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Cancer-fighting properties of avocado seeds

A team of researchers in South Texas have found new chemical compounds in avocados that could help treat cancer and other diseases. Dr. Debasish Bandyopadhyay and his research team at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley are collecting what is usually discarded: the outer layer of the avocado pit.Two.....

New research:

Drinking 100 percent fruit juice does not affect blood sugar levels

One hundred percent juice does not have a significant effect on fasting blood glucose, fasting blood insulin, or insulin resistance according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science. The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100% fruit juice is not associated.....

Marketing insights link healthy eating with feeling good

Levy-funded research insights are helping to understand how to improve the eating habits of Australian women and girls by tapping into their desire to feel good. Feeling good is more important than looking good for four out of five Australian girls and women, yet most still battle food guilt and diet hang-ups,.....

Research in Tasmania:

Green potatoes safe for consumers to eat

So many people are suspicious of any sign of a greenish colour on their potatoes. But now PhD candidate Sabine Tanios is working on research into why and how potatoes develop this green colouring.Her work at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture looks at the wide range of factors that cause undesirable.....

Get more energy by having this blue alga at breakfast

"Spirulina very popular in France"

Eric Constans cultivates spirulina. The blue algae variety is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, which benefits your whole body. This Frenchman began growing the algae in February 2017.The Spirulina is cultivated in large basinsGap in the marketEric says,"It is going well. My customers are very pleased.....

New research

Probiotic benefits of pear-enriched diet

In a laboratory, Kalidas Shetty, PhD, currently a professor of plant science at North Dakota State University, and the research's lead author, Dr. Dipayan Sarkar, studied the compounds found in two pear varieties -Bartlett and Starkrimson- in order to better understand the impact of those compounds on chronic.....

Namibia bans food import from Zambia

As a result of the cholera outbreak in neighbouring Zambia -where 66 lives were already lost- the Namibian government has put a provisional ban on the import of all perishable foodstuffs, fruits, unprocessed food and water until further notice.The ban came into effect on Monday January 8 and is necessitated by.....

Scotland:

Aberdeenshire vegetable growers’ healthy eating challenge

Vegetable growers in Aberdeenshire have invited people of all ages to join them in a New Year challenge that will boost their health.Participants are encouraged to record the number of portions of fruit and vegetables they eat each day in January. Contestants can award themselves virtual medals depending on.....

Medicinal mushrooms: 2018's top food trend

Health foods have become popular in recent years, and medicinal mushrooms became a trend in 2017. Extracts are now found in everyday food and drinks such as coffee and tea. Whole Foods listed medicinal mushroom as a top food trend in 2018. Medicinal mushrooms are fungi that have been claimed to have healing.....

Nutrition Report 2018 of the BMEL

72 percent of Germans will eat fruit and vegetables every day

43 percent of people in Germany regularly eat out. This is one of the conclusions of the Nutrition Report 2018 commissioned by the BMEL on German food habits, desires and trends.Accordingly, almost a quarter of Germans are buying snacks like sandwiches at least once a week, one fifth eats out once or several.....

Survey reveals:

Queenslanders second most unhealthy in Australia

Queensland is the second unhealthiest state in the nation; residents are not eating their daily portions of fruit and vegetables and are drinking excessively.A new survey -The Great Aussie Health Discovery- of more than 11,000 Australians revealed only seven percent of people eat the recommended two serves of.....

New mothers should have a varied diet to avoid having fussy children

Women who eat a wide variety of healthy foods when pregnant and breastfeeding are less likely to end up with children who are fussy eaters. A new study published in the journal Obesity Reviews claims that the different flavours reach unborn babies. And as children very often tend to reject new things, the.....

Australia: NRS to test for metals and microbes from Jan 2018

The Apple & Pear National Residue Survey (NRS) will be expanded from January this year to include microbiological and metal screening in addition to the existing pesticide residue analysis to reflect growing demands for more comprehensive food safety data.The expansion of the program will enable the full.....

African cherry a possible novel cure for Malaria

New studies have shown that extracts of the leaves and bark of the African cherry could be used effectively to treat drug-resistant infections. They may hold the key to new and effective alternative antimalarial medicine.A new study has established the possibility of developing antimicrobial agents of natural.....

Rwanda bans fruits imports from South Africa

Rwanda has banned the import of meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit from South Africa because of the purported presence of the listeriosis viral disease. The ban, aimed to prevent the spread of the disease to Rwanda, became effective on December 19th 2017.Listeriosis is a serious, but treatable and.....

Saudi Arabia bans Egyptian guavas

Saudi Arabia has officially informed Egypt of its decision to ban the import of Egyptian guava due to the high percentage of these products with pesticide residues. These fruits are not up to international health and safety standards.Saudi Arabia recently also received Egyptian pomegranate shipments which.....