Saturday, January 24, 2004

Can International Standards Prevent Corporate Malpractice? The Case of Baby Food
23 January 2004 -
"Globalization is sometimes portrayed as a recent phenomenon. Yet over 100 years ago the baby food industry was already an international business, with Nestlé exporting cereal milk food to Latin America and the Dutch East Indies, and soon afterwards opening factories in target markets. Over 60 years ago health campaigners began to notice the impact on health of the aggressive promotion of breastmilk substitutes...."
Dundee professor hails benefits of "good bacteria"
Evening Telegraph
23 January 2004
"So-called "good bacteria", as advertised by yogurt and dairy drink companies, has massive health benefits and could significantly reduce the risk of cancer, says a Dundee University academic, writes Maura Bowman.

Professor John Cummings, who holds a personal chair in experimental gastroenterology, says that we can influence the growth of these "good" bacteria by eating the correct diet.... Professor Cummings said that a group of carbohydrates, known as oligosaccharides, have been found to have such an effect. These could easily be incorporated in foods as a substitute for sugar and they are found naturally in artichokes, members of the onions, leeks and garlic family, in beans, peas and soyas and, to a lesser extent, in cereals. In addition, they are found in "huge quantities" in breast milk and may help to explain the protection breast-fed babies have from infection, said the professor."