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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.

Protein salvaged from squid processing poses functional food potential

Squid pen protein recovered from commercial processing could be a potential source of nutrients for functional foods, a new study has concluded.

Female path to middle age obesity can be mapped out in twenties: Australian research

New Australian research shows that rates of weight gain are established by the time women are 18-23 years old - meaning data taken at this age could identify those who...

Location, location, location: Why affluence isn’t the sole driver of obesity in China

Increasing affluence and rising obesity have appeared to go hand in hand in China, but new research reveals how geographic location may also play a significant role. 

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.

VITAFOODS 2017

Sports nutrition scoring in the mainstream: The latest trends driving the sector’s growth

The blurring of boundaries between sports nutrition and mainstream food and beverages is fuelling the sector’s growth, alongside new product development (NPD) tackling consumer needs according to their age, gender...

Personalised nutrition: Cost and lack of experts slowing uptake in Asia Pacific

The cost of testing and not having enough experts in the field are holding back the growth of nutrigenomics-based personalised nutrition in Asia-Pacific.

The three main health factors powering protein and active nutrition in APAC

Three main factors are driving growth in the protein and active nutrition space in Asia-Pacific, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan. 

Editor’s blog: Food Vision Asia 2017

The war on diabetes: Time to stop pussyfooting and fight to win

One of the key themes at Food Vision Asia, a high-level industry event in Singapore last week organised by the publisher of FoodNavigator-Asia, concerned the rise of lifestyle diseases in...

Personalised nutrition gaining popularity among consumers in Asia Pacific

One-in-three Asia Pacific consumers are interested in personalised nutrition, according to a recent survey on balanced nutrition in the region

Food Vision Asia 2017

FSSAI admits high-handed past, now seeks more industry collaboration

According to a senior official at the FSSAI, the food authority has now cast off its reputation as an impregnable fortress whose top-down approach risked alienating food players across India.

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.

FOOD VISION ASIA 2017

Algae and insects: How to feed 9bn people a nutritious diet by 2050

Algae can become the world’s first ‘real superfoood’ and, along with edible insect products, help feed the growing global population in a more sustainable and nutritious fashion.

FOOD VISION ASIA

Diabetes in Asia: Food and nutrition industry action an economic and social imperative

Asia’s food and nutrition companies risk turning their backs on a vast potential market if they fail to innovate and reformulate to provide products to help fight the war on...

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.

Dispatches from Experimental Biology 2017

Study unlocks how genes may affect dietary preferences

Genes involved in behavioral and psychological traits appear to drive a significant part of someone’s food preferences and dietary habits, says a new study from Spain.

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.

Saturated fats linked to osteoarthritis, but coconut oil can help ease symptoms

Saturated fat has been identified as a prime suspect in the onset of osteoarthritis after Australian scientists found it changed the composition of cartilage, but lauric acid from coconut oil has...

Korean cactus juice boosts gut microbiota and eases constipation

Korean cactus juice Cheonnyuncho not only decreased constipation in rats, but its soluble fibre content also improved the rodents’ bowel movements, colon thickness and gut microbiota, a study revealed.

Sports nutrition: Singapore’s elite athletes focusing on food first, supplements second

Alternative sources of protein and a greater focus on ‘food before supplements’ is shaping the sports nutrition practices of Singapore’s elite athletes.

Why fortification should be seen as a business case, not a nutritional handout

The most effective way to boost nutrition through fortification is by targetting people as consumers, not merely recipients of a donation or a public policy programme.

Children have ‘non-negotiable’ right to good nutrition amid dismal Indian health survey findings

Ninety percent of Indian children are not getting the proper nutrients crucial for their development, a new survey has found.

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...

Insect nutrient battle: Asian crickets pack more essential fatty acids than European mealworm

There are more essential fatty acids in the lipids of two species of crickets and a grasshopper from Asia, compared with the yellow mealworm larvae, which is widely reared in...

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