Digestive Health

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. 

Gluten-free check: new technique improves gluten detection

08 Feb 2018 --- The number of gluten-free food options in the stores has been growing steadily over the past years; a development largely pushed forward by consumer demand for foods that consumers believe “work for me,” whether this is based on science or otherwise. However, current tests for gluten are not finding all of the substance in foods, resulting in some products being labeled “gluten-free” when they really aren't. This mislabeling can cause serious health consequences for those with celiac disease and gluten-sensitivities. Now researchers Kevin D. Dorfman, Scott P. White and C. Daniel Frisbie report that they have developed a fast gluten detector that has the potential to detect and quantify different sources of gluten than those currently on the market.

Probi’s largest clinical trial confirms the immune enhancing impact of Defendum probiotic

07 Feb 2018 --- Probi's largest clinical trial ever, focused on probiotic immune health, has confirmed a strong clinical immune enhancing effect of Probi Defendum. According to the company, the study proves that Probi Defendum helps protect against recurrent colds and sheds some light on the mechanism of action behind the effect.

Infant nutrition market becomes a bit more wholesome with gut-friendly organic yogurt launch

01 Feb 2018 --- Premium organic baby food brand Happy Family has launched what it says is the first-ever organic yogurt line with no added sweeteners for babies and toddlers. Designed for infants starting at six months and up to three years old, the Happy Baby and Happy Tot Whole Milk Yogurt line is made with whole milk, vitamin D and probiotics. 

Arla Foods launches high fiber yogurt in the UK

30 Jan 2018 --- Arla Foods has launched a new range of yogurts containing 4.7g of fiber in every serving. The range is called Arla Fibre and is available in four flavors; Blueberry, Raspberry, Pineapple & Passionfruit and Strawberry. Arla Fibre comes in in both small (150g, available in Pineapple & Passionfruit and Raspberry) and large (450g, available in Strawberry and Blueberry) pots. The large pots in the yogurt aisle in Tesco from 29 January and both small and large pots from March in other major UK supermarkets. 

Probi signs agreement with “global FMCG company” on gut health launch, enjoys Asia-Pacific growth

26 Jan 2018 --- Probi is seeking to further expand into the functional food space with a newly signed agreement with an as-of-yet unnamed global FMCG company. The partnership relates to the launch of a product containing Probi’s bacteria for gut health in North America. In its year-end report, Probi [which is majority owned by Symrise] notes that a launch in the North American market is planned for the second half of 2019, potentially followed by launches in other territories. The agreement is expected to have a significant impact on future sales and earnings in Probi’s Functional Food business area. 

Gut health top of the agenda at Vitafoods Europe, industry survey finds

26 Jan 2018 --- Digestive health has risen to the top of the nutraceutical industry’s agenda, according to a new survey conducted by the organizers of Vitafoods Europe. Experts have attributed the findings to growing consumer awareness of the importance of healthy gut microbiota and of the potential of probiotics. These topics will be highlighted with a series of talks and presentations at the event, which will be held 15 to 17 May in Geneva.

Vitamin D supplements could ease painful IBS symptoms: UK study

25 Jan 2018 --- Vitamin D supplements could help to ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a new study from the University of Sheffield has found. Scientists from the University’s Department of Oncology and Metabolism reviewed and integrated all available research on vitamin D and IBS – a condition which affects two in ten people in the UK. The study showed a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in IBS patients, regardless of their ethnicity.

Dietary fiber protects against obesity and metabolic syndrome, study finds

23 Jan 2018 --- Consumption of dietary fiber can prevent obesity, metabolic syndrome and adverse changes in the intestine by promoting growth of "good" bacteria in the colon, according to a study led by Georgia State University. The researchers found enriching the diet of mice with the fermentable fiber inulin prevented metabolic syndrome that is induced by a high-fat diet, and they identified specifically how this occurs in the body.

Cruciferous vegetables and probiotic combination: New allies in fight against bowel cancer

15 Jan 2018 --- A team of researchers in the National University Singapore (NUS) Medicine lab of Associate Professor Matthew Chang have found a way to turn a mix of bacteria and vegetables into a targeted system that seeks out and kills colorectal cancer cells. According to the researchers, this combination could be used in the prevention of colorectal cancer – one of the most common cancers in the world – and to clean up the cancer cells remaining after surgical removal of tumors, through a sustainable, low-cost therapeutic regimen.

Superfoods: Fermented foods tipped as top 2018 trend by dieticians

08 Jan 2018 --- Fermented foods – such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut – are to be the no. 1 superfood for 2018, underlining that consumers will be “going with their gut” in the coming year by seeking out foods that improve gut health and overall well-being. This is according to the Pollock Communications and Today's Dietitian's "What's Trending in Nutrition" national survey which gauges the opinions of 2,050 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) on what consumers are thinking and eating. 

Fiber protects against deterioration of the inner colonic mucus layer, scientists find

03 Jan 2018 --- The importance of maintaining healthy gut bacteria has been well established as has the importance of consuming enough dietary fiber, which can influence your weight, blood glucose level and sensitivity to insulin. The latest research from Sahlgrenska Academy, published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, shows that colonic health is also affected by the amount of fiber consumed.

DSM expands gut health ingredients portfolio with acquisition of BioCare Copenhagen

02 Jan 2018 --- Royal DSM has acquired BioCare Copenhagen A/S to expand its offering in gut health ingredients with probiotics, an attractive market segment in nutritional ingredients, growing an estimated 7 percent per year. Financial details will not be disclosed at this time.

Ganeden: Branded functional ingredients reign as top 2017 trend in foods & beverage industry

21 Dec 2017 --- The food and beverage market has seen a plethora of new trends and innovative product launches, but branded functional ingredients topped the charts in interest and success in 2017 – a trend anticipated to continue throughout 2018, according to probiotic ingredient manufacturer Ganeden. Demand for healthier versions of everyday foods and beverages that offer additional health benefits continues to rise, and probiotics have shown to be a preferred solution for manufacturers. These companies are choosing to formulate with branded strains, which are supported by extensive research, formulation assistance, certifications and consumer awareness.  

IPA submits proposal for work on harmonized probiotic guidelines

14 Dec 2017 --- Representatives from the International Probiotics Association (IPA) have announced a proposal for probiotic guidelines pertaining to the food and dietary supplement markets. The IPA activity took place at the 39th session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) meeting in Berlin from December 4 to 8. It was attended by government representatives, observers and experts from 66 member states and 41 international organizations.

New form of wheat packs enough nutritional punch to fight diseases

14 Dec 2017 --- A newly developed form of wheat has ten times the amount of resistant starch, the fiber found in normal wheat that helps to improve gut health, battle bowel cancer and fight Type 2 diabetes. The new wheat was developed by an international team including the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and could provide millions of people with a lot more fiber without having to change their eating habits, CSIRO reports.

EVNol Tocotrienol may beat omeprazole in controlling gastric issues

12 Dec 2017 --- ExcelVite’s EVNol tocotrienol was found to be more effective in treating gastric growth factors in stress-exposed rats than omeprazole, a common medication used in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcer disease. This is according to a recently published study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology that suggests more investigation is warranted.
 

Stem cells in intestinal lining may shed light on behavior of cancer cells

29 Nov 2017 --- The lining of the intestines – the epithelium – has been found to do more than just absorb nutrients. It grows, shrinks, and adjusts the makeup of its cells in response to whatever has just been eaten, and understanding that process could give scientists new insights into the behavior of cancer cells, according to findings published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.

Studies with FrieslandCampina’s Vivinal GOS show increased uptake of iron and improved gut microbiome

27 Nov 2017 --- Two recent studies have led to new insights into supplements containing FrieslandCampina’s Vivinal GOS. The first study showed an increase in iron absorption by 62 percent upon supplementation with Vivinal GOS in iron-deficient Kenyan infants. Additionally, the second study revealed that adding Vivinal GOS mitigated the adverse effects of iron supplementation on gut microbiota and infections.

Gut bacteria sensitive to salt, linked to MS and hypertension: study

20 Nov 2017 --- Common salt reduces the number of certain lactic acid bacteria in the gut of mice and humans. This is according to a study published in the journal Nature by Berlin's Max Delbrück Center and Charité, which further notes an impact on immune cells that are partly responsible for autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) and hypertension. Probiotics were also found to ameliorate the symptoms of disease in mice.