Fermented tea could help protect the liver from high-fat diet damage

Brazil's meat industry has welcomed a commercial agreement struck by their country’s government with Malaysia, that will encourage and enable Brazilian beef and chicken exports to the south-east Asian country.

TheRicebowl.Asia’s Take: This commercial agreement presents good opportunities that can benefit both countries. With this deal, Brazil is set to be the biggest Halal chicken producer and exporter in the world and Malaysia can leverage of Brazil’s halal capabilities and have more Halal meat options at their disposal.  

Read more at: http://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Business/Brazil-meat-sector-welcomes-Malaysia-trade-deal

China’s tiny baked goods category now ripe for foreign investment

China’s tiny baked goods category now ripe for foreign investment

Though its baked goods market is 125 times smaller than its counterpart in Europe, China still holds enormous potential for businesses exactly because of this low per-capita consumption.

Malaysia: Vegetables and fish prices hit by the rains

Malaysia: Vegetables and fish prices hit by the rains

The continuous rain around the country has clogged up the supply of vegetables and fish in the markets, causing a hike in prices as the monsoon season and rough seas has taken a toll on fish supply by at least 50%

The sports nutrition market picking up the pace in Asia Pacific and can look forward to long-term growth, writes Allied Market Research analyst Ravi Chawat.

Singapore food industry transformation is all about the long-term

Singapore food industry transformation is all about the long-term

Singapore’s policymakers have once again turned their attention to the food industry, and in light of recent previous sorties in this direction, it can only be a good thing.

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. 

Read more at: http://www.nutraingredients-asia.com/Research/Curcumin-supplementation-shows-benefits-for-people-with-severe-depression-Study

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.

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