Digestive Health

Postbiotics & smart toilet paper: Future platforms in digestive health?

21 Jun 2018 --- “Postbiotics” – the metabolic byproducts produced by our gut bacteria – and even smart toilet paper are some of the ideas within digestive health put forward following novel research at King's College London into the function of gut bacteria. Linked to a range of health-related conditions, the gut microbiome has been a topic of growing interest. However, although there is an established list of gut bacteria, their function in the gut has remained reasonably unknown. The researchers have set out to create a database of fecal metabolites – compounds produced by the gut microbiome – in an attempt to shed light on the relationship between what we eat, the way it is processed by our gut microbes and how we accumulate abdominal fat. 

Probiotic expansion: General Mills leads investment in GoodBelly parent

21 Jun 2018 --- General Mills' venture arm, 301 Inc., is leading a US$12 million round in funding in NextFoods the parent company of GoodBelly Probiotics. Additional capital is coming from existing investors, including Emil Capital Partners. NextFoods was founded in 2007 by Todd Beckman and Steve Demos, who founded WhiteWave Foods, the owner of Silk plant-based milk.

DuPont microbiome venture inks third partnership on probiotics

21 Jun 2018 --- A new collaboration with Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) Micalis-MGP will concentrate on DuPont’s probiotic strains and the understanding of these microbes’ mechanism of action on human health. The move is hoped to continue DuPonts Microbiome Venture capacity building – through strategic partnerships – in microbiome innovation.

“Smarter, not sweeter”: General Mills launches high protein yogurt range – but it's not Greek

20 Jun 2018 --- General Mills has introduced YQ by Yoplait, a new yogurt made with ultra-filtered milk that delivers big on protein with an intentionally less sweet taste. With the launch of the yogurt, the company is catering to the needs of a range of health conscious consumers looking for a convenient dairy product that can be eaten alone as a snack, blended with fruit in a smoothie or added as an ingredient in many recipes.

Gluten-free mainstreams: Is the trend leading to unhealthy weight control?

18 Jun 2018 --- Individuals who value gluten-free foods are more likely to eat a higher quality diet but are also more likely to have unhealthy weight control behaviors. This is according to a new study exploring the sociodemographic and behavioral characteristics of young adults who value gluten-free as an important food claim.

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.

The right nutrition for the golden years: Space for personalization

11 Jun 2018 --- Medical interventions and overall improved standards of living are causing us to live longer than previous generations. However, since the aging process is accompanied by a host of physiological changes, extra attention needs to be given to the appropriate nutrition and lifestyle standards. NutritionInsight speaks with a number of key suppliers about the unique needs of aging consumers.

Mangos more effective in promoting gut health than fiber powder: study

06 Jun 2018 --- Eating mangos is more effective in improving gut health than eating a comparable amount of dietary psyllium fiber supplement, suggests a new Texas A & M University pilot study, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. The researchers found that mango, which contains a combination of polyphenols and fiber, was effective in reducing intestinal inflammation and relieving constipation – a chronic digestive condition that affects an estimated 20 percent of Americans.

OptiBiotix begins application development for fibrous sweeteners in agreement with global dairy brand

05 Jun 2018 --- Tackling diets that can be high in sugar but low in fiber, OptiBiotix has produced SweetBiotix: fibers that are natural, high-intensity sweeteners. The life sciences company has signed an evaluation agreement to explore the potential of the SweetBiotix technology with an unnamed dairy company. The company is said to have an annual turnover of US$10 billion and the SweetBiotix technology is hoped to reduce the sugar content in a range of its dairy products.

Gut-boosting potential: Diana Food explores prebiotic role of polyphenols

04 Jun 2018 --- Diana Food has set out to explore the positive impact of polyphenols on the modulation of gut microbiota by creating a research chair to study the prebiotic role of polyphenols. The company is working in close cooperation with Université Laval and its Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF - Quebec), as well as Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (CRSNG). The program will explore the effects of fruit and vegetable polyphenols on the modulation of gut microbiota and find out more about the underlying mechanisms of action of these bioactive compounds, alone or combined with probiotic bacteria.

Gut health (part 2): Probiotic growth to continue

30 May 2018 --- As knowledge of the gut microbiome increases, probiotics have experienced a huge surge in popularity. Not only can they boost the overall health of the microbiome but specific strains can provide answers to some medical conditions. In this report, NutritionInsight notes the importance of scientific research for probiotic strains, growing market applications and novel delivery forms, as informed by Ganeden, Kerry, Fonterra and Anlit. In part one of the gut health series, functional fiber was the focus.

Gut health (part 1): Functional fiber's growing applications

28 May 2018 --- The importance of fiber is intimately tied with gut microbes. A healthy, fibrous diet feeds and allows the gut bacteria to thrive. In turn, they increase and enhance the gut microbiome. NutritionInsight focuses on fiber in this special report on gut health, speaking to Beneo, CFF, Taiyo and Roquette on the evolving space of fibers for gut health and its growing suite of markets including gluten-free, meat-free and weight management.

DuPont's probiotic reach expands with Brazilian recognition of health claim

25 May 2018 --- DuPont Nutrition & Health Science has earned approval from the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) for its Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 probiotic strain. The regulatory green light marks the recognition of the science behind the strain and allows an on-pack health claim. Customers in Brazil can now bring new probiotic products and dietary supplements faster to market using the first DuPont probiotic to qualify for an approved health claim on the local market.

Microbiome solutions: A key theme at Vitafoods Europe 2018

24 May 2018 --- Research into the microbiome – the aggregated microbial species in our body – is gaining increasing attention and investment. Although the term is often associated with digestive health, the body, in fact, contains multiple microbiome. This is currently spurring on research and innovation in areas as wide-ranging as women’s health, weight management, immunity and skin health. At Vitafoods Europe 2018, NutritionInsight spoke with suppliers about their efforts and innovations in the microbiome space, using pre or probiotics for gut health and beyond.

“Key milestone”: Chr. Hansen trial finds probiotic potential for painkiller gut damage defense

16 May 2018 --- A Chr. Hansen clinical trial has demonstrated the effectiveness of probiotic strains in protecting against potential gut damage caused by the regular use of household painkillers. Chr. Hansen state that they will now focus on fully exploiting the strains full potential, deepening understanding of the underlying mechanisms and gathering sufficient data to publish in a scientific journal. The findings add to a growing research area using probiotics for health.

Kaneka takes stake in AB-Biotics, aims for major boost in probiotic sales by 2022

14 May 2018 --- Japanese specialty chemical company Kaneka Corporation has acquired 34.8 percent of Spanish owned AB-Biotics (ABB) who focus on the research, development and distribution of lactic acid bacteria products. The agreement also grants Kaneka the exclusive rights for production and sales of ABB’s products in the US, Canada and Japan. The company hopes to accomplish 10 billion yen (US$91 million) in sales by 2022, by developing and launching differentiated new probiotic products in the fast-growing market.

Drinks with benefits: Premium organic beverages thriving

11 May 2018 --- Over the past years, the mainstreaming of organic launches has only continued, with Innova Market Insights reporting 20 percent CAGR in organic claims being reported in global food & beverage launches from 2013 to 2017. The mainstreaming of organic foods was a key theme at Natural & Organic Awards Europe, which was held in London at the end of April. Similar to FoodEx 2018 last month, premium beverages touting low sugar content or healthful ingredients, played a key role at the Natural & Organic Awards Europe. 

Microbiome: Caltech team discover key to healthy bacteria gut colonization

07 May 2018 --- A Caltech study has found that a beneficial gut bacteria – Bacterioides fragilis (B. fragilis) – harnesses the body’s immune response so that it can thrive safely in the gut – enhancing human health by boosting our microbiome. These findings shed light on the question; how do mammals maintain harmonious relationships with the beneficial bacteria in the gut when our immune system has evolved to repel microbes? 

Gut-brain boost: Kefir could lower hypertension, study finds

30 Apr 2018 --- Fermented probiotic milk drink, kefir, may have a positive effect on blood pressure by prompting communication between the gut and the brain. The drink, known to help maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system, was at the heart of the rodent study conducted by a research team from the Auburn University in Alabama, in collaboration with the University of Vila Velha in Brazil. The research echoes previous findings demonstrating a link between gut health and hypertension. 

From lab to market: A-Mansia secures funding for “unique” gut health products

30 Apr 2018 --- Belgian microbiome company A-Mansia Biotech has raised €13 million in first close Series A financing, pushing forward development of one their unique discoveries – the most abundant bacterial species of the gut microbiome – Akkermansia muciniphila (A. muciniphila) bacterium. The company is developing health products from the bacterium, which has been proven in laboratory conditions to prevent the development of disorders induced by a high-fat diet, i.e. cholesterol and weight-gain.