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Frutarom takes full ownership of Enzymotec, sells krill oil business to Aker BioMarine

19 Jan 2018 --- Frutarom Industries has completed its acquisition of full ownership of Enzymotec. Upon completion of the transaction on January 11, 2018, Enzymotec shares were delisted from trading on NASDAQ and it ceased to be a public company. Frutarom reports that it is working towards implementing the full merger plan of all Enzymotec activities through the rapid, efficient and comprehensive integration of both companies’ activities in the areas of management, R&D, sales and marketing, production and supply chain. As part of its merger plan, Frutarom has announced the sale of Enzymotec’s krill oil business to Aker BioMarine.

Female athletic performance boosted by newly developed mineral supplement, study finds

19 Jan 2018 --- A small-scale study has found that women who took a specially prepared blend of minerals and nutrients for a month saw their 3-mile run times drop by almost a minute. The minerals in the study included forms of iron, copper and zinc along with two other nutrients – carnitine (derived from an amino acid) and phosphatidylserine (made up of fatty acids and amino acids). The women who took the supplement also saw improvements in distance covered in 25 minutes on a stationary bike and a third test in which they stepped on and off a bench, according to research from Ohio State University. 

Drinking 100 percent fruit juice has no effect on blood sugar levels, news research finds

19 Jan 2018 --- One hundred percent juice does not have a significant effect on fasting blood glucose, fasting blood insulin, or insulin resistance, according to new research. The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100 percent fruit juice is not associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and support a growing body of evidence that 100 percent fruit juice has no significant effect on glycemic control. The study was conducted on behalf of the Juice Products Association and published in the Journal of Nutritional Science.

EFSA rejects Unilever black tea health claim

18 Jan 2018 --- The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a health claim regarding black tea’s effects on the maintenance of normal endothelium-dependent vasodilation in adults. The application, submitted for authorization of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 by Unilever, pertained to “black tea beverages, either freshly prepared or reconstituted from water extract powders of black tea, characterized by the content of flavanols (expressed as catechins plus theaflavins) of at least 30 mg per 200 ml serving.” 

Prebiotics in infant formula could improve learning and memory, says new study

18 Jan 2018 --- New mothers often hear the slogan “breast milk is best” and are encouraged to offer breast milk to their newborn babies and that’s because it contains natural sources of prebiotics, the small indigestible fiber molecules that promote the growth of good bacteria in the infant’s gut. However, many families find breastfeeding or completely impossible in some cases and turn to infant formulas. And now, thanks to research from the University of Illinois, infant formulas are getting even closer to the real thing. In a recent study, scientists foudn that prebiotics included in infant formula may enhance memory and exploratory behavior.

Keto on-the-go: US start-up targets affordable keto diet with single serve sachets

18 Jan 2018 --- Nutrition start-up Ketologie has launched a Kickstarter campaign allowing consumers to pre-order the company's two most popular products (Chocolate and Vanilla) in new, single-serve sachets with collagen as their primary protein source. The company says it is “on a mission to make the ketogenic way of eating easier and more affordable for busy people on-the-go.” NutritionInsight spoke with Dr. Tracey King, CEO and co-founder of Ketologie, about the increasingly popular keto diet, the newly launched keto-friendly single-serve sachets, as well as the company’s future projects.

Intermittent fasting: The diet to watch in 2018?

17 Jan 2018 --- With rates of obesity continuing to skyrocket, the weight loss market is seeing persistent growth, experiencing an explosion in sales especially around the New Year. In this space, intermittent fasting (IF) is becoming increasingly popular, with organizations such as Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) touting its benefits. IF is an umbrella term encompassing a range of diets where the pattern of calorie restriction and timing of food intake are altered so that individuals undergo frequently repeated periods of fasting or modified fasting (allowing a low calorie intake of approximately 500-600 calories per day). What is the science behind this range of diets, and what sort of opportunities do they offer the food industry?

Cognitive health: High-salt diet linked to dementia, finds mouse study

17 Jan 2018 --- Excessive consumption of salt is known to affect heart health and blood pressures, but research by scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine has now underlined its negative effect of sodium on cognitive health. According to their study, a high-salt diet reduces resting blood flow to the brain and causes dementia in mice. The study, published on Monday in Nature Neuroscience, is the first to unveil a gut-brain connection linking high dietary salt intake to neurovascular and cognitive impairment. The findings illuminate a potential future target for countering harmful effects to the brain caused by excess salt consumption.

Dutch doctors call for energy drinks ban for under 18s, Negative health effects reported in Canadian youth

16 Jan 2018 --- Calls for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 18s have intensified in the Netherlands. Pediatricians are once again arguing for a ban on the sale of energy drinks to young people under the age of eighteen. The Dutch Society for Pediatrics says it is treating more and more young patients who report with symptoms such as restlessness, fatigue and cardiac arrhythmia. A ban is highly unlikely, however, with the Dutch Ministry of Health responding dismissively to the calls.

Scarring molecule in fat tissue links obesity with distressed and inflamed fat

16 Jan 2018 --- The fat of obese people can become distressed, scarred and inflamed, making weight loss more difficult, according to research at the University of Exeter. An analysis of the health of adipose (fat) tissue in overweight people found that their fat can cease to cope as it increases in size and becomes suffocated by its own expansion.

Bile acids increase fat burning, offering a potential new treatment for obesity

16 Jan 2018 --- A specific group of bile acids could directly burn away the lipids in our fat depots, effectively making it a new therapy against obesity. This is according to a new study led by the lab Kristina Schoonjans at EPFL. Current treatments for obesity try to decrease calorie intake and increase energy expenditure, but the problem is maintaining long-term effects. Non-invasive treatments, like diets and drugs that reduce intestinal ingestion, are widely unpopular among patients, while bariatric surgery seems to be the only reliable treatment for obese people, despite being both expensive and invasive.

EFSA more than doubles safe levels for 3-MCPD in vegetable oils and food

15 Jan 2018 --- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has increased safe levels of the food processing contaminant 3-MCPD by two and a half fold, from the 2016 Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of 0.8 micrograms per kilogram of body weight to 2.0. The revision comes after EFSA experts used an updated scientific approach to reassess the possible long-term adverse effects of 3-MCPD on the kidney and male fertility. 

Bayn Europe sets up subsidiary in China for sugar reduction

15 Jan 2018 --- Bayn Europe AB has signed a joint venture agreement with real estate development company HuaHe International Asset Management Ltd. to introduce sugar reduction to the China market. Both partners have agreed on a cooperation model and mutual commitments for the set-up of the joint venture. Under the agreement, Bayn is to hold 65 percent of equity and HuaHe 35 percent. 

Start as you mean to go on – Protein for breakfast key to weight loss: report

15 Jan 2018 --- Eating more protein, especially at breakfast, could be the key to achieving healthy weight loss, according to a new report released by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The report, Protein Balance: New concepts for protein in Weight Management, aims to highlight the benefits of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet for weight control and notes that the latest scientific evidence supports eating at least 25 grams of protein at each main meal to control hunger and enhance muscle metabolism.

Cruciferous vegetables and probiotic combination: New allies in fight against bowel cancer

15 Jan 2018 --- A team of researchers in the National University Singapore (NUS) Medicine lab of Associate Professor Matthew Chang have found a way to turn a mix of bacteria and vegetables into a targeted system that seeks out and kills colorectal cancer cells. According to the researchers, this combination could be used in the prevention of colorectal cancer – one of the most common cancers in the world – and to clean up the cancer cells remaining after surgical removal of tumors, through a sustainable, low-cost therapeutic regimen.

Chr. Hansen reports 10 percent organic growth in Q1, but downgrades year-long outlook for Health & Nutrition

12 Jan 2018 --- Chr. Hansen has reported organic revenue growth of 10 percent in the first three months of 2017/18, but has downgraded its outlook for Health & Nutrition due to challenging market conditions in North America. Food Cultures & Enzymes grew by 12 percent, Health & Nutrition by 10 percent and Natural Colors by 4 percent. EBIT before special items decreased by 1 percent to €65 million, corresponding to an EBIT margin before special items of 25.4 percent. According to the company’s results report, Q1 2017/18 Revenue reached €254.5 million, up from €241.7 million the same period last year, accounting for 5 percent growth. Profit for the period amounted to €46.5 million, up 1 percent from last year’s €47 million. 

Fast food found to make the immune system more aggressive in the long term

12 Jan 2018 --- The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high-calorie diet as to a bacterial infection, according to a study by the University of Bonn. What is particularly disturbing is that unhealthy food seems to make the body's defenses more aggressive in the long term. Even long after switching to a healthy diet, inflammation towards innate immune stimulation is more pronounced, the researchers found. These long-term changes may be involved in the development of arteriosclerosis and diabetes, diseases linked to Western diet consumption. The results are to be published in the journal Cell.

BioGaia Protectis probiotics with vitamin D to be launched in the Swedish market 

12 Jan 2018 --- Swedish healthcare company BioGaia has launched chewable tablets with Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis and vitamin D. Launched through its partner Medhouse AB, the products – BioGaia Protectis D3 and BioGaia Protectis D3+ – will soon be available at selected pharmacy chains around Sweden. 

Estrogen-mimicking compounds in foods may decrease effectiveness of breast cancer treatment

12 Jan 2018 --- Two estrogen-mimicking compounds found in many foods appear to potently reverse the effects of palbociclib/letrozole, a popular drug combination for treating breast cancer, according to research by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). Their study, published in the journal Cell Chemical Biology, suggests that exposure to chemical compounds called xenoestrogens may significantly reduce the effectiveness of anti-estrogen treatments for cancer.

Mediterranean diet: Protective benefits found against prostate cancer and frailty

11 Jan 2018 --- Helping to prevent aggressive prostate cancer and frailty in the elderly are to be listed among the benefits of following a Mediterranean diet, according to a number of published studies this week. In a study in The Journal of Urology, researchers have determined that men who followed this diet had lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer than those who followed other common dietary patterns, while in a separate study, analysis of published studies showed that following the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of frailty in older individuals, helping keep people healthy and independent as they age.

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