Coconut is making a comeback in everything from yoghurts to shampoo  
The craze for coconuts has found its way into everything, from lip balm to porridge. Nigella Lawson and actress Jennifer Aniston cook with it and Gwyneth Paltrow uses it to clean her teeth. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Major supermarkets recall yoghurt brands amid fears they could contain rubber
Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, the Co-op and Sainsbury's are all affected by the recall notice which applies to 23 brands made by Somerset-based company Yeo Valley. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New perspectives on dairy and cardiovascular health
This month's Paper of the Month is from Proceedings of the Nutrition Society and is entitled ‘Milk and dairy produce and CVD: new perspectives on dairy and cardiovascular health'. Authors, Julie A. Lovegrove and Ditte A. Hobbs, University of Reading, discuss the evidence on dairy product intake and cardiovascular disease risk and implications for dietary advice. One key recommendation for decreasing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk is to reduce saturated fat intake to less than 10% total energy, yet the majority of the UK population are exceeding this level. As dairy products contribute over 27% of total dietary saturat...
Source: The Nutrition Society - July 8, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: Cassandra Ellis Source Type: news

Crafty yoghurts: can your tastebuds be tricked? – video
Studies have proven that colour plays a vital role in setting our expectations of taste and flavour in foods. But what happens when colour defies expectation? We put food colouring into vanilla yoghurt and challenged people to guess the flavour. Will they all be duped or might someone see through our ruse? Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 27, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Ekaterina Ochagavia, Ian Anderson and Paul Boyd Tags: Food & drink Science Life and style Source Type: news

Women with higher levels of bad bacteria in breasts are 'more likely to develop cancer'
More women may use probiotic yoghurt drinks that are meant to promote the growth of good bacteria in the body as a result of the findings by scientists from the Western University in Ontario. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could probiotic yoghurt and cheese help protect women from breast cancer?
"GOOD" bacteria in probiotic yoghurt and cheeses could protect women from breast cancer, a study found. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why YOU should eat dairy products: Yoghurt and cheese 'protects' women from BREAST cancer
BACTERIA in probiotic yoghurt and cheese could protect women from breast cancer according to the results of a study. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cranberry juice 'useful' for women with recurring UTIs, claims study
Conclusion This trial found that drinking cranberry juice daily for six months reduced the number of symptomatic urine infections among healthy women, compared with placebo. The study had a good sample size, reasonably long testing period, was double-blind, including reportedly identical tasting-and-smelling placebo. It also carried out thorough assessments, verifying any reported symptoms with urine tests. However, there are a few points to note. The study found that cranberry juice seemed to prevent the incidence of urine infection symptoms. It does not show that if you have an actual urine infection you are better...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Medication Source Type: news

The fats that will keep you slim from avocados and yoghurts to LARD
A new report released earlier this week suggested that low-fat diets are doing more harm than good. Here, a FEMAIL expert reveals the fats you should be eating - and which ones to avoid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How much sugar is it OK to eat? From ketchup to healthy granola
Flinders University researchers warn 'health foods' like granola, smoothies and fat free yoghurt can contain just as much as much of the white stuff as their sweet alternatives. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dandruff? Soon you'll be reaching for the scalp yoghurt
Study into the ecosystem of microbes on scalps suggests that nurturing a type of bacteria, called Propionibacterium, could help prevent dandruffThe next time dandruff dots your shoulders, you might want to reach for yogurt, not shampoo. The latest study into scaly scalps has found that nurturing particular bacteria on the skin could keep the white flakes at bay.Researchers in Shanghai took on the dandruff problem with an unprecedented investigation into flaky scalps and the ecosystem of microbes that set up home on the human head, feeding on the lavish menu of dead skin and oily secretions called sebum. Continue reading......
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 13, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Microbiology Science Men's hair Women's hair Life and style Medical research Source Type: news

No evidence probiotics are beneficial for healthy adults
Conclusion This review finds no evidence that probiotic supplements have beneficial effects on the composition of gut bacteria in healthy adults. The review has strengths in that it pre-specified exactly which trials would be eligible – that is, only RCTs in healthy adults, comparing probiotics with placebo, that assessed changes in gut bacteria levels as the main outcome. This should aim to reduce diversity between the trials and try to find a definitive answer on the effect in a specific population. However, despite this, the seven trials were still highly variable in their methods and design, such as the type of ...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Medical practice Food/diet Source Type: news

Proven to lower NOTHING: Scientists reveal ‘LITTLE evidence’ probiotics improve health
SHOPPERS could be wasting their time and money on yoghurts, drinks and pills which could make their gut healthier. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Probiotic supplements 'could help prevent menopause-associated bone loss'
Bone loss associated with the menopause could potentially be addressed through the use of probiotic supplements.This is according to new research from the Emory University School of Medicine and Georgia State University in the US, which conducted an experiment with mice and discovered evidence that probiotic bacteria may have potential as an affordable treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis.Encouraging results The study involved the use of mice that had had their ovaries removed, meaning the animals underwent the same hormonal changes that occur when women reach the menopause.It was shown that the resulting loss of oest...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 2, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Dinner for one – now that’s my kind of date | Nell Frizzell
Solo dining is a singular joy. Alone, you can eat what you want, when you want, as fast as you wantI was recently joined on a bench in O’Connell Street, Dublin, by a man in a sludge-green coat and wide-brimmed hat who methodically pulled out, wiped and pocketed his false teeth, before bending down to the large plastic bag at his feet and pulling out a yoghurt. He turned to me, smiled, and then asked: “Would you ever find me a spoon?”These things don’t happen so easily when you’re in a group: you’re much less approachable when eating as a couple; and none but the truly determined would approach a munching threes...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 13, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nell Frizzell Tags: Food & drink Older people Psychology Restaurants Mental health Source Type: news