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Scientists link popular Asian spice curcumin to reduced diabetes risk

Curcumin linked to reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes

By Kacey Culliney

Consumption of Asia’s popular spice extract curcumin has been linked to a reduced risk in the development of Type 2 Diabetes mellitus and improved beta-cell function in a new Thai study.

The Australian Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers Forum (ABCMF) brings together Australia’s leading breakfast cereal manufacturers...

Oz cereal makers form regulation-facing alliance

By Ankush Chibber

The top Australian food industry body has formed an alliance of the country’s cereal makers with an eye on health and nutrition regulations for the growing industry.

Study questions iodine status of NZ kids

Study questions iodine status of NZ kids

By Ankush Chibber

The iodine status of children in New Zealand has been improved with the mandatory use of iodised salt in commercial bread since 2009, but many remain mildly deficient in this essential nutrient, new research suggests.

Yakult will drive production and presence across China

Yakult ups production in ‘promising’ China

By Kacey Culliney

Japanese probiotics hulk Yakult is driving up production of its iconic fermented milk drink at its Tianjin facility in China amid ‘promising’ growth opportunities.

Not enough fruits and vegetables ladies?

Australians eating badly, getting fatter, says report

By Ankush Chibber

Almost 91% of the adults in Australia are not eating enough vegetables and only 50% are eating enough fruit, a dietary imbalance that is showing on their waistlines, said Australia Food and Nutrition 2012.

GOED Asia Pacific Vitafoods Europe 2012

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

South Korea, China and Indonesia: Omega-3 ‘ones to watch’

By Kacey Culliney from Geneva

South Korea is Asia’s fastest growing omega-3 market underpinned by new government legislation with high recommended daily intake (RDI) levels but China and Indonesia also hold potential, according to executive director of GOED.

Fenchem tackles Asia - interview from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Chinese firm tackles Asia with its EU and US market knowledge

By Kacey Culliney from Geneva

Chinese ingredients firm, Fenchem, has established a strong business presence in the EU and US but has now turned its attention back to its local territory – to target what it says is a region with burgeoning opportunities.

Health, convenience and wellness in China's bakery sector driving demands

BASF backs Chinese functional bakery

China’s bakery sector is fast developing but there are unmet needs for healthier products that BASF Nutrition is hoping to tap into following its presence at Shanghai trade show Bakery China 2012 last week.

India is piling in the high-GI foods with little knowledge of health implications, say experts

Indian diet experts demand GI food indicators

By Ankush Chibber

Nutritionists in India have called for clear labelling of the glycemic index (GI) on food products, as a new survey has revealed a low level of awareness on GI consumption.

Noodle brands are among those named by CSE for mislabelling

Food brands in India panned over labelling misinformation

By Ankush Chibber

A new report by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) suggests that Indian food brands are resorting to misbranding and misinformation to hide the real quantity of salt, sugar, and fat in their foods.

Traffic lights labelling system, more effective for indicating salt content

Study claims traffic lights more effective

By Ankush Chibber

A new study by a Kiwi university has suggested that a traffic light system for food packaging for foods high in salt would help boost nutrition levels across New Zealand.

High consumption levels of dietary supplements among young, urban Indians

Young urban Indians go wild for supplements

By Ankush Chibber

Easy availability and a growing interest in fitness trends see about 78% of adolescents in urban India consume at least one type of dietary supplement, a survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) said.

Innovative high-dose omega-3 powders from new Indian company

Indian start-up enters omega-3 sector with high-dose powders

By Kacey Culliney

A year-old Indian venture company has isolated the two major fatty acid components of omega-3, DHA and EPA, and developed both into high purity powders; a potentially interesting innovation according to industry expert.

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