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Herza Schokolade seeks to combine protein with enjoyment with new chocolate range

18 Jun 2018 --- Herza Schokolade, a supplier of functional chocolate for further industrial processing, has launched a new range of high-protein chocolate and compound pieces for products such as cereals and bars.

Low maternal selenium may have consequences for mother's heart health in later life: Cypress Systems

18 Jun 2018 --- By increasing their risk of preeclampsia, mothers with low selenium levels may also be at increased risk for heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure later in life, a Cypress Systems executive summary suggests. The summary calls for higher levels of supplementation of high selenium yeast to combat heart health threats.

First time finding: Allergy to red meat may be a factor in heart disease

18 Jun 2018 --- A team of researchers says it has linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat to the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart. While high saturated fat levels in red meat have long been known to contribute to heart disease for people in general, the new finding suggests that a subgroup of the population may be at heightened risk for a different reason – a food allergen. The study, which is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health and appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

DSM’s Nutrition Improvement focus: Fresh thinking on global nutrition and food fortification

15 Jun 2018 --- “We work with our customers and the larger malnutrition-fighting community to treat and prevent malnutrition,” Anthony Hehir, Director of DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Business Segment, tells NutritionInsight. Using its solid science and technical heritage, DSM is striving to fight global malnutrition through its “business with a purpose” approach. NutritionInsight spoke to Hehir, gaining an insight into what drives the company’s staple food fortification technologies, research and future nutrition endeavors. 

US consumer group to Quorn: “Mycoprotein can be unsafe”

15 Jun 2018 --- The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) claims in a new report that Quorn’s mycoprotein ingredient has been linked to severe allergic reactions and gastrointestinal symptoms. However, NutritionInsight spoke to a Quorn spokesperson on the issue, who stated that they “challenge the scientific validity” of the claims. The company will, however, update packaging information to flag possible sensitivities that people may have to mycoprotein, which is derived from mold and forms the basis of Quorn's meat-alternative products.

“Dietary fibers” classification: US FDA green lights eight ingredients

15 Jun 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance which identifies eight specific fibers that can be classified as “dietary fibers” on the upcoming Nutrition Facts Label, marking the end of two years of uncertainty for manufacturers. In 2016, the FDA initially announced a new regulatory definition for dietary fiber and stated that to be considered a source of fiber, isolated or synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates must have a demonstrated physiological health benefit.

Cereal foods: Structure influences nutritional properties and satiety, VTT research suggests

15 Jun 2018 --- The structure of cereal foods has an impact on their digestion process and satiating capacity, a doctoral research conducted by Saara Pentikäinen, a research scientist at VTT in Finland, has found. Foods that consumers envision to be more filling produce higher feeling levels of satiety and foods that hydrate easily may also produce higher feelings of satiety. Furthermore, nutrients dissolved from the cereal foods into saliva and the body are higher in rye than wheat bread. Cereal foods are a significant source of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals and they can provide over half of all the dietary fiber (DF) depending on the population.

Weekly Digest: NP Nutra triples its warehouse space, broccoli named US top vegetable

15 Jun 2018 --- This week in nutrition, research studies affirmed the benefit of vitamin K2 for healthy bones, vitamin E tocotrienol may delay paralysis associated with Alzheimers and vegetables took center stage in the US with a survey identifying broccoli as the nations favorite and large investments were made in school plant-based cafeteria options. At a sports nutrition conference, Nitrosamines positive effects on cognitive function were announced, while National Institutes of Health launched a new app aimed at providing safe information on popular herbs. Concerning expansions, NP Nutra expanded its warehouse in California and Azelis opened a new pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Germany.

Mediterranean diet boosts heart health – even with lean red meat, study suggests

14 Jun 2018 --- Adopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, if the red meat consumed is lean and unprocessed, according to a Purdue University nutrition study. The study does not, however, encourage the consumption of red meat in people who otherwise do not eat red meat.

Older Americans have a strong appetite for health but face barriers, says nutrition survey

14 Jun 2018 --- Amid rising levels of the over fifties managing more than one chronic disease, US citizens are tuning into their health and nutrition more than ever, an International Food Information Council (IFIC) study has found. Heart health and muscle health proved to be the two most concerning topics for this age group, at 80 and 75 percent respectively, while brain health and having enough energy were equally essential health topics at 74 percent. The seniors are clearly demonstrating strong health goals but also a lack of understanding of how to achieve them.

DuPont: Plant-based protein contributes to healthy weight loss and maintenance

14 Jun 2018 --- The consumption of foods high in soy protein as part of a healthy diet are valuable choices for the support of lean mass, loss of weight and weight management, a study has found. The results of the research, which was conducted at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with support from DuPont Nutrition & Health, encourages the industry to formulate weight loss products with lean, high-quality sources of protein, such as soy and can support people seeking to lose weight healthfully on a plant-based diet.

Sugar shock: 99 percent of US toddlers consume over seven teaspoons daily

14 Jun 2018 --- The daily sugar intake of many US toddlers exceeds the maximum amount recommended for adults, a study has found. Findings showed that 99 percent of a representative sample of US toddlers aged 19 to 23 months consumed an average of just over seven teaspoons of added sugar on a given day – more than the amount in a Snicker's bar. Furthermore, 60 percent of children were found to consume added sugar before age one.

British Nutrition Foundation: UK adults have lack of time for nutrition, “confusion” is widespread

13 Jun 2018 --- New research from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) reveals that 43 percent of adults admit that they find it difficult to find reliable information on healthy diets, with changing information, messages and advice from media and experts being the biggest causes for confusion (76 percent and 61 percent respectively). UK adults also show a desire for health and weight management but find that work stress and lack of time are barriers to this.

Vitafoods Europe visitor numbers up 6 percent, cross-over themes in nutraceuticals trend

13 Jun 2018 --- Vitafoods Europe (Geneva, May 2018) has strongly established itself as one of the major events on the nutrition calendar, with significant growth in the dedicated show space in the last couple of years. The show attracted over 20,000 visitors, with attendance numbers reflecting a six percent increase from the previous year as well as exhibitor numbers also growing 8 percent from 2017. Vitafoods also demonstrated the expansion of nutraceuticals into other market areas such as foods, pharma, cosmetics and personalization.

Superfruit: Two cups of mango a day for a healthy heart, study finds

13 Jun 2018 --- Mango consumption among healthy postmenopausal women has a positive vascular effect, a University of California study has found. The study also detected favorable changes in the production of breath methane, indicating the mango’s positive influence on gut fermentation. The research adds to previous research that reported that eating mangos is more effective in improving gut health than eating a comparable amount of dietary psyllium fiber supplement.

Fytexia eyes active lifestyle and healthy weight platforms with natural ingredients

12 Jun 2018 --- French producer of premium natural ingredients Fytexia is highlighting the potential for weight management ingredients as part of an active lifestyle, combining citrus polyphenols, guarana and L-carnitine to support weight loss and a healthier body composition.

Fresh or frozen? Deep-frozen orange juice packs extra health punch, study finds

12 Jun 2018 --- Deep-freezing orange juice increases the overall bioaccessibility of healthy compounds such as carotenoids, a study has found. Conducted by Researchers at the Laboratory of Food Color and Quality at the University of Seville, the study concluded that although fresh juice has the highest concentration of carotenoids, juice that has undergone deep freezing has an increased number of carotenoids that are eventually absorbed into the blood.

Majority of UK diabetes sufferers struggling to open up about their condition, says Diabetes UK

12 Jun 2018 --- New research to mark the start of Diabetes Week in the UK reveals a high level of people with diabetes reporting difficulties in speaking about their condition. Such findings have shaped the theme for this year to be, “Talk about diabetes,” with the week focusing on encouraging people to have open conversations about the disease.

Botanical extracts with functional carriers tout added health benefits 

12 Jun 2018 --- New lines of botanical extracts with functional carriers  – buckwheat and spelt – on the market aim to offer extra health boosts, company Lehvoss/Gee Lawson and their botanical manufacturer partner Nating have announced. The new lines are promoted as containing higher levels of fiber and vitamins, among other health benefits.

Gut-brain axis: Multi-strain probiotic holds potential for IBS symptom relief 

12 Jun 2018 --- A multi-strain probiotic supplement has resulted in strong symptom reductions in those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome – diarrhea  (IBS-D), a study conducted at the University of Bangabandhu Sheikh Medical University in Bangladesh has found. The 14 strains of “gut-friendly” bacteria in the supplement – Bio-Kult – were also found to reduce anxiety, tapping into the growing space of gut-brain axis products.