Functional foods

first_imgThe baking industry could do its bit to combat cancer by including extracts from mangos in a range of products. Mangos are rich in antioxidants and dietary fibre, according to new scientific research.The Journal of Cereal Science reported that, during the research, mango peel powder had been used to make soft dough biscuits that passed a consumer acceptance test. “It may be concluded from the present study that mango peel powder could be incorporated up to a 10% level in the formulation of biscuits, without affecting their overall quality,” scientists from India’s Central Food Technological Research Institute stated.Confirmation of the high concentration of dietary fibre in mango extracts comes amid mounting evidence that dietary fibre can help combat cancer and cardiovascular disease.However, a survey by Columbia University showed the average daily intake in the US was 12.5g, which falls well short of the 32g recommended daily intake advised by the US National Fibre Council.Researchers from Venezuela and Ecuador previously extracted dietary fibre from unripe mangos and incorporated it into cookies and bread with favourable results. These were published in the journal LWT ? Food Science and Technology, published by the International Union of Food Science.last_img read more

Algeria Coach, Leekens, Quits after Elimination

first_img“For the good of all I decided to quit even though I do it with heartache,” Leekens told the Algerian Football Federation website.“I wish all the success in the world to the national side.”The 67-year-old Belgian was appointed to the role only in October, for what was his second spell in charge following a four-month stint in 2003.He had been expected to take Algeria deep into the latter stages at least in Gabon, coaching a side that contains BBC and CAF African Footballer of the Year Riyad Mahrez and his Leicester team-mate Islam Slimani, Porto’s Yacine Brahimi and Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam.But the team underperformed at the tournament, beginning their Group B matches with a shock 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe – in which they scored an 82nd-minute goal by Mahrez to rescue a point.That was followed by a 2-1 defeat by their north African Neighbours Tunisia, which left them needing to beat Senegal in their final match on Monday to have any chance of making it to the quarter-finals.But they were held 2-2 by a reserve Senegal side, who had already won the group before the match, and suffered an embarrassing elimination.Algeria is also struggling to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The Fennecs are bottom of Group B – which also contains Nigeria, Cameroon and Zambia – after two matches, having drawn one and lost one.Only the group winners go through and they already trail Nigeria by five points.“Given the pressure on the federation and the national team, I preferred to end my contract out of friendship for the president of the FAF (Algerian Football Federation) who deserves respect,” Leekens added.Leekens was Algeria’s third coach in a year, following on from Milovan Rajevac and Christian Gourcuff.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2017…AFCON 2017…Algeria Coach, Georges Leekens, tuesday resigned following the team’s early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.The Fennecs were one of the pre-tournament favourites but were knocked out of the finals on Monday night after failing to win a game in Gabon.last_img read more