Weight Management

Equol May Offer Heart Protective Benefits, Yet Only 20-30% of People in Western Countries can Produce it

22 Feb 2017 --- Being able to produce equol, a substance made by "good" gut bacteria when they metabolize micronutrients found in dietary soy (isoflavones), has been linked to providing protective benefits of the heart. However, new research shows how only 20-30% percent of people in Western countries can produce the substance, compared with 50-60% in Asian countries.

Scientifically-Designed Fasting Diet Lowers Major Disease Risk in Humans

17 Feb 2017 --- For the first time, scientists have proven that intermittent fasting can have health benefits in humans. Prior studies have indicated a range of health benefits in mice, but the new study from researchers at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, shows how human participants can lose weight and reduce their risk of life-threatening disease without any changes to their regular diet.

Obese Couples May Take Longer to Achieve Pregnancy, Study Suggests

03 Feb 2017 --- Couples in which both partners are obese may take from 55 to 59 percent longer to achieve pregnancy, compared to their non-obese counterparts, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

Study Provides New Evidence that Exercise is Not Key to Weight Control

03 Feb 20107 --- An international study led by Loyola University Chicago is providing compelling new evidence that exercise may not be the key to controlling weight.

EFSA Update Health Claim Application Advice

01 Feb 2017 --- EFSA has updated its advice for applicants on how to prepare and present a health claim application. The guidance presents a standardized format for a well-structured application and also details the kind of information and data applicants need to submit in support of their claim.

Alzheimer's Disease Linked to Lack of Vitamin A in the Womb

27 Jan 2017 --- Alzheimer's disease could begin in the womb or just after birth if, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. Scientists have suggested that biochemical reactions that cause the fetus or newborn to not get enough vitamin A could be the trigger.

Color of Sweetener Packet May Determine Sweetness Perception

24 Jan 2017 --- The packet color of nonnutritive sweeteners may impact the sweetness perception and overall liking of the product, according to a new study published in the Journal of Food Science.

Overweight Affects Almost Half the Population of all Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

20 Jan 2017 --- Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and are particularly prevalent among women and children, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

BASF and Nuritas Collaborate to Develop New Peptide Ingredients

19 Jan 2017 --- BASF Human Nutrition and Nuritas have announced that they are collaborating in the commercialization and discovery of health-benefiting bioactive peptide networks that aim to improve human health and nutrition.

Study Shows Calorie Restriction is Beneficial to Aging

18 Jan 2017 --- A collaboration between two competing research teams-- one from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one from the National Institute on Aging, has shown that restricting calories helps rhesus monkeys live longer and healthier lives. 

New Studies Refute Hypothesis That Low Calorie Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain

17 Jan 2017 --- Following small changes in dietary and lifestyle habits including replacing sugar with low calorie sweeteners in food and beverages is a smart way to control body weight. Evidence supports that low calorie sweeteners’ use in place of sugar and as part of a behavioural weight loss program can lead to reduced energy intake and be a helpful tool in weight management. Adding further evidence to the already existing science, three new studies support the beneficial role of low calorie sweeteners in weight control and refute the hypothesis that they contribute to weight gain. 

Added Sugars Found in Two-Thirds of Packaged Food Items in Canada

13 Jan 2017 --- An analysis of over 40,000 commonly available packaged foods and beverages in Canada has found that 66 per cent of these products - including some infant formulas and baby food products and many so-called 'healthier' foods such as yogurt, juice, breakfast cereals, and snack bars - have at least one added sugar in their ingredients list, according to new research from Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the University of Waterloo.

Biggest Obesity Influences are Environment, Lifestyle, Behavior and Genes

11 Jan 2017 --- A new study by the University of Exeter Medical School has found that many fattening aspects of the environment, such as lifestyle and behavior interact with a person's genes to influence his or her waistline - and that the strongest influence is from poverty. The research challenges previous findings that any single aspect of diet or lifestyle can be targeted to reduce the risk of obesity in adults with a high genetic risk of putting on weight.

Children’s Sweetener Use has Increased by 200% Since 1999, Claims Study

10 Jan 2017 --- The consumption rate of foods and beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) has risen sharply in both children and adults, according to a new study. About 25 percent of children and more than 41 percent of adults in the United States reported consuming foods sweetened artificially, numbers that represent a 200 percent increase in LCS consumption for children and a 54 percent jump for adults from 1999 to 2012.

Cardiovascular Benefits Continue 5 Years After Weight Loss

05 Jan 2017 --- A new study has demonstrated that a weight loss program designed by the Joslin Diabetes Center continues to offer health benefits for participants five years after they begin the intervention.

Inflammation May Prevent Fat Burning

04 Jan 2017 --- Recent animal studies have shown that overweight mice can shed excess weight by converting unwanted white fat cells into energy-consuming brown slimming cells. However, new research now suggests that inflammatory responses that often occur in overweight people may be blocking this kind of fat cell conversion.

Parental Obesity Linked to Delays in Child Development

02 Jan 2017 --- Children of obese parents may be at risk for developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The investigators found that children of obese mothers were more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill--the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands. Children of obese fathers were more likely to fail measures of social competence, and those born to extremely obese couples also were more likely to fail tests of problem solving ability.

Silencing Fat Protein Could Prevent Obesity

16 Dec 2016 --- A new animal study has revealed that turning off a protein found in liver and adipose tissue significantly improves blood sugar levels, as well as reducing body fat. The research was published in the Journal of Lipid Research.

Weight Gain Not Related to Eating Good Tasting Foods

16 Dec 2016 --- A new study has suggested that eating foods of desirable taste is not a main factor in weight gain. The study, which used a mouse model was conducted at the Monell Center and published online ahead of print in the journal Physiology & Behavior.

Teijin Group Invests in The Healthy Grain Company

16 Dec 2016 --- The Healthy Grain (THG) company has announced that it has successfully raised $8 million of external capital from the Teijin Group of Japan. Teijin, a global business with sales of USD7.4 billion as of 2015, will join the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and Australian Capital Ventures Limited (ACVL) as the three major shareholders in THG.