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Lose weight regardless of food intake

14 October, 2013

It is possible that serotonin, combined with a little bit of adrenaline, could be the key to weight loss in humans.


Manipulating portion sizes may not solve obesity epidemic

10 October, 2013

The UK Public Health Responsibility Deal has called for reduced portion sizes as a way of reducing the nation's caloric intakes, but a review has found that consumers choose food based on a number of different factors - with nutrition coming some way down the list of priorities.


Addressing malnourishment takes more than just food

03 October, 2013

While more food might seem to be the solution to malnutrition, recent research has shown this is not the case. Despite two decades of increased agricultural productivity, there has not been a corresponding drop in malnutrition rates.


Fish cleared as major mercury source

01 October, 2013

While fish has frequently been blamed for rising mercury levels in the human body, new research from the University of Bristol suggests that fish may not be the biggest contributor to mercury levels.


Spread the word: peanut butter linked to breast health

30 September, 2013

A study has found that girls aged 9 to 15 who regularly ate peanut butter or nuts were 39% less likely to develop benign breast disease by the age of 30.


Research shows nuts are beneficial to health

24 September, 2013

The myth that nuts are fattening was recently busted. Recent research has not only confirmed this, but also highlighted the benefits of regular intake of nuts.


The brain knows the difference between 'real' and artificial sweeteners

23 September, 2013

While many of us try to curb the negative effects of a sweet tooth with artificial sweeteners, the brain knows the difference between these 'energyless' sweet flavours and 'real' sweeteners, a new study has shown.


Is your fat brown, beige or white?

20 September, 2013

We usually think of adult fat as white and hard to get rid of but brown and beige fats are present in adults and their role in the metabolism of triglycerides and glucose may make them allies in the fights against obesity and diabetes.


Functional foods to keep ageing population healthy

20 September, 2013

A potentially huge market exists for functional foods to keep Europe’s ageing population healthy in years to come. The NU-AGE project will hold a symposium on the topic of dietary strategies for the elderly at the International Congress of Nutrition.


Immune function enhanced by red grapes and blueberries

19 September, 2013

Compounds in blueberries and red grapes came out ahead of more than 400 other compounds in a study conducted at the Linus Pauling Institute. The resveratrol in red grapes and pterostilbene in blueberries were found to boost the immune system.


Bubbles dupe brain's sweetness perception

19 September, 2013

Carbonation affects the brain's perception of sweetness, making it harder to determine between sugar and artificial sweeteners, according to a new article in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.


Broccoli could be new osteoarthritis superfood

16 September, 2013

A recent study has found that sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli, has been linked to the slower development and potential prevention of osteoarthritic damage in joint cartilage.


Researchers debunk myth that alcohol causes depression

13 September, 2013

Clinical neuroscientists at the University of Western Australia have concluded that there is no truth to the long held belief which holds that alcohol causes depression, particularly if consumed at excessive levels.


NZ research links kiwifruit to mood

28 August, 2013

The path to happiness may travel via an unexpected stopover: the fruit bowl. Researchers at the University of Otago, Christchurch, have found that eating two kiwifruit each day can improve mood and boost energy.


Warning statements on soft drinks is "absurd", Bev Council says

26 August, 2013

Recent calls for soft drink labels to carry warning statements have been criticised by the Australian Beverages Council. Geoff Parker says a recent study linking soft drink consumption with behavioural problems does not prove cause and effect.


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