Health & Wellness

Satiety: Mushrooms may trump meat in helping to feel fuller for longer

19 Oct 2017 --- If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then a new Mushroom Council-funded study suggests mushrooms may be one of the most important ingredients. The study on satiety, published in the October issue of the journal Appetite, indicates that eating a mushroom-rich breakfast may result in less hunger and a greater feeling of fullness after a mushroom breakfast compared to a meat breakfast.

Health claims on snack bar packaging lead to better consumer sensory acceptance: study

19 Oct 2017 --- A study looking into the influence of package and health-related claims on perception and sensory acceptability of snack bars has found that when health claims were given to consumers, a better sensory acceptance was observed. Among other findings, package attributes, price and flavor were also highlighted on purchase intention of bars.

Golden opportunities: SternLife taps into turmeric trend with drinks and capsules

19 Oct 2017 --- SternLife has launched two curcuma latte options, aimed at fitness-minded and health-conscious aficionados, as well as curcuma capsules that help with weight management. 

European parents increasingly turning to charities for meals, survey reveals

19 Oct 2017 --- A new survey by commissioned by Kellogg, has revealed that families are struggling to afford a balanced and healthy diet, and are increasingly reliant on Breakfast Clubs, foodbanks and charities, especially during school holidays. 

CoffeeFruit Pure and Ingredients By Nature sign supplier agreement

18 Oct 2017 --- CoffeeFruit Pure, maker of “pure and sustainable” antioxidant ingredients, has announced its partnership with Ingredients By Nature, which it describes as “a leading manufacturer of innovative, science-based ingredients and ingredient solutions.” The partnership makes CoffeeFruit Pure the exclusive supply source of premium coffee fruit for Ingredients By Nature.

Rhodiola rosea botanical’s authenticity issues laid bare in new bulletin

17 Oct 2017 --- The Botanical Adulterants Program, run by organizations including the American Botanical Council (ABC), has announced the publication of a new Botanical Adulterants Bulletin (BAB) on Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea). The bulletin details authenticity issues in the rhodiola trade.

Spotting the trends: Nexira explores natural ingredients with sought-after health benefits

16 Oct 2017 --- FODMAP friendly, vegan and flexitarian are no longer small niche markets; they are significant trends and their “claims” are being required more and more by end consumers in the US, the EU and the rest of the world. This is according to Julie Imperato, Nexira’s Marketing Manager.

Layn “adopts” monk fruit under American Botanical Council program

16 Oct 2017 --- Layn, a natural ingredients company headquartered in Shanghai, China, has adopted monk fruit (Siraitia grosvenorii) through the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) Adopt-an-Herb Program. Through its adoption, Layn says it helps ABC expand its nonprofit educational mission and keep its unique HerbMedPro database updated with the latest scientific and clinical research on monk fruit.

Plant power: Legume protein aids in fight against hunger and global warming

16 Oct 2017 --- An increase in growing and consuming legumes in Europe would contribute to improving worrying problems in the world such as hunger and global warming, according to scientists of the European Research Project “TRansition paths to sUstainable legume-based systems in Europe” (TRUE). The study results draw attention to the link in the food system between better nutrition and a lower agricultural impact on the environment.

Naturex and Milne partner on Concord grape extract research and commercialization

16 Oct 2017 --- Naturex’s Open Innovation Program Ingenium has led to the signing of a collaboration agreement with Milne Fruit Products, Inc. to jointly fund human clinical research utilizing Milne’s Concord grape aqueous extract. Concord grape (Vitis labrusca) is a North American fruit, whose unique grapes are rich in health-promoting polyphenols. The natural specialty ingredients supplier launched the open innovation program in March 2016 with the aim of advancing technological breakthroughs and accelerating the introduction of new products through external collaborations. 

Eat your broccoli: study suggests vegetable may help to promote healthy gut

13 Oct 2017 --- A further potential benefit of broccoli has been discovered by researchers: the vegetable may also help promote a healthy gut by activating an important receptor locally in the gut.

Fucose sugar may help prevent liver cancer from spreading

13 Oct 2017 --- Researchers at the RIKEN Global Research Cluster in Japan have discovered a way in which fucose sugar can prevent the spread of cancer in the liver. Published in the journal Cell Chemical Biology, the study details how treatment with a modified fucose sugar can disrupt a biological pathway, which in turn blocks hepatoma – cancer cells in the liver – from invading healthy liver cells.

Latest boost for plant-based protein as Quorn products show muscle benefits

12 Oct 2017 --- Protein found in Quorn meat-free foods may be just as beneficial for muscles as animal proteins, new research funded by Quorn Foods suggests. News of the successful study is the latest to highlight a rosy future for plant-based proteins in the food and beverage marketplace.

Zoganic launches new range of non-GMO functional supplement beverages

11 Oct 2017 --- Zoganic has launched an innovative range of functional supplement beverages which provide essential ingredients that can be mixed right into water. Serving as not only a tasty water enhancement, Zoganic is ideal for people who want optimal health to fit into their busy, on-the-go lives. Each flavor has been specifically formulated with all natural, Non-GMO verified ingredients to help increase Wellness, Immunity, Energy and Digestion, the company reports.

Sami-Sabinsa Group opens second extraction plant to meet demand for curcumin ingredient

11 Oct 2017 --- Sabinsa’s parent company Sami Labs, which manufactures and markets phytonutrients and standardized herbal extracts, specialty fine chemicals and organic intermediates used in the nutritional, pharmaceutical and food industries, last week inaugurated a second Continuous Extraction Plant to meet demand for Curcumin C3 Complex. 

Cooke to acquire Omega Protein Corp amid diversification strategy

10 Oct 2017 --- Cooke Inc., a New Brunswick company and parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., and Omega Protein Corporation, a nutritional product company and a leading integrated provider of specialty oils and specialty protein products, have entered into a definitive agreement under which Cooke will acquire all outstanding shares of Omega Protein for US$22 per share in cash.

Dietary potassium may protect against calcification of arteries

10 Oct 2017 --- Foods that are rich in potassium, such as bananas and avocados, may help protect against pathogenic vascular calcification, also known as hardening of the arteries. This is according to University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers who have shown that reduced dietary potassium promotes elevated aortic stiffness in a mouse model, as compared with normal-potassium-fed mice. Such arterial stiffness in humans is predictive of heart disease and death from heart disease, and it represents an important health problem for the nation as a whole.

Carbohydrate innovation: Tomorrow’s sweeteners

09 Oct 2017 --- Growing calls for sugar reduction are leading to development and innovation in the carbohydrate space, where new sweeteners are being discovered and marketed at an ever-greater frequency. At the same time, more specialized diets such as low GI and low CARB have been gaining attention in new product marketing. One of the latest trending diets is low FODMAP (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols), which is suitable for those with an irritable bowel.

Reducing visibility among suggestions to minimize consumption of energy drinks

09 Oct 2017 --- Researchers have compiled qualitative data about energy drink intake to learn how to curb consumption. The study provides unique insights into intervention strategies suggested by young people themselves to reduce consumption of energy drinks. In addition to more research and education, these strategies include policy changes targeting energy drink sales, packaging, price and visibility.

Evolva seeks to raise CHF80m for R&D boost, may seek debt financing

06 Oct 2017 --- Swiss health, wellness and nutrition ingredients company Evolva has announced plans to raise approximately CHF80 million (US$81.7 million) gross proceeds in two separate equity transactions. Swiss asset manager Pictet Asset Management SA and British investment firm Cologny Advisors LLP have committed, subject to certain conditions, to subscribe for shares in a private placement. Evolva now plans to carry out a discounted rights offering in early November 2017.