Special Report

Oral health: Natural products rising and good-for-your teeth sweets

15 May 2018 --- In line with the personal care market, oral health products are increasingly marketing themselves from a natural positioning, as well as a cosmetic one. “Beauty from within” claims all contribute to a more holistic understanding of wellbeing and consumers are increasingly looking to inherent health benefits from natural ingredients which convey better-for-you appeal. NutritionInsight covers a range of innovative products and suppliers tapping into the tooth-care market. When it comes to teeth, more than a shiny, white veneer is the goal: strong teeth and a healthy mouth – chemically free –  are in demand. 

Prenatal and natal nutrition: Folate in focus

02 May 2018 --- One of the stages of life that arguably requires particular nutrient attention is pregnancy, as a woman’s body creates an environment to nourish and grow a baby. Crucial to creating a coherent nutritional profile during this time is folate, or folic acid. NutritionInsight shines a light on this nutrient and its importance in pregnancies.

Dieting trends (part 2): Is fasting the future?

27 Apr 2018 --- Part one of NutritionInsight’s special report into dieting trends delved into the pool of popular low-carb diets: keto and paleo. However, perhaps borrowing from the ancient religious and cultural practice of fasting could lead health seekers to their optimum diet? Taking a scientific stance by utilizing dieticians insights on the topic, NutritionInsight will take a look at intermittent fasting (IF) being used as a weight-loss diet.

Dieting trends (part 1): Keto and paleo low-carb culture

25 Apr 2018 --- Diets seem to forever be evolving, with new diets being tipped every year to be the next “big thing.” As consumers are ever-more engaged with their health and losing weight remains a key concern, the continuous stream of weight-loss diets is set to continue. What does the future hold for current “trendy” low-carb diets, such as paleo and keto: are they fact or fad? NutritionInsight delves into the pool of paleo and keto.

Bone and joint health: Consumer demands and promising ingredients

19 Apr 2018 --- Mobility, which incorporates bone and joint health, is becoming a key concern for a range of demographics. NutritionInsight spoke with a number of key suppliers in the bone and joint health space about the key ingredients to look out for, as well as some key consumer demands driving innovation in this space.

Time to get personal? How to embrace digital technology in tomorrow’s nutraceuticals

12 Apr 2018 --- Within the world of nutrition, personalization has quickly climbed the ranks to become a key industry phrase, with both larger players and newer start-ups seeking to profile themselves as capable of offering their customers, and ultimately consumers, cutting-edge solutions for all their health needs. NutritionInsight looks at some of the developments in this space, as well as the challenges involved in the pivotal strategy of using digital tools with personal consumer input.

Processing breakthroughs 2018: HPP, PEF and REV technologies

09 Apr 2018 --- Three of the most promising processing technologies for the nutrition space gaining momentum in 2018 are High Pressure Processing (HPP), Pulsed Electric Fields technology (PEF) and Radiant Energy Vacuum technology (REV). These technologies meet the increasing demand for more cost-effective and sustainable food processing while maintaining the natural qualities of foodstuff. NutritionInsight spoke to experts in these forward-thinking areas at Anuga FoodTec 2018, Cologne.

Healthy indulgence: Chocolate & confectionery

04 Apr 2018 --- According to statistics from the US National Confectioners Association, chocolate sales represent at least 75 percent of Valentine’s Day candy purchases, while Easter comes with a strong side of chocolate eggs, and chocolate coins and candy canes often fill children’s Christmas stockings. And although chocolate and confectionary are big business all year round, the industry has also had to adapt to the realities that have come with the number one trend for 2018, as identified by Innova Market Insights: mindful choices. This reflects a consumer who wants to indulge, but healthily.

Microplastics: Health threat or much ado about (virtually) nothing?

28 Mar 2018 --- The future of plastic packaging has become more than an industry debate – it is an international political issue, a focused area of academic research and a household conversation. In a world increasingly concerned by environmental sustainability, the visibility of plastic pollution in our streets and oceans has meant that plastics have come to symbolize humanity’s struggle to take better care of the planet.

Healthy indulgence: Guilt-free frozen desserts on the rise

21 Mar 2018 --- Recent innovations in ingredients and processing techniques have deemed the phrase “Healthy indulgence” as far from oxymoronic. Consumers are seeking out indulgence, without the “guilt,” and a host of manufacturers have responded to provide indulgence with added health benefits. Lighter choice options have flooded the market, from reduced sugar content to lighter alcohol options and smaller portion sizes. Innova Market Insights data demonstrate that more than twice as many bakery launches featuring a “thin” and snacks featuring a “light(ly)” claim were reported in 2016 when compared to 2012. 

Platform for innovation: A hearty applause for omega fatty acids

14 Mar 2018 --- It has long been established that healthy fats are an important attribute of a healthy diet. Today, consumers are armed with a far more sophisticated knowledge of the range of goodies and baddies within the “fat” world. We have seen a rapid departure from the days when low-fat products reigned supreme, with consumers turning back to fat as a source of health. Healthy front-runners are the omega 3 fatty acids, with their prevalent claims of cardiovascular health benefits

Nutrition trending: How social media is pushing the nutrition agenda

08 Mar 2018 --- As a means to stay in touch with friends, old and new, or to stay abreast of the latest developments in the world, social media is opening up new opportunities for people to interact with the (virtual) world around them. Popular platforms such Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook are taking up an increasingly pervasive place in the average consumer's life. NutritionInsight looks at how social media is influencing consumers when it comes to nutrition, and how the industry can benefit.

Cholesterol lowering: Staying low to ward off heart health troubles

28 Feb 2018 --- Cholesterol’s deadly relationship with heart disease is well known around the world today. Cardiovascular disease continues to be one of the world’s most urgent health problems – for example, heart failure affects about 6.5 million adults over age 20 in the US, according to the American Heart Association.

Immunity boosters (Part 2): Not diplomatic about immunity – Innovation, new ingredients and R&D

12 Feb 2018 --- Immune health continues to drive trends in the nutrition industry. Today, in the second part of a special report, NutritionInsight continues its in-depth look at the latest ideas in the industry in the immune health space.

Immunity boosters (Part 1): Not diplomatic about immunity – Trends, opportunities and delivery systems

06 Feb 2018 --- Immunity boosters are a popular way of staying on top of immune health: from capsules and tablets to fortified food and beverages, these ingredients are in demand all year round thanks to their protective qualities. Today, NutritionInsight takes a look at the latest developments on the immunity platform.

Herbal extracts (Part 2): Taking value from herbs – Driving innovation in the herbal space

29 Jan 2018 --- Herbal extracts continue to show great potential for innovation in the nutrition sector. The resurgence in the popularity of traditional medicine, which often has a "natural" image, is just one of the reasons why people are showing a renewed interest in products made with herbal content. In the second part of a special report, NutritionInsight looks at innovation and new ingredients within the herbal extracts space.

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.

Nutritional gadgets and apps (Part 2): Healthy tech – From losing weight to upping vegetable intake

08 Jan 2018 --- Nutritional gadgets and apps appear to be here to stay as part of the space. In this part of its special report, NutritionInsight explores the companies and ideas dominating the technology in the nutrition space.

Nutritional gadgets and apps (Part 1): Healthy tech – From activity trackers to diet help

02 Jan 2018 --- The benefits of owning a smartphone are well known, and with this gadget's growing popularity, the number of nutritional apps is growing rapidly. On top of this, the popularity of FitBit and success of Apple Watch are by no means the only example of gadgets entering the nutritional space.

Sleeping aids: Nutritional solutions supplement a good night’s rest

21 Dec 2017 --- In stressful times, getting to sleep is sometimes not the simple task that it should be. Luckily, companies in the nutritional space are ready to step in with solutions to improve consumers’ relaxation and ensure long, productive nights of sleep.

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