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Mushrooms hold potential for prebiotic diabetes treatment, study finds

17 Aug 2018 --- Eating white button mushrooms can create subtle shifts in the microbial community in the gut, which could improve the regulation of glucose in the liver, according to a team of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences researchers. They also suggest that better understanding this connection between mushrooms and gut microbes in mice could one day pave the way for new diabetes treatments and prevention strategies for people.

Living by a forest diversifies kid’s micronutrient intake, study finds

17 Aug 2018 --- A global study has found that children who live near forests enjoy a better nutrition intake than those who live further away from them. The research, which was conducted across 27 developing countries, identified that children living by forests had at least 25 percent greater diversity in their diets compared to kids who did not. The study, published in Science Advances, notes particular nutrient increases with vitamin A and iron. The findings have the potential for actors attempting to lessen malnutrition through interventions such as fortification, by highlighting the benefit that could come from an integrated approach.

Weekly Roundup: US consumers rank clean water as top health desire, high protein diet reduces risk of diabetes for those with fatty liver

17 Aug 2018 --- The weekly roundup is NutritionInsight's collection of global nutrition stories from the past week. A Nestlé Waters commissioned survey found that clean water is the most important health factor to US consumers and a study found that increasing the amount of protein in the diet may reduce the risk of diabetes in people with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Australia based Freedom Foods acquired protein product brand Crankt to strengthen its position in the sports nutrition market. The European Commission (EC) approved an application from DSM Europe to rename the carotenoid zeaxanthin in the novel food register. CBI and Campden BRI are teaming up for a Colombian product development workshop and, lastly, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) announced eleven new additions to its membership ranks.

Molecular switch may serve as new target point for obesity and diabetes therapies, says study

16 Aug 2018 --- A mechanism of the PI3KC2A kinase enzyme may have significance for the future development of therapies against cancer, obesity and diabetes, research published in Molecular Cell has found. The study highlights how if specific signaling cascades are misregulated, diseases and metabolic disorders may occur. The identified mechanism may have a crucial influence on such signaling cascades.

ADM strengthens gut health strategy with US$235m Probiotics International acquisition

16 Aug 2018 --- Adding to a list of microbiome strategy investments, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has completed its acquisition of Probiotics International Limited (PIL) – known under its umbrella brand Protexin – in a US$235 million deal.

Omega 3 platforms: BASF targets Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease as scientific support behind intervention grows

16 Aug 2018 --- BASF is targeting Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) with Hepaxa, its first-to-market omega 3 product dedicated to the dietary management of the disease. Hepaxa increases the levels of fatty omega 3 acids in patients, which improves the liver's ability to process fat. Importantly, Hepaxa is manufactured using a patented purification technology which removes certain pollutants known to harm NAFLD patients. A recent meta-analysis of 18 studies, in part funded by BASF, has highlighted the importance of omega 3 intakes among people who have NAFLD.

Morning workout: Speed up your metabolism with breakfast, study suggests

15 Aug 2018 --- Eating breakfast before exercise may “prime” the body to burn carbohydrates during exercise and more rapidly digest, absorb and metabolize food after working out, University of Bath researchers have shown in a study published in American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Maple water: One to watch amid plant-based waters surge

15 Aug 2018 --- Plant-based waters are rising as a share of soft drink launches, with Innova Market Insights reporting a 25 percent CAGR in this emerging area of NPD between 2012 and 2017, compared with a 7 percent CAGR for the soft drinks category as a whole. Despite coconut water clearly leading the plant-based hydration category, 2017 saw 28 percent of the category launches from new plant-based waters, with maple water among the beverages within this category expansion, albeit from a small base.

Coca-Cola invests in Bodyarmor, challenges Pepsi’s sports drink dominance

15 Aug 2018 --- Coca-Cola is to acquire a minority ownership stake in Bodyarmor – a fast-growing line of premium sports performance and hydration beverages – in a move that signifies Coca-Cola’s challenge to the strong market player Gatorade, which is owned by Pepsi. Financial terms of the agreement, including the size of the acquired stake, have not been disclosed.

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.

Baobab resurgence? Things are looking up for the “upside down” tree

14 Aug 2018 --- The baobab superfruit has been enjoying an NPD resurgence, boosted by renewed interest in the digestive health and low GI space, as well its strong potential for use in the sports nutrition market. The superfood – which is touted as offering low GI appeal, a high dietary fiber content and for being rich in vitamin C – has seen annual growth of 53 percent, according to Innova Market Insights data. Speaking to NutritionInsight, Henry Johnson, baobab specialist at EcoProducts, details the growing array of applications for the superfood, as well as the economic ripening of the environment for market growth for baobab.

Pesticide Testing: NSF International updates dietary supplement certification standard

14 Aug 2018 --- NSF International and the NSF/ANSI 173 Joint Committee have updated the pesticide testing requirements included in NSF/ANSI 173, the only American National Standard for dietary supplements. A recent NSF study established chemical-specific pesticide limits for 185 pesticides that might be present in botanical ingredients used in dietary supplement ingredients.

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.

Packaging for pets: A walk in the park?

13 Aug 2018 --- Packaging for pets is big business – it is estimated to account for around five percent of the total European demand for flexible plastic-based packaging. It explains why many leading suppliers have designated pet packaging teams. The challenges are varied – from pet-specific considerations such as the need for industry-high hygiene, clean dispensing and shelf-life standards, to more general packaging focuses including brand appeal and sustainability demands. Three pet packaging specialists – Mondi, Constantia Flexibles and Amcor – speak to PackagingInsights about the challenges and latest solutions in pet packaging.

Evolva net loss narrows, on track to deliver on set targets

10 Aug 2018 --- Swiss-headquartered biotechnology and fermentation ingredient supplier Evolva has reported that product sales doubled, reaching CHF1.8 million (US$1.8 million) in the first half of 2018. Total revenues reached CHF3.8 million in the first half of 2018, up 6% on last year, while their net loss narrowed to CHF14.7 million (first half 2017 loss CHF20.3 million).

DSM enters UK distribution partnership with Salutivia

10 Aug 2018 --- Salutivia has been appointed as the UK distributor for DSM Nutritional Products within the food, nutrition and supplement markets for customers served through the DSM distributor supply chain.