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Weight management – Keeping the kilos off (Part 3): Trends, innovation and strong opinions

17 Nov 2017 --- Weight management is a hot topic in the nutrition industry, and NutritionInsight has solicited the views of medical professionals and industry insiders on the next steps to take. Today, in the final part of a special report, we share the trends in the industry, some new R&D and expert opinions in the space in general.

BASF Newtrition Omega-3 launches Accelon absorption-accelerating technology

17 Nov 2017 --- Newtrition Omega-3 has announced the global launch of Accelon, an omega 3 absorption-accelerating technology that the company says has the potential to be the biggest category innovation since the introduction of high-concentrate omega 3s in the late 1980s.

Advanced Lipids’ Infat shows strong bone growth potential for infants

17 Nov 2017 --- Advanced Lipids’ SN-2 infant formula ingredient Infat may have the potential to support healthy bone growth, a study has shown. The study published in Nutrients may be especially interesting for children with special nutritional needs, among others.

Researchers highlight risks associated with energy drinks, call for policy changes

17 Nov 2017 --- The advertised short-term benefits of energy drinks can be outweighed by serious health risks – which include risk-seeking behavior, mental health problems, increased blood pressure, obesity and kidney damage. This is according to a new review of current scientific knowledge on energy drinks published in Frontiers in Public Health. To curb this growing public health issue, policymakers should regulate sales and marketing towards children and adolescents and set upper limits on caffeine, the researchers say.

Evolva to work with Northumbria University for studies on health benefits of resveratrol

17 Nov 2017 --- Evolva is entering a collaboration with Northumbria University’s Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre in the UK for a series of studies on Veri-te resveratrol. The collaboration will include human intervention studies that will assess the inter-relationships between obesity, gut health (through microbiota populations), systemic inflammation, cognitive function, cerebral blood flow and peripheral blood flow and how all of these factors can be modulated by resveratrol dietary supplementation.

Yerba mate supplementation's anti-obesity effect supported by study

16 Nov 2017 --- Researchers have shown that use of the dietary supplement yerba mate over an extended period had significant effects on body weight and weight gain and was associated with lower levels of blood lipids and insulin in obese mice fed a high-fat diet. In recent years, the popularity of yerba mate has grown steadily in NPD, with an increasing number of food, beverage and supplement product launches with a variety of health claims featuring this South American plant.

Effective risk communication needed to improve vegans' health, notes BfR research project

16 Nov 2017 --- The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has noted that the idea that effective risk communication needs to pick up on the existing convictions of vegans. This is one of its key takeaways from the findings of a research project on the individual and social influencing factors that motivate people to take up and maintain a vegan diet. 

Wellmune’s immune health benefits during and after exercise confirmed by new study

16 Nov 2017 --- Adults at an average fitness level show improvement in immune health both during and after strenuous exercise when taking Wellmune, a natural immune health ingredient found in food, beverages and supplements. The further benefits of the proprietary baker’s yeast beta-glucan, part of Kerry’s nutrition and wellness portfolio, have come out in a newly published clinical study.

Post-exercise boost: Nutrition 21 presents positive results of Velositol complex on myokines

16 Nov 2017 --- Nutrition 21, LLC has announced the presentation of new preclinical and clinical study results that support the efficacy of Velositol, a modified-release chromium complex combined with a specialized form of amylopectin, in increasing the levels of various myokines after exercise.

Nuts strengthen brainwave function, study finds

16 Nov 2017 --- Eating nuts on a regular basis strengthens brainwave frequencies associated with cognition, healing, learning, memory and other key brain functions, researchers at Loma Linda University Health have found. In a study titled "Nuts and brain: Effects of eating nuts on changing electroencephalograph brainwaves," published in the FASEB Journal, researchers found that some nuts stimulated some brain frequencies more than others. 

Arla Foods Ingredients to launch whey-based concepts to ease baby’s transition to solid foods

15 Nov 2017 --- Arla Foods Ingredients is to launch a new range of whey protein-based Complementary Feeding solutions that support babies during the gradual move to solid foods. Arla Foods Ingredients’ new Complementary Feeding range includes food product concepts that deliver benefits for gut health, allergy management, healthy growth and bone development. 

Nestle reorganizes infant nutrition business, changes Executive Board

15 Nov 2017 --- The Nestlé Board of Directors has announced a change to the organization of the infant nutrition business at Nestlé to further improve the company’s “ability to win in this high-growth category.” Additionally, it will change its Executive Board, replacing its Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and adjusting to the departure of its Deputy Executive Vice President in charge of Nestlé Nutrition. Effective January 1, 2018, infant nutrition will move from the globally managed Nestlé Nutrition to a regionally managed business. The change does not apply to other Nestlé businesses, the company adds.

Combined resistance to antibiotics a growing problem in EU, say top health officials

15 Nov 2017 --- Over the course of 2016, combined resistance to several antibiotic groups continued to increase for Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Acinetobacter species, which mainly cause healthcare-associated infections such as pneumonia and bloodstream infections. This is according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s (ECDC) latest EU-wide data on antibiotic resistance, as well as its guidance on prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). 
 

Vitamin D linked to improved live birth rates in women undergoing assisted reproduction treatment

15 Nov 2017 --- Researchers are stressing the need to investigate the potential role of vitamin D supplementation in improving live birth rates following assisted reproduction treatment (ART). This follows a review and meta-analysis published in Human Reproduction, which shows a strong link between low vitamin D concentrations in women and lower live birth rates after ART compared to women who have the right amount of vitamin D in their bodies.

Weight management – Keeping the kilos off (Part 2): Challenges and delivery methods

15 Nov 2017 --- Weight management is a hot topic in the nutrition industry, and NutritionInsight has been asking for the views of medical professionals and industry insiders on the next steps to take. Today in the second part of a special report, we look at the challenges currently being presented to the industry and delivery methods being used for weight management products.

Gut microbiome connected to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, research suggests

15 Nov 2017 --- New research released has revealed the links between the gut microbiome – the population of microorganisms living in the gastrointestinal tract – and brain diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, including potential new ways to track and treat these diseases. The studies were presented at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

High level of dietary fiber in MGP’s Fibersym RW resistant wheat starch confirmed by study

15 Nov 2017 --- Food ingredients supplier MGP’s Fibersym RW resistant wheat starch contains an “extraordinarily” high level of dietary fiber, according to results of a human dietary study recently conducted at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. MGP notes that the study was conducted to determine what percentage of the ingredient is digestible when consumed in a meal.

Plant-based diet found to cut the risk of developing heart disease

15 Nov 2017 --- Eating a mostly plant-based diet was associated with less risk of developing heart failure among people without previously diagnosed heart disease or heart failure, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 event for global advances in cardiovascular science.

Roadmap: Researchers publish recommendations for successful EU health food claims

14 Nov 2017 --- Researchers have developed recommendations to help food companies successfully substantiate new health claims in the EU. During this study, published in the highly regarded Trends in Food Science & Technology, researchers from the University of Surrey worked with investigators in Slovenia and Denmark as part of the REDICLAIM project. Together, they clarified the process of attaining approval for new health claims on food products.

Psychologists endorse tax on unhealthy foods to improve children’s diets

14 Nov 2017 --- Increasing the tax on high-fat and high-sugar foods will help improve children’s diets, according to one of the recommendations from the British Psychological Society (BPS) report “Changing behavior: Childhood nutrition,” which was published this week. The report’s recommendations are aimed at tackling the causes of poor diets in children.

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