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Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

Join the free FoodNavigator-Asia infant nutrition forum on Wednesday

By RJ Whitehead

On Wednesday, January 21 FoodNavigator-Asia will be holding its first free online forum under the banner "Red flags and white gold: Marketing infant formula in Asia-Pacific". Join us as a panel of experts debates the vital subject of how the...

Finding right omega 3 and 6 ratio is key to protecting cell membranes

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Finding right omega 3 and 6 ratio is key to protecting cell membranes

By Paul Benhaim, chief executive of Elixinol and Hemp Foods Australia

While many people are eager to rid themselves of as much fat as possible, there is still one part of the body really should contain a large quantity of it. Indeed, over 60% of the dry weight of the brain is made up of fats. 

Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega-3?

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Will hemp replace fish as the king of omega-3?

By Paul Benhaim, chief executive of Hemp Foods Australia and Elixinol

As decades of unjustified prohibition and persecution continue to lose their grip, hemp is rapidly regaining the popularity it held for millennia as a primary and sustainable source of life's necessities — including omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

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Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

By Ryan Gorman, brand director of Network Nutrition-IMCD

Through the gradual process of rationalisation, corporatisation and sophistication, the world’s supplements manufacturers are now bringing an unprecedented level of competitiveness to the industry.

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

Southeast Asia

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

By Rei Rengsen Siew Lin

Many Southeast Asians might wonder what all the fuss is all about as the insect ingredient industry looks at ways to make dietary bugs more enticing to Western consumers. 

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

Malaysia

Diabetes expert: Rice is obese Malaysia's most dangerous junk food

By Rei Rengsen Siew Lin

The causes behind the rise in obesity and diabetes in Asia’s most overweight country, Malaysia, are very different to those in the Western world, according to one of the Southeast Asian country’s leading endocrinologists.

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

China

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

By RJ Whitehead

China has finally published official dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids—a move that is expected to help thousands of its consumers who are at risk of poor health by not consuming enough of the substance.

China’s krill market opening up to newcomers

China’s krill market opening up to newcomers

By RJ Whitehead

Canadian biotechnology company Neptune has followed its krill supply rivals Aker Biomarine in receiving New Food Raw Material certification in China, which allows the companies to sell their krill oil nutraceutical products in the county.

Oz government should provide more support for complementary medicine

Oz government should provide more support for complementary medicine

By RJ Whitehead

According to Australia’s Complementary Healthcare Council, 2014 will put an ever-increasing burden of chronic health problems on the country’s healthcare system. As a result, the body is urging the government increase prominence for complementary medicines...

Vitamin-shy Asia-Pacific on verge of osteoporosis crisis

Vitamin-shy Asia-Pacific on verge of osteoporosis crisis

By RJ Whitehead

A new report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation, shows that osteoporosis is a looming crisis throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with half of the world’s sufferers set to come from Asia by 2050.

GM golden rice dispute continues in the Phillipines

Is GM rice’s future golden?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

A recent attack on a GM golden rice trial field in the Philippines has raised questions about the future of the project in the country and beyond.

Can ramen be the saviour with food security in the soup

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Can ramen be the saviour with food security in the soup

By RJ Whitehead

If you were asked to list Japan’s biggest export concepts, what would you say? Undoubtedly consumer electronics would be there; cars too - after all, the country has made the production of complex goods into an art form, regardless of the weight of the...

Choice’s ‘sneaky politics’ is what's really misleading consumers

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Choice’s ‘sneaky politics’ is what's really misleading consumers

By Katherine Rich, chief executive of the NZ Food & Grocery Council

Recently Choice, the consumer activist group from Australia, accused a number of Australian and New Zealand food manufacturers of making allegedly "shonky" health claims (see details and reaction here) and telling "furphies" about...

Only 5% of schools provide healthy meals in Australia’s capital

Children's diets

Only 5% of schools provide healthy meals in Australia’s capital

By RJ Whitehead

Menus in Australian state schools could do better, according to the results of research compiled for online advocacy group The Parents’ Jury. A review of 263 school menus across Australia identified that only 30% of primary schools and less than 19% of...

India must accept that traditional foods aren't necessarily the safest

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India must accept that traditional foods aren't necessarily the safest

By Dr Carrie Ruxton PhD, registered dietitian, Scotland

In the first article in a new a series examining Indian diets and health, a British dietitian urges India not to make the same mistakes that were made in her country, but instead safeguard the health of future generations.

Dietitians name and shame three worst diets for 2013

Dietitians name and shame three worst diets for 2013

By RJ Whitehead

With the resolution season in full flow, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) has revealed what its members consider to be the three worst formulated diets that weightwatchers can adopt.

First krill major taps into Aker's Australian patents

Rimfrost taps Aker's Australian krill patents

By RJ Whitehead

Olympic Seafood-owned krill subsidiary Rimfrost has negotiated a long-term, non-exclusive licencing agreement with fellow Norwegian firm Aker BioMarine to secure access to the krill major's patent portfolio in Australia.

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