Food design & research > Nutrition

Property value linked to obesity rates

06 September, 2007

Neighbourhood property values predict local obesity rates better than education or incomes, according to a study published online this week by the journal Social Science and Medicine. For each additional $100,000 in the median price of homes, US researchers found obesity rates in a given ZIP code dropped by 2 %.


Australians getting fatter on healthier food

10 August, 2007 by Keiran Jones

The Australian and New Zealand nutraceuticals market is booming, according to a report by international market research company, Frost and Sullivan


Restaurants salting us to death

02 August, 2007

The Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH) is calling for a major reduction in the salt content of processed and restaurant foods, following a recent report from the American Medical Association (AMA).


Healthy food - a healthy habit

19 June, 2007

Two recent research projects have shed light on how infants develop tastes for particular foods and to what extent older people lose their ability to smell, taste and perceive different foods, spiciness and texture.


Fish oil capsules now in food

13 June, 2007

Microencapsulation technology is being utilised to store healthy omega-3 oils in processed foods, under an agreement between Food Science Australia (FSA) and the Clover Corporation.


Beer as a natural energy resource

11 May, 2007

A joint project between the University of Queensland (UQ) and Foster's to produce electricity from beer wastewater has won $140,000 from the Queensland Government's Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund.


Australian children undertake physical activity survey

21 February, 2007

One of the most important surveys of children ever to be undertaken in Australia is occurring nationally with thousands of phone calls to families across Australia inviting them to participate.


IADSA keeps up the fight for key additives in food supplements

13 February, 2007

The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) has pledged to continue fighting to retain key additives used in food supplements in the Codex ‘General Standard for Food Additives’ list this year.


Fiddling with functional food

09 February, 2007 by Janette Woodhouse

In Third World countries, the value of the market for nutritional supplements is just under double that for functional foods. However, in the affluent First World, the functional food market is greater than the supplement market


Nutrition studies' conclusions tied to funding source

10 January, 2007

A systematic analysis of the medical literature shows that nutrition studies'' conclusions correlate with who funds them – much like the bias found for pharmaceutical studies, but with potentially greater public health implications.


Hello Halal

11 December, 2006 by Janette Woodhouse

The Australian 2006 census figures are not out yet but they will undoubtedly reveal significant growth in domestic demand for Halal products similar to the 40% growth experienced between 1996 and 2001


Everyday beliefs about food refuse to give way to scientific evidence

31 August, 2006

Marieke Saher’s recent doctoral dissertation for the Department of Psychology at the University of Helsinki analyses everyday beliefs about food and health. By these beliefs she refers to people’s ideas about whether certain foods are healthy, what might have caused a stomach upset or whether a medicine really works.


We are eating ourselves to death

06 June, 2006 by Roy Con Foo, CEO, Chr. Hansen Pty Ltd

Although the refrigerated display counters at the supermarkets abound in healthy food items, we are eating an increasingly greater amount of unhealthy foods


Assessment of aspartame study and its safety

08 May, 2006

The AFC panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated a long-term study on the carcinogenicity of aspartame conducted by the European Ramazzini Foundation in Bologna, Italy.


Prevention of childhood obesity

01 May, 2006

Two of the leading health peak bodies, Diabetes Australia and The Cancer Council, in Victoria have called for the Victorian Government to strengthen its commitment to both regulation and community education to help fight the alarming childhood obesity trends.


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