Health & Nutrition News

IFT 2018: Tate & Lyle on the prospects of its dietary fibers, instant starches and alternative proteins 

18 Jul 2018 --- At this year’s annual IFT Food Expo (15 to 18 July) in Chicago, Tate & Lyle is showcasing its collection of sweetener, enrichment and texturant ingredients. Focus areas are the company’s new instant starches, but also its portfolio of fibers, which were recently found to adhere to the US Food Drug Administration’s (FDA) definition of dietary fibers. NutritionInsight speaks with Mervyn L. de Souza, VP Health and Wellness at Tate & Lyle, about the company’s plans to expand its alternative proteins portfolio, as well as the benefits of its fiber ingredients.

Omega 3 supplementation has “little to no effect” on risk of heart disease, stroke or death: study

18 Jul 2018 --- Debunking the commonly held belief that omega 3 supplementation can protect against heart disease, a new study has found that consuming additional omega 3 fat, compared to usual or lower omega 3, has little to no effect on the risk for cardiovascular events, coronary heart deaths, coronary heart disease events, stroke or heart irregularities. 

While men lose weight on low-carb diet, women see healthy heart gains, study finds

18 Jul 2018 --- Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine recently found that while men may lose more weight on low-carb diets, women actually see better improvements in artery flexibility. The finding holds promise for helping pre-diabetic women reduce their risk of heart disease through a low-carb diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated one out of three American adults live with higher than normal blood sugar levels known as prediabetes.

Cornflakes: Processing robs maize of healthy, cancer-fighting nutrients

18 Jul 2018 --- University of Illinois researchers have uncovered how the “cancer-fighting” phenolic acids present in corn are stripped away when it is processed into the popular US breakfast cereal: cornflakes. 

Infant nutrition advancements: BASF launches human milk oligosaccharide

17 Jul 2018 --- BASF is to launch 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL), a human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) for the infant nutrition market by early 2019 through its human nutrition brand, Newtrition. HMOs are a unique group of carbohydrates naturally found in human breast milk with 2’-FL being the most abundant. BASF reports it has successfully mastered the complete in-house development of 2’-FL from strain to downstream processing using a specifically stable HMO fermentation strain designed for large-scale production. 

Brain area linked to motivational disruptions in binge eating identified

17 Jul 2018 --- A small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called “orexin” neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity, scientists at Rutgers Brain Health Institute have suggested. These neurons, named for the chemical messenger they use to communicate with other brain cells, have previously been shown to be important for addiction to several drugs, including cocaine.

Cinnamon oil may hold the key to preventing superbugs

17 Jul 2018 --- Antibiotic resistance has become one of the biggest threats to global health and food security. In light of antibiotics becoming less effective against superbugs, a Swinburne University researcher is studying traditional agents to modify the behavior of bacteria, rather than killing them. Dr. Sanjida Halim Topa investigated cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor, and found that it inhibited the development of biofilm, a sticky film of bacteria – like the plaque that forms on teeth – that can cause persistent infections, which resist even the most potent antibiotics.

Chili-based drug shows potential as anti-obesity treatment

17 Jul 2018 --- A novel drug based on capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their spicy burn, caused long-term weight loss and improved metabolic health in mice eating a high-fat diet, new studies from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy have found. The drug, called Metabocin, was designed to slowly release capsaicin throughout the day so it can exert its anti-obesity effect without producing inflammation or adverse side effects.

Targeting taste and texture: Agropur showcases whey protein ingredients at IFT

16 Jul 2018 --- With the protein trend still going strong, Agropur Ingredients is showcasing two new whey protein solutions at this year’s IFT. Agropur’s new Whey Protein Pods are touted as providing “much sought-after health benefits” and a crunchy texture to both sweet and savory applications, while the company's functional whey protein isolate, named BiPRO Crystal Clear (C.C.), is designed for high clarity and solubility in acidified protein beverages.

An orange a day reduces risk of macular degeneration by 60 percent, study finds

16 Jul 2018 --- A new study has shown that people who regularly eat oranges are less likely to develop macular degeneration than people who do not eat oranges. Researchers interviewed more than 2,000 Australian adults aged over 50 and followed them over a 15-year period. The research showed that people who ate at least one serving of oranges every day had more than a 60 percent reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later.

Omega 3 fatty acid metabolism could inhibit cancer, new research shows

16 Jul 2018 --- The growth and spread of cancer could be inhibited by a class of molecules formed when the body metabolizes omega 3 fatty acids, a new study in mice has found. University of Illinois researchers report that the molecules, called endocannabinoids, are made naturally by the body and have similar properties to cannabinoids found in marijuana – but without the psychotropic effects.

Food for thought: Suppliers on the cognitive health ingredients market 

13 Jul 2018 --- 13 Jul 2018 Cognitive health has proven itself a growing category, with new products appealing to consumers from all walks of life, from more senior citizens seeking to prevent cognitive decline, to busy office workers looking to combat mental fatigue. NutritionInsight speaks to suppliers about their views on this growing category.

Obesity alone does not necessarily push up mortality rate, says new study 

13 Jul 2018 --- A new study could change the way we think about obesity and the importance of weight loss after research showed that “metabolically healthy obesity” does not increase the risk of death. According to Jennifer Kuk, associate professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, who led the research team at York University, says that unlike dyslipidemia, hypertension or diabetes alone, which are related with a high mortality risk, this isn't the case for obesity alone.

Genetic identification: DuPont teams with Eurofins to deliver improved transparency to probiotics

13 Jul 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health and Eurofins have developed and validated strain-level identification assays in probiotic testing, leading the way for industry-wide product integrity and label accuracy. Eurofins will employ DuPont’s polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR) genotyping assays to identify probiotics at the strain level in both raw materials and finished products.

Mediterranean diet found to reduce osteoporosis

12 Jul 2018 --- Sticking to a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, unrefined cereals, olive oil and fish can reduce hip bone loss within just 12 months, according to research from the University of East Anglia. The study is the first long-term, pan-European clinical trial looking at the impact of a Mediterranean diet on bone health in older adults. More than 1,000 people aged between 65 and 79 took part in the trial, and volunteers were randomized into two groups – one which followed a Mediterranean diet and a control group which did not. Bone density was measured at the start and after 12 months. The diet had no discernible impact on participants with normal bone density, but it did have an effect on those with osteoporosis.

Trending in nutrition ingredients: Novel delivery, ingredient origins and ones to watch 

12 Jul 2018 --- As consumers approach their health with an eye toward what specific ingredient they want for their nutrition purpose, the importance of authenticity, source and varying delivery methods to the end consumer are proving influential. NutritionInsight speaks to key suppliers about their views on these topics.

Study: Stop avoiding whole dairy products for heart health

12 Jul 2018 --- New research at The University of Texas could banish the feeling of guilt some consumers may have around consuming whole dairy products amid conflicting information about fats and heart health. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found no significant link between dairy fats and cause of death, or, more specifically, heart disease and stroke – two of the US’s biggest killers. In fact, certain types of dairy fat may help guard against having a severe stroke, the researchers reported.

Chicory root fibers found to provide digestive health and natural defense benefits to children

12 Jul 2018 --- Consuming chicory root fibers can bring important health benefits to kindergarten children aged three to six years, according to research by Professor Tamás Decsi and Szminoetta Lohner at the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pécs, Hungary. Previous studies have demonstrated a strengthening of the natural defense system in infants and children between birth and two years of age. However, this is the first time this evidence has been established for this age group.

“No safety issues” with new Aptamil milk formula, Danone says

11 Jul 2018 --- Following parent complaints that its infant nutrition formula was causing infants to become unwell, Danone UK has reportedly said there are “no safety issues” with the new formulation of its Aptamil baby milk product. The BBC reported this week that some parents had taken to social media to complain that the new formula is causing their infants to be sick and that the new formula does not mix as easily as before. 

“Never intended as a magic bullet”: CRN responds to multivitamin supplement study

11 Jul 2018 --- Supplements have a critical place in the general public’s diet, but were never intended to serve as magic bullets for the prevention of serious diseases, the US Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has stressed. The comment comes in response to a widely circulated study that emphasizes that taking multivitamin and mineral supplements does not prevent strokes, heart attacks or deaths related to cardiovascular disease.

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