Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how muscle processes nutrients from food, research
April 22, 2015

Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how muscle processes nutrients from food, research Many consumers might think that they can get away with eating fatty foods for a few days without it making any significant changes to the body. However, new research suggests otherwise. After just five days of eating a high-fat diet, the way in which the body’s muscle processes nutrients changes, which could lead to long-term problems such as weight gain, obesity, and other health issues, a new study from... ...Read more »

Sugar-sweetened beverages suppress body’s stress response, study
April 20, 2015

Sugar-sweetened beverages suppress body’s stress response, study Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can suppress the hormone cortisol and stress responses in the brain, but diet beverages sweetened with aspartame do not have the same effect, according to a new study from the University of California, Davis. The researchers said their study, published April 2015 in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, was the first to link sugar consumption with stress reduction. “This... ...Read more »

Taxpayers and growers are led up a garden path
April 15, 2015

Taxpayers and growers are led up a garden path The Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC), which is an organisation established with government and industry support in 2013, has announced the winning tender bid for the conduct of a literature review of fresh produce safety research. The announcement has produced some skepticism from commentators about the whole bureaucratic process involving the Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s role in improving the current Australian food safety regime for fresh produce. The... ...Read more »

Diabetes risk reduced by high-fat dairy products, study
April 15, 2015

Diabetes risk reduced by high-fat dairy products, study Consumption of high-fat yoghurt and cheese are linked to a reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as a fifth, according to new research from Lund University in Sweden. High meat consumption, on the other hand, is linked to a higher risk. The researchers said their findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in April 2015, were in line with previous studies of eating habits that indicated a link between high... ...Read more »

Chocolate innovation takes off globally, despite sales growth slow-down
April 15, 2015

Chocolate innovation takes off globally, despite sales growth slow-down The pace of growth in the global chocolate market slowed in 2014 as the industry faced challenges stemming from increased cocoa prices, according to findings from market research organisation Mintel. However, chocolate innovation increased, with new product launches growing 18 per cent between 2013 and 2014. “The challenges facing the global market in 2014 have been related in part to supply, as the price of cocoa increased... ...Read more »

Sugar-free confectionery category slow to realise stevia’s potential
April 13, 2015

Sugar-free confectionery category slow to realise stevia’s potential With ongoing concerns about health and the reduction of sugar in the diet, the sugar-free confectionery market should be booming, particularly in the face of ongoing technical developments that have improved sensory properties, and the appearance of new sweeteners and other ingredients with a more natural image. However, sugar-free lines accounted for less than 7 per cent of global confectionery launches recorded by market research... ...Read more »

How Australian parents’ wealth and health attitudes affect what their kids eat, research
April 13, 2015

How Australian parents’ wealth and health attitudes affect what their kids eat, research Household wealth plays a big part in determining the healthiness of the food parents put in the pantry (and what their children are actually eating), according to the latest health attitude and food consumption data from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Half of Australian parents “look for additive-free food” According to Roy Morgan Research overall, “50 per cent of Australian parents... ...Read more »

Nut milks on the up versus soy milk in Australia’s analog sector expansion
April 13, 2015

Nut milks on the up versus soy milk in Australia’s analog sector expansion Nut milks in Australia appear to be on the rise, with almond milk in particular experiencing very strong growth. Both traditional dairy milks and milk alternatives, including soy and grain milk, are expected to grow in the next five years. Australian Food News reported in July 2014 that market research organisation IBISWorld expected milks of all kinds to post yearly growth of 3.9 per cent to reach revenue of $4.2 billion... ...Read more »

Eating green leafy vegetables keeps mental abilities sharp, study
April 13, 2015

Eating green leafy vegetables keeps mental abilities sharp, study Something as easy as adding more spinach, kale, collards and mustard greens to the diet could help slow cognitive decline, according to new research from Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago. The study, which was presented at the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Annual Meeting on 30 March 2015 during Experimental Biology 2015, also examined the nutrients responsible for the effect, linking vitamin K consumption to slower cognitive... ...Read more »

Younger Australians more likely to buy food ‘Made in China’
April 8, 2015

Younger Australians more likely to buy food ‘Made in China’ Australians aged under-35 years were dramatically more likely than their older counterparts to buy a food product if it was labelled ‘Made in China’, according to the latest findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Australian Food News reported earlier this week that an announcement from the Australian Government of further consultation with stakeholders and consumers into its proposal to introduce a mandatory... ...Read more »

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