Health & Nutrition News

Benefits of coffee consumption noted in BMJ amid coffee’s strong showing in marketplace

23 Nov 2017 --- Drinking coffee is “more likely to benefit health than to harm it” for a range of health outcomes, according to researchers in The BMJ today. The researchers’ findings only enhance a good period for coffee products, as Innova Market Insights’ top trends for 2018 note that coffee is clearly trending, especially among Millennial and Generation Z consumers.

Mass media linked to childhood obesity by European task force study

23 Nov 2017 --- A task force from the European Academy of Pediatrics and the European Childhood Obesity Group has found evidence of a strong link between obesity levels across European countries and childhood media exposure. The findings indicate that parents and society need a better understanding of the influence of social media on dietary habits. In addition, health policies in Europe must take account of the range of mass media influences that promote the development of childhood obesity, according to the experts.

Vitamin K2 could be novel therapeutic target for common cardiovascular condition

23 Nov 2017 --- The European Heart Journal has published a review paper that highlights the potential of vitamin K2 supplementation for calcific aortic valve stenosis (CAVS), a common cardiovascular condition in the aging population where no medical therapy currently exists.

Low-salt and DASH diet as effective as drugs for some adults with high blood pressure: study

23 Nov 2017 --- A study of adults with prehypertension, or stage 1 high blood pressure, has shown that combining a low-salt diet with the heart-healthy DASH diet substantially lowers systolic blood pressure – the top number in a blood pressure test – especially in people with higher baseline systolic readings.

Peruvian companies hope Europe goes nuts for its new “superseed” sacha inchi

22 Nov 2017 --- Peru is going to make a big effort to introduce sacha inchi to the European market this autumn. This is according to Andean & Amazonian Super(b) Foods, a news platform set up by the companies CBI, PromPeru, Adex and CCL to promote Peruvian foods. Sacha inchi is a nut-like seed with strong health benefits and the platform states that it “will be one of the stars of the Peruvian participations in Food Matters Live and Fi Europe this autumn.”

Using allergens from apples presents effective option for treating apple allergy: study

22 Nov 2017 --- Apple allergens could be an effective option for treating apple allergy, a study from the Medical University of Vienna has suggested. The food allergy, which is related to birch pollen, is a very common attendant phenomenon associated with birch pollen allergy – around 70 percent of those with a birch pollen allergy are also allergic to apples, which amounts to around 280,000 people in Austria.

Disordered eating among young adults has long-term negative health effects: study

22 Nov 2017 --- Disordered eating among young adults has long-term effects on their health, according to a recent University of Helsinki study. The study showed that disordered eating among 24-year-old women and men was an indicator of higher body weight, larger waist circumference and lower psychological wellbeing as well as a lower self-evaluation of general health both at age 24 and ten years later.

Vitamin D levels could help to prevent rheumatoid arthritis from setting in

22 Nov 2017 --- Maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels may help to prevent the onset of inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, research led by the University of Birmingham in the UK has discovered. The research also found that vitamin D is not as effective once inflammatory disease is established because diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis lead to vitamin D insensitivity.

Spicing it up: Cinnamon turns up the heat on fat cells

21 Nov 2017 --- Cinnamon could be enlisted in the fight against obesity, according to research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute. Scientists had previously observed that cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil that gives cinnamon its flavor, appeared to protect mice against obesity and hyperglycemia. But the mechanisms underlying the effect were not well understood.

 

Researchers call for establishment of dietary reference intake for lutein

21 Nov 2017 --- Establishing a recommended dietary reference intake (DRI) value for lutein is “critically important” for advancing and improving public health, assert the authors of a new paper published online in the European Journal of Nutrition. “Lutein is ready to be considered for intake recommendations,” note the authors of the carotenoid found in egg yolks, colorful fruits and vegetables, and dietary supplements.

App aims to boost vegetable consumption as majority of adults’ intake found to fall short

21 Nov 2017 --- Scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have taken an innovative approach to tackling the issue of low levels of vegetable intake in Australia by launching a new app that challenges people to eat more vegetables. Using a gamified approach, CSIRO’s new VegEze app aims to motivate Australians to add extra vegetables to their daily diets and form long-term, healthier habits through its 21-day “Do 3 at Dinner” challenge.

Four claims in one vegan capsule: Polaris launches algal DHA omega 3 in softgel

21 Nov 2017 --- Polaris is launching its ultra-stable algal DHA omega 3 in vegan softgel format, enabling it to offer four EFSA claims in one capsule, the company reports. Each capsule is said to deliver an optimal 250mg of DHA omega 3 from microalgae in a 100 percent plant-based shell, making it the ideal solution for consumers seeking a vegan or vegetarian alternative to gelatin capsules.

Recovery top of mind for FrieslandCampina as it assists Olympic athletes

20 Nov 2017 --- The focus on recovery is a hot topic in the world of sports nutrition. Its benefits may run deeper than many realize: René Kleinsmit, Product Group Manager at FrieslandCampina DMV, notes during a webinar hosted by NutritionInsight’s sister website FoodIngredientsFirst that those at the company talk about “recovery” when they actually mean “grow” or “build.” Topics important to the company therefore include optimal recovery times and muscle-building benefits, even while sleeping.

BioGaia probiotic found to reduce bone loss in older women

20 Nov 2017 --- Supplementation of the BioGaia probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC PTA 6475 decreased bone loss compared to placebo in 90 older women. This is according to the results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study at the University of Gothenburg.

Nutrigold launches next-generation Non-GMO Project verified PlantGels with omega 3

20 Nov 2017 --- Organic supplement company NutriGold has launched its Non-GMO Project verified omega 3 fish oils in next-generation PlantGels – a plant-based vegan softgel made from tapioca. The company’s innovative PlantGels are said to represent a cleaner and healthier alternative to softgels made using carrageenan, bovine, porcine or fish gelatin.

Gut bacteria sensitive to salt, linked to MS and hypertension: study

20 Nov 2017 --- Common salt reduces the number of certain lactic acid bacteria in the gut of mice and humans. This is according to a study published in the journal Nature by Berlin's Max Delbrück Center and Charité, which further notes an impact on immune cells that are partly responsible for autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) and hypertension. Probiotics were also found to ameliorate the symptoms of disease in mice.

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.

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