Digestive Health

New study sheds light on non-celiac gluten avoidance

18 Apr 2018 --- People who avoid gluten in their diets, often avoid other food types – such as dairy and eggs – and are more likely to experience frequent adverse physiological symptoms after food consumption. The research sought to uncover why the popularity of gluten-free diets has risen so much amongst those who do not have medical gluten sensitivities.

Arjuna botanical ingredient taps into gut-brain axis, study finds

17 Apr 2018 --- Results of a new human study show that Herbagut, an all-natural polybotanical extract blend, supports gut health. The study discovered that the product can relieve digestive stress while improving overall well-being, the company reports. Herbalife is rooted in traditional Ayurvedic botanical ingredients that have been used for centuries for gut health and general well-being.

Common iron supplements may impact the development of colon cancer 

12 Apr 2018 --- Research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has found that two commonly used iron compounds increase the formation of a known biomarker for cancer. The two compounds, ferric citrate and ferric EDTA, are often used in dietary supplements and as a food additive respectively, in worldwide markets including the US and the EU. 

Immunity booster: Ingredia launches new lactoferrin ingredient

06 Apr 2018 --- Ingredia is to launch Proferrin, a native lactoferrin derived from French cow’s milk. According to the company, its expertise in cutting-edge separation techniques allows it to ensure that Proferrin features the highest purity on the market, with more than 96 percent of lactoferrin on total proteins. Proferrin aims to help people reinforce their immune system, such as children, pregnant women, athletes and the aging population. 

Are sin taxes good for public health? Lancet analysis suggests benefits for soft drinks levy

05 Apr 2018 --- Taxes on soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco – widely dubbed “sin taxes” – are a powerful response to rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, according to a comprehensive analysis of evidence on expenditure, behavior and socio-economic status, published in The Lancet. Based on data from across the globe, the analysis presents strong evidence that taxes on unhealthy products can produce major health gains among the poorest in society – often disproportionately affected by NCDs. 

Research Digest: Malaria “mystery,” gut funghi and DNA-tested cranberries

30 Mar 2018 --- The weekly NutritionInsight research digest reports on the so-called “mystery” relationship between malaria and iron, supplying a possible answer as to why iron deficiencies can sometimes provide malaria protection, whilst iron supplementation seemed to enhance it. Further, in health, researchers studied instances of fungi in the human gut, concluding that most fungi is consumed via the mouth, and exits the body by natural means eventually. Lastly, steps are being taken to ensure the authenticity and safety of botanical healthcare products by Fruit d’Or nutraceuticals. We report this amid stories that frauds and fakes have been on the market, advertising health claims that were unfounded and mislead consumers. 

Taiyo: Soluble fiber, low FODMAP and future innovative combinations

28 Mar 2018 --- Taiyo’s Technical Sales Director Derek Timm Ph.D., RDN, speaks to NutritionInsight about the company’s soluble fiber ingredient; Sunfiber, which it touts as providing all the benefits of a dietary fiber, without the negatives. Although Sunfiber has mainly been featured in medical and beverage applications, Taiyo plans to broaden this scope by combining the ingredient with other bioactives to target health concerns that go beyond digestion, the gut and regularity. For example, Taiyo’s entry into the “mood food” space is signified by its range of products targeting the "gut-brain axis." 

“Scary” results: Common drugs affect gut health, potentially increasing antibiotic resistance

20 Mar 2018 --- One in four drugs may inhibit the growth of bacteria in the human gut and promote antibiotic resistance, finds a study published in Nature. The study was the first to systemically profile the direct influence of marketed drugs on gut bacteria, with the extent of the results surprising researchers.

Study suggests sucralose may intensify Crohn's disease symptoms, Tate & Lyle cites lack of evidence

19 Mar 2018 --- The usage of the artificial sweetener sucralose, better known by the brand name Splenda, may intensify symptoms of Crohn’s disease in those who already have the condition, a study has found. The findings, published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, found that the sweetener worsened gut inflammation in mice who had Crohn’s-like disease. However Tate & Lyle, manufactures of Splenda, responded to the study saying, “We see no evidence in this study that contradicts the safety of sucralose ingredient.” The study found sucralose to have no adverse effects on healthy people.

Second DuPont Microbiome partnership to focus on “next-generation” probiotics

14 Mar 2018 --- 14 March 2018 A newly forged partnership between DuPont Nutrition & Health Microbiome Venture and the Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies (TFTAK) will aid strategic research and development of “next-generation” probiotics. This will mark DuPont Nutrition & Healthy Microbiome Venture’s second partnership in three months.

Go with your gut to treat hypertension, study says

06 Mar 2018 --- The metabolic and microbiological background of an individual can determine the success of dietary change in the treatment of high blood pressure, research suggests. The study, led by a scientist at the University of Kent, notes that an individual’s gut health should be taken into account when deciding on the course of treatment for high blood pressure.

Probiotic boost: Researchers develop novel method of fortifying snacks with probiotics

02 Mar 2018 --- A research team has laid the foundation for a new method that could create probiotic fortified fruit snacks. The technique – developed by researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Universidade Federal do Ceará – doses apple chunks with probiotic Lactobacillus casei and dries them at high temperatures.

Be pain-free with gluten-free: Nerve pain sufferers should cut gluten, research recommends

01 Mar 2018 --- Physicians have long understood that numbness and pain in the extremities is a common accompaniment to gluten sensitivity. A strict gluten-free diet may protect against nerve pain experienced by those with gluten sensitivity, new research suggests, adding scientific merit to the idea that peripheral neuropathy is linked to such gluten sensitivity. It is common for people with celiac disease to suffer from such pains, but this research adds knowledge to the scarce area of how the non-celiac gluten sensitivity condition can also experience peripheral neuropathy. 

Gut bacteria and obesity linked by certain amino acids in our blood, research shows

26 Feb 2018 --- Researchers at Lund University have uncovered a new link between gut bacteria and obesity. They found that certain amino acids in our blood can be connected to both obesity and the composition of the gut microbiome.

Debut: Califia Farms launches first dairy-free probiotic yogurt

23 Feb 2018 --- Dairy alternatives manufacturer Califia Farms has launched a breakthrough line of dairy-free yogurt drinks made with the Califia Culture Blend. This distinct trio of 10 billion live, active probiotic CFUs is powered by a specific BB-12 strain developed by Chr. Hansen for dairy alternatives last year. Califia Farms is the first to batch ferment the BB-12 strain in a non-dairy yogurt. 

Gluten-free bakery: Growing demand for products with extra nutritional benefits, DuPont survey reveals

20 Feb 2018 --- European consumers are looking for gluten-free bakery products that match regular products in terms of taste and texture, but also offer additional health benefits such as high fiber, a DuPont Nutrition & Health consumer survey has revealed. The survey results show untapped potential for bakers to develop more and better-quality products with extra nutritional benefits, and the company notes that customized ingredient solutions are the way to tapping into this potential.

Beta-glucan supplement shows promise for intestinal barrier function improvements in stressed adults

20 Feb 2018 --- Immune health ingredient Wellmune may protect intestinal barrier function in adults when faced with stress, a pre-clinical study with human donors has demonstrated. The study also provided new insights on how the proprietary yeast beta glucan, manufactured by Kerry Group, works within the human body and the immune system.

Bridging the fiber gap: Tereos launches website on dietary fiber

13 Feb 2018 --- Consuming an adequate amount of fiber plays an important role in a wide range of health-related issues, by helping to reduce obesity, improve cholesterol and glycemic index levels and contribute to weight management. To educate consumers about dietary fibers, Tereos has launched a new website, which it says makes it easy to understand the company's Actilight fiber ingredient, its benefits and origin. 

Gluten-free check: new technique improves gluten detection

08 Feb 2018 --- The number of gluten-free food options in the stores has been growing steadily over the past years; a development largely pushed forward by consumer demand for foods that consumers believe “work for me,” whether this is based on science or otherwise. However, current tests for gluten are not finding all of the substance in foods, resulting in some products being labeled “gluten-free” when they really aren't. This mislabeling can cause serious health consequences for those with celiac disease and gluten-sensitivities. Now researchers Kevin D. Dorfman, Scott P. White and C. Daniel Frisbie report that they have developed a fast gluten detector that has the potential to detect and quantify different sources of gluten than those currently on the market.

Probi’s largest clinical trial confirms the immune enhancing impact of Defendum probiotic

07 Feb 2018 --- Probi's largest clinical trial ever, focused on probiotic immune health, has confirmed a strong clinical immune enhancing effect of Probi Defendum. According to the company, the study proves that Probi Defendum helps protect against recurrent colds and sheds some light on the mechanism of action behind the effect.

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