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Stevia passes taste test for low-calorie cookies: Study

By Stephen Daniells

Replacing some of the sugar in cookies with an aqueous stevia extract produced high consumer liking scores, while also boosting fiber content and showing good metabolic benefits, report Mexican scientists.

In 1975, 19% of Brazilian men and 29% of women were overweight: In 2014, those numbers had risen to 54% and 48%, respectively. Image: © Getty Images / Ljupco

Myrtaceae fruit extracts show anti-obesity potential: Study

By Stephen Daniells

Polyphenol extracts from four Myrtaceae species native to Brazil may exert potential anti-obesity effects and protect against obesity-related complications, according to scientists at the University of São Paulo.