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The increasing role of cannabinoids in pain relief

By Paul Benhaim,

Once forgotten, cannabinoids and their medicinal benefits have recently been thrust back into the spotlight, in particular for their abilities to relieve often otherwise untreatable pain. 

Ethanol byproduct could go some way to providing nutrition for malnourished children

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Entrepreneur's frustration in marketing cheap protein for India's poor

By RJ Whitehead

There’s no shortage of children in India in need of cheap, high-quality and—crucially—vegetarian protein. Trouble is, there’s a chronic lack of companies wanting to produce it, and governments to promote it, even when its formulation could be massively...

How should the industry market infant formula in Asia-Pacific?

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. 

Hemp is a potent source of fatty acids, says Paul Benhaim

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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.

Malaysians still bugged about eating insects

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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

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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.

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...

The vandalised golden rice field site showing uprooted and trampled plants.

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.

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.

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.

Indian consumers are not ready for healthy options that taste differently from the full-calorie version

Health foods yet to catch up in India

By Ankush Chibber

Two product withdrawals in India for sugar-free and fat-free foods suggest that the country's consumers may not yet be ready for healthy options that taste differently from the full-calorie original.

New Zealand backs A1 milk safety

New Zealand backs A1 milk safety

By Shane Starling

Regular milk has won a vote of support for its general safety after the New Zealand government backed a European assessment that found no concerns about the A1 casein forms it contains and reversed an earlier commitment to conduct a review of its own.

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