Health & Nutrition News

Labeling debate: Health labels may deter people from buying sugary drinks

25 May 2018 --- Young adults are less likely to buy sugar-sweetened beverages that include health labels, particularly those with graphic warnings about how added sugar can lead to tooth decay, obesity and Type 2 diabetes, according to research presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Vienna this week. 

Weekly Digest: Arla expands fiber yogurt range, probiotics may reduce hay fever symptoms

25 May 2018 --- This week in nutrition news, Arla revealed a new addition to its fiber yogurt range, hoping to boost the UK's daily fiber intake. In research news, probiotic formulations were found to have positive effects on hay fever symptoms, while following a diet high in antioxidants may protect people from the adverse effects of pollution. Furthermore, researchers have made steps in understanding the link between a mothers nutrition during pregnancy and the child's growth, and a study undercovered that consumers are more likely to order unhealthy options when dining out amid louder, ambient music.

Avoid the snacks? To manage weight, timing of protein supplements matters

25 May 2018 --- Protein supplementation is finding its way into an ever-increasing range of formats, with on-the-go snacks and “bite-size” in particular seeing tremendous growth. However, new research by nutrition experts at Purdue University has shown that people looking to manage their weight with strength-training and protein supplements should consume their supplementation during a meal. 

DuPont's probiotic reach expands with Brazilian recognition of health claim

25 May 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health Science has earned approval from the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) for its Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 probiotic strain. The regulatory green light marks the recognition of the science behind the strain and allows an on-pack health claim. Customers in Brazil can now bring new probiotic products and dietary supplements faster to market using the first DuPont probiotic to qualify for an approved health claim on the local market.

calocurb: 100 percent plant-based weight management product launched in US market

25 May 2018 --- New Zealand-based nutrition and e-commerce company calocurb has launched its 100 percent plant-based, non-GMO weight management supplement into the US market. The product is designed to curb cravings and reduce calorie intake by around 20 percent at meal or snack time.

Microbiome solutions: A key theme at Vitafoods Europe 2018

24 May 2018 --- Research into the microbiome – the aggregated microbial species in our body – is gaining increasing attention and investment. Although the term is often associated with digestive health, the body, in fact, contains multiple microbiome. This is currently spurring on research and innovation in areas as wide-ranging as women’s health, weight management, immunity and skin health. At Vitafoods Europe 2018, NutritionInsight spoke with suppliers about their efforts and innovations in the microbiome space, using pre or probiotics for gut health and beyond.

Athletic endurance improved with Beneo's low glycemic carb, study finds

24 May 2018 --- Athletes who consumed a drink containing the functional carbohydrate, Palatinose, before exercise exhibited improved cycling performance, a study at the University of Freiburg has found. This was in comparison with participants who were given maltodextrin, a high glycemic carbohydrate, before exercising. The study's findings could hold potential for the use of Palatinose as a sports nutrition ingredient.

Nutrient breakthrough: Scientists show plants can be a dietary source of vitamin B12

24 May 2018 --- Scientists at the University of Kent have made a significant discovery about how the vitamin B12 content of some plants can be improved to make vegetarian and vegan diets more complete. Vitamin B12 (known as cobalamin) is an essential dietary component but vegans and vegetarians are more prone to B12 deficiency as plants neither make nor require this nutrient.

US FDA takes action against OTC benzocaine products for teething infants

24 May 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that over-the-counter (OTC) teething products containing benzocaine may pose a serious risk to infants and children. The popular numbing agent can offer temporary relief to sore gums in teething infants; however, the FDA advises that companies stop marketing and selling these products for use. The agency is also raising awareness of the risks that, they state, come with other oral health benzocaine products. 

UK sugar reduction efforts fail to reach initial target, industry urged to step up or face tax

23 May 2018 --- The first assessment of the UK government’s sugar reduction program has unveiled failings by industry to reduce sugar in the first year by 5 percent, leading to calls of a sugar tax on sweet treats. The results of the first year have been roundly criticized in the media and described as “hugely disappointing” after Public Health England data revealed that sugar was cut in some categories – sweet spreads and sauces, yogurts and fromage frais and breakfast cereals – while other food groups have fallen short.

Green protein boost: INCJ and Mitsubishi Corp. invest over US$15m in microalgae protein maker

23 May 2018 --- Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) and Mitsubishi Corp. (MC) have announced a joint investment in microalgae company Tavelmout through the acceptance of a third-party allocation of shares by Tavelmout. The total investment amounts to 1.7 billion yen (US$15.47 million), evenly split between INCJ and MC. Through their participation in Tavelmout, a company aiming to mass produce and popularize spirulina, MC and INCJ are seeking to contribute to the diversification of sustainable protein sources.

Diabetes UK: “Consumers want to see clearer calorie labeling on food and menus” 

23 May 2018 --- Consumers are more likely to purchase food if it is accompanied by clear calorie labels on its packaging or on the menu of the establishment, a survey conducted by Diabetes UK’s campaign, Food Upfront, has found. The survey sheds light on how the availability of clear labeling on food and drink could have considerable influence on the spending habits of the British public. Therefore, the campaign is calling for mandatory front-of-pack traffic light labeling on foods and menu calorie labeling in eating establishments.

Top companies reflect mixed progress on commitment to global nutrition, ranking shows

23 May 2018 --- Nestlé has nabbed the highest ranking spot in the 2018 Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), reflecting its overall performance in nutrition-related commitments. Meanwhile, FrieslandCampina has improved the most since 2016, climbing four places in the ranking largely thanks to a new strategy to tackle under-nutrition and more responsible marketing commitments. However, the ATNI state that many companies are still doing too little in the realm of nutrition. The ATNI is the third Global Index that ranks the world’s 22 largest food and beverage companies on their contributions to addressing the twin global nutrition challenges of overweight and diet-related diseases and under-nutrition. 

A personal nutrition touch: A key theme at Vitafoods Europe 2018 

22 May 2018 --- Personalized nutrition has become somewhat of a buzzword in the industry over the past year. But despite its popularity, the term “personalized nutrition” is open to many different interpretations, raising the question of how it is actually to be applied in the industry, with experts pointing to the role of wearable devices, mobile apps and forward-looking options such as genetic profiling. At Vitafoods Europe, NutritionInsight spoke with a number of suppliers about their R&D and views on personalized nutrition.    

Marealis’ novel shrimp peptide gains EFSA green light

22 May 2018 --- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved an application for the novel food status of a shrimp peptide concentrate, meaning that the ingredient can now be utilized in EU supplement applications. The application was made by the company Medfiles Ltd. on behalf of Marealis, a developer of science-backed nutraceuticals. The supplements will be marketed to those who want to address the problem of prehypertension in the Marealis product, PreCardix.

Taiyo: Tapping into tea's health benefits

22 May 2018 --- Manufacturer of functional ingredients Taiyo presented its Sunphenon teas and Xia Oil as convenient, safe and suitable for a range of applications at Vitafoods last week. Taiyo also exhibited plans to further increase knowledge around tea as a health drink and their innovative beverage combinations with lasting Taiyo ingredients such as Sunfiber. The products in question can be used in an array of drinks applications, packing health punches that range from omega 3 boosts to fiber enrichment. They also target a number of factors including cardiovascular and glycemic health.

Targeting aching joints: A key theme at Vitafoods Europe 2018

21 May 2018 --- World populations are getting older and with age, the risk of bone and joint health issues – such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis – increases. Moreover, joint health concerns also affect younger consumers, such as so-called “weekend warriors,” who exercise once or twice a week, meaning that the joint health market is of interest not just to senior citizens but also to any consumers seeking to live an active life. Among the different innovative healthy aging and lifestyle solutions presented at Vitafoods Europe this year, there was a clear spot for ingredients aimed at supporting joint health.

Key gut-brain interplays identified, enhancing possibilities for neurological treatments

21 May 2018 --- Steps have been taken toward untangling the complex interplay that allows the byproducts of microorganisms living in the gut to influence the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Researchers have defined a pathway between the two, coined the gut-brain axis, that may help guide therapies for multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Essentially, some gut microbes were found to activate an anti-inflammatory pathway that can limit neurodegeneration.

Sports nutrition mainstreams: A key theme at Vitafoods Europe 2018

18 May 2018 --- Boundaries are blurring as sports nutrition continues to move mainstream. Ingredients and products aimed at promoting active living were a clear standout theme at Vitafoods Europe this year. New launches targeted a wide scope of aspects related to active lifestyles, and are likely to resonate not just with hardcore athletes but also with consumers of different ages and activity groups. 

Weekly Digest: Valensa's Saw Palmetto gains sustainable logo

18 May 2018 --- The past week saw Valensa International gain sustainable recognition with the Fresh from Florida logo for their Saw Palmetto product, as well as USP’s (United States Pharmacopeia) Dietary Supplement Verification Program nabbing the top spot for reliability as determined by pharmacists in a survey conducted by the Pharmacy Times. Furthermore, in clinical news, omega 3 and omega 6 were found to aid the regulation of blood glucose levels in rats. The findings open up the potential for the use of supplements in type 2 diabetes regulation.

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