Food design & research > Nutrition

Fighting selenium deficiency

12 November, 2010

With selenium deficiency prevalent in South-East Asia, University of Adelaide researchers are studying the best biofortification for lowland rice production.

Coles broadens sow stall-free pork initiative

10 November, 2010

Coles has announced that it intends to broaden its sow stall-free fresh pork initiative to include all forms of the company's brand pork including processed ham and bacon products produced in both Australia and overseas from 2014.

Hard work improves the taste of food

09 November, 2010

A Johns Hopkins University study indicates that if you have to expend more effort to get a certain food, not only will you value that food more, it might even taste better to you.

Flat soft drink and anticancer drug effectiveness

27 October, 2010

It seems that taking an oral anticancer medication with degassed Sprite may improve the effectiveness of the drug.

Endurance performance improving beverages

21 October, 2010

Low kJ beverages with added protein are claimed to improve endurance times in cyclists more than higher energy drinks.

Salt-tolerant rice offers hope for global food supply

14 September, 2010

A team of scientists at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics has successfully used genetic modification (GM) to improve the salt tolerance of rice, offering hope for improved rice production around the world.

Carbohydrate claims can mislead consumers

08 September, 2010

Some consumers are misinterpreting low carbohydrate claims on food packaging and assuming health benefits and weight loss qualities beyond the nutrition facts.

Carbohydrate claims can mislead consumers

08 September, 2010

Front-of-pack nutrition claims seem to be misinterpreted by consumers, who give more credence to the claims than is warranted.

Food with added anthrax protection

31 August, 2010

An antibacterial enzyme found in human tears and other body fluids could be applied to certain foods for protection against intentional contamination with anthrax.

Delaying fat digestion to curb appetite

23 August, 2010

Scientists have been experimenting with using protein layers to stabilise emulsions and delay fat digestion until the fatty acids reach the ileum where their presence stimulates satiety-inducing hormones.

Full-fat dairy not responsible for heart attack deaths

05 August, 2010

A new Australian study has found that eating full-fat dairy may reduce the risk of cardiovascular-related death.

How virgin olive oil fights heart disease

02 July, 2010

New research suggests that the polyphenols in virgin olive oil modify the expression of atherosclerosis-related genes, leading to health benefits.

Salt reduction at heart of new NZ agreement

11 June, 2010

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) and the Heart Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share information and avoid duplication of effort as they attempt to rein in New Zealanders' salt intake.

TV food advertisements promote imbalanced diets

09 June, 2010

A diet consisting entirely of advertised foods would contain 25 times the recommended servings of sugars and 20 times the recommended servings of fat but less than half of the recommended servings of vegetables, dairy and fruits according to US researchers.

Flaws in Duke University statement about high fructose corn syrup

22 March, 2010

Duke University incorrectly singled out high fructose corn syrup as being responsible for scarring in the liver and other liver diseases when the underlying study for the release reviewed dietary intake of fructose containing beverages - not high fructose corn syrup.

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