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Singapore’s war on diabetes: $5 screening test latest weapon in the armoury

After calling on soft drink firms to slash sugar content, and encouraging the development of more functional ingredients, the latest addition to Singapore’s so-called 'war on diabetes' is S$5 screening...

Bangladeshi RCT to assess effectiveness of preventive nutrition combinations on childhood stunting

The International Centre for Diarrhoea Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) has begun a community-based RCT to determine the effectiveness of nutrition intervention strategies on childhood stunting.

Nutrient-tailored lunches could bolster health among garment workers: Cambodia study

Lunch provisions specifically designed to address deficiencies and caloric needs can support nutrition and health among workers in Cambodia, claim researchers.

Poorly educated parents need to be the focus for China's child nutrition strategies

Increasing nutrition knowledge amongst the most poorly educated parents in China needs to become a priority in order to improve childrens' diets and reduce obesity, academics claim. 

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.

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.

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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.

Japan’s Food with Function Claims: Limited consumer understanding of regulatory details

Consumers, physicians and pharmacists have a high level of awareness of the existence of Japan’s Food with Function Claims (FFC), but far fewer have a clear understanding of what the...

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.

Western diet increases colorectal cancer risk in Japanese women: Cohort study

Consumption of a Western diet increased the risk of colon and distal cancer among women in Japan, a large population-based cohort study has found.

Mannatech launches supplement-infused coffee in Korea

Mannatech has launched its GlycoCafé coffee product in Korea, with the firm claiming it can improve cognitive function, provide antioxidant support and aid cardiovascular health.

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Food firms should stop ‘dawdling’ and address major public health problems with functional products

Health and wellness concerns will spur sales of naturally functional foods in Australia, but major food firms need to “stop dawdling” and maximize the opportunities.

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.

Could malformed mushrooms be the next big sports nutrition ingredient?

Mushrooms have been hailed as the perfect ingredient for new sports drinks, with researchers in Australia claiming they could be key to refuelling after a workout.

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....

Kefir the key ingredient for a dairy-based sports drink that cancer survivors can stomach

Kefir could be a beneficial dairy-based sports nutrition ingredient for cancer survivors who may be wary of trying products containing milk due to concerns about stomach upsets.

Edible insects can help solve hunger and improve nutrition in Sumatra: Study

Edible insects from Sumatra can provide a strategic solution for hunger problems and subsequent undernourishment due to their high essential fatty contents, researchers have concluded.

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.

WATCH: First packaged edible insect snack for China to be launched

A chip style snack made with silkworm powder is to be launched in China, in what is believed to be the first edible insect-based packaged product to go on sale...

Singapore seeks to level playing field for SMEs to tap into functional foods trend

New guidelines have been launched in Singapore for food manufacturers seeking to develop food products with approved health and nutrition claims.

Caffeine aids weight loss in mice...but at equivalent of 30 cups of coffee a day for humans

Caffeine helped obese mice lose weight by suppressing appetites and increasing energy exposure — but one academic has argued an equivalent dose in humans is likely to lead to severe caffeine toxicity and...

Chitosan combined with resistant starch slashes obesity and may prevent diabetes

Supplementation with a combination of resistant starch and chitosan may help prevent obesity and diabetes.

Iron fortification: Chitosan encapsulation strengthens stability and boosts bioavailability

Coating iron with chitosan nanostructured lipid carriers is a superior protection method when fortifying milk, with researchers also predicting its suitability for fruit juices, yogurts and traditional drinks.

Cinnamon’s potential anti-obesity benefits underlined by new study

Cinnamon polyphenol can help tackle obesity and manage hyperglycaemia and hyperlipidaemia, a new study on rats which were fed a high-fat diet reveals.