Nutrition & Health News

Indulgence has reached even America’s healthiest eaters: research

16 Feb 2018 --- New research reveals even the US’ healthiest eaters reach for indulgence foods based on their emotional states. Forty percent of US food-brand lovers who rated their daily diet as extremely healthy agreed with the statement, “When I’m feeling down, I eat something indulgent to make me feel better.” The study, conducted by full-service food branding agency, Foodmix Marketing Communications, breaks out a large group of brand lovers into smaller, differentiated and more actionable consumer segments.  

Research driving demand for OPO in China’s formula market: Advanced Lipids

16 Feb 2018 --- OPO is increasing in popularity in China’s infant formula market, and according to Advanced Lipids, this is down to the growing body of scientific research backing the benefits of this ingredient. Also known as SN-2 palmitate, OPO is a premium quality ingredient that mimics the fatty acid profile of human milk.

Vegan diet improves diabetes markers in overweight adults: study

16 Feb 2018 --- A plant-based diet improves beta-cell function and insulin sensitivity in overweight adults with no history of diabetes, according to a new study published in Nutrients by researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Measuring the function of beta cells, which store and release insulin, can help assess future type 2 diabetes risk.

Lactose-free dairy: DSM to market cost-effective analyzer

16 Feb 2018 --- February 2018, DSM will exclusively market BIOMILK 300, a compact residual lactose-analyzing device produced by Biolan. For dairy producers, the BIOMILK 300 is a fast, cost-effective and accurate analyzer for quantifying residual lactose levels in lactose-free and lactose-reduced dairy products.

Ultra-processed foods linked to heightened risk of cancer: major BMJ study

15 Feb 2018 --- Although processed foods have long been thought to be significantly less healthy than non-processed foods, an observational study published yesterday in BMJ has added some stark figures to the link between ultra-processed foods and the risk of cancer. The study concluded that a 10 percent increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet is associated with increases of 12 percent in the risk of overall cancer and 11 percent in the risk of breast cancer.

Plant-based foods could slash a country’s healthcare costs by billions of euros, says study

15 Feb 2018 --- Billions of euros could be saved from a country’s annual healthcare bill over the next years if more people followed a plant-based diet. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition which looked at the health and economic consequences of two plant-based eating patterns, a diet with a daily portion of soy foods and a Mediterranean-style diet.

Façade? British Nutrition Foundation questions benefit of skin beauty nutraceuticals

14 Feb 2018 --- Although there is a growing market for orally consumed beauty supplements that promise “youthful,” “firm” and “glowing” skin, the evidence to support some of the ingredients used in these popular, and often costly, products is limited. This is according to a review of published research conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). The review concludes that nutraceuticals for skin may not add further benefit to the effects already obtained from a healthy diet. 

Bad for the heart: Lobby group slams retailers for high salt meals for Valentine’s Day 

14 Feb 2018 --- Top retailers are providing excessive salt, calories, saturated fat and sugars in their Valentine’s “dine-in” meal deals at bargain prices – that is the assertion from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), a campaign group concerned with salt and its effects on health. The UK organization has carried out a new survey that reveals high levels of salt “hidden” in Valentine’s Day meal deals on sale at some of Britain’s biggest supermarkets. 

Saturated fat and sugar can cause depression and anxiety: study

14 Feb 2018 --- A diet rich in saturated fat, such as palm oil, and sugar not only leads to obesity, but it also creates inflammation in the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that controls mood and the feeling of reward. This inflammation can lead to depressive, anxious and compulsive behavior and disrupt metabolism, according to a study from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM). The discovery illustrates the vicious circle experienced by people with obesity caused by a diet rich in sugar and saturated fat, with their diet leading to negative emotions, which can stimulate the quest for more comfort through food.

A gold medal for recovery? FrieslandCampina DMV develops innovative casein isolate 

14 Feb 2018 --- FrieslandCampina DMV has introduced their latest innovation in dairy protein ingredients. Micelate Prestige has been launched this week in Europe and is a key addition to the company’s growing portfolio of Performance Nutrition solutions. 

Clear definition and regulations needed to tap into nutraceuticals’ potential: review

13 Feb 2018 --- Nutraceuticals with health benefits substantiated by clinical data can be powerful tools to prevent and treat medical conditions, especially in individuals who may not yet be eligible for conventional pharmaceutical drugs. However, there is a clear need for clear regulations to ensure their safety. This is according to a review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, which further proposes a clear definition for this type of product. 

“New gold standard”: Salmon with double the omega 3 content introduced in US

13 Feb 2018 --- Aquaculture producers Kvarøy and Blue Circle Foods, along with feed company BioMar, have announced the production of salmon that offers a 100 percent increase in marine omega 3 content. According to the companies involved, this farmed salmon contains one of the lowest levels of marine contaminants in the market and boasts a record-breaking fish-in, fish-out ratio of .47 to 1, setting a new “gold standard” for the aquaculture industry.

Bridging the fiber gap: Tereos launches website on dietary fiber

13 Feb 2018 --- Consuming an adequate amount of fiber plays an important role in a wide range of health-related issues, by helping to reduce obesity, improve cholesterol and glycemic index levels and contribute to weight management. To educate consumers about dietary fibers, Tereos has launched a new website, which it says makes it easy to understand the company's Actilight fiber ingredient, its benefits and origin. 

Immunity boosters (Part 2): Not diplomatic about immunity – Innovation, new ingredients and R&D

12 Feb 2018 --- Immune health continues to drive trends in the nutrition industry. Today, in the second part of a special report, NutritionInsight continues its in-depth look at the latest ideas in the industry in the immune health space.

Obesity drives US healthcare costs up by 29 percent, varying by state: study

12 Feb 2018 --- New research from Cornell University is providing an insight into how individual states are affected by the healthcare costs of obesity. Using microdata for each state, researchers have for the first time estimated the percentage of healthcare spending that is devoted to obesity.

Health halo: “Free from” labels shape consumer perception of product healthiness

12 Feb 2018 --- Products with a free-from label are seen by consumers as healthier than those without such a label, with the strongest effects occurring for labels indicating that products were free of GMOs and free of palm oil. This is according to research conducted by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) in collaboration with Professor Michael Siegrist and Dr. Christina Hartmann from the ETH Zurich University.

Organic food offers significant environmental benefits, but only to plant-rich diets: study

12 Feb 2018 --- A diet rich in fruit and vegetables is better for the planet than one rich in animal products, with organic food providing significant additional climate benefits for plant-based diets, a major new study has confirmed. However, these additional benefits do not extend to diets with only moderate contribution from plant products. Published last week in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, this is the first study to investigate the environmental impacts of both dietary patterns and farm production systems. It is also the first to investigate the environmental impact of organic food consumption using observed diets rather than models.

AFS debuts “first-ever” Non-GMO Project verified caffeine ingredient

09 Feb 2018 --- Applied Food Sciences, Inc. (AFS) is bolstering its transparency credentials by achieving Non-GMO Project verification for four of its core ingredients – and this important move can help brands incorporate organic caffeine into products and boost clean labels in the process. PurCaf organic Caffeine – a 95 percent caffeine extract from organic green coffee beans – headlines a list of innovative and sustainably sourced offerings by AFS. The others are PurTea Organic Caffeine, a 90 percent caffeine extract from organic green tea leaves; JAVA.g, a polyphenolic blend of caffeine and antioxidants from green coffee beans and GCA, what AFS describes as “the highest quality green coffee bean extract available on the market.”

The debate is over: Protein supplements “significantly” benefit muscle mass

09 Feb 2018 --- Dietary protein supplements do significantly improve muscle strength and size when taken by healthy adults who lift weights, say McMaster scientists who analyzed dozens of research studies. According to the researchers, their analysis puts to rest any debate on whether or not such supplementation is effective. However, the effects are not as big as some supplement companies would have you believe, cautions the senior author on the paper, Stuart Phillips, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University.

EID Parry and Synthite Industries partner on phycocyanin production 

08 Feb 2018 --- Enhanced health company Valensa International has entered into a joint venture agreement between Valensa’s parent company EID Parry and Synthite Industries Ltd, which promises to boost microalgae extracts for nutraceutical applications. It involves a US$6.5 million investment in an India-based manufacturing facility for the extraction of Parry Organic Spirulina to produce Phycocyanin, which Valensa will be developing for dietary supplements, functional and medical foods.