University Park, PA—While parents of autistic children often sing the praises of a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet, skeptics point to the lack of data support. Now, however, a group from Penn State has added some fuel for the fire.

Granada, Spain—Women who eat fish during pregnancy are more likely to have smarter and sociable children.  According to new research, mothers that ate oily fish like tuna, salmon and sardines raised infants who scored better in tests of skill and intelligence.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Tamil Nadu, India—Authors affiliated with King Saud University and Loyola College, located here, conducted a study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP) on multivitamins’ effect on colon cancer risks.

Bethesda, MDNational Institutes of Health researchers have identified how resveratrol may confer its health benefits. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring chemical found in plants like grapes. The researchers found that resveratrol does not directly activate sirtuin 1, a protein associated with aging. Instead, it inhibits phosphodiesterases (PDEs), proteins that help regulate cell energy. The chemical has gained some interest from pharmaceutical companies for its potential to fight diabetes, inflammation and cancer.

Austin, TX—On February 9, shares of Whole Foods Market stock were priced at the highest they’ve been in the past 52 weeks: $82.02. This number is far outside its 52-week range of $53.32–78.31. This marks a $4.09 (5.25%) increase on the day, according to Wall St. Watchdog.

The European Union and the United States will align their organic food programs, an effort aimed at eliminating redundancies and increasing access between both markets.

Silver Spring, MD—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it needs more dough for its fiscal year 2013 budget.

Dallas, TX—Recruitment firm Sanford Rose Associates has released the results of its 2011 Executive Compensation Survey for the Consumer Health and Wellness sector.

Things are getting fancier in the food industry as household staples get makeovers. The trend was evident at Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center, January 15–17. This season’s event was full of surprises.