Weight Management

UK’s Voluntary Pledge to Provide Calorie Content Information for Alcoholic Drinks Failing to Make an Impact

19 Jun 2017 --- Alcoholic beverage producers and retailers in the UK are failing to provide consumers with information on the calorie content of alcoholic drinks, according to new research reported in Public Health. The research states that the voluntary pledge by the UK industry in 2011 to provide information on alcohol calories has not led to any significant provision of this information to consumers and that calorie information only appeared on the labels of around 1% of products examined. In addition to this, calorie information was not present in any of the supermarket branches visited in the study, and it was not routinely provided on supermarkets’ websites.

Appetite Regulator Successfully Manipulated in Mice, Pointing to New Options for Anti-Obesity Drug

14 Jun 2017 --- A study has found a link between certain brain receptors and obesity, giving a possible new drug target for appetite regulation. Researchers from Imperial College London and colleagues have found a potential way to target the receptors that specifically control appetite in mouse brains, potentially without causing other side effects.

Vegetarian Diets More Effective in Reducing Body Weight: Study

13 Jun 2017 --- Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets, but they also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has found. 

PACE Food Labeling Encourages Students to Make Healthier Choices

12 Jun 2017 --- According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, encouraging fruit vegetable and water intake led to smarter nutritional choices among students. As students transition from high school to college, they enter a critical period for weight gain. Although eating in a buffet-style dining hall offers freedom and flexibility in food choice, many students cite the abundance of food available as a cause of weight gain. 

Drinking Diet Beverages During Pregnancy Linked to Child Obesity: NIH Study

07 Jun 2017 --- Children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy were more likely to be overweight or obese at age 7, compared to children born to women who had gestational diabetes and drank water instead of artificially sweetened beverages, according to a study by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study is published online in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

CSIRO Presents Intermittent Fasting "Flexi" Diet

29 May 2017 --- Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has launched a new diet that includes intermittent fasting three days a week. The weight loss program is based on research carried out by CSIRO scientists who found that fasting can be an effective way to lose weight and stay healthy.

Brain Neurons Responsible for Inefficiency of Dieting

24 May 2017 --- A Cambridge University study carried out in mice may help explain why dieting can be an inefficient way to lose weight: key brain cells act as a trigger to prevent us burning calories when food is scarce. "Weight loss strategies are often inefficient because the body works like a thermostat and couples the amount of calories we burn to the amount of calories we eat," says Dr. Clémence Blouet from the Metabolic Research Laboratories at the University of Cambridge.

Vitamin D Supplementation May Improve Fertility

23 May 2017 --- Researchers will today present new data on the link between vitamin D and male fertility at the European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE) in Lisbon. The new results add to our understanding of the effects of low vitamin D levels on testosterone levels and whether vitamin D supplementation could help improve fertility in both sexes.

Industry and Health Experts Join Forces to Tackle Obesity

19 May 2016 --- Ahead of European Obesity Day tomorrow, the UN health agency launched a new publication at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal earlier this week which revealed a rising number of obese adolescents in many countries across Europe. 

DuPont Launch Breakthrough Probiotic Proven to Trim Waist

09 May 2017 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) have announced the launch of HOWARU Shape, an innovative probiotic formula clinically proven to reduce waist circumference in overweight adults.

Extending Weight Loss Programs Cost Effective Way of Preventing Diseases, UK Study Finds

05 May 2017 --- A UK study has found that extending NHS weight loss programs from one session per week for 12-weeks to one session per week for a year helped people who are overweight to lose more weight and keep it off for longer. Although upfront costs for the longer program are higher, the study estimates that offering more sessions would be cost-effective to the NHS in the long-term because it would help to prevent more people from developing diseases as a result of their weight.

3 Daily Cups of Italian Coffee Halves Prostate Cancer Risk, Claims Study

27 Apr 2017 --- Three or more cups of Italian coffee a day has been shown to lower prostate cancer risk by 53%, according to new research published in the International Journal of Cancer. 

Arla Launches High Protein Snacks For On-The-Go Health-Focused Consumers

05 Apr 2017 --- Arla has launched a new range of high protein dairy products that aim to tap into both the healthy eating and on-the-go snack market. The launch of the Arla Protein Pouches and Arla Protein Greens comes at a time when the company’s yoghurt category is thriving, and protein continues to rein king with consumers.

Holista Enter Medical-Grade Collagen Market

03 Apr 2017 --- Holista is set to enter the medical-grade collagen market after announcing that it will supply collagen made from skins of Australian sheep and lambs exclusively to units of Australia’s Keneric Medical Supplies Pty Ltd.

No Scientific Evidence that Sugar is Addictive and Leads to Weight Gain, Finds Study

31 Mar 2017 --- A study conducted by researchers at Maastricht University has found “no scientific evidence to support the general assumption that sugar is addictive and leads to weight gain.” The research comes at a time when high sugar content in food products is being penalized due to previous associations with obesity and ill health.

Nexira Defends Dietary Fiber Labeling for Acacia Gum Amid New FDA Rules

21 Mar 2017 --- Nexira, the world leader of acacia gum, along with other partners and regulatory advisors, has been working to highlight the benefits of its key ingredient ahead of FDA amendments on American Food Labeling, which may see the ingredient’s status as dietary fiber removed. However, the company remain confident that the amendments will confirm the dietary fiber status of acacia gum.

Canadian Scientists Create Food Guide for Brain Health in Older Adults

17 Mar 2017 --- Scientists at Baycrest, home to the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, have led the development of the first Canadian Brain Health Food Guide to help adults over 50 preserve their thinking and memory skills as they age. 

DuPont Probiotics Beneficial to Immune Function in Healthy Elderly Subjects

15 Mar 2017 --- The DuPont Danisco range of premium probiotics can enhance cellular immune activity in healthy elderly adults, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis. The new findings make way for the company’s probiotic product, DuPont HOWARU Protect Senior, which is aimed at the elderly population.

Study Highlights Link Between Diet and Global Climate Change

09 Mar 2017 --- You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and while good dietary choices boost your own health, they also could improve the health care system and even benefit the planet. Healthier people mean not only less disease but also reduced greenhouse gas emissions from health care.

New Low Carb Diet Claims to Tackle Obesity & Diabetes

06 Mar 2017 --- The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has released a book outlining their new low carb, high protein diet, which they say “provide another great option for people concerned about weight management or type 2 diabetes.”