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More nutrients, less energy needed to tackle childhood obesity: Australian analysis

Children and teenagers should consume more nutrient-rich core foods and less energy-rich products, argues a study led by the University of Newcastle in Australia, which also found that portion sizes...

Kiwi supplement firm secures exclusive boysenberry supply deal ahead of China product launch

New Zealand supplement firm Anagenix has secured an exclusive supply deal with Boysenberries New Zealand Ltd (BNZL), the largest marketer of boysenberries worldwide.

Avocados could be good for gut health: New Zealand research

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health — a previously unknown benefit — by increasing short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) production.

Dual-fermented rice bran helps prevent ulcerative colitis: Japan study

Supplementation with rice bran subjected to dual fermentation can help prevent intestinal inflammatory disorders in a mouse model of ulcerative colitis.

Cure for peanut allergy imminent thanks to Australian scientists

A treatment that offers a long-term cure for children with a fatal peanut allergy could soon be commercially available, thanks to scientists in Melbourne.

Move over, mānuka? Firm claims stingless bee honey 'better for health and environment'

Honey from a stingless bee species native to the Philippines is being touted as superior to mānuka honey, with a Singapore firm marketing products made from the former.

Vegetarian diet might reduce diabetes risk: South Korean review

Maintaining a vegetarian diet might contribute to a lower risk of diabetes, according to a South Korean review.

Regulator queries high level health claim for beta-glucan and cholesterol in Australia and New Zealand

Products containing oats, but not barley, should be permitted to make higher level health claims relating to blood cholesterol benefits, according to regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

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VIDEO: Why understanding young Singaporeans’ diets should be a public health and research priority

Academics are striving to increase the volume of quality data about the dietary patterns of young Singaporeans, in order to boost the nutritional health of future generations.

High-beta-glucan barley aids weight loss and fat reduction: Japan RCT

Barley high in beta-glucan can reduce visceral fat, as well as body weight, BMI and waist circumference, according to a new Japanese trial.

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.