Children's Nutrition

“Dodgy food claims”: European consumer group campaigns as “nutrient profiles” delays hit 9-year mark

23 Jan 2018 --- The European Consumer Organization, BEUC and its member organizations from 11 countries (see below) are denouncing what it calls “the EU Commission’s long-standing failure to clear the market of bogus food claims.” It is common to see foods and drinks loaded with sugar, salt or fat with nutrition claims such as “high in fibers,” “B vitamins” or health claims like “boosts your immune system.” Those messages give: “a healthy halo to unhealthy products and mislead consumers as to the actual nutritional content of the food they buy.”

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.

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.

Choline: Pregnant women may require twice the current recommendations

08 Jan 2018 --- New research recently published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (The FASEB Journal) provides compelling evidence that significantly higher choline intakes during pregnancy, particularly in the last trimester, may result in faster information processing for their babies.

Infant nutrition: Hydrolyzed casein formula does not reduce incidence of type 1 diabetes 

05 Jan 2018 --- Baby formula in which the cow's milk proteins have been split does not prevent type 1 diabetes in children with genetic risk for this disease, according to the results of the TRIGR Study published this week shows. Accordingly, there is no evidence to revise the current dietary recommendations for infants at high risk for type 1 diabetes.

Infant nutrition: Timing of the essence when introducing babies to solid foods

04 Jan 2018 --- Many parents start feeding their babies solid foods and other non-breast milk, non-formula foods earlier than recommended, according to the first study of a nationally-representative group of US infants. The study reports that more than half of babies are currently introduced to complementary foods, that is, foods or drinks other than breast milk or formula, sooner than they should be. Babies who were never breastfed or breastfed for less than four months were most likely to be introduced to foods too early. 

“100 calorie snacks, two a day max”: Public Health England launches campaign around children’s snacking

03 Jan 2018 --- Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new Change4Life campaign with the slogan “100 calorie snacks, two a day max,” which aims to encourage parents to choose healthier snacks than the ones they currently buy for their children. Selected UK supermarkets have announced their support for the campaign, while health pressure group Action on Sugar calls for more stringent action, pointing to the responsibility of food and beverage manufacturers to help prevent the overconsumption of sugar.

Folic acid: CRN welcomes study on supplementation before and during pregnancy

03 Jan 2018 --- The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), a US trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, has issued a statement calling attention to the benefits of folic acid for all women of childbearing age. The statement comes in response to a new study, “Association of Folic Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy With the Risk of Autistic Traits in Children Exposed to Antiepileptic Drugs In Utero,” published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Neurology.

Tate & Lyle and Shanghai Nutrition Society launch child health improvement program in China

02 Jan 2018 --- Tate & Lyle PLC has partnered with the Shanghai Nutrition Society, a Government-guided specialist academic organization, for the launch of a new Child Health Improvement Program at certain schools in Shanghai, China. The program’s aim is to help improve children’s diets and lifestyles and to build knowledge and data to help tackle rising levels of child overweight or obesity.

Nestlé partners with No Kid Hungry Campaign to support US school breakfast programs

18 Dec 2017 --- Nestlé USA has partnered with Share Our Strength to support the organization’s school breakfast initiatives as part of its No Kid Hungry campaign in Arlington County. The donation of US$250,000 deepens Nestlé’s commitment to help children live healthier lives, the company reports. 

Canadian researchers call for outlawing of junk food marketing, sugary drinks tax

15 Dec 2017 --- University of Toronto nutritional scientists are leading a study with national experts calling on the Canadian government to outlaw junk food marketing to children, impose stricter limits on unhealthy nutrients added to foods and impose a “sugary drink tax.”

Healthy and happy: Kids’ wellbeing linked to healthy eating by new study

14 Dec 2017 --- Healthy eating is associated with better self-esteem and fewer emotional and peer problems, such as having fewer friends or being picked on or bullied, in children regardless of body weight. This is according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Inversely, better self-esteem is associated with better adherence to healthy eating guidelines, note the researchers from The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Frutarom finalizes AB-Fortis micro-encapsulation technology acquisition

13 Dec 2017 --- Frutarom has acquired AB-Fortis activities, including a patent-protected micro-encapsulation technology that enables delivery of iron with increased biological absorption. Frutarom announced the signing of an agreement with AB-Biotics S.A. of Spain for the acquisition of the activity of AB-Fortis in November.

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.

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.

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.

Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids have “promising” therapeutic role in ADHD

10 Nov 2017 --- Clinically trialed evidence indicates that omega 3 and omega 6 supplementation programs can provide a promising adjunctive therapy for attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), leading to lowering the dose of psychopharmacologic medications needed and improving compliance with these. This is according to a review article published in the Journal of Lipids.

BioGaia probiotic found to prevent recurrent diarrhea and promote growth in children

07 Nov 2017 --- Rapid diagnostic testing in combination with Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis supplementation for 60 days has been linked to a significant increase in height and significantly less recurrent diarrhea in study of 71 infants with acute diarrhea, as compared to standard care and placebo treatment. Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis is a strain developed by Swedish healthcare company BioGaia.

Chr. Hansen launches ProKids culture solution for kids’ probiotic market

07 Nov 2017 --- Chr. Hansen has today globally launched a culture solution for kids’ drinking yogurt with the probiotic strain L. rhamnosus, LGG. ProKids is Chr. Hansen’s newly developed freeze-dried DVS culture, nu-trish GY-1. It contains the LGG probiotic strain together with a compatible yogurt culture and a proven recipe.

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