Food design & research > Nutrition

School food policies may improve long-term health

16 July, 2018

A study has found that providing free fruits and vegetables and limiting the availability of sugary drinks in schools could improve diet, BMI and long-term health.


Plant-based innovation flourishing

11 July, 2018

Between 2013 and 2017 there was a 62% increase in plant-based new product claims.


Diet success could be down to brain structure

12 June, 2018

A study has found that individuals with more grey matter in the prefrontal cortex showed greater self-control and made healthier food choices.


Diet study calls for urine donations

22 May, 2018

University of Queensland researchers are asking for urine donations to study the relationship between nitrate in the diet and disease.


Fast food impacts women's fertility

16 May, 2018

Women who frequently eat fruit fall pregnant faster than women who consume fast food regularly.


Industry welcomes WHO's plan to ban trans fats

15 May, 2018

The World Health Organization's call to ban trans fats from the global food supply by 2023 has received support from the International Food and Beverage Alliance.


Non-alcoholic soft drinks gain popularity

02 May, 2018

Alcohol does not support the healthy lifestyle consumers are increasingly seeking, and this has brought about a number of soft drink innovations.


Is green tea safe?

25 April, 2018

Green tea has been praised for its health benefits, but the EU raised concerns that green tea extracts may actually cause liver problems.


Gut-on-a-chip (not a potato chip)

24 April, 2018 by Krisy Gashler

Nutrient absorption can now be studied thanks to a 3D microscale model of the human intestinal tract.


Children bombarded by unhealthy food advertising

24 April, 2018 by Nichola Murphy

A recent study has revealed that during peak viewing times, children watch 2.3 times more adverts for 'discretionary' foods than healthy foods every hour.


Food companies not doing enough to fight obesity — report

05 April, 2018

Companies were given a score out of 100 according to their policies and commitments to prevent obesity and encourage nutrition, with the lowest being 3 and the highest 71.


Track your eating habits with tooth-mounted sensors

27 March, 2018

Miniature sensors wirelessly send information about a person's intake of glucose, salt and alcohol to a mobile device in response to an incoming radiofrequency signal.


Gut serotonin linked to obesity

27 March, 2018

Researchers found that human obesity is characterised by an increased capacity to produce and release serotonin, which can help focus future therapies.


Court rules Heinz misled consumers with health claim

21 March, 2018 by Nichola Murphy

The Federal Court ruled Heinz made a misleading health claim on its Little Kids Shredz products aimed at children aged 1–3.


Ultra-processed foods linked to increased risk of cancers

19 March, 2018 by Nichola Murphy

A study revealed that a 10% increase in the proportion of heavily processed foods in a person's diet meant they were 12% more likely to develop all cancers and 11% more likely to develop breast cancer.


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