Artificial sweeteners linked to increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, again!
May 30, 2016

Artificial sweetener consumption has once again been linked to an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The research is separate from a previous study reported by Australian Food News in 2013 which connected sweeteners to an increased risk in developing Type 2 diabetes. In the latest study, which is published online by the Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism Journal, UK researchers found a sweetener called ‘aspartame’ had particularly negative health consequences. “Our study... ...Read more »

Poo study finds diet preferences and metabolism can be genetically inherited
May 16, 2016

A UK study of over 1, 000 pairs of twins has found organisms that influence diet preferences, metabolism and health can be inherited through genes. Reporting in Volume 19, Issue 5 of Cell Host and Microbe Journal, the scientists made the discovery through studying the faecal matter of the twins. “Based on our research, we identified more than a dozen microbes with known links to health that are heritable,” said senior study author Ruth Ley from Cornell University in the US. The study... ...Read more »

Body chemical levels can increase the risk of obesity
May 16, 2016

US scientists have discovered middle-aged adults with high-levels of a particular body chemical are twice as likely to develop obesity later in life. The chemical in question, peptide neurotensin (NT), is already associated with increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease when found in high-levels. The study, published last week online by the academic journal ‘Nature’, was however the first to find NT is required for these diseases to develop. Lead researcher, Mark Evers from the University... ...Read more »

Consuming diet soft drink during pregnancy linked to obesity
May 11, 2016

Consuming artificially sweetened soft drink daily during pregnancy may be linked with increased infant body mass, researchers claim. In an article published online by JAMA Paediatrics, US and Canadian researchers studied over 3, 000 mother-infant pairs to discover 5.1 per cent of children were overweight at one years old. The exact amount of women, 5.1 per cent, reported drinking artificially sweetened drinks daily during their pregnancy. A larger group, 29.5 per cent, of the women reported drinking... ...Read more »

Australian consumers’ top 5 food priorities
May 9, 2016

The number one food priority for Australians in 2016 will be eating more fresh fruit and vegetables says global research firm, Ipsos. Revealing the results of its latest Foods Consumption, Habits, Attitudes and Trends report, Ipsos determined Australia’s most important food concerns and perhaps unsurprisingly, health is at the heart of them all. The top 5 food priorities in 2016: Eating more fresh fruit and vegetables Smaller portion sizes Reducing sugar intake from food Eating healthier snacks Cutting... ...Read more »

Coffee more than just a drink for Swinburne Uni researchers
May 9, 2016

Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne have found a second-life for the vast amount of coffee grinds thrown away by Australian cafes every day. Professor Arul Arulrajah, working with PhD candidate Teck-Ang Kua, discovered after a roasting process, the grinds can be mixed with slag (a waste product from steel manufacturing) and an alkaline solution to create cylindrical blocks. The blocks are strong enough to be used as a subgrade material under road surfaces. The cylindrical... ...Read more »

Added sugar consumption unsweetened by Heart Foundation
April 27, 2016

Australian teenage boys are eating more than 10kg of free sugar from soft drinks alone, prompting the Heart Foundation to again call on the Australian Government to examine the merits of a health levy on sugary-sweetened beverages, and on Australians to reduce their intake of junk food. This follows the release of new Australian Bureau of Statistics data revealing that one in two Australians exceed the World Health Organisation’s recommendation that free sugars contribute less than 10 per cent... ...Read more »

Saturated fats not so bad after all, say leading Australian scientists
April 27, 2016

Two of Australia’s leading academics in nutritional health have taken a swipe at the current orthodoxy concerning which fats are health or unhealthy. Professor Andrew Sinclair of Deakin University and Professor Robert Gibson from the University of Adelaide, were two of the speakers at a recent food industry symposium hosted in Melbourne in April 2016. Professor Sinclair explained the new research which strongly suggests saturated fats are not as bad as the health warnings say. Saturated fats are... ...Read more »

Off-line leak detector for seal integrity
April 19, 2016

To ensure seal integrity and quality control, products that come off the packaging line should undergo regular testing by using package leak detection equipment. Off-line leak detector testing can be done to detect problems with seal integrity to ensure that problems do not go undetected, resulting in unwanted returns, recalls and a damaged reputation for the company. As a result, leak detection equipment is vital to company quality control testing. Off-line Leak Detection With off-line leak detection... ...Read more »

Aldi’s share of the Aussie market still rising: Roy Morgan Research
April 18, 2016

A new study from Roy Morgan Research shows Aldi is continuing to win over more Australian supermarket shoppers. According to the study, Aldi had a 12.1 per cent market share of the Australian supermarket grocery market as of December 2015. This is an increase on the 11.6 per cent share it held when Roy Morgan Research last studied Australian supermarkets in March 2015. Market share over time (dollar value): Australian supermarket grocery market               Source:... ...Read more »

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