Health & Nutrition News

Plant-based and dairy-free: Delivering on consumer taste and texture expectations

14 Aug 2018 --- The demand for dairy-free and plant-based products is growing. However, taste continues to reign supreme as consumers want dairy-free products but without budging on flavor or texture. Such demands have led to a range of R&D moves to overcome textural, stability and flavor challenges while aiming to keep ingredient lists as short as possible. NutritionInsight speaks to suppliers on how they are responding to the ever-expanding dairy-free trend, with a focus on plant-based protein and milk options. 

Sleep supplement: Som Sleep granted Non-GMO project status

14 Aug 2018 --- The market for sleep supplements in the booming supplement industry is huge, with Americans spending an estimated 41 billion dollars on sleep aids in 2015 alone. Som Sleep, who offer ready-to-drink supplements Som Sleep Original and Som Sleep Zero Sugar, report that the market is increasingly demanding naturalness and announce that Som Sleep has received official Non-GMO project status.

Protein boost for Boost: Nestlé ups the content in flagship “adult nutrition” product

14 Aug 2018 --- Nestlé’s flagship adult nutrition high protein drink, Boost, now packs an even bigger protein punch. The company has increased the protein content of Boost in the US from 15g per serving to 20g – a protein increase of 33 percent – in a bid to appeal to the 51 years and older demographic. The use of protein as a source of strength and recovery aid is no longer limited to marathon runners. This is clear as nutritional demands from the senior demographic spurs higher protein NPD.

Microbe colonization study could inspire better probiotics, claim researchers

13 Aug 2018 --- A novel approach to identify the genes that may be important to help microbes live successfully in the human gut has been identified by a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. The approach utilizes a technique called phylogenetic linear modeling, which has often been used in ecology, but rarely in genomics. The researchers hope that the findings could be important for the development of new therapies to maintain or improve gut health, such as the design of better probiotics.

UK women of childbearing age falling short on key micronutrient requirements, survey finds

13 Aug 2018 --- The micronutrient intake of women in their childbearing years, as well as young people in general, fall short in key micronutrients such as magnesium and selenium. UK researchers note that improvements in dietary quality are needed in young adulthood and mid-life. Alongside this, fortification and supplementation strategies may be considered to help adults achieve dietary targets at this life-stage when they should be at their “nutritional prime.”

GOS holds dietary fiber potential: FrieslandCampina eyes new applications

13 Aug 2018 --- FrieslandCampina is targeting the dietary fiber opportunity for its Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS). The move comes in response to the recent FDA green light on specific dietary fibers which presents new market opportunities and application areas. “There is a lot of interest in clean, green and label-friendly ingredients and fiber is one that they are looking for, but in good tasting applications. This really means a lot more flexibility for formulators to offer something that has both prebiotic and fiber benefits,” Sarah Staley of FrieslandCampina tells NutritionInsight on the topic of GOS as a trending prebiotic fiber.

Weekly roundup: Lycored awarded for campaign, Support for probiotics in countering depression

10 Aug 2018 --- This week, Lycored was awarded for their innovative #rethinkbeautiful campaign and Good in Bloom initiative, while a new study supports the hypothesis that the modification of microbial ecology in human gut by supplementing probiotics may be an alternative strategy to ameliorate or prevent depression.

Sodium guidelines under scrutiny: Only regions consuming over 5g a day should be targeted, concludes study

10 Aug 2018 --- A new study shows that for the vast majority of communities, sodium consumption is not associated with an increase in health risks except for those whose average consumption exceeds 5g/day (equivalent to 12.5g of salt, or 2.5 teaspoons). Communities with high average levels of sodium intake (above 5g/day) were mostly seen in China, with only about 15% of communities outside China exceeding this level of consumption. 

“A diverse diet may not be the healthiest one,” finds AHA review

09 Aug 2018 --- Encouraging people to eat a wide variety of foods to ensure they meet all their dietary needs may backfire, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) that provides an overview of recent scientific studies.

Is keto a no no? Trending diet leads to increased risk of diabetes, suggests animal study

09 Aug 2018 --- Trending ketogenic diets, which are low carbohydrate high fat eating plans that are known to lead to weight loss, may cause an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in the early stage of the diet, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology. Zurich-based researchers showed that even though ketogenic diet fed animals appear healthy in the fasted state, they exhibit decreased glucose tolerance to a greater extent than high carbohydrate, high fat, western style diet (HFD) fed animals.

Soy diets might increase women’s bone strength, suggests animal study

08 Aug 2018 --- Osteoporosis, decreased physical activity and weight gain are serious health concerns for postmenopausal women. Researchers from the University of Missouri now have discovered through a new animal study that soy protein found in food might counter the negative effects of menopause on bone and metabolic health. Moreover, the researchers believe that soy protein might also have positive impacts on bone strength for women who have not yet reached menopause.

Metabolic syndrome scores: Gender differences in low-calorie diet benefits

08 Aug 2018 --- A low-calorie diet causes different metabolic effects in women than in men, a new Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism study suggests. In the study of more than 2,000 overweight individuals with pre-diabetes who followed a low-calorie diet for 8 weeks, men lost significantly more body weight than women, and they had larger reductions in a metabolic syndrome score, a diabetes indicator, fat mass and heart rate. 

Montmorency tart cherries may help enhance gut health, finds small scale study

07 Aug 2018 --- Montmorency tart cherries may play a role in improving gut health, suggests a first-of-its-kind human trial of nine adults combined with a parallel laboratory study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. An international team of scientists found that Montmorency tart cherries helped to positively impact the gut microbiome – a collection of trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the intestinal tract. The study has been highlighted by the trade association The Cherry Marketing Institute.

Premixes: Strong potential for plant-based nutritionals and protein innovation

07 Aug 2018 --- The aging of the population, increasing scientific evidence of the benefits of nutritional supplementation and the trend toward foods and beverages rather than pills and capsules have led to increased consumer interest in the incorporation of nutrient premixes to support a healthy diet. “Consumers are doing everything they can to stay healthy so that they can stay out of the traditional healthcare system,” says Sam Wright IV, CEO at The Wright Group, which develops custom nutrient premixes, the enrichment of rice and grains, as well as the microencapsulation of vitamins, minerals and omega 3.

Crickets can be good for the gut, claims new clinical trial

06 Aug 2018 --- Consuming crickets can help support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and eating crickets is not only safe at high doses but may also reduce inflammation in the body, according to new research. "There is a lot of interest right now in edible insects," says lead author Valerie Stull. "It's gaining traction in Europe and in the U.S. as a sustainable, environmentally friendly protein source compared to traditional livestock."

Countering fussy eating: New app helps kids eat more vegetables

06 Aug 2018 --- A team of UK-based researchers has a developed a novel app for kids aimed at getting them to eat more healthily and try more vegetables. The app game, Vegetable Maths Masters is designed to expose children between the ages of 3 and 7 years old to vegetables via a mathematics gaming app where children can practice core maths skills developed in KS1. Depending on the child’s age they can count with vegetables, draw numbers with vegetables, add/ subtract with vegetables and practice multiplication and division skills.

Increased belly fat in older adults linked to cognitive impairment

06 Aug 2018 --- A higher waist to hip ratio has been linked to reduced cognitive function in older Irish adults (over 60 years of age) by a new study using data from over 5,000 individuals. These findings have significant implications as the global prevalence of dementia is predicted to increase from 24.3 million in 2001 to 81.1 million by 2040.

Gas sensing pill found to beat breath test diagnosis of gut disorders

03 Aug 2018 --- Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have created a swallowable sensor which is said to be 3,000 times more accurate than current technology used to diagnose many gut disorders. New trials of the device have shown that the gas-sensing capsule could surpass breath testing as the benchmark for diagnosing gut disorders, paving the way to solving previously undiagnosed conditions.

Australia’s Manildra Group launches low FODMAP flour

03 Aug 2018 --- Australian flour miller Manildra Group has launched a low FODMAP flour range, touted as being “the world’s first.” Tested by government-registered Australian certifier FODMAP Friendly with DTS laboratories, Lo-Fo Pantry Plain Flour has been approved for millions of Australians who suffer IBS-like abdominal symptoms but get no relief from a gluten-free diet. 

Weekly Roundup: Curcumin extract may prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, eggs recommended in early weaning

03 Aug 2018 --- The weekly roundup is NutritionInsight's collection of global nutrition stories from the past week. In research news, bioactive curcumin extract BCM-95 was noted for its role in preventing and treating Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), folic acid supplementation may be key to lowering the risk of language skill delays in children whose mothers take drugs for epilepsy and women appear to have a more considerable aversion to eating meat than men after seeing pictures of baby animals. Lastly, British Lion Eggs, a UK food safety scheme, notes that a UK government report has highlighted the benefits of feeding the allergenic foods of eggs and peanuts to babies from the age of six months old.