Health & Wellness

Gut appeal: Healthy microbiome thanks to food processing waste

15 Feb 2019 --- New research from Maastricht University (UM) has uncovered a novel use for waste from the food processing industry: boosting the microbiome. Using the TNO in vitro model of the colon (TIM-2), research by Carlota Bussolo de Souza has shown that fermenting fiber from fruit and vegetable peel can help improve the gut flora of people with obesity.

False energy boosting claims? Dextro Energy advert deemed misleading by UK advertising watchdog

15 Feb 2019 --- The UK’s advertising watchdog, Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has ruled that a recent advertisement for Dextro Energy Glucose Tablets wrongly implies that the product has energy boosting capabilities and exaggerates the product’s vitamin C content. An energy boosting claim would need to be authorized on the EU Register of nutrition and health claims made on foods to be allowed.

“Ready for the keto comeback”: Abitec Corporation pegs keto-friendly ingredient range

15 Feb 2019 --- Nutritional and functional lipids manufacturer Abitec Corporation is “close to launching” an MCT powder on a fiber carrier that will be keto friendly and dairy free. This comes as there is huge market potential for its portfolio of keto-friendly ingredients, as the diet’s popularity continues to spike.

Weekly roundup: Ulrick & Short launches “scilia” range of insoluble fiber, PURIS partners with Midwestern BioAg

15 Feb 2019 --- In nutrition news this week, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Director General, Dr. Shenggen Fan, has become a member of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Food Systems for Nutrition. Food Supplements Europe (FSE) welcomed leading European trade bodies AFEPADI, SANI, SFSA and SISTE, and Australia-based Swisse Wellness in order to make positive contributions to the supplement sector. PURIS has entered a partnership with Midwestern BioAg (MBA) to promote organic farming in the US and Ulrick & Short has launched “scilia”, a range of insoluble fiber ingredients.

Indena’s Centella Asiatica extract touted as beneficial for heart and skin health

14 Feb 2019 --- Botanical ingredients company Indena’s Centella asiatica extract holds potential in a wide range of medicinal applications in diabetic neuropathy, cardiovascular diseases and skin health. This is according to a new monograph by several researchers, commissioned by the company and coined “Centella asiatica: entering a new era” which takes note of the pre-clinical and clinical studies that confirm the plant’s properties for broader applications.

Resilient in nutrition: DSM reports “very strong” 2018, reveals €1 billion buyback strategy

14 Feb 2019 --- DSM has reported a “very strong year,” including robust Q4 figures, organic sales growth of 6 percent and adjusted EBITDA up 26 percent, including €290 million (US$327 million) due to temporary exceptional vitamin effects. With Q4 core profit topping expectations, the company has announced that it will buy back €1 billion in shares.

“Applying the modern technology of AI to the ancient practice of food”: Nuritas exec

14 Feb 2019 --- Unlike traditional biotechs and academics that have searched for life’s panacea in exotic and rare places, Irish biotech company Nuritas is unlocking life-changing molecules in commonly consumed, everyday staple foods. This is according to Neil Foster, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Nuritas, who spoke to NutritionInsight on the company’s expanding partnership list and how it’s pushing the innovation boat further than ever before.

“Aging well starts young”: Preventative approach widens NPD scope

14 Feb 2019 --- Health and wellness are important for consumers across all age groups and life stages, united by a common goal of “aging well.” The nutrition industry is increasingly approaching the topic of aging in a broad manner, tapping into a range of market areas from bone and joint health to energy and alertness. Long gone is a negative “anti-aging” philosophy and celebrated is an approach touting “positive aging” or “aging well,” according to industry experts.

Stressed cells for better beer? Cell manipulation may produce better yeast and benefit health

13 Feb 2019 --- Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have come up with a new method to study how single biological cells react to stressful situations. Understanding these responses could help develop more effective drugs for serious diseases, as well as improve a range of food ingredients, such as yeasts. The study has been published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

Foods to kill? Ultra-processed foods linked to increased mortality risk, study finds

13 Feb 2019 --- A 10 percent increase in the consumption of ultra-processed foods has been linked to a 14 percent increased risk in all-cause mortality, including obesity and cancer, according to a new Journal of the American Medical Association study. Published at a time when aspects such as fat, salt, sugar, and their impact on overall health, are under intense government and industry scrutiny, the study highlights the repercussions of a diet high in processed foods and their possible correlation with negative health outcomes.

First-ever International Food Safety Conference opens: Driving the food safety changes needed to fix food security

13 Feb 2019 --- “There is no food security without food safety” – that is the key message coming out of the inaugural International Food Safety Conference (IFSC) which begun in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), yesterday. In a bid to give the issue of food security the political attention it deserves, delegates from around 130 countries – including health and agriculture ministers, leading scientific experts and representatives of consumers, food producers and distributors – are gathering on the world stage to drive the changes needed to improve food safety. The idea is to align strategies across sectors and borders, reinforcing efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and supporting the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. These include cutting the risks of foodborne diseases on an international level with the ultimate aim to ensure safe, nutritional and sustainable food availability.

Rooting out the “bad actors”: US FDA promises sweeping regulatory changes for dietary supplements

12 Feb 2019 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to significantly “modernize” dietary supplement regulations, in an attempt to root out “bad actors” that distribute and sell dangerous products. Promised to be the most “significant modernizations” in 25 years, announced steps will seek to ensure that the US regulatory framework is flexible enough to adequately evaluate product safety while also promoting innovation, developing new enforcement strategies and engaging in a dialogue with dietary supplement stakeholders.

Algatech launches potent astaxanthin in whole-food format

11 Feb 2019 --- Israeli-based Algatechnologies has launched AstaPure Arava, an all-natural, algae complex that contains naturally occurring constituents of the Haematococcus Pluvialis algae. The company claims that this species of microalgae is the “richest known source of astaxanthin” and its properties are supported by research from NIS Labs, a research institute based in the US. Led by Dr. Gitte Jensen, the research has shown that Arava algae powder is highly potent and has the synergistic effects of natural astaxanthin and the whole-algae complex.

Consuming sodium may increase dizziness, not alleviate it, study finds

11 Feb 2019 --- Contrary to popular belief, a higher intake of sodium can increase lightheadedness instead of alleviating it. This is according to a new study from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), which examined the link between sodium intake and lightheadedness as part of the DASH-Sodium trial (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, the results challenge traditional ways of tackling low blood pressure-related dizziness.

“Authentic ashwagandha”: Sabinsa’s adaptogen complies with USP authenticity test

11 Feb 2019 --- Sabinsa’s Shagandha Ashwagandha Root Extract 2.5 percent from Withania somnifera has been found to comply with the US Pharmacopoeia-National Formulary (USP-NF) monograph, confirming its authenticity. The company chose botanical specialist Alkemist Labs to test the ingredient. Ashwagandha’s growing popularity makes caution in sourcing crucial to guard against the adulteration that often follows rapid growth in demand for a herb, according to Sabinsa Founder Dr. Muhammed Majeed.

Fermented cannabinoid development green light: Amyris lands US$255m deal

08 Feb 2019 --- Sustainable ingredients company Amyris Inc. has signed a binding term sheet with an unnamed partner in an agreement valued at US$255 million for the development, licensing and commercialization of a new fermented cannabinoid. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of March after which development of the cannabinoid will immediately begin. The commercialization of the cannabinoid products is reportedly expected within the next 18-24 months, assuming appropriate regulatory approvals.

Quick and clean brain boosters: New flavors added to high caffeine gummy lineup

08 Feb 2019 --- Seattle Gummy Company (SGC) has added two new flavors to its high caffeine gummy lineup following improved formulations that provide an alternative to energy drinks. As trends towards coffee flavors continue to gather pace, alongside demand for brain boosting clean label products, the company has expanded its Mocca Shots High Caffeine Gummies to include Dutch chocolate and mint chocolate flavors.

Set pulses racing: World Pulses Day 2019 celebrates nutritional and sustainable “superfoods”

08 Feb 2019 --- The first-ever World Pulses Day will take place this weekend on February 10. Following the success of the 2016 International Year of the Pulse, the UN-declared global one-day event is now an annual opportunity to celebrate pulses, the superfood category that includes dry peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans. The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council (USADPLC) and the American Pulse Association (APA) are supporting the occasion with global events as pulses continue to reign supreme in the plant-based food sectors, on nutritional and sustainability grounds.

Weekly roundup: Lonza expands Canadian distribution agreement with Quadra, BioIberica introduces corporate rebranding

08 Feb 2019 ---This week in nutrition, Lonza expanded its distribution agreement with Quadra Chemicals Ltd (Quadra) in Canada. Probiotic brand Culturelle and Persona Nutrition have partnered to deliver the Culturelle probiotic through Persona’s personalized nutrition program. ESI Nutrition – Laïta’s new nutrition division – is highlighting its capabilities in the MENA region to develop and launch infant nutrition products. Lastly, Nuherbs is marking its 40th year as an importer of Chinese herbal formulas and premium Chinese herbs.

Rapeseed study paves way for use as an alternative protein source

07 Feb 2019 --- Rapeseed’s potential as a high-quality protein source has often been overlooked because of the seed’s intense bitter taste. This bitter taste has prohibited its use in food applications – until now. A team of researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has identified the substance responsible for rapeseed’s bitterness. The discovery could signal the development of rapeseed as an important protein source suitable for human consumption.

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