Nutrition & Health News

Protein supplementation doesn’t help to keep weight off after weight loss, study suggests

19 Sep 2017 --- Protein supplementation does not result in improved weight management success or blood biochemistry after weight loss compared with the effects of normal dietary protein intake. This is according to a study sponsored by the University of Copenhagen and collaborated on by Danish companies Arla Foods and Nupo A/S.

Body’s own fat metabolism fights against harmful effects of sugar, study finds

19 Sep 2017 --- Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have discovered a metabolite that reveals how the body's fat metabolism provides protection against the harmful effects of sugar. The researchers have indicated this has the potential to explain the chemical link between a low-carbohydrate diet and healthy aging.

Sabinsa granted US patent for synbiotic composition of shelf-stable probiotic and cranberry fibers

18 Sep 2017 --- Sabinsa has been granted a US patent on the company’s shelf-stable probiotic LactoSpore in combination with cranberry seed fibers. The granted patent (US9717766) discloses a method of increasing the viable colony count of Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 in a synbiotic composition containing natural plant fibers from Vaccinium oxycoccos (cranberry). The cranberry fibers in this composition were observed to increase the viable count of Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856.

Safe use of Olygose GOS supported by new peer-reviewed publications

18 Sep 2017 --- French natural ingredients manufacturer Olygose has announced that new peer-reviewed publications support the safe use of plant-based galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) from Olygose from infancy to older age.

Diet plays pivotal role in staying sharp as Alzheimer’s disease linked to nutritional problems

18 Sep 2017 --- Decreased glucose metabolism in medial prefrontal areas of the brain is associated with nutritional status in patients with prodromal and early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to results from a Multimodal Neuroimaging for AD Diagnosis (MULNIAD) study. Nutritional problems, especially weight loss, are commonly seen in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease; however, the underlying mechanisms are not well understood.
 

Landmark in calorie intake understanding as link to extended lifespan explained

18 Sep 2017 --- Researchers have found an explanation for why cutting calorie intake could dramatically extend lifespan in certain animal species. In work published online in Nature Communications, investigators at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) in Philadelphia, US, are the first to show that the speed at which the epigenome changes with age is associated with lifespan across species and that calorie restriction slows this process of change, potentially explaining its effects on longevity.

BASF enters personalized health analytics collaboration with Segterra

15 Sep 2017 --- BASF and Segterra have initiated a collaboration with BASF’s health ingredients brand, Newtrition, to provide personalized nutrition recommendations and scientific support for InsideTracker, an online platform developed by Segterra. InsideTracker is a platform for personalized health analytics in the US market. It is said to track and analyze blood biomarkers and applies algorithms and scientific databases to recommend personalized plans for optimizing an individual’s health.

Global Burden of Disease study links 1 in 5 deaths to poor diet

15 Sep 2017 --- Poor diet is linked to 1 in 5 deaths, with a high blood glucose, high blood pressure, high body mass index (BMI) and high total cholesterol all in the top ten leading risk factors for death globally. These are among the latest estimates for the state of the world's health by the Global Burden of Disease study (GBD), published in The Lancet. The authors note that the relatively poor track record for global dietary risk reduction might in part reflect low investment, as compared to curative health care, as well as the continuing challenges of improving many risky behaviors.

Artificial sweeteners linked to increased diabetes risk, ISA refutes small scale study

15 Sep 2017 --- New research presented this week at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Lisbon, Portugal, has suggested that consuming large amounts of artificial sweeteners may increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In response, the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) has issued a strongly-worded statement on the research saying that it “would like to draw attention to the overwhelming body of evidence, including from studies by the same Australian research team, showing that low-calorie sweeteners do not affect glucose control.”

Blood biomarkers prove pivotal role of food for diabetes risk

14 Sep 2017 --- Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found that several diet and nutrient biomarkers – molecules that can be measured in blood that are related to diet – are linked with both risk to have Type 2 diabetes and future risk of developing diabetes.

Fighting fatigue: Fortified watermelon juice found to improve exercise performance

14 Sep 2017 --- A recent study from Spain has shown that supplementation with watermelon juice enriched with l-citrulline (3.3g/200mL) and pomegranate ellagitannins (22 mg/200mL) had a beneficial effect on exercise performance in 19 young men.

Lack of fruit and vegetables puts Mexican-American children at risk of obesity

14 Sep 2017 --- Potential disparities in fruit and vegetable intake in Mexican-American children may mean that they are at greater risk for obesity and related health problems, new research suggests.

Cambridge Commodities launches mushroom vitamin D powder

14 Sep 2017 --- Nutritional ingredient supplier Cambridge Commodities has launched a mushroom-based vitamin D powder: VitaShroom D. VitaShroom D is produced exclusively for Cambridge Commodities in Europe where the mushrooms are grown, picked and powdered on the same site, meaning every step in the supply chain is controlled and traceable, the company reports. 

Yogurt found to boost mineral density in bones

14 Sep 2017 --- Yogurt is known as a rich source of calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, protein, branched-chain amino acids, bioactive peptides and probiotics – and all of these might contribute to musculoskeletal health, a study recently published in the Osteoporosis International journal has noted. 

Risk of heart disease in “food deserts” linked to income, rather than access to healthy food

14 Sep 2017 --- Cardiovascular disease risk is higher in people with a low income or who live in low-income neighborhoods regardless of their access to healthy food. This is according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

The seven steps to cognitive health, according to US advisory

13 Sep 2017 --- Cognitive health is a hot topic in the world of nutrition, and a leading US nonprofit heart health organization has given seven steps of advice focusing on the connection between heart and brain health. A new advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association has made it clear that a healthy lifestyle benefits the brain as much as the rest of the body and it may lessen the risk of cognitive decline with age.

Biochemists dip into the anti-diabetic benefits of olives and olive oil

13 Sep 2017 --- A research team at Virginia Tech university in the US has discovered that the olive-derived compound oleuropein helps the body secrete more insulin, the central signaling molecule in the body that controls metabolism. The same compound also detoxifies the signaling molecule amylin that over-produces and forms harmful aggregates in Type 2 diabetes, according to the study. In these two distinct ways, oleuropein has been found to help prevent the onset of disease.

Using seaweed to heal brain injuries: Researchers pioneer new technique

13 Sep 2017 --- Australian researchers have developed a new technique that can heal damaged brain tissue using the curative properties of seaweed. Working with Tasmanian biopharmaceutical company Marinova, the researchers combined a natural anti-inflammatory polysaccharide found in seaweed with short peptides to create the hydrogel scaffold that matches the structure of healthy brain tissue.

NuGo launches “first and only” gluten-free pea protein cookie

12 Sep 2017 --- NuGo Nutrition is expanding its line of products by launching NuGo Protein Cookies, which it calls the first and only gluten-free, vegan pea protein cookie. NuGo states in its press release that it is the first major protein bar brand to launch protein cookies. The baked cookies have a short list of clean, non-GMO ingredients with 16 grams of protein in every package, it adds.

Food Industry Asia seeks to drive food safety agenda in Greater Mekong Subregion

12 Sep 2017 --- Food Industry Asia (FIA) has pledged that it will support the six countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in building capacity and strengthening food safety systems across the region. Representing the private sector, FIA says it will bring together governments, policymakers and industry leaders through high-level dialogue to drive the food safety agenda.