Health & Wellness

Scientists Urge US Government to Meet Compliance Deadline for Nutrition Labels

22 May 2017 --- As US food industry groups continue to urge the government to delay the July 2018 compliance date for the updated nutrition facts label, consumer advocacy group and non-profit watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) claims that more than 40 scientists and researchers from across the country are calling for the date to stand.

No Such Thing as “Healthy Obesity”: Study

22 May 2017 --- “Healthy” obese people are still at higher risk of heart failure or stroke than the general population, according to research by scientists at the University of Birmingham. The results indicate that the concept of “healthy obesity” – a condition characterized by having normal markers of metabolic health despite a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more – is, in fact, a myth.

Grilling or Microwaving Best Ways to Preserve Nutritional Value of Mushrooms

22 May 2017 --- A study by Spanish researchers has shown that microwaving and grilling are the best way to prepare mushrooms in terms of maintaining their nutritional profile. Mushrooms are considered valuable health foods, since they have a significant amount of dietary fiber and are poor in calories and fat. Moreover, they have a good protein content (20-30% of dry matter) which includes most of the essential amino acids.

Syndicate Invests $26.7m in Microbiome Therapeutics Company BiomX

19 May 2017 --- A global syndicate which includes corporate venture funds Seventure Partners, Takeda Ventures and Johnson and Johnson Development Corporation has announced a $26.7 million (€24 million) investment in Israeli microbiome therapeutics company BiomX. 

Pesticide-Free Moringa Among NP Nutra Product Launches

16 May 2017 --- Botanical ingredients supplier Nature’s Power Nutraceuticals (NP Nutra) has announced the launch of four new products: Moringa Leaf Powder (organic), Cayenne Powder (organic), Grape Juice Powder (organic) and Oregano Leaf P.E. 5:1. The company reported that Moringa Leaf Powder “is a very welcome and long sought-after addition to NP Nutra’s organic line of products, Nutra Organics.” Moringa is a nutrition powerhouse containing antioxidant compounds quercetin and chlorogenic acid and is known for its energy and endurance-promoting qualities.

Despite Abundance of Information, Many Americans Still Doubt Nutritional Choices: Survey

16 May 2017 --- Americans are consuming food information from more sources than ever before, yet our nutritional literacy is sorely lacking — and our health may be suffering as a result. Those are among the findings of the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 12th Annual Food and Health Survey.

Effects of Global Warming Extend to Gut Microbiota, Researchers Find

15 May 2017 --- The deleterious effects of climate change on bacterial species composing the gut microbiota of a lizard have been demonstrated by researchers from the Evolution and Biological Diversity laboratory in Toulouse, the Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station and the University of Exeter in Great Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution will be publishing this work, which highlights the need to better understand the effects of climate on ecological relationships between species—and thereby adopt more appropriate measures for their protection.

Yogurt Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk of Osteoporosis

15 May 2017 --- A new study by researcher from Trinity College in Dublin has found positive correlation between yogurt consumption and bone health. Considered the largest observational study of dairy intake and bone and health to date, the researchers found that higher hip bone density and a significantly reduced risk of osteoporosis in older populations was associated with an increased yogurt consumption after taking into account traditional risk factors. The study is further evidence to support the idea that dairy products contain valuable nutrients for the maintenance of bone health. 

Nutrients in Discarded food Could Help Americans Meet Daily Requirements

15 May 2017 --- Discarded food contains a significant amount of nutrients that could be used to help many Americans meet daily requirements, according to a new study. It is estimated that around 1,217 calories per person per day are squandered as a result of food waste in the US. The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, looks beyond the caloric value of food waste and focuses on the nutritional value of the food we throw away. Investigators found that discarded food contains large amounts of key nutrients like vitamin D, fiber and potassium that could help people get the food they need to meet their daily recommended intake.

Turmeric and Curcumin: Standout Trend at Vitafoods 2017

12 May 2017 --- One of the standout trends at Vitafoods 2017 was the rise of products featuring turmeric and its derivative, curcumin. “The market for turmeric is blooming,” Alexis Manfre, Nutrition and Health Category Manager at Naturex, tells NutritionInsight. “Turmeric has become the botanical superstar [globally]. If you look at the European market, the recent growth in the last year is 30 to 40%.” 

Study Beefs Up Knowledge on Protein Hunger Controlling Brain Cells

12 May 2017 --- The brain controls our feelings of hunger and also determines the types of nutrients we should be seeking out, which explains why we sometimes crave a steak or a burger. Not much is understood about the brain's regulation of nutrient-specific hunger, but in a new study published in Science, researchers identified the brain cells in fruit flies that regulate protein hunger and were able to control those cells, affecting what the animals ate. 

Zinc Acetate May Speed Up Recovery Rate From Common Cold

12 May 2017 --- Zinc acetate lozenges may increase the rate of recovery from the common cold threefold, according to a meta-analysis of three randomized controlled trials published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. On the fifth day, 70% of the zinc lozenge patients had recovered compared with 27% of the placebo patients.

Phytosterols Study Points to Healthcare Cost Savings Through Supplementation

11 May 2017 --- There is mounting evidence that billions of euros worth of healthcare costs associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) could be avoided through more widespread food supplementation among target populations across the EU. A new study commissioned by Food Supplements Europe (FSE) has found that savings of €5.3 billion a year could be generated through the daily consumption of 1.7g of phytosterols by the millions of adults aged 55 and over in the EU with severe hypercholesterolemia.

Pre-Prepared Foods Biggest Source of Sodium: Study

11 May 2017 --- Restaurant foods and commercially processed foods sold in stores accounted for about 70 percent of dietary sodium intake in a study in three US regions, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Sodium is an important contributor to high blood pressure, one of the leading causes of heart attack and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day, which is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of salt. 

Research Institutes Explore Development of Microalgae as Source of Omega 3

11 May 2017 --- Wageningen University & Research is working together with other research institutes and companies in the EU project PUFAChain, to develop a robust scientific and technological basis for the industrial development of high-value products from microalgae. Algae are an important source of omega 3 for fish, which cannot produce these fatty acids by themselves. Omega 3 fatty acids play an important role in our diets in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and for normal vision and brain functions. We eat (oily) fish products or use pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements based on fish oil for this purpose. 

Choice of Fat Can Explain Epigenetic Changes, Study Finds

11 May 2017 --- A new study shows that the choice of fat causes epigenetic changes which in turn could contribute to differences in fat storage. Previous research had already demonstrated that saturated fat is more fattening and less muscle building than polyunsaturated fats, but Swedish researchers have now studied the epigenetic changes in the study participants’ fat tissue, through biopsies taken before and after the project and found that the epigenetic pattern in more than 3000 genes (out of approximately 25000 that exists in a human being) had changed differentially, depending on whether the participants had eaten saturated fat or polyunsaturated fat.

British Health Agency Supports Use of Low-Calorie Sweeteners for Sugar Reduction

10 May 2017 --- Over the past several years, consumers have become more concerned with excessive sugar consumption due to it being a potential risk factor for obesity and related health outcomes. In an effort to curb the obesity epidemic, local policy makers in the United States and some national principalities abroad have begun taxing sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in hopes of minimizing sugar consumption. As a result of consumer concerns and governmental policies, the SSB industry has begun reformulating their products to reduce sugar content.

ChemPoint Expands Strategic Relationship with Stepan Lipid Nutrition in Europe

09 May 2017 --- ChemPoint EMEA, B.V., (ChemPoint), a subsidiary of Univar Inc. and a leader in the marketing, sales, and distribution of specialty and fine ingredients, has expanded its strategic marketing relationship with the Stepan Lipid Nutrition unit of Stepan Company for the food, beverage and dietary supplement markets.

EFSA Reaffirms Sucralose Safety, Dismisses Previous Study on Mice

09 May 2017 --- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a scientific opinion dismissing the findings of a study on sucralose by the Ramazzini Institute. The study, conducted by Soffritti et al, concluded that sucralose induced hematopoietic neoplasias in male Swiss mice. Sucralose (E 955) is authorized as a food additive in the EU in accordance with Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives.

Bioiberica Launch Two Natural Ingredients for Joint Health and Mobility

09 May 2017 --- Bioiberica has launched two branded ingredients for joint health and mobility, which it is presenting at Vitafoods Europe. Mobilee is a patented natural ingredient scientifically shown to improve joint mobility, while b-2Cool, a natural ingredient supplying native II collagen, reduces pain and inflammation and improves joint health.