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How can companies create heat resistant chocolate and inhibit fat bloom? Why is chewing gum good for teeth and stress-relief? And why is high flavanol chocolate beneficial for heart health? Follow the latest science news on chocolate, gum and biscuits from peer-reviewed journals across the globe.

Stressed? Try some dark chocolate, say Swiss scientists

Fifty grams of dark chocolate a couple of hours before a stressful event may blunt the rise in stress hormones, says a new study from Switzerland.

Fertin Pharma sees industry blind spot for eye health chewing gum

Medical gum firm Fertin Pharma has teamed with DSM to develop a Vision Gum in the ‘under-exploited’ eye health category.

Cocoa shown to have role in colorectal cancer reduction: Review

Cocoa polyphenols can suppress oxidative stress that provokes the proliferation of cancerous cells in the colon, according to a study published in the book Cancer: Oxidative Stress and Dietary Antioxidants....

Purdue study: Artificial dyes highest in beverages, cereal, candy

New research from Purdue University scientists has revealed the dye content of scores of packaged food products, some of which contain more than the 35 mg per serving that has...

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Forget doomed sugar battle and prepare for functional future

Money spent picking holes in negative sugar research could be better spent developing profitable functional confections that deliver indulgence.

Synthetic polymer analysis to help gum makers develop novel bases – study

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have discovered a method to characterize polyvinyl acetate in chewing gum that could allow gum manufacturers to experiment with new gum base formulations.

Patent Watch

Wrigley controls gum sweetness with encapsulated enhancers

Wrigley has filed a patent to enhance the sweetness of sucralose in chewing gum using encapsulated sweetener enhancers  - a method that could help it to reduce costs.

Chewing the fat: Calorie perception of hard and soft food differs

People perceive foods that are hard to have fewer calories than soft equivalents, according to new research published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

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Taking the temperature of quality control

Refrigerated and heating circulators are vital tools in quality control in the food industry, according to Julabo.  

News in brief

Vitafoods Live! debate: Cocoa flavanol science and the potential for better-for-you chocolate

ConfectioneryNews will be chairing a debate on the latest developments in cocoa flavanol science and the potential for better-for-you chocolate at nutraceutical trade show Vitafoods next month.

Mars develops heat resistant chocolate with polyol mix

Mars has filed a patent for heat resistant chocolate that can withstand hot climates, following an earlier application from Mondelēz and Nestlé.

Oligomers in cocoa may prevent obesity and reduce diabetes risk – mice study

Researchers believe a class of compounds found in cocoa known as oligomers may prevent weight gain and reduce diabetes risk, but the lead author says it is too soon to...

Concrete gumgle: Wrigley develops easy-to-remove chewing gum

Wrigley has filed a patent for a chewing gum base using block polymers that is less adhesive to concrete surfaces.

Chewing gum for over 10 mins relieves stress – study

Japanese researchers claim that chewing gum for over 10 minutes can reduce stress, adding to a growing body of science linking gum chewing to stress relief.

Overweight people eat fewer pretzels…in single-serve packs

Single-serve packages may help overweight people cut food consumption, says a researcher who claims limited research has been done on its relation to pack size.

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One week to go: FoodNavigator’s Sugar Debate separates the fact from the fiction

Sugar has been linked to everything from heart disease to obesity and cancers in recent months. But is it as bad as all that? Our free-to-attend debate aims to tackle...

Bacteria behind dark chocolate’s health benefits - researchers

Bacteria in the stomach are responsible for dark chocolate’s positive health effects, according to researchers.

‘There is no-one making gluten-free clusters’, says Carmit Candy

Israeli firm Carmit Candy has identified a market gap for a gluten-free version of the increasingly popular clusters format.

Sweetener promise? Tequila plant compound backed for diabetic sweetener use and blood sugar benefits

A sweetener produced by isolating agavins from the tequila producing agave plant could offer blood sugar benefits to people with type 2 diabetes and offer weight loss hope to obese...

Mars gears up for large-scale cocoa flavanol pill study

Chocolate giant Mars and the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute are readying themselves for a five-year research project into possible heart-health benefits of taking a daily flavanol-rich capsule. ...

News in brief

Innovation watch: Japanese KitKat you can bake

Nestlé has developed a new mini KitKat that can be eaten as a chocolate bar or bake in the oven for two minutes to become like a crispy cookie.

No more choc shocks? Smart phone app gives green and social ratings

French smart phone app Noteo allows consumers to scan bar codes of chocolate bars and candy in store to assess their social, environmental and health credentials.

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How does sugar affect health? Find out at FoodNavigator’s Sugar Debate: Separating Fact from Fiction

Sugar – at least in excess – has been blamed for everything from heart disease to obesity and cancers in recent months. But is it as bad as all that?

Dark choc improves heart health, but it’s got nothing to do with flavanols

Dark chocolate may help restore flexibility to arteries and prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, but increasing flavanol content will not affect these effects...

Carbon nanotube sensor detects food dyes

A sensor that detects some synthetic organic food dyes has been created by Iranian researchers.

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