Onion extract may improve high blood sugar and cholesterol, study
March 25, 2015

Onion extract may improve high blood sugar and cholesterol, study The extract of onion bulb, Allium cepa, strongly lowered high blood glucose (sugar) and total cholesterol levels in diabetic rats when given with the antidiabetic drug metformin, according to a new study presented recently at The Endochrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego. “Onion is cheap and available and has been used as a nutritional supplement,” said lead investigator Anthony Ojieh, MBBS (MD), MSc, of Delta... ...Read more »

New ‘MIND’ diet protection against Alzheimer’s Disease, US study
March 25, 2015

New ‘MIND’ diet protection against Alzheimer’s Disease, US study A new diet, known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if the diet is not meticulously followed, according to research from Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago. The study, published online for subscribers in March 2015 in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, found that the MIND diet lowered the risk of... ...Read more »

Fermented food bacteria aid human health, research
March 23, 2015

Fermented food bacteria aid human health, research Bacteria that have evolved to eat their way through yeast in the human gut could inform the development of new treatments for people suffering from bowel diseases, according to research from Newcastle University in the UK and the University of Michigan. The study, published 7 January 2015 in the journal Nature, showed that microbes in the human digestive tract have learned to unravel the difficult to break down complex carbohydrates that make up... ...Read more »

New launches for own-label with ‘healthy’ claims reach record five-year high
March 23, 2015

New launches for own-label with ‘healthy’ claims reach record five-year high New research from market research organisation Mintel has found that the share of own-label food products launched in the UK carrying a ‘better-for-you’ claim reached a five-year high in 2014. Mintel found that almost two thirds (63 per cent) of UK consumers considered the healthiness of products when choosing food for use at home, with this being considered more important than low cost (59 per cent). Furthermore,... ...Read more »

Iced Tea makers look to ‘health’ marketing platform, Innova research
March 16, 2015

Iced Tea makers look to ‘health’ marketing platform, Innova research Despite rising levels of interest in recent years, ready-to-drink (RTD) or iced teas still accounted for a relatively modest 7.5 per cent share of global soft drinks launches recorded by market research organisation Innova Market Insights in 2014. However, iced tea manufacturers have had some success marketing their products on ‘health’ basis. Innova Market Insights said developments in the Iced Tea category included the... ...Read more »

Saliva-based test for diabetes developed by Australian researchers
March 11, 2015

Saliva-based test for diabetes developed by Australian researchers Australian researchers at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales have developed a salvia-based glucose test using a 2D printer, which they said could spell the end of needles and blood tests for people with diabetes. The simple-to-use test, which detects concentrations of glucose and is up to 100 times more sensitive than current blood sensors, integrates bio-sensors or chemical signatures into printed transistors. Needle-free... ...Read more »

Decline in soft drinks halted in Australia as younger market grows, research
March 10, 2015

Decline in soft drinks halted in Australia as younger market grows, research The decline in soft drink consumption among Australians has slowed. For young Australians aged under 25 years, soft drink consumption is actually increasing year-on-year, according to new findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. “Back in 2007, 59 per cent of Australians drank soft drinks in an average seven days. In the ensuing years, this figure decreased dramatically, and now sits at 48 per cent,”... ...Read more »

WHO sugar intake recommendations provoke debate
March 10, 2015

WHO sugar intake recommendations provoke debate The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a new guideline recommending that adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10 per cent of their total energy intake. The guideline recommends a further reduction to below 5 per cent or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide “additional health benefits”. The guideline has met with mixed reactions. While the guideline has been generally welcomed by global... ...Read more »

Mediterranean diet betters exercise to cut heart disease risk by nearly half, latest study
March 10, 2015

Mediterranean diet betters exercise to cut heart disease risk by nearly half, latest study Adults who closely followed the Mediterranean diet were 47 per cent less likely to develop heart disease over a 10-year period compared to similar adults who did not closely follow the diet. The study is to be presented to the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session held in San Diego on 14 March 2015. The study, conducted by a research team from Harokopio University in Greece, found... ...Read more »

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 »

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