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'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...

Green tea EGCG backed to prevent life-threatening ‘artery explosion’

Drinking polyphenol-packed green tea could help to prevent a deadly condition in the body's main artery, according to new research in rats.

Chinese plant protein drinks grow as manufacturers look beyond soy

Manufacturers in China should be looking at moving past traditional soy-based drinks by incorporating multiple types of plant protein in functional beverages, says Mintel.

Could fortified beer and lassi tap into Asia’s soaring protein demand?

Asia’s demand for protein is soaring, but is the Indian market ready for protein-fortified beers and lassi? 

India’s food trends: What’s hot and what's not

Indian consumers are increasingly aware that all fats are not bad, are demanding more products that offer “complete wellness” and are becoming increasingly opening to exploring alternative proteins and natural...

News in brief

Thai functional beverage firm takes US$4m stake in coconut processor

Thailand functional beverages manufacturer Sappe has taken a 40% stake coconut processor Coconut Factory Co Ltd for US$4 million. 

‘Healthy fat’ claims growing as consumer awareness rises

On-pack claims for ‘good fat’ are on the rise as manufacturers begin to tap in to changing consumer sentiment, says Mintel.

Soy could help cut diabetes and heart risk in PCOS patients

Consumption of soy isoflavones by women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) could help prevent diabetes and cardiac problems, a new study has found.

Caffeine plus light therapy aids sleep deprived young drivers

Caffeine combined with artificial bright light improves the driving performance and alertness of chronically sleep deprived young drivers, according to a Queensland University of Technology study.

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