyclobacillus (ACB) species are bacteria which are resistant to low pH and pasteurisation. They produce off-flavour and aroma compounds that spoil juice products. Current methods for ACB testing are laborious and require over 7 days to yield definitive results. These limitations make it impossible to address these spoilage organisms in real-time, and can result in facility contamination, product holds, or recall of tainted products. Invisible Sentinel Inc., a global molecular solutions company,... ...Read more »

Unboiling an egg demonstrates technology breakthrough
September 21, 2015

Discovering how to unboil an egg has resulted in more than the perfect breakfast for one Australian academic.   Professor Colin Raston from Flinders University has developed a machine called the ‘Vortex Fluidic Device’ which can unravel the proteins in a hardboiled egg so it can be returned to its original state.   Unlike most other food which turns soft when boiled, the egg is unusual in that it hardens when heated.   The device does however have more important abilities than... ...Read more »

Obesity linked with immune cells
September 21, 2015

Israeli scientists have discovered that the immune system may play a key role in weight management.   As part of a study researchers found that mice lacking a certain immune cell gained weight and developed metabolic abnormalities even when eating a standard healthy diet.   The findings join a number of other recent studies connecting obesity to the immune system.   Researcher Yair Reisner said that mice without the right dendritic immune cells could not release a toxic molecule... ...Read more »

Food serving size Does matter
September 16, 2015

A new study has found the best evidence to date proving that people eat and drink more when large tableware is used.   The research from the UK’s University of Cambridge found that if large portions were removed energy consumption could lower by 16 per cent in UK adults or by 279 kcals per day.   Findings were even more significant for the US with researchers saying adult calorie consumption could reduce by 29 per cent if large servings were off the menu. This equals a reduction of... ...Read more »

Global banana virus, latest research
September 16, 2015

A large study into the evolution and distribution of a major banana disease virus has been carried out by an international team of researchers, led by Dr Arvind Varsani from the University of Canterbury with funding from the Marsden Fund of New Zealand.   By analysing viral genes, researchers wanted to know whether humans inadvertently spread Banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) through moving banana plants around the globe for horticulture. Bananas are the 4th most important food crop in the world... ...Read more »

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