Fewer Australians concerned with cholesterol, Roy Morgan Research
October 6, 2014

Fewer Australians concerned with cholesterol, Roy Morgan Research Australians are today less concerned with their cholesterol levels and more likely to try to eat less fat and additives, according to findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. In the year to June 2010, more Australians aged 14 years or older agreed they were “concerned about my cholesterol level” (38.3 per cent) than agreed that “a low fat diet is a way of life for me” (34.8 per cent). However, since then... ...Read more »

Olive oil may help diseased heart muscle process and use fuel
October 6, 2014

Olive oil may help diseased heart muscle process and use fuel Oleate, a common dietary fat found in olive oil, may restore proper metabolism of fuel in heart cells, according to research from the Chicago College of Medicine at the University of Illinois. The findings, reported in the journal Circulation in September 2014, showed that oleate restored proper metabolism of fuel in heart cells in animals. Study method The researchers looked at how healthy and failing hearts beating in rats reacted to... ...Read more »

Private label pushes towards high-end beverages in Europe, Canadean
October 6, 2014

Private label pushes towards high-end beverages in Europe, Canadean Private label drinks products, such as own brand ranges from supermarkets, are known for low prices at the expense of quality. However, more and more private label drinks products can be found in supermarket aisles reserved for ‘premium’ name brands, a new report by Canadean has found. According to the report, private label soft drinks are seeing notable success in the Western European premium market, with ready-to-drink iced... ...Read more »

Turmeric compound boosts regeneration of brain stem cells
October 1, 2014

Turmeric compound boosts regeneration of brain stem cells A bioactive compound found in turmeric promotes stem cell proliferation and differentiation in the brain, according to research from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Jülich, Germany. The study, published in open access journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy, suggests that aromatic turmerone could be a future drug candidate for treating neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Neural stem cells and brain... ...Read more »

Westernisation to reform packaging in Chinese retail market, Canadean
September 29, 2014

Westernisation to reform packaging in Chinese retail market, Canadean In recent years, China has seen significant changes in eating habits, shopping behaviours, and lifestyle habits, as consumer behaviour responds to Western influences. Consumer packaged goods providers will capitalise on the trend of Westernisation for new experiences and integrate more Western groceries onto their shelves, market research organisation Canadean has predicted. Western commodities ‘status symbols’ for... ...Read more »

Consuming high-fat dairy products may lower risk of type 2 diabetes, study
September 24, 2014

Consuming high-fat dairy products may lower risk of type 2 diabetes, study People with the highest consumption of high-fat dairy products (8 or more portions per day) had a 23 per cent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest consumption (1 or less per day), according to research from the Lund University in Sweden. The research, presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Vienna, Austria, was undertaken by... ...Read more »

Artificial sweeteners may lead to diabetes too, study
September 22, 2014

Artificial sweeteners may lead to diabetes too, study Particular gut bacteria may induce metabolic changes that contribute to obesity and diabetes following exposure to artificial sweeteners, according to a new study from the Weizmann Institute in Israel. The research, published on 17 September 2014 in the journal Nature, found that artificial sweeteners, which have been promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention, could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic... ...Read more »

US consumers embrace carbonated water as soft drink sales drop, Canadean
September 22, 2014

US consumers embrace carbonated water as soft drink sales drop, Canadean Growth in the consumption of carbonated packaged water in the US is expected to be much higher than the global average, with consumers moving away from soft drinks, according to new findings from global market research organisation Canadean. Growth driven by shift away from soft drinks The US is predicted to have one of the highest growth rates of 12 per cent in carbonated packaged water consumption in 2014, compared to an average... ...Read more »

Fish oil may help with heart health and seizure frequency in people with epilepsy
September 17, 2014

Fish oil may help with heart health and seizure frequency in people with epilepsy Low doses of fish oil may help to curb the frequency of epileptic seizures when drug treatment no longer works, suggests a small study by researchers from UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. However, the study, published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, found that high doses were no better than dummy (placebo), the findings indicated. How fish oil helps the body The omega-3... ...Read more »

Spinach extract decreases food cravings, study
September 10, 2014

Spinach extract decreases food cravings, study A spinach extract containing green leaf membranes called thylakoids decreases cravings for ‘unhealthy’ foods by up to 95 per cent, and increases weight loss by 43 per cent, according to a recently published long-term human study from Lund University in Sweden. Hedonic hunger is the term used to describe the cravings many people experience for unhealthy foods such as sweets or fast food, a common cause of obesity and unhealthy eating habits.... ...Read more »

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