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Muscling into the coffeehouse scene: Herbalife Nutrition launches high protein iced coffee mix

17 Oct 2018 --- Herbalife Nutrition has launched a mocha high protein iced coffee mix. Touted as being “low in calories, sugar and fat, but big on taste,” the 100-calorie drink mix has no artificial flavors or added colors and provides 15 grams of protein and 80 mg of caffeine per serving.

Drug-nutrient interaction: Scientific backing is key to quelling concerns

17 Oct 2018 --- Growing consumer and industry awareness of potential drug-nutrient interactions is creating both challenges and opportunities for dietary ingredients companies. With chronic diseases on the rise and consumers keen to boost their diets with supplementation, suppliers have the opportunity to take a key position in providing the right scientific backing and information.

Microbiome may play a role in development of multiple sclerosis, study finds

17 Oct 2018 --- Gastrointestinal microbiota could play a far greater role in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at the University of Zurich have identified. The study noted that immune cells that are activated in the intestine migrate to the brain, where they may cause an “inflammatory cascade.” The researchers suggest that it is worth broadening the research perspective to gain a better understanding of the pathological processes.

Seaweed extract key to breakthrough fish oil microencapsulation technique

17 Oct 2018 --- Australian researchers have developed a novel technique to significantly reduce oxidation in microencapsulated fish oils using a fucoidan seaweed. The method is hoped to revolutionize the delivery of fish oils, as well as other dietary supplements, as it overcomes fish oil’s susceptibility to oxidation during production and storage. Produced by Australian biotechnology company, Marinova, the fucoidan extract was included in the shell material at 7 percent.

Untapped dairy opportunity? NZMP eyes protein and nutritional benefits in Southeast Asia  

16 Oct 2018 --- NZMP, Fonterra’s global B2B ingredients brand, is seeing increasing interest in dairy ingredients in South and Southeast Asia owing to their applicability in formats as wide-ranging as medical nutrition, protein fortification and sports nutrition. As consumer knowledge grows, so do the opportunities for new product development, Fonterra’s General Manager of NZMP Ingredients for South & East Asia, Hamish Gowans, tells NutritionInsight.

Children with allergies nine times more likely to develop emerging, severe chronic food allergy, warns study

16 Oct 2018 --- Children with known skin, food and respiratory allergies should be screened for an emerging, chronic food allergy called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), warns a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. Pediatric allergists who analyzed a group of children from birth to adolescence say that EoE should be considered a later component of the “allergic march” – the natural progression in which many children develop a series of allergies.

Stain-free turmeric: AFS launches free-flowing curcumin ingredient

16 Oct 2018 --- Applied Food Sciences (AFS) is set to debut a free-flowing curcumin extract, CurcuFlow, designed for manufacturers to achieve a cleaner, stain-free turmeric production. Due to the lengthy cleanup times, some companies refuse to take on turmeric projects with traditional curcumin ingredients. Production runs involving traditional turmeric extracts can incur post-production clean times that are 5 to 6 times longer than when running other ingredients.

High-fat maternal diets may pass on obesity and addiction to grandkids, study suggests

16 Oct 2018 --- Obesity, insulin resistance and addictive life-style behaviors may be passed to future generations as a result of a high-fat maternal diet during, before and after pregnancy. A mice study, published in Translational Psychiatry, notes that the effects of the high-fat diet might even be passed on for three generations. This was the case although the original female mice never became obese and none of the following generations consumed a high-fat diet. The study highlights the strong potential for identifying underlying mechanisms that may be risk factors for people in developing obesity or addictions.

US study uncovers "continued" use of harmful ingredients in OTC dietary supplements

15 Oct 2018 --- Potentially harmful active pharmaceuticals continue to be identified in US over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplements commonly marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss or muscle building, according to a study published in JAMA. The researchers analyzed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings from 2007 through 2016 to show that unapproved pharmaceutical ingredients were identified in 776 dietary supplements. In response, US health bodies and trade associations are calling for consumer caution and reform to ensure supplements are free from pharmaceutical contamination.

Study: Ketogenic diet helps to prevent cognitive decline in mice

15 Oct 2018 --- The ketogenic diet may improve neurovascular function in mice who follow the ketogenic diet regime, a study published in Scientific Reports has found. The research team hopes that their work may hold potential for the future understanding of the link between the microbiome and neurological disorder.

More young people in England are choosing not to drink alcohol

15 Oct 2018 --- Young people in England are not just drinking less alcohol, an increasing number is never taking up alcohol at all, according to a study published in BMC Public Health. The uptake in non-drinkers could bode well for new product development in the area of low or non-alcoholic offerings, such as kombucha.

Brexit’s impact on the sugar tax: Greater reductions in coronary heart disease mortality rates

15 Oct 2018 --- The British “sugar tax” will continue to reduce coronary heart disease deaths (CHD), regardless of whether the terms of the UK's impending exit from the EU are “soft” or “hard,” finds a study published in Public Health Nutrition. The researchers identified that reductions in CHD mortality were 4 percent and 8 percent greater under “soft” and “hard” Brexit scenarios, respectively.

How super? Nutrient dense profiles and innovative NPD drive superfruit growth

12 Oct 2018 --- Despite there being no concise definition of a superfruit, this group of “health haloed” fruits are generally said to be rich in nutrients and offer dense health benefits, such as adaptogenic properties. As consumers are increasingly eager to seek out extra nutrition in every bite, superfruits of different kinds are popping up in a range of products and markets.

Intermittent fasting strategy may help reverse Type 2 diabetes, suggests case study

12 Oct 2018 --- Planned intermittent fasting may help to reverse Type 2 diabetes, suggest doctors writing in the journal BMJ Case Reports. Their suggestion comes after three patients in their care were able to cut out the need for insulin treatment altogether following an intermittent fasting strategy.

Puris to showcase gelatin and pectin-free “gummies” following completion of second spray dryer

12 Oct 2018 --- Minneapolis-based Puris has completed its second spray dryer, enabling the company to continue its efforts in the commercialization of novel protein ingredients. With the expansion, the company is seeking to double its business for customers in the area of pea protein, starches and pulses. At SupplySideWest 2018 (SSW), the company will be showcasing pectin-free gummies made with pea starch, as well as Puris Fava Bean Protein.

Study: Whey protein superior for rebuilding muscle mass in seniors

12 Oct 2018 --- Whey protein may be the best protein source for older adults wishing to rebuild lost muscle mass. The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, identified that when it comes to seniors, proteins are not created equal. In the study, only whey protein was found to increase lean muscle mass and muscle protein synthesis during recovery from short-term muscle loss. Rebuilding muscle mass in seniors is of immense importance as they are more likely to be hospitalized and suffer from weakened muscle and strength conditions, such as sarcopenia.

Weekly Roundup: Enzybel Pharma partners with Terhormon on pancreatin, Nuritas forms scientific advisory board

12 Oct 2018 ---- Enzybel Pharma has partnered with Terhormon to “take the lead” on the pancreatin market, while Fermentalg has signed new agreements with the SUEZ group for the development of its algal biofilter. Valensa has adopted saw palmetto through the American Botanical Council’s (ABC) Adopt-an-Herb botanical education program, and the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has requested that pullulan be allowed in dietary supplements labeled as organic. VitaMK7, the fermented vitamin K2 as MK7, can offer more than four years of extended stability at room temperature. Research has identified benefits Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex and BioPerine Combination can bring to diabetics. Nuritas has appointed four key additions to its newly formed scientific advisory board.

Clinical nutrition: FrieslandCampina Ingredients launches prototypes to tackle sarcopenia and malnutrition

11 Oct 2018 --- FrieslandCampina Ingredients has launched a range of five medical nutrition prototypes to address nutritional insufficiencies that arise from a disease, condition or aging. Presented at the Fi Asia in Jakarta last week, the range includes nutritionally-complete tube feed and drip feed solutions and well as three powder formats. As people live longer, the prevalence of disease is on the rise. As such, industry is seeing a growing demand for nutritional solutions that can support patients and help healthcare providers tackle the increasing range of health challenges.

Amino acid found to provide brief beneficial effects on blood glucose levels

11 Oct 2018 --- An amino acid, alanine, may produce a short-term lowering of glucose levels by altering energy metabolism in the cell, scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center have found. Type 2 diabetes is driven by many metabolic pathways, with some pathways driven by amino acids, the molecular building blocks for proteins. The findings, published in Molecular Metabolism, show that it may be possible to use specific nutrients to change metabolism in a cell.

Expanding probiotic potential: Bacillus found to curb Staphylococcus bacteria in NIH study

11 Oct 2018 --- A “good” bacterium commonly found in probiotic digestive supplements can help eliminate Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that can cause serious antibiotic-resistant infections. This is according to a new study by the US National Institutes of Health scientists (NIH) and researchers from Mahidol University and Rajamangala University of Technology in Thailand. This study is a key example of the growing interest in finding applications for probiotics beyond the familiar area of digestive health.

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