Health & Wellness

Active aging: New assessment method developed

23 Jan 2018 --- Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland have developed a new indicator for assessing active aging. The indicator is called the University of Jyväskylä Active Aging Scale (UJACAS). Active aging refers to having initiative and doing things the aging person considers important. The indicator consists of a series of questions, which can be presented either in an interview or as a questionnaire. A score describing active aging is calculated based on the responses. 

Specific neurons are sufficient to induce dietary preference for carbohydrate over fat

23 Jan 2018 --- The preference for a high-fat diet (HFD) among multiple palatable diets has increased in the modern world, whereas carbohydrate craving is often induced by stressful life events and mood disturbances. However, the mechanism responsible for selection between a high-carbohydrate diet (HCD) and a high-fat diet (HFD) remains unknown.

Herbal extracts (Part 1): Taking value from herbs – Challenges, delivery systems and meeting trends

22 Jan 2018 --- With the popularity of traditional medicine and naturalness, in general, experiencing something a resurgence of late, it is instructive to look at the general space around herbal extracts.

Teens' alcohol consumption can predict risk of liver problems in adulthood

22 Jan 2018 --- Adolescent drinking can predict the risk of developing liver disease later in life, confirms a major new study conducted in Sweden. Alcohol is the leading cause of liver cirrhosis and liver-related deaths, and guidelines for safe alcohol intake in men might have to be revised downwards, the researchers report in the Journal of Hepatology. Current recommended cut-off levels in some countries suggest that safe alcohol consumption for men to avoid alcoholic liver disease is 30 grams per day, roughly equivalent to three drinks.

Caffeine’s sports performance benefits more apparent for infrequent tea and coffee drinkers

22 Jan 2018 --- The performance-enhancing benefits of caffeine are more apparent in athletes who do not drink caffeine-rich drinks such as tea, coffee and energy drinks on daily basis. This according to research led by Dublin City University sports scientists Dr. Brendan Egan and Mark Evans.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

Junk food: US federal tax for manufacturers is legally and administratively viable, finds analysis

11 Jan 2018 --- A US federal tax on junk food is both legally and administratively feasible, according to researchers at New York University College of Global Public Health and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

Maritech fucoidans gain European novel foods status

10 Jan 2018 --- Marinova’s Maritech fucoidan extracts have gained novel foods status in the EU. Extracted from Undaria pinnatifida and Fucus vesiculosus seaweed, these bioactive marine ingredients mark the first fucoidans to receive approval as novel foods. The official approval notice was issued by the Superior Health Council of Belgium on 5 December, 2017, making Maritech fucoidans the only fucoidan ingredients with global regulatory acceptance. This includes FDA notified GRAS in the USA, TGA listable ingredients in Australia, NHP listed in Canada, KFDA registered in Korea and now novel foods status in Europe, Claire Smoorenburg, Marketing & Communications Officer at Marinova, tells NutritionInsight.

Fire-stricken BASF plant “back on stream” in March at the earliest

10 Jan 2018 --- BASF confirms that it still expects to start up the Citral plant in Ludwigshafen by March at the earliest following a blaze at the German site last fall. The latest progress reports including the potential availability of products are being detailed by the company which aims to keep customers and industry stakeholders informed of the progress of the repair work.

Malnutrition among hospital patients frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated

10 Jan 2018 --- Malnutrition among hospitalized patients remains a serious issue that has been underdiagnosed and undertreated for decades. It is estimated that nearly one out of five pediatric patients and one out of three adult patients aged 60 and older are malnourished. In the current issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, healthcare experts focus on the latest findings in hospitalized patients with malnutrition in the US and present data elucidating the extent of this serious healthcare issue.

Activity trackers only effective when users set defined goals

09 Jan 2018 --- Although activity monitors can have a significant impact when users establish defined objectives, the trackers that many received as holiday gifts will not automatically make their recipients active or healthy, new research indicates.

Avena Foods and Best Cooking Pulses form partnership

09 Jan 2018 --- Avena Foods Limited of Regina, Saskatchewan and Best Cooking Pulses, Inc. (BCP) of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba have announced a new partnership, effective January 2018. Avena is a leading supplier of gluten-free oats to the North American market. Since 2008, Avena has been providing its customers and consumers with consistent, superior quality, certified gluten-free oats – guaranteed to be free from wheat, barley, and rye.

Superfoods: Fermented foods tipped as top 2018 trend by dieticians

08 Jan 2018 --- Fermented foods – such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut – are to be the no. 1 superfood for 2018, underlining that consumers will be “going with their gut” in the coming year by seeking out foods that improve gut health and overall well-being. This is according to the Pollock Communications and Today's Dietitian's "What's Trending in Nutrition" national survey which gauges the opinions of 2,050 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) on what consumers are thinking and eating. 

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