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Fitness trumps diet

Lifestyle and lack of exercise, not diet, is the main cause of obesity, according to "Small Choices, Big Bodies: How Countless Daily Decisions Contribute to America's Burgeoning Waistline," a report by Washington-based the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF).

Happier taste buds in 2008

New product developments promise better health and happier taste buds in 2008, according to Datamonitor's Productscan Online. Probiotics, organics for kids, fresh foods, greening, superfruits, African ingredients, the crunch factor, bold flavor, caffeine for energy and foods that help you sleep are some of the trends to watch in new products.

Basic black magic

Color in food and its associated health benefits, has been the subject of article after article in the consumer press. Foods with darker hues contain more pigments called anthocyanins. Derived from the Greek words for "plant" and "blue," anthocyanins are what make blueberries blue and blackberries black.

Shakeup for the food industry

In an effort to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke, the American Medical Association (AMA) today testified to the FDA urging immediate action to reduce excess salt in food. The AMA asked the FDA to set strict limits on salt in processed foods and work to better educate...

Functional and regional

Some of the intriguing new product launches identified by Product Scan Online reveal that both regional and functional foods are proving increasingly popular worldwide. In Finland, Nutana is exploiting the nutritional appeal of peanuts with the launch of Nutana Nuttolene Peanut Loaf, described as a meat alternative, vegetarian loaf made...

First things first

Scientists in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong Province have invented China's first cooking robot, named AIC-AICookingrobot, reports People's Daily Online. The robot, developed by Fanxing Science and Technology Co. Ltd in Shenzhen, is capable of Sichuan, Shandong and Canton cuisines and can cook thousands of Chinese dishes.

Talking turkey

Thanks to increasing energy costs and world food demands, Thanksgiving dinner is going to cost a little more than last year, says Purdue University agricultural economist Corinne Alexander. "Food prices in 2007 are up across the board," she says. "What we've seen happen in 2007 is different from previous years.

Move over turkey!

Each holiday season, the turkey and its sleep-inducing L-tryptophan gets all the attention for its 'chill-out' properties, but adding a daily dose of pistachios to your diet can help battle the stressors of the season. Sound too good to be true?  According to a study conducted by nutrition researchers at...

Customer satisfaction drops significantly

Overall customer satisfaction with food manufacturers has dropped significantly, according to the University of

Follow your nose

Diane will be back next week. Be sure to check back for her latest entry. I know you'll be delighted to hear that you can now purchase scratch and sniff wallpaper. Inspired by New York designer Michael Angelo, New Orleans-based Flavor Paper has introduced its Fruit Cocktail Collection in three...