The Institute of Food Research has published a new study that adds more to the growing body of evidence that certain compounds found naturally in foods have specific effects that help prevent chronic diseases. They have uncovered a mechanism by which polyphenols in green tea and apples affect a key signalling molecule, which could explain

Milking cow (stock image). Credit: © Ror / Fotolia It is a known fact that microbes on farms protect children from asthma and allergies. But even non-microbial molecules can have a protective effect: Immunologists from the University of Zurich have shown that a sialic acid found in farm animals is effective against inflammation of lung

A new discovery about the benefits of eating tomatoes builds on previous evidence of cancer-prevention benefits. Credit: © Serhiy Shullye / Fotolia Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumors by half in a mouse study at The Ohio State University. The new study of how nutritional interventions can alter the

Peeled banana. While increasing potassium intake is probably a good idea for most older women, there are some people who have too much potassium in their blood, which can be dangerous to the heart. Credit: American Heart Association Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than

Fresh fruits and vegetables. Credit: © Serghei Velusceac / Fotolia Eating potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans, bananas — and even coffee — could be key to lowering blood pressure, according to Alicia McDonough, PhD, professor of cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).

Dark chocolate. Credit: © fortyforks / Fotolia A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands — a phrase commonly used to justify ones chocolate snacking behavior. A phrase now shown to actually harbor some truth, as the cocoa bean is a rich source of flavanols: a class of natural compounds that has neuroprotective effects. In

Those who consumed at least three servings of low-fat dairy a day had a 34 percent greater chance of developing Parkinson’s than people who consumed less than one serving per day. Credit: © volff / Fotolia Consuming at least three servings of low-fat dairy a day is associated with a greater risk of developing Parkinson’s

Might it be possible to ‘turn off’ a food allergy? Credit: © bit24 / Fotolia A single treatment giving life-long protection from severe allergies such as asthma could be made possible by immunology research at The University of Queensland. A team led by Associate Professor Ray Steptoe at the UQ Diamantina Institute has been able

This photograph shows how by reorganizing the genetic combinations of tomato fruit yield increasing mutations, researchers achieved weakly branched flower-bearing shoots that gave higher yield. Credit: Zachary Lippman Tomatoes have come a long way from their origins as pea-sized berries due to humans breeding tomato plants to produce bigger fruit. However, favorable mutations that went

50 per cent of baby rice food products still contain an illegal level of inorganic arsenic, say British researchers. Credit: © jdjuanci / Fotolia In January 2016, the EU imposed a maximum limit of inorganic arsenic on manufacturers in a bid to mitigate associated health risks. Researchers at the Institute for Global Food Security at

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