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Trends and insights

Trends and insights

Catch up on developments in the world of food, nutrition and science.

How can bitter taste receptors help us to fight lung infections?

28 July 2022
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Taste receptors play a much broader role than previously assumed, impacting not only our nutritional habits but also immunity and several other physiological pathways, and have been identified as promising candidate targets of public health importance.

A guide to the 'biotics - pre, pro, syn and post

14 July 2022
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Know your biotics
You may have heard a lot recently about the ‘gut microbiota’ and wondered what it is. Your gut, particularly the lower gut, contains many trillions of micro-organisms (mostly bacteria but also others like fungi and viruses). In fact, it is one of the most densely inhabited microbial eco-systems on...

Diets and the human gut

27 June 2022
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Diet and the human microbiome
The human body is host to over 100 million microbes – the bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses that live on and in our bodies. In fact, it is estimated that the total amount of microbes in the human body can weigh as much as 2kg! These microbes are found all over our skin and throughout our bodies...

What is plant-based eating and how does it benefit health and wellbeing?

11 May 2022
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plant-based meal
We hear about “plant-based diets” everywhere these days, but what exactly are they and how do they impact health?

Easter Indulgence: Can we enjoy chocolate more healthily and sustainably?

13 April 2022
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healthier more sustainable chocolate
Easter is upon us and many countries around the world will celebrate this holiday. Since ancient times, this period celebrates the end of winter, the arrival of spring and the coming of new life. It also means the giving of gifts and lots and lots of chocolate consumption!

What do parents expect of food manufacturers?

08 April 2022
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what do parents want from food manufacturers
As a result of the global pandemic, health and wellness has taken centre stage and consumers are increasingly focused on getting healthier or staying healthy. In our research conducted in China, Indonesia and Brazil in early 2021, we asked adults which health benefits they intend to focus on long...

Nutrition Month – let's focus on fibre reformulation

30 March 2022
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Fibre-fortified pancakes
Last month, Tate & Lyle launched its Gut Health Campaign, with the publication of its health and nutritional data modelling, exploring the positive difference fibre reformulation could make to people’s health in the UK. The findings revealed that increased fibre fortification of some everyday UK...

Everyone knows they should eat more fibre

14 March 2022
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Fibre-enriched bread loaf
Everyone knows they should eat more fibre – though hardly anyone does. Fibre fortification would make the UK population healthier, writes Dr Kavita Karnik (originally published at FMCG CEO Magazine).

Permissibly indulgent recipes from our North American Prototype Pantry

10 March 2022
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Prototype Pantry 2022 1
Spring is on the way, and so is another batch of delicious prototypes from our pantry. The North American Application and Technical Services team has been focusing heavily on how to deliver more - and less - across food applications.

Diets for immunity

28 February 2022
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Diets for immunity
The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply focussed interest on the role of nutrition in immune health and has sparked a plethora of media stories suggesting that certain foods and supplements are capable of ‘boosting’ the immune system, with sales of vitamin and mineral supplements rising sharply. But even...