Nutrition and food firms urged to step up to the plate over UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Nutrition has the power to make or break the vast majority of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – but not enough nutrition or food firms are pledging to help solve the problems of hunger, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.

Curcumin supplementation shows benefits for people with severe depression: Study

Supplementation with curcumin has been found to be effective in reducing depressive and anxiolytic symptoms in people with major depressive disorders.

TheRicebowl.Asia’s Take: It is imperative to come up with a substitute to anti-depressant drugs and look into a more organic and safe remedy. Anti-depressants are proven to come with long term side effects in which could hamper the life of the individuals. Although the study is not conclusive, more research ought to be done to complement the existing results and achieve the desired, natural effect. 

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Climate change could draw 2m more Filipinos into hunger

Climate change could draw 2m more Filipinos into hunger

A further 2m Filipinos risk hunger at an annual cost of some PHP145bn (US$3bn) by 2050, though effective policymaking could reduce the impact.

Report suggests that most Indians eat twice the safe level of salt

Indians are putting themselves at substantially increased risk of cardiovascular disease by eating more than twice the recommended amount of salt, a new study has found.

Peanut probiotic: Researchers develop commercially viable lactose-free probiotic ‘yoghurt’

A newly developed peanut-based probiotic ‘yoghurt’ could serve as a functional food for those who follow a vegan diet or have lactose intolerance, say researchers.

HK consumer survey finds sizeable sugar rush in traditional desserts

HK consumer survey finds sizeable sugar rush in traditional desserts

The amount of sugar in a small bowl of sweet soup in Hong Kong should not be under-estimated, according to tests conducted by the region’s Consumer Council and the Centre for Food Safety.

Food flavours could be tailored for vaping to help reduce obesity

Electronic cigarettes with flavoured liquids could help with weight control, according to a commentary co-authored by New Zealand researchers.

Shortage of wagyu calves puts pressure on Japan beef industry

 Shortage of wagyu calves puts pressure on Japan beef industry

A severe shortage of wagyu calves in Japan is putting pressure on producers of this special native beef livestock, as calf prices soar and breeders risk a fall in turnover.

Indonesia could swap import licences with tariffs for some commodities

Rumblings in Jakarta suggest that Indonesia is prepared to abolish its import licensing system for some food commodities, and replace it with a tariff system to ease pressure on the economy.

Roti 1Malaysia will be your new favourite snack

A typical Roti that is stretched, thinned and garnished with ingredients that represents the races in Malaysia.

Leading the Pack In Asia’s Sports Nutrition Market

Asia is rapidly emerging as an important market for sports nutrition products. Manufacturers who want to stand out from the crowd should turn to a ‘secret’ natural ingredient.

Several superfoods are now becoming mainstream in Japan because consumers are acutely aware of the “nutrient powerhouses” and their functional benefits.

DHA supplement benefits older adults with mild cognitive impairment: China study

A new Chinese study has shown omega-3 supplementation improved IQ among older people with mild cognitive impairment.

Aged garlic shows antioxidant promise, but not cholesterol-lowering potential: Study

Aged garlic has greater antioxidant potential that the raw version, but was found not to lower cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic individuals, a Singapore study has reported.

Cocoa compound shows appetite-controlling potential

Cocoa compound shows appetite-controlling potential

Epicatechin – compound found in cocoa – may reduce food intake, and subsequently help control appetite and weight management, says a new study.