Nutrition & Health News

Bone and joint health: Consumer demands and promising ingredients

19 Apr 2018 --- Mobility, which incorporates bone and joint health, is becoming a key concern for a range of demographics. NutritionInsight spoke with a number of key suppliers in the bone and joint health space about the key ingredients to look out for, as well as some key consumer demands driving innovation in this space.

Infant food allergy linked to genetics and skin exposure to food, dust and wipes

19 Apr 2018 --- Food allergy is triggered by perfect storm of genetics and skin exposure to infant wipes, dust and food, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. Infant and childhood food allergy, whose cause has long been a mystery, has now been linked to a mix of environmental and genetic factors that must coexist to trigger the allergy. The factors contributing to food allergy include the genetics that alter skin absorbency, use of infant cleansing wipes that leave soap on the skin, skin exposure to allergens in dust and skin exposure to food from those providing infant care. Food allergy is triggered when these factors occur together.

Plant-based possibilities: Report details novel sugar replacements for beverages

19 Apr 2018 --- PreScouter, a Chicago based technology scouting company, details novel replacements for sugars in a new analysis, that are from natural sources, safe, technologically viable and environmentally stable, for use in beverages. The company hopes that the report answers consumer calls for sweeteners that are both natural and healthy, in light of diabetes and obesity epidemics, and that it may aid informing beverage providers on how to best respond to calls for lowering sugar levels in drinks.

Collagen beverage innovations: PB Gelatins/PB Leiner to showcase convenient formats

19 Apr 2018 --- PB Gelatins/PB Leiner is marketing innovative solugel collagen products, that they say, make it even easier for their customers to grasp the opportunity collagen can bring to their health. The collagen industry is active and its growth is exemplified by Innova Market Insights figures, which show that there was a +34 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in new product launches for collagen peptides from 2010 to 2016.

New study sheds light on non-celiac gluten avoidance

18 Apr 2018 --- People who avoid gluten in their diets, often avoid other food types – such as dairy and eggs – and are more likely to experience frequent adverse physiological symptoms after food consumption. The research sought to uncover why the popularity of gluten-free diets has risen so much amongst those who do not have medical gluten sensitivities.

Probiotic peanut allergy treatment: Chr. Hansen enters new partnership

18 Apr 2018 --- Probiotic strain, LGG, can potentially play a part in peanut allergy treatment. Prota Therapeutics, developer of oral immunotherapies to treat food allergies, has partnered with Chr. Hansen, Danish food ingredients producer, to assess LGG in a clinical trial to develop a treatment for the allergy. Chr. Hansen tells NutritionInsight that the partnership is in effect as from today, and strengthens the position of Chr. Hansen in a market expected to grow to €10billion by 2025.

Adolescent cooking skills have long-term nutrition benefits, study finds

18 Apr 2018 --- Confidence in cooking ability leads to fewer fast food meals, higher levels of family meals, and increased consumption of vegetables in adulthood, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education has found. This comes at a time when the practice of home cooking is in decline, as is the teaching of cooking as a subject within schools.

Anlit launches “fun and tasty” omega 3 chew for pregnant women

18 Apr 2018 --- Producers of high-quality children’s dietary supplements, Anlit, have launched "tasty", high-DHA omega 3 chewable supplements for pregnant and breastfeeding women. 

Arjuna botanical ingredient taps into gut-brain axis, study finds

17 Apr 2018 --- Results of a new human study show that Herbagut, an all-natural polybotanical extract blend, supports gut health. The study discovered that the product can relieve digestive stress while improving overall well-being, the company reports. Herbalife is rooted in traditional Ayurvedic botanical ingredients that have been used for centuries for gut health and general well-being.

UK: Boots urged to ditch krill products amid Greenpeace concerns

17 Apr 2018 --- UK pharmacy-led health and beauty chain Boots has come under fire for selling krill products which threaten Antarctic wildlife with Greenpeace claiming stocks are being plundered for krill oil and omega 3 tablets. 

Calls for sesame inclusion in US allergen labeling rules intensify

17 Apr 2018 --- US watchdog The Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is stepping up its campaign urging the inclusion of sesame seeds in food to be clearly marked on the label as a potential allergen. In its latest report – Seeds of Change – the CSPI say that while some companies lead the way in sesame allergen labeling, large gaps remain.

“New superfood”: Alfalfa ingredient steps up on sustainability

17 Apr 2018 --- Luzixeen, developed by L-RD (Luzerne (Alfalfa – Research & Development) have integrated an innovative technical approach to their biorefinery process, which enables the entire alfalfa crop to be used. The process of valirsation makes it possible to take advantage of the total plant, which is local to France. Luzixeen is based on sustainable farming of the local alfalfa, and they tout the environmental benefits of the eco-compatible culture which they also hail as a “new superfood.”

Lack of green vegetable products for infants leaves bitter taste in mouth

16 Apr 2018 --- A new US study focused on the difficulties of convincing infants to eat their greens concludes that the lack of commercially prepared vegetable products specifically targeting this age group is doing little to solve the problem. 

Beneo's functional carbohydrate gains Argentinian approval 

16 Apr 2018 --- Beneo’s Palatinose functional carbohydrate (isomaltulose) has been approved for use in all food and drink categories in Argentina, the company has reported. Palatinose is naturally-sourced and delivers full carbohydrate energy (4kcal/g) in a more balanced way, due to a slower and more sustained uptake. This results in higher fat oxidation and a low glycemic effect which can aid diet-related problems such as obesity and diabetes.

US FDA moves to ban bulk sale of concentrated caffeine products to consumers 

16 April 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance declaring that dietary supplements containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine, in powder or liquid forms, are unlawful when sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers. The agency notes that it is prepared to take immediate steps to begin removing such “dangerous bulk products.”

One in ten Greek teen athletes using contaminated supplements, study finds

16 Apr 2018 --- One in ten adolescent athletes are using nutritional supplements contaminated with doping substances, a study has found. The study, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, revealed a high overall usage of supplement products amongst adolescent athletes in Athens, with proteins/amino acids and vitamins leading the way in popularity. However, the items, often purchased online, were contaminated with banned substances at a rate of nine percent.

Omega 3 supplement no more beneficial for dry eye than olive oil, study finds

16 Apr 2018 --- Omega 3 fatty acid supplements yield no more beneficial results for dry eye symptoms than a placebo – olive oil – a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) has found.

Astaxanthin: AstaReal explores the science, market and potential behind red carotenoid

12 Apr 2018 --- Driven by a consumer demand for health and wellness products, astaxanthin is experiencing huge growth in the European market as well as booming demand in Asia. During a NutritionInsight webinar is entitled “Performance and Recovery: Natural Astaxanthin Opportunities,” Maryanne Mburu, Key Account Manager at AstaReal, and Dr. Mark Miller explored the product development and untapped opportunity for the health ingredient. 

Mediterranean diet found to boost gut microbial diversity and reduce hospitalization in liver cirrhosis

13 Apr 2018 --- Following a Mediterranean-style diet, boosted with a good amount of vegetables and fermented milk products such as yogurt, along with coffee and tea, is linked to greater gut microbial diversity and a lower risk of hospitalization in patients with liver cirrhosis, according to a study presented at The International Liver Congress 2018 in Paris, France. 

Auto industry surprising inspiration for the improvement of smoked foods

13 Apr 2018 --- Research conducted by the American Chemical Society (ACS) has found that running smoke through an auto industry zeolite filter can remove harmful carcinogen while improving the smoky flavor of foods. Never before applied to foods, zeolite filters have been used in the car industry to reduce environmental pollutants for some time. The research team presented their work at the 255th National Meeting and Exposition of the ACS.