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Six Japan food, nutrition and consumer trends set to shape 2017

We pinpoint six of the must-know food, nutrition and consumer trends taking shape in Japan, from superfoods to sports nutrition, ahead of one of the country's biggest trade shows, FoodEx...

European supplements brand aims to take bigger bite out of Asian weight loss market

Spanish firm Reig Jofre’s nutritional supplements line Forte Pharma is looking towards South East Asia for expansion, after establishing a firm foothold in Hong Kong and Macau. 

Probiotics boost the kidney benefits of soy milk in diabetic patients, RCT reveals

Probiotic soy milk improves several indexes of kidney function in type 2 diabetic patients with nephropathy – a major complication of diabetes and the foremost cause of end-stage renal failure.

Australia ‘needs national obesity plan and soft drinks tax should fund it’: Health summit chief

The lack of a coordinated national approach to the Australian obesity epidemic is “unacceptable”, according to the Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, who is calling for...

Plant sterol fortified soy milk shows inflammation benefits: Singapore study

Soy milk fortified with combination of plant sterols can alleviate lipid peroxidation and inflammation, a Singapore clinical trial has concluded.

Ethnicity not found to affect GI beverage response in Asia

The glycaemic response (GR) to beverages does not vary depending on Asian ethnicity, with Chinese, Indian and Malay displaying similar responses, a first of its kind study has established.

India manufacturer launches MyFy prebiotic supplement to bridge country’s fibre gap

Prebiotic soluble fibre dietary supplement MyFy is the first product to be launched by Galaxy Scientific Nutrition in India to address the country’s significant shortfall of fibre intake.

Nano-sized calcium improves bioavailability and could aid osteoporosis fight

Fortifying milk with calcium nanoparticles increases bioavailability and could help the rising number of women in Asia suffering with osteoporosis.

'Highly frequent' energy drink consumption associated with mental health problems for teens

A new study indicates that Korean teenagers who regularly consume energy drinks are at “great risk” of mental health problems, particularly when consumed in combination with junk food, researchers claim.

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.

Green tea extract an ‘effective treatment’ for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Study

Treatment with green tea extract (GTE) has been found to reduce hepatic inflammation in mice with the fatty liver disease, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

Can Asia rival Latin America as the world’s fortified food hotspot?

The demand for ‘clean label’ products, especially in North America and Europe, is continuing to affect consumers’ acceptance of fortified foods, meaning manufacturers should focus their efforts on Asia, Latin...

Focus on food synergies to boost bioavailability, urge researchers

A greater emphasis should be placed on enhancing the bioavailability of key nutrients in foods by focusing on synergies to help fight under nutrition, say researchers from the Indian Council of...

Nanoencapsulation stabilises anthocyanins for food and beverage use, China researchers reveal

Loading anthocyanins into chitosan nanoparticles could help improve their stability in functional drinks, say researchers.

New prebiotic combination enhances calcium, magnesium and iron absorption

A novel combination of prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharides could significantly improve absorption of certain minerals, according to new research in rats.

Fermented tea could help protect the liver from high-fat diet damage

Water extracts of a fermented tea, known as Pu-erh tea, could help to reduce oxidative stress and protect the liver against damage caused by a high fat diet, research in...

'Great probiotic potential': Korean soy sauce contains bacterial strains with commercial promise

Three bacterial strains isolated from traditional Korean soy sauce show commercial potential as probiotics and starter cultures, say researchers.

Review of industry-sponsored nutrition studies ‘suggests’ they’re more likely to have favourable conclusions

Researchers say a review and meta-analysis suggests, but cannot establish, that industry-sponsored nutrition studies may be more likely to have favourable conclusions compared to independent studies.

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Authentic action: Standing out in a competitive landscape

With more than 30,000 businesses generating sales of over A$4bn (US$3.1bn), the Australian complementary medicines industry has created a highly competitive landscape.

Soy protein early in life may help prevent bone loss in adulthood

New research suggests reports that a diet heavy in soy protein isolate during early life can protect against serious bone loss during adulthood. 

Fast growth for Chinese functional drinks, but still a long way to go

Functional drinks sales in China have seen growth far in excess of the wider soft drinks industry over the last five years.

'Bias at all levels': Scathing review published into sweetener-funded research

University of Sydney and Ramazzini Institute researchers are claiming widespread bias in industry-funded research into artificial sweeteners, arguing those financially backed by business are far more likely to have favourable results....

‘$2 trillion prize' for meeting global nutrition and sustainability needs

The food industry needs to stop looking at challenges such as obesity, malnutrition and waste as costly challenges and see them as the opportunities for creating “$2 trillion of added...

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.

Singapore and Malaysia lead the way with voluntary GDA labelling roll-out

‘Significant progress’ has been made in rolling-out voluntary Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) nutrition labelling in Asia over the past four years, but more work is needed to educate consumers and...

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