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Government funding and nutritional composition leads to high functional food hopes for Malaysian red seaweed

Tropical red seaweed, G. changii, can become an important functional food ingredient and is a prime crop for large-scale commercial farming, according to new research from Malaysia.

HIV: Patients reveal the therapeutic foods and supplements they want

Ready-to-eat therapeutic foods designed to boost the nutritional status of people with HIV in Thailand should contain clear health claims, be manufactured in a soft, or liquid form, and be...

Aquatic plant potential: Why duckweed could become a source of protein and omega-3 beyond South East Asia

Duckweed has long been consumed as an inexpensive protein and source of omega-3 in three South East Asia countries, but now researchers are questioning if it has the potential to...

New study boosts use of thiamine fortified fish sauce to tackle beriberi

Further evidence has been published showing how fortified fish sauce is being used in Cambodia to help tackle thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency and the associated disease beriberi in babies.

Gum from Thai vegetable an ‘excellent’ probiotic protector

Adding Tiliacora triandra gum, from the indigenous Thai vegetable ‘Yanang’, to maltodextrin could create an excellent protector of probiotics, researchers have revealed.

BASF opens 'Newtrition Lab' in Singapore to boost regional R&D capabilities

BASF’s Nutrition & Health Division has opened a new technical application lab in Singapore to provide analytical services and product development support to customers across the region.

Asian mothers on a ‘seafood-noodle’ diet at reduced risk of gestational diabetes: Study

Researchers have demonstrated a significant association between a seafood and noodle-based dietary pattern and the reduced likelihood of gestational diabetes.

Routine nutrition screening hit and miss in Thailand’s hospitals: Study

The small number of dieticians in Thailand’s hospitals along with the absence of national guidelines for nutrition screening and assessment are hampering efforts to make early interventions with patients who...

Singapore prepares national Diabetes Action Plan as government and academics plough in resources

Singapore health officials will launch the county’s first Diabetes Action Plan next year in response to the City State being identified as having the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed...

Infant and brain health benefits of whey protein underlined by experts at Singapore event.

The benefits of alpha-lacalbumin in providing effective protein in infant formula, and its role in increasing brain serotonin concentrations, were two of the academic highlights presented at the Alpha Summit...

Routine malnutrition screening for COPD patients ‘vital’: Vietnam study

Researchers in Vietnam have argued that routine screening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients could avoid the development of malnutrition and its associated risks, costs and complications.

Wacker opens Singapore food lab as it seeks to boost nutrition and supplements business

Wacker has opened its first Asia food laboratory and technical centre in Singapore as it seeks to boost its nutraceutical and nutrition offerings.

Aged garlic shows antioxidant promise, but not cholesterol-lowering potential: Study

Aged garlic has greater antioxidant potential that the raw version, but was found not to lower cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic individuals, a Singapore study has reported.

Myanmar: Half of population over 40 has high cholesterol, one-in-three has hypertension

Specialists in Myanmar are warning that unhealthy lifestyles and the low intake of essential vitamins and minerals is leading cardiovascular problems to spiral out of control.

News in brief

Two Singapore 'natural' supplements found to contain prohibited potent ingredients

Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) says two so-called natural supplements have been found to contain “undeclared potent ingredients, including prescription only medicines”.

Neem plant compound could suppress development of prostate cancer: Singapore study

Nimbolide, a bioactive terpenoid compound derived from Azadirachta indica, more commonly known as the neem plant, could reduce the size of prostate tumours by up to 70 per cent and...

Exclusive interview

‘Time to take supplements and probiotics mainstream in South East Asia’: DuPont

In the second part of our interview with DuPont’s Asia regional president Dr Li Yongjing, we assess the potential for the dietary supplements industry in South East Asia and examine...

Four nutrition and health trends shaping functional food and drink innovation in South East Asia

Functional food innovation in developed Asian economies is increasingly influencing consumers in South East Asia’s emerging nations, with protein products, superfoods, herbal extract powders and fortified breakfast snacks making their...

Green tea compound ‘counteracts’ overeating effect of high-fat diet

Consumption of the green tea compound EGCG could help to stop daytime overeating brought on by a high-fat diet, claims research backed by Abbott Nutrition.

‘Plant insulin’ from bitter melon backed for fight against diabetes

A commercially available ingredient containing bitter melon peptides could help manage blood sugar by binding to insulin receptors, say researchers.

Infant formula intake and protein guidelines queried in Southeast Asia

There is concern about the considerable variance in the recommended consumption levels of infant formula and follow-on formula in Asia and questions over the amount of protein they are required...

Alginate-starch encapsulation could aid probiotic survival

The use of a modified alginate and hi-maize starch encapsulation technique could help to increase the survival rate of probiotics, say Thai researchers.

Danone considers calling time on Dumex infant products in Vietnam

Danone is reported to be considering a gradual withdrawal of its Dumex infant nutrition products from Vietnam.

Controlled-release gelatin film could help put tea polyphenols in to finished foods

The controlled release of tea polyphenols into finished food products could help create new functional foods and reduce oxidation without the need for synthetic antioxidants, say researchers.

Whey protein may provide benefits for Parkinson’s patients, finds Thai pilot study

The first placebo-controlled study to test whey protein in people with Parkinson’s disease has found consumption may benefit certain biomarkers.

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