Health & Wellness

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Non-GMO certification for all-natural caffeine: InnovaTea

11 Jun 2018 – Nutriscience Innovations, supplier of nutritional ingredients and functional raw materials, has received confirmation of non-GMO Project Verification (NGPV) for its InnovaTea Natural Caffeine (98 percent from tea), from the non-GMO project.

Algorithm determines ideal caffeine dosage and timing for alertness, study finds

11 Jun 2018 --- A new algorithm may determine the ideal caffeine dosage and timing for alertness, a study has found. The research, published in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and conducted at a US Army Medical Research facility, states that its algorithm could even lead to a reduction in caffeine intake for participants, with an improvement in alertness.

Navigating the weight management maze: A nutritionist's take on trendy diets

11 Jun 2018 --- Dieting trends and popular ingredients tipped to contribute to weight loss are often centered on health, “mindfulness,” and natural products. Weight management and health, for today's’ conscious consumers, often play a role in food purchases and consumer interest in food and fitness has skyrocketed. NutritionInsight speaks to registered Dietician and Nutrition, Sharon Palmer MS, RDN on the topic of trendy diets: keto and paleo.

Caffeine caution: Genetic responses to caffeine fall into three main groups, study finds

08 Jun 2018 --- Coffee drinkers fall into one of three major groups based on their caffeine sensitivity, according to a new report: Genetics, Metabolism and Individual Responses to Caffeine. The study sought to determine why some coffee drinkers are more affected by caffeine than others and how healthcare professionals can take this into account when advising patients.

Weekly Digest: Plant-based diet boosts healthy hearts, GMP registration for OmniActive health ingredients plant

08 Jun 2018 --- This week in nutrition, OmniActive has had its Hosur plant, that manufactures natural extracts, gain Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) from NSF and Omya International had its orally disintegrating tablets confirmed by a scientific study. The benefits of a plant-based diet for a healthy heart were touted by researchers, including lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Lastly, NattoPharma and its pharmaceutical spin-off Kaydence Pharma appointed new CEO's amid positive growth results and Lycored appoints a new SVP as it seeks to grow R&D capabilities.

Clear role for industry in educating mothers on supplement benefits, strategist says

07 Jun 2018 --- Despite high awareness of the importance of nutrition for new and expectant mothers and infants, there is very low understanding of the actual benefits of dietary supplements, pointing to a clear role for industry to offer guidance and support. This is according to Isobel Smyth, Managing Partner at The Leading Edge, who spoke during the Passionate About Kids’ Nutrition event hosted by DSM in Amsterdam yesterday.

US FDA issues warnings to companies illegally selling concentrated caffeine products

07 Jun 2018 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to the parties responsible for liquidcaffeine.com and Dual Health Body and Mind for illegally selling certain highly concentrated caffeine products. The FDA considers these products to be a threat to public health. The recipients of the warning letters have 15 days to notify the agency about how they have addressed the violations and will prevent them from recurring. If the companies fail to promptly correct these violations, the FDA announced it may take additional action, such as seizure and/or injunction.

And a spoonful of broccoli? CSIRO develops superfood powder suitable for your latte

07 Jun 2018 --- A broccoli powder has been developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and agriculture group Hort Innovation, Australia, in efforts to deliver high-levels of nutrients to consumers. The powder is suitable for fortifying food products, including hot drinks, and also tackles food waste as it is made from vegetables deemed “too ugly’” to grace supermarket shelves. It’s hoped that the powder – of which two tablespoons equals a serving – could help boost the vegetable intake of Australians.