Health & Wellness

A pinch of salt? UK health report reflects “mixed progress” by food industry on salt reduction

19 Dec 2018 --- Public Health England (PHE) has described the results of its first salt reduction report as a “mixed picture,” with just over half of salt reduction targets being met by the food industry. Companies were asked to meet average and maximum targets for salt content per 100g, with the maximum targets ranging from 0.13g in canned vegetables, to 3.75g in curry pastes. The foods covered by the program provide more than half the salt in the nation’s diet.

“Landmark day”: GSK and Pfizer to form new Consumer Healthcare Joint Venture

19 Dec 2018 --- Pharma heavyweights GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) and Pfizer Inc. have reached an agreement to combine the two companies’ consumer health businesses into a “new world-leading” Joint Venture, with combined sales of approximately £9.8 billion (US$12.7 billion). As a result of this JV, GSK intends to split into two businesses in the next three years – for prescription drugs and vaccines and for OTC products, including vitamin and mineral supplements. GSK is to hold a majority controlling equity interest of 68 percent, while Pfizer will have an equity interest of 32 percent in the Joint Venture.

“No added sugar” claims to be removed from several products in The Netherlands

19 Dec 2018 --- Seven manufacturers and retailers will have to remove “no added sugar” claims from several of their products sold in the Netherlands. The Dutch Advertising Authority (RCC) reviewed complaints filed by industry watchdog Foodwatch and has ruled certain “no added sugar” claims to be false. The products in question contain sweeteners like date paste, apple juice concentrate and sugar beet syrup, which Foodwatch deems to be as harmful as sugar.

Not just for pregnant women: Folate deficiencies can cause irreversible DNA damage across demographics, study warns

18 Dec 2018 --- Folate deficiency creates more problems in connection with DNA replication than previously assumed, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have reported. The findings show that once a person is folate deficient, the “chromosomal abnormalities” and damage caused cannot be reversed. The research widens the scope of people who should be aware of their folate consumption from pregnant women to all demographics, especially in regions where the supply of folate in the food supply may be low.

“Super water”: Flow Alkaline Spring Water launches CBD infused beverages

18 Dec 2018 --- Flow Alkaline Spring Water, a Canadian brand of spring water, has launched a line of Cannabidiol (CBD) infused beverages called Flow Glow, that are touted by the company as having antioxidant properties. According to a survey conducted by the company, 67 percent of Canadians are interested in consuming CBD at some point in the future.

Eisai enters deal with Eurofarma for its “holy grail” weight-loss agent for the Brazilian market

17 Dec 2018 --- Eisai has granted Brazilian pharmaceutical company Eurofarma the exclusive marketing and development rights for lorcaserin, an anti-obesity agent, in Brazil. Eisai reports the move will provide the means to leverage Eurofarma’s strong business foundation throughout Latin America to accelerate the delivery of lorcaserin to more patients.

Obesity-related cancer cases on the rise, study finds

14 Dec 2018 --- Excess body weight was responsible for roughly 4 percent of cancers worldwide in 2012, and that number is likely to rise, an American Cancer Society peer-reviewed study has found. The report says that calorific, nutrient-poor food and physically inactive lifestyles are driving up the percentage of overweight people worldwide and promoting noncommunicable diseases, including cancer. By contrast, smoking and infection-related cancers, on the other hand, have reached a plateau or decreased in prevalence.

Weekly Roundup: Low risk of hospitalization for moderate alcohol drinkers

14 Dec 2018 --- In nutrition research this week, a study has found that the relationship between poverty and obesity is about 30 years old, only becoming observable in the early 1990s. Secondly, moderate alcohol drinkers, in the general framework of the Mediterranean diet principles, have a lower risk of being hospitalized compared to heavier drinkers, but also to the teetotallers. Lastly, a large three-generational study from Stockholm University has found that a paternal grandfather's access to food during his childhood is associated with mortality risk, especially cancer mortality, in his grandson.

DuPont Nutrition & Health synbiotic touted to reduce health risks linked to obesity

14 Dec 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health’s Howaru Shape synbiotic may help reduce health risks for overweight consumers, according to a recent clinical study on synbiotic dietary supplements. Howaru Shape combines the benefits of a probiotic with prebiotic fiber and is touted as capable of improving metabolic health and promoting weight loss.

Fast-growing pharmaceuticals: Roquette acquires majority stake in Crest Cellulose

13 Dec 2018 --- Roquette has acquired a majority stake in Crest Cellulose, a major pharma packaging company in India from Pravesha Industries. As a supplier in plant-based ingredients for food, nutrition and health markets, Roquette says the move will reinforce its position as a major supplier to the pharmaceutical industry and strengthen its position in Asia and India, which are both key markets for the company in the fast-growing generic pharmaceutical sector.

Allergen labeling: Coop rolls out NiceLabel solution across bakeries, strengthening traceability and food safety

12 Dec 2018 --- Swiss retailer Coop is collaborating with developer of label design software NiceLabel to enhance the company’s labeling processes at its factories and in-store bakeries. The system helps food & beverage manufacturers to meet regulatory and regional label requirements and improves food safety. It comes as industry reviews labeling allergens in the wake of two allergy-related deaths of Pret a Manger customers and while an increasing amount of global consumers are reportedly suffering from food allergies.

“Triple burden of nutrition” a cause for concern in Europe and Central Asia, FAO report finds

12 Dec 2018 --- More than 14 million adults and 4.7 million children in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) suffer from “severe food insecurity,” as highlighted in a report released this week by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The region has made good progress on eradicating hunger but continues to be thwarted by the persistence of the triple burden of malnutrition – overweight and obesity in combination with undernourishment and micronutrient deficiencies. Largely, populations suffering from undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are located in Central Asia and the Caucaus, while European countries are afflicited by overnutrition issues.

Low salt diet benefits women more than men, study suggests

12 Dec 2018 --- Following a low salt diet is more effective in lowering blood pressure in women than men, according to a study from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Even though the levels of salt retention are similar in both sexes, the researchers found that blood pressure was more elevated in females.

Big data in healthcare: New tool can extend prediction time for diabetic remission after bariatric surgery

11 Dec 2018 --- The standard bariatric surgery clinical scoring system (DiaRem) has been updated by researchers so that it can extend the prediction time for diabetic remission following surgery from one to five years. Led by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of Negev in Israel, the process is an example of how big data can be used for healthcare.

Lonza to establish strategic biomanufacturing base in China

10 Dec 2018 --- GE Healthcare is to develop a biologics facility for Lonza in Guangzhou, China, as part of a recently inked agreement. The facility is part of a larger biomanufacturing initiative between GE Healthcare and Guangzhou Development District (GDD). For the project to progress, Lonza will sign a memorandum of understanding with GDD. The new facility will give Lonza Pharma & Biotech a strategic base in China to respond to growing demand for high-quality CDMO services in the country.

New research links gut microbiome to ethnicity

07 Dec 2018 --- The gut microbiome is closely linked to overall health and may vary according to ethnicity, joint research between Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, and the University of Minnesota, US, has found. However, the researchers point out that although foods and supplements that target the microbiome are currently gaining popularity, more research is needed to pinpoint what exactly constitutes a healthy gut microbiome.

Avoiding drug-nutrient interaction: Persona launches novel analysis portal

07 Dec 2018 --- Persona, a personalized nutrition platform, has launched Vitamin Packs Pro, a portal for nutritional assessment and dietary supplement analysis. The new portal enables healthcare practitioners to quickly cross-reference and assess over 650 prescription medications to gain insights into how to avoid drug-nutrient interactions, according to the company.

Hazelnuts found to improve magnesium and vitamin E levels in older adults

07 Dec 2018 --- Older adults who consumed hazelnuts for a few months significantly improved their levels of two key, underconsumed micronutrients, according to research from Oregon State University. The small-scale study, partly funded by the Hazelnut Marketing Board of Oregon, saw 32 people age 55 and older eat about 57 grams of hazelnuts daily for 16 weeks. This resulted in increased blood concentrations of magnesium and elevated urinary levels of a breakdown product of alpha tocopherol, commonly known as vitamin E.

Weekly Roundup: Codex Alimentarius Committee on Nutrition to develop prioritization process, Vitamin C recommended for pregnant smokers

07 Dec 2018 --- This week in nutrition, a study found that vitamin C may reduce the harm done to lungs in infants born to mothers who smoke during their pregnancy. Sabinsa Japan Corp. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support Sabinsa’s expansion in Japan. The Codex Alimentarius Committee on Nutrition is to develop a new prioritization process, to support countries seeking clarification about the regulation of the global trade in nutrition products.

Under plant-based pressure: “Plenty of room on the shelf,” say dairy ingredient suppliers

06 Dec 2018 --- Interest in plant-based nutrition is showing no signs of slowing down, with The Plant Kingdom being one of Innova Market Insights’ Top Trends for 2019. Plant-based options are flourishing in a range of categories, with dairy alternatives, for example, on the rise. But what will this plant-centered NPD boom spell for dairy suppliers, as consumer interest turns toward the ever-growing range of non-dairy options? At HiE 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, NutritionInsight spoke with a number of dairy ingredients suppliers to hear their views on plant-based NPD growth and how it will impact the dairy ingredients sector.

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