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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

From functional products to fortification: How the UN's Sustainable Development Goals can boost business outcomes

Tapping in to the UN’s Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) through fortification, functional products and reformulation can offer the food industry substantial growth opportunities – but more needs to be done...

Aging population in China boosts myostatin-inhibiting ingredient's prospects

The growing population of older consumers in China and other countries bodes well for muscle-support ingredient Fortetropin, says the developer Myos Rens.

Food Vision Asia 2017

Minister unveils pro-industry plan to fight diabetes in Singapore

Singapore’s minister of state for health has revealed a new business-first approach to encourage healthier food development as part of a three-pronged “war on diabetes”.

Kyowa Hakko launches new amino acid blend, revamps quality message

Kyowa Hakko has launched a new amino acid blend called Setria Performance Blend to capitalize on the growth of the sports nutrition sector.  The launch also coincides with a new...

Hong Kong billionaire to pour $25 million into ChromaDex

ChromaDex, an ingredient development and analytical testing firm, has announced a large investment by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing.

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...

Vitamin D blunts negative impact of statins in diabetes patients post-exercise: RCT

Vitamin D supplementation for patients with type 2 diabetes improves cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle mitochondria among those who are taking statins, a new RCT reveals

Why outdated regulations risk thwarting Indonesia’s supplements growth: Botanical supplier

Growth in the health supplements space is being "slowed down" by outdated regulations in Indonesia, with industry players clamouring for new rules.

FDA culls huge number of foreign food facility registrations

In its latest cleanup of its food facility registration database, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has culled an eye-opening 28% of existing registrations. The biggest drops happened in overseas...

New laser technology from New Zealand finds omega-3 supplements meet PUFA labelling claims

New omega-3 laser testing technology in New Zealand has showed that 11 widely-available supplements were in line with their label claims, “which should give consumers reassurance regarding the quality of...

Protein power: Consumers in emerging Asian markets increasingly understand the benefits

Consumer understanding of the nutritional benefits of protein is soaring in Asia, according to research from NZMP, the ingredients brand of New Zealand-based dairy manufacturer Fonterra.

Childhood obesity in India 'biggest threat to future generations'

India will have the second largest childhood obesity problem by 2025 in what has been described as “the greatest threat to future generations.”

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.

Fish oil molecule ups brain and eye cell survival odds from stroke

A molecule made from omega-3 fish oil could help damaged brain and retina cells survive in the event of a stroke or other neurodegenerative and eye-blinding disorders, a study has...

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.

FBIF 2017

TCM heritage and modern innovation: Firm secures sales success through supplement and functional food expansion

Harnessing the heritage of Traditional Chinese Medicine with modern supplement and functional food trends can help Chinese companies boost growth at home and across Asia – providing it is backed...

Home-based treatment with local therapeutic food helps tackle child malnutrition in India: Trial

Locally prepared ready-to-use therapeutic food is the best option for tackling severe acute malnutrition among Indian children, a trial has found.

Could coffee polyphenols improve sleep and energy metabolism in obese people?

Chlorogenic acids – the most abundant polyphenols in coffee – may help people fall asleep and boost fat burning during sleep, suggests a new study from Japan.

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.

Major international project to understand how events in pregnancy affect healthy ageing

An international project has been launched to better understand how events during pregnancy and childhood influence the development of disease later in life, with the University of Western Australia and...

Chinese herb has anti-ageing potential due to potent free radical scavenging powers

The Chinese herb Chuanmishen violaceum (CVPS) helped improve antioxidant activity and increased free radical scavenging capabilities in tests on ageing mice, revealing it’s suitability for anti-ageing products.

FBIF 2017

China’s food and nutrition battleground shifts to functional products and e-commerce platforms

China’s food industry can no longer rely on vast volume growth from mass market items and will increasingly have to focus on innovation around personalised, healthy and functional nutrition products...

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...

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