Health & Wellness

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.

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.

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.

Tackling global malnutrition: DSM and WFP extend partnership

10 Oct 2018 --- DSM has extended its long-standing partnership with the World Food Program (WFP) for a further three years until 2021. The partnership between the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger and the world’s largest producer of vitamins and micronutrients is set to continue.

Good news for nuts: Asian consumers are increasingly snacking to manage their mood, research finds 

09 Oct 2018 --- Consumers within Asia are increasingly snacking as a way to manage their mood, according to a research report on the most prominent snacking trends within Asia, released by the Australian Macadamia industry. Conducted by independent research agency Galileo Kaleidoscope across multiple markets, the research report shows that consumers are snacking to destress or unwind, to enhance a social engagement, or as a pick-me-up for energy.

Glucose metabolism boosted by whole grain consumption, study finds

09 Oct 2018 --- A high intake of whole grains has been found to increase the levels of betaine compounds in the body which, in turn, is associated with improved glucose metabolism, a University of Eastern Finland study has found. The study sheds light on the cell level effects of a whole grain-rich diet, and thereby help in the development of increasingly healthy food products.

Protein drink innovation: FrieslandCampina DMV launches “ultra-clean” whey protein isolate

08 Oct 2018 --- FrieslandCampina Ingredients DMV has launched an “ultra-clean” whey protein isolate. The company touts Nutri Whey Isolate as representing an exciting new proposition: a pure, clean-tasting, nutritionally balanced protein that can deliver unprecedented clarity in protein water and clear drinks applications. This is the first time that FrieslandCampina Ingredients DMV has offered a whey protein isolate. The drivers behind its move into this ingredient space are proprietary R&D advancements that have yielded a minimally-processed, high-performance isolate, coupled with a desire to meet the latest market needs for high protein products.

SternVitamin to present micronutrient premixes for individual health concepts at SSW

08 Oct 2018 --- At this year’s SupplySide West (SSW) in Las Vegas, SternVitamin will be showcasing a range of micronutrient premixes for different target groups and life situations to show manufacturers of beverages, foods and nutritional supplements how to generate value-added potential with special product concepts.

Weekly Roundup: Nuritas to present at AI in Pharma Summit, processed meat may increase breast cancer risk

08 Oct 2018 --- This week, a study has identified a link between processed meat consumption and higher breast cancer risk, while vitamin D insufficiency was linked with earlier death in older Thai men. Potentially high levels of sugar were flagged in Kellogg's Nutri-Grain breakfast product. Biotechnology company Nuritas is to present and host an interactive workshop with global pharmaceutical industry leaders at the annual AI in Pharma Summit 2018 this week. Spanish supermarket chain EROSKI has participated in the Global Social Economy international meeting to underline its commitment to a healthier and more sustainable diet.

Food fortification may not be a silver bullet, but it is a strong instrument against malnutrition

05 Oct 2018 --- Malnutrition is an umbrella term which includes undernutrition, such as stunting and micronutrient deficiency, as well as obesity, overnutrition and non-communicable diseases. Accessible and cheap interventions, such as the fortification of staple foods with essential nutrients, seek to address micronutrient deficiencies, which is just one type of malnutrition. NutritionInsight speaks to key players in the field to gauge the impact food fortification can have on malnutrition, on both a large and small scale.

Coca-Cola’s health push continues with acquisition of Australia’s Made Group 

05 Oct 2018 --- Australian beverages manufacturer and distributor Coca-Cola Amatil and The Coca-Cola Company are to jointly acquire a 45 percent minority interest in Australia-based Made Group. The acquisition is the Coca-Cola Company’s latest move toward realizing a portfolio that includes a variety of healthy options. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Trans fats: European proposal sets limits at 2g per 100g of fat

05 Oct 2018 --- The European Commission has published its draft Commission Regulation to limit trans fats in foods, other than those naturally occurring in animal fat, sold in the EU to a maximum of 2g per 100g of fat. The move follows on from both the US and Canada introducing varying legislations that limit the potentially harmful ingredient in recent months.

DolCas Biotech to launch organic olive tree ingredient in US

04 Oct 2018 --- DolCas Biotech has partnered with Morocco-based olive oil manufacturer Atlas Olive Oils to become sole US distributor and trade-name holder for TruOliv, an organic, kosher and halal-certified extract of true olive fruits and leaves, with scientific support for its benefits to human health.

Can biofortification fill the micronutrient deficiency void? With more research it just might

04 Oct 2018 --- Despite obesity and the overconsumption of processed foods having become pertinent problems around the globe, large populations still suffer from micronutrient deficiency. To address this pressing problem, the biofortification of crops is being put forward by industry and intergovernmental agencies such as the UN FAO as a viable and cost-effectiveness strategy. In this space, USDA agricultural researchers are now seeking to enhance the minerals of wheat flours to help people around the world get more iron.

CBD infused cinnamon roll? New York expansion for Cannabis brand Toast Holdings

04 Oct 2018 --- -Toast Holdings, Inc., the parent company of luxury Cannabis brand Toast, is launching a new line of CBD oils: Toast CBD Oil Original and Toast CBD Oil Cold Pressed Orange. Toast CBD Oil is an all-natural, full-spectrum hemp extract oil that delivers varying potencies of CBD, which is said to help balance mood, relieve post-exercise pain and calm temporary anxiety. The range of CBD Oils will be launched through New York restaurant by Chloe and will feature in a range of treats.