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Maternal cashew nut consumption boosts cognitive development of offspring

Maternal consumption of cashew nuts during pregnancy and lactation is beneficial to the cognitive development of offspring, a new study on rats has revealed.

Nutrition knowledge in both parent and child vital for healthy diets: Japan study

Nutrition campaigns in Japan should be targeted at both children and adults, and not one or the other, in order to increase healthy dietary habits in youngsters, according to a...

Walnuts lower cardiovascular disease risk by boosting endothelial function: China meta-analysis

Consuming walnuts could help lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases by improving endothelial function, according to new Chinese analysis, which didn't find the same specific effect from almonds, hazelnuts or pistachios....

Enhanced vitamin A banana a 'world first': Australian academics

Australian researchers have created the world's first golden orange-fleshed banana, which is rich in pro-vitamin A and will help tackle micronutrient deficiency in Uganda.

Poor nutrition a major preventable risk factor in China cancer deaths: Study

Seven per cent of all cancer deaths in Chinese men can be attributed to poor nutrition, new research has revealed.

New index reveals impact of ethnicity and socioeconomic status on diet quality in New Zealand

A new Healthy Dietary Habits Index (HDHI) could help adults in New Zealand properly assess the quality of their diets, according to a recent study, which also highlighted the impact...

Mediterranean diet linked to rheumatoid arthritis benefits: Japan study

Adopting a Mediterranean diet, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), could help suppress disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients, researchers in Japan report.

GALLERY: The top 10 most-read nutrition and health stories from APAC in May

Here's a recap of our top 10 most read nutrition stories from May, featuring the latest on vitamin D, infant nutrition, natural health supplements and more.

New trials show ‘multiple health benefits’ from consuming mango: Industry body

Several emerging human studies on mango consumption are reporting improved blood pressure, blood sugar control and gut health, according to the National Mango Board.

Rice bran: Nutritional and functional food benefits underlined by precision technology

Rice bran is worthy of greater studies to assess its benefits for human health and nutrition because it is a rich source of proteins, fats, minerals and micronutrients such as...

Low levels of carotenoids linked to Parkinson’s disease risk and progression: RCT

Low levels of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene contributed to increased risk and progression of Parkinson’s disease, a new study reports.

Vegetable consumption key to preventing metabolic syndrome in women

Increased vegetable consumption could help prevent metabolic syndrome, especially in postmenopausal women, a new analysis of South Korean data has found.

Daily chocolate fix reduces heart disease risk in postmenopausal women

Daily consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa reduced arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women – therefore lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study revealed.

Hemp for human food consumption finally gets the green light in Australia and New Zealand

Hemp foods are finally set to hit Australian plates after regulators approved legislation legalising low-THC hemp for human consumption as a food.

Taste, habits, price and availability: Why young Singaporean adults aren’t eating whole grains

Food manufacturers and health officials have to overcome significant barriers to encourage the consumption of disease-fighting whole grains among young Singaporean adults, a new study has found.

Frailty and low income causing poor nutrition among Japanese elderly

Poor social support, economic disadvantage and frailty have been identified as key factors for low dietary variation and therefore poor nutrition among elderly Japanese adults.

Fruit consumption linked to lower risk of diabetes, study of 500,000 Chinese people reports

Greater consumption of fresh fruit is associated with a lower incidence of diabetes, as well as reduced complications in people who already have the condition, a large-scale observational study of...

Cargill, General Mills and Unilever agree to fortify flagship wheat flour brands with vitamins and minerals in India

Major brands and millers have agreed to fortify wheat flour with iron, folic acid and vitamin B12 under India’s drive to boost nutrition levels through a mass fortification programme. ...

Nestle seals joint venture to improve nutrition among Chinese stroke patients

Nestle Health Science and the Chinese Stroke Association have entered into a collaboration to help stroke patients swallow with less difficulty. 

Blues-busters: Study shows blueberry juice antioxidants ease stress

A blueberry drink a day can help keep stress away, suggests a study which found blueberry’s antioxidant power improved the cognitive performance of adult rats exposed to stress.

Bowel disease benefits of a diet low in certain carbs and sugars revealed: New Zealand data

Adhering to a low FODMAP diet - a diet low in certain sugars and carbohydrates - can help relieve symptoms for women suffering from both irritable bowel syndrome and endometriosis.

Fruit and veg consumption more likely to reduce psychological stress in women than men

Eating three to four servings of vegetables daily is associated with a lower incidence of psychological stress in women, but it has less of an impact on men, new research...

After Australia backs medical cannabis, is hemp about to approved as a nutrition and food source?

Industry and academic experts have been responding to Australia’s decision to establish a legal medicinal cannabis trade – with most welcoming it as a positive first step – while others are...

Asian consumers more interested in nutrition and healthy eating than westerners: Survey

Asian consumers are far more likely to be interested in healthy eating than those in the West, according to a new survey of attitudes to diet and nutrition.

Expert panel established to drive forward India's national fortification plan

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set up a panel of doctors and research scientists to prepare the final version of its food fortification laws –...