Liquorice root found to contain anti-diabetic substance

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, in Berlin, Germany, have discovered that liquorice root contains substances with an anti-diabetic effect.

The scientists identified a group of natural substances with an anti-diabetic effect, the amorfrutins, in the plant’s edible root.

According to their research, which was published this week, ‘amorfrutins’ not only reduce blood sugar, but also have an anti-inflammatory effect. The research also found that amorfrutins can help prevent fatty liver – a common disease caused by excessively fat-rich nutrition.

Milk recalled after foreign body “similar in appearance to hair” identified in product

New South Wales-based company a2 Dairy Products Australia has recalled batches of its full cream milk due to the presence of foreign synthetic fibre.

According to a2 Dairy Products, the product is being recalled after a consumer identified a piece of synthetic fibre, which was “similar in appearance to hair”, on Monday night.

The recalled products are a2 Full Cream Milk 1 litre and 2 litre sold in a plastic bottle, with ‘use by’ date of 01 MAY SG1. The recall applies only to products sold in Coles and IGA supermarkets in New South Wales and Victoria.

UK public underestimating sugar levels in popular drinks

People in the UK are significantly misjudging the amount of sugar in popular drinks, particularly those perceived as “healthy” options, according to new research by the University of Glasgow, in Scotland.

The researchers asked 2,005 people from across the UK to estimate how many teaspoons of sugar were in some of the UK’s most popular drinks.

Health warning to avoid Burmese traditional powders

NSW Health advises the community to avoid the use of Burmese traditional powders, often used for digestion and strength in babies, following new health concerns.

Health experts in America have found high levels of lead in Burmese children, and one of the causes is thought to be use of these traditional medicine powders.

NSW Health and the NSW Food Authority are investigating after samples of the same powders recently bought in Sydney have been found to contain dangerously high amounts of arsenic.

Almost a third of Australian “free range” eggs in breach of industry code

eggsAlmost a third of eggs labelled as “free range” in Australia are produced in conditions that breach the egg industry’s own regulations, according to new figures published by the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL).

A media statement published on the AECL’s website states that 29 per cent of free range egg production in Australia is sourced from farms that stock free range hens at densities greater than two birds per square metre (20,000 per hectare).

 

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