Salt analysis of products in Australian supermarket aisles
September 2, 2015

Australia’s largest study comparing private and branded label products has found the average salt content to be significantly lower in private label products.   Lead author Helen Trevena, from the George Institute, said the study could shift perceptions in the supermarket aisles.   “The general opinion among consumers is that supermarket brands are of an inferior quality, but this research shows that is not always the case in regard to salt,” Ms Trevena said.   “We looked at... ...Read more »

Purple potatoes may help in the fight against bowel cancer
September 2, 2015

Naturally purple-fleshed potatoes may aid in killing bowel cancer stem cells, according to a team of international researchers who found that compounds in the colourful veggie suppressed the spread of bowel cancer tumours.   The research, conducted by Penn State and the University of Colorado in the USA and recently published in August by the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, found that the baked flesh of purple potatoes suppressed the growth of bowel cancer in petri dishes and in mice by... ...Read more »

Childhood coeliac disease discovery opens door for potential treatments
September 2, 2015

A new study has revealed childhood coeliac disease mirrors the condition in adults, increasing the possibility a coeliac disease therapy that could enable patients to eat gluten again will work in children.   A team led by Australian researchers found that children with coeliac disease were reacting against the same key toxic proteins in gluten that cause the disease in adults. The findings overturn the previously held theory that coeliac disease differs between children and adults and suggest... ...Read more »

Public opinion puts greengrocers ahead on quality
August 31, 2015

New research shows Aussie shoppers put greengrocers ahead of the bunch when it comes to quality and freshness.   The research of 1,000 Australians commissioned by Sydney Markets reveals that over 90% of main grocery buyers rate their greengrocers highly when it comes to quality, freshness and longevity of fruit and vegetables. Plus, when it comes to value for money, greengrocers are also the clear winners with almost 80% of those who shop there saying it is better value for money than their... ...Read more »

Asian vegetable varieties increasingly popular with young families and young adults
August 24, 2015

Young Australian families and young adults are buying Asian vegetable varieties more frequently than last year and are buying more each time, according to the latest Nielsen consumer research.   Nielsen Homescan data, taken from 10,000 geographically and demographically representative Australian households, indicates that the volume of market share for Asian vegetable varieties against other vegetable types has increased, posting a 14 per cent growth in value and 12 per cent volume growth.   “The... ...Read more »

Meat snacks market gains with protein claims, Innova
August 19, 2015

Recent rapidly growing interest in protein content has been of particular benefit to the meat snacks market. Many products naturally high in protein are increasingly using high-in-protein or source-of-protein claims. According to Innova Market Insights data, nearly 15% of global meat snacks launches in the 52 weeks to the end of April 2015 used protein claims, rising to over 50% in the USA. “Even prior to the emergence of this enhanced interest in protein, the meat snacks market was showing good... ...Read more »

New research unlocks genetic links of sweet tooth and fatty food cravings
August 17, 2015

New research has unlocked the connection between genetics and a preference for sweet or fatty tastes, the results of which could lead to a rise in genetically personalised food products or weight-loss. CSIRO Scientist Dr Nicholas Archer presented details of the new research and the latest insights on genetics and taste at the combined 48th Annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Convention and 15th Australian Food Microbiology Conference being held in Sydney from the 11th... ...Read more »

Low-fat diet results in more fat loss than low-carb diet in humans
August 17, 2015

A study from the US National Institutes of Health presents some of the most precise human data yet on whether cutting carbs or fat has the most benefits for losing body fat. In a paper published August 13 2015 in the journal Cell Metabolism, the researchers show how, contrary to popular claims, restricting dietary fat can lead to greater body fat loss than carb restriction, even though a low-carb diet reduces insulin and increases fat burning. Since 2003, Kevin Hall, PhD-a physicist turned metabolism... ...Read more »

Pregnant women in Australia not following nutrition guideline
August 17, 2015

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have made a remarkable discovery, no pregnant women were found to be correctly following the Australian Dietary Guidelines on consumption of the “five food groups”, despite almost two-thirds of pregnant women believing they were eating the right diet. The study, published online on the 31 July 2015 in the journal Public Health Nutrition, surveyed the dietary habits of more than 850 pregnant women from across Australia. The research was conducted by... ...Read more »

Trans fats, but NOT saturated fats, are the problem
August 12, 2015

Saturated fats are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes, finds a Canadian study published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ) this week. However, the findings show that trans fats are associated with greater risk of death and coronary heart disease. The study confirms previous suggestions that industrially produced trans fats might increase the risk of coronary heart disease and calls for a careful review of dietary guidelines for these nutrients. Guidelines... ...Read more »

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