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Meal hosts awaken patients’ appetite

A small research project has shown that hospital patients eat more and food waste is reduced when so-called patient meal hosts are used.

Unknown ’food function’ discovered in the brain

A specific area of our brain responds strongly to the sight of food we have previously tasted – even before we become conscious of what we’re looking at. This function is likely to influence our choice of food.

How to get kids to eat vegetables

If children eat vegetables when aged between 6 and 12 months, there is a greater chance that they will learn to like vegetables when they grow up, new study shows.

Potato famine genome secrets unlocked

Using historical botanical collections, scientists have unlocked the genetic code of potato blight – the disease behind the great Irish Potato Famine. New study shows what made the potato famine so ruthlessly dangerous and why it’s still costing billions to fight it.

Low-carb diets hold sway short-term

Cutting sugar and adding fat to our daily diets is more effective for losing weight short-term than maintaining a low-fat diet.

Do nanoparticles in liquorice damage your heart?

Liquorice and other sweets with black or white colourants contain nanoparticles that have not yet been cleared as risk-free. Scientists are now using laser technology to check if the particles damage the blood circulation and thus also the heart.

Does meat make vegetarians ill?

People sometimes say that vegetarians get sick if they begin eating meat again. Research doesn’t back them up.

Fruit hinders abdominal aortic aneurysms

Eating more than two portions of fruit a day reduces the risk of the deadly ballooning and rupture of a main artery called the abdominal aorta.

Childhood obesity gene identified

Defects on a special ’satiety gene’ may constitute a rare but important cause of early childhood obesity.

Fight fish disease with fish

Scientists are checking the possibility of limiting the spread of the dangerous fish disease FZT with the help of a very special fish.