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Natural ingredients key for Evonik's growth strategy

23 Aug 2017 --- With an expanding portfolio that includes omega 3 fatty acids and anthocyanin-rich extracts, global specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries is boldly expanding its presence in the Advanced Food Ingredients market. NutritionInsight spoke with Dr. Ludger Eilers, Director of Evonik Health Care’s Food Ingredient Segment, about this move as well as the company’s latest R&D projects and ingredients.

Plant-based diets associated with lower levels of plasma lipids by meta-analysis

23 Aug 2017 --- Consumption of vegetarian diets, particularly vegan diets, is associated with lower levels of plasma lipids, which could offer individuals and healthcare professionals an effective option for reducing the risk of heart disease or other chronic conditions. This is the finding of a review and meta-analysis by Dr. Yoko Yokoyama, Ms. Susan Levin and Dr. Neil Barnard.

Nexira Fibregum receives FODMAP friendly certification

23 Aug 2017 --- Natural and organic ingredients company Nexira has announced that its Fibregum product has been certified FODMAP friendly in Australia. The company describes Fibregum as an “all-natural range, with a guaranteed minimum content of 90 percent dietary fibers.” Nexira notes that the FODMAP Friendly program is the only registered certification trademark in the world, making Fibregum’s certification big news for the company. The program’s laboratory tests the FODMAP levels in food and gives the certification to the ones low in FODMAP.

Adding oats to gluten-free diet is safe for celiac sufferers, study review suggests

23 Aug 2017 --- No evidence has been found by researchers that addition of oats to a gluten-free diet affects symptoms, histology, immunity or serologic features of patients with celiac disease. This is according to a systemic review and meta-analysis of clinical and observational studies.

Link uncovered between heavy vitamin B intake and lung cancer in men

23 Aug 2017 --- Vitamins B6 and B12 have been long touted by the vitamin industry for increasing energy and improving metabolism, and possibly even reducing cancer risk. However, new research suggests that long-term, high-dose supplementation is associated with a two- to four-fold increase in lung cancer risk in men relative to non-users. This is the first prospective, observational study to look at the effects of long-term high-dose B6/B12 supplement use and lung cancer risk. 

Eating insects shouldn’t bug us thanks to protein and other benefits

22 Aug 2017 --- Recipes for “Pest-o Pizza,” “Chocolate Mealworm Cookies” and “Insect Flour Fruit Smoothies” can be enjoyed to experience the surprising nutritional benefits of eating insects, according to a new infographic produced by the Western Exterminator pest control company in the US. The Connoisseur’s Guide to Edible Insects highlights the benefits of eating insects by comparing insect protein very favorably against traditional types of meat such as beef and chicken, among other nutritional positives.

Go with your gut to follow latest health trends

22 Aug 2017 --- Gut health is a hot topic in the world of nutrition. In a week when a successful trial of probiotics in treating sepsis in India has once again underlined the exciting potential for the future of gut health products, consumers and manufacturers are showing an interest in the fast-evolving understanding of their healing powers.

Breakthrough study shows synbiotic effective in prevention of sepsis in Indian babies

22 Aug 2017 --- A team of scientists has discovered that a combination of probiotics and prebiotics was very effective in lowering the risk of developing sepsis – a life-threatening condition where infections cause systemic inflammation, restricted blood flow and organ failure – in 4,557 babies enrolled in a study in India. Sepsis is one of the biggest killers of newborn babies, ending around 600,000 young lives every year. The discovery has been hailed as one of the first big successful trials involving probiotics.

Underappreciated avocado husks "a gold mine" of nutrients

22 Aug 2017 --- Scientists have reported that avocado husks, traditionally the least appreciated part of an avocado, could undergo a trash-to-treasure transformation due to the fact that they are full of a previously unrecognized array of chemical compounds. In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists report that avocado seed husks are hidden gold mines of compounds that could eventually be used to treat a host of debilitating diseases, as well as to improve the allure of cosmetics, perfumes and other consumer goods.

CanolaInfo touts canola oil as perfect healthy choice for summer grilling

22 Aug 2017 --- Canadian non-profit organization CanolaInfo has put forward canola oil as the perfect oil for enhancing flavors while also producing healthy fat during late-summer grilling. “Canola oil is your best friend for summer grilling, it offers a unique one-two punch with both grilling and health benefits,” says CanolaInfo spokesperson Manuel Villacorta. “There is even evidence that it may help to reduce belly fat.”

Allergy sufferers get boost as cross-reactivity between cypress pollen and peaches/citrus fruits explained

21 Aug 2017 --- The fight against allergies has received some good news as researchers have identified, for the first time, the likely origin of the cross-reactivity between cypress pollen, peaches and citrus fruits. Their work has shown that these sources contain allergens belonging to a new family of proteins involved in pollen food associated syndrome.

Taiyo targets mental focus platform with raw coffee bean solution

21 Aug 2017 --- Japanese ingredient supplier Taiyo has presented a potential solution to the drawbacks of drinking coffee with a new raw coffee bean ingredient, Functional Whole Green Coffee Powder (WGCP). The powder, derived from raw coffee beans using a patented technology, is said to: improve both mental focus and concentration for up to six to eight hours; help to reduce and stabilize blood glucose levels; and be able to act as an appetite suppressant.

TSI’s manufacturing license for HMB approved in China

21 Aug 2017 --- TSI Group (TSI) has announced the approval of the first and only CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) Manufacturing License for beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) production in China. TSI’s Jiangyin Pharmaceutical facility, a wholly owned TSI Group company, received this exclusive license to produce HMB for use in Chinese food products.

Diets rich in fish and vegetable oils could reduce epileptic seizures

18 Aug 2017 --- For the first time, production of estrogen in the brain has been directly linked to a study to the presence of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The findings of a Hiroshima University study could have implications for treating seizures, as it links DHA directly to a reduction in epileptic seizures.

Kyowa Hakko’s citicoline supplementation may slow glaucoma

18 Aug 2017 --- A 500mg dose of citicoline from Kyowa Hakko Europe (Kyowa) may significantly slow the progression of visual acuity loss due to glaucoma. This is according to a new study by researchers at the Sao Paolo Hospital Eye Clinic at the University of Milan, who followed 41 patients with progressing glaucoma – a disease that damages the optic nerve and can lead to vision problems and blindness – over two years.

DuPont expands US probiotics pilot facility to improve NPD, delivery times

18 Aug 2017 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) has announced a “substantial upgrade” to its probiotics pilot facility in Madison, Wisconsin, US. The new enhancements will increase its capability for rapidly developing and commercializing new probiotics with decreased time to market. The US$10 million investment allows for increased pace of new product development and significantly improved delivery times on pilot material for clinical trials and customer evaluations, according to DuPont.

Cutting calories now “critical” to UK childhood obesity strategy

18 Aug 2017 --- The health agency Public Health England (PHE) has shifted its focus away from solely targeting sugar to cutting excess calorie consumption from all sources in its anti-obesity strategy for children in the UK. “A third of children leave primary school overweight or obese and an excess of calories – not just excess sugar consumption – is the root cause of this,” says Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of PHE. “We will work with the food companies and retailers to tackle this as the next critical step in combating our childhood obesity problem.”

Walnuts activate brain area that controls appetite, finds study

17 Aug 2017 --- Consuming walnuts activates an area in the brain associated with regulating hunger and cravings. This is according to a first-of-its-kind new brain imaging study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the findings of which, published online in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, reveal for the first time the neurocognitive impact the nuts have on the brain. 

Ganeden’s Health Canada approvals assist company’s expansion in Canada

17 Aug 2017 --- Ganeden has made advancements for the usage of its probiotic strain GanedenBC30 in Canada. The probiotic ingredient company has received a no objection letter from national public health department Health Canada, which provides further support for approved probiotic wording and allows Canadian companies fortifying with GanedenBC30 to make additional health claims.

NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 inhibits artery hardening in study

17 Aug 2017 --- Renal transplant patients’ arterial stiffness and 24-hour peripheral and central pressures can be improved by supplementation with NattoPharma’s MenaQ7 vitamin K2 as MK7. This is according to a study that investigated an association between vitamin K2 supplementation and the change in both subclinical vitamin K status and indices of arterial stiffness.