Health & Wellness

Plant-based and dairy-free: Delivering on consumer taste and texture expectations

14 Aug 2018 --- The demand for dairy-free and plant-based products is growing. However, taste continues to reign supreme as consumers want dairy-free products but without budging on flavor or texture. Such demands have led to a range of R&D moves to overcome textural, stability and flavor challenges while aiming to keep ingredient lists as short as possible. NutritionInsight speaks to suppliers on how they are responding to the ever-expanding dairy-free trend, with a focus on plant-based protein and milk options. 

Sleep supplement: Som Sleep granted Non-GMO project status

14 Aug 2018 --- The market for sleep supplements in the booming supplement industry is huge, with Americans spending an estimated 41 billion dollars on sleep aids in 2015 alone. Som Sleep, who offer ready-to-drink supplements Som Sleep Original and Som Sleep Zero Sugar, report that the market is increasingly demanding naturalness and announce that Som Sleep has received official Non-GMO project status.

Baobab resurgence? Things are looking up for the “upside down” tree

14 Aug 2018 --- The baobab superfruit has been enjoying an NPD resurgence, boosted by renewed interest in the digestive health and low GI space, as well its strong potential for use in the sports nutrition market. The superfood – which is touted as offering low GI appeal, a high dietary fiber content and for being rich in vitamin C – has seen annual growth of 53 percent, according to Innova Market Insights data. Speaking to NutritionInsight, Henry Johnson, baobab specialist at EcoProducts, details the growing array of applications for the superfood, as well as the economic ripening of the environment for market growth for baobab.

Pesticide Testing: NSF International updates dietary supplement certification standard

14 Aug 2018 --- NSF International and the NSF/ANSI 173 Joint Committee have updated the pesticide testing requirements included in NSF/ANSI 173, the only American National Standard for dietary supplements. A recent NSF study established chemical-specific pesticide limits for 185 pesticides that might be present in botanical ingredients used in dietary supplement ingredients.

Microbe colonization study could inspire better probiotics, claim researchers

13 Aug 2018 --- A novel approach to identify the genes that may be important to help microbes live successfully in the human gut has been identified by a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. The approach utilizes a technique called phylogenetic linear modeling, which has often been used in ecology, but rarely in genomics. The researchers hope that the findings could be important for the development of new therapies to maintain or improve gut health, such as the design of better probiotics.

UK women of childbearing age falling short on key micronutrient requirements, survey finds

13 Aug 2018 --- The micronutrient intake of women in their childbearing years, as well as young people in general, fall short in key micronutrients such as magnesium and selenium. UK researchers note that improvements in dietary quality are needed in young adulthood and mid-life. Alongside this, fortification and supplementation strategies may be considered to help adults achieve dietary targets at this life-stage when they should be at their “nutritional prime.”

GOS holds dietary fiber potential: FrieslandCampina eyes new applications

13 Aug 2018 --- FrieslandCampina is targeting the dietary fiber opportunity for its Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS). The move comes in response to the recent FDA green light on specific dietary fibers which presents new market opportunities and application areas. “There is a lot of interest in clean, green and label-friendly ingredients and fiber is one that they are looking for, but in good tasting applications. This really means a lot more flexibility for formulators to offer something that has both prebiotic and fiber benefits,” Sarah Staley of FrieslandCampina tells NutritionInsight on the topic of GOS as a trending prebiotic fiber.

Evolva net loss narrows, on track to deliver on set targets

10 Aug 2018 --- Swiss-headquartered biotechnology and fermentation ingredient supplier Evolva has reported that product sales doubled, reaching CHF1.8 million (US$1.8 million) in the first half of 2018. Total revenues reached CHF3.8 million in the first half of 2018, up 6% on last year, while their net loss narrowed to CHF14.7 million (first half 2017 loss CHF20.3 million).

DSM enters UK distribution partnership with Salutivia

10 Aug 2018 --- Salutivia has been appointed as the UK distributor for DSM Nutritional Products within the food, nutrition and supplement markets for customers served through the DSM distributor supply chain.

Weekly roundup: Lycored awarded for campaign, Support for probiotics in countering depression

10 Aug 2018 --- This week, Lycored was awarded for their innovative #rethinkbeautiful campaign and Good in Bloom initiative, while a new study supports the hypothesis that the modification of microbial ecology in human gut by supplementing probiotics may be an alternative strategy to ameliorate or prevent depression.

Sodium guidelines under scrutiny: Only regions consuming over 5g a day should be targeted, concludes study

10 Aug 2018 --- A new study shows that for the vast majority of communities, sodium consumption is not associated with an increase in health risks except for those whose average consumption exceeds 5g/day (equivalent to 12.5g of salt, or 2.5 teaspoons). Communities with high average levels of sodium intake (above 5g/day) were mostly seen in China, with only about 15% of communities outside China exceeding this level of consumption. 

“A diverse diet may not be the healthiest one,” finds AHA review

09 Aug 2018 --- Encouraging people to eat a wide variety of foods to ensure they meet all their dietary needs may backfire, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) that provides an overview of recent scientific studies.

Retail merger terminated: Rite Aid and Albertsons call off US$24 billion deal

09 Aug 2018 --- Albertsons Companies, one of the US’ largest grocery retailers, and leading drugstore chain Rite Aid Corporation have mutually agreed to terminate their previously announced merger agreement. The US$24 billion deal including debt, announced in February, has faced push-back from a number of retail investors as well as top ten shareholder Highfields Capital Management. The retailers said late Wednesday that they mutually agreed to remain separate. They canceled a shareholder meeting on the deal planned for Thursday.

UK advertising watchdog backs “healthy” McDonald’s Happy Meals ad

08 Aug 2018 --- The UK advertising watchdog has ruled that McDonald’s Happy Meals can be advertised during children’s TV shows because they are “healthy.” But it banned ads for KFC and Kellogg’s Coco Pops for promoting junk food to young people. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) dismissed a complaint that a Pokémon-themed Happy Meal ad, which featured products including Chicken McNuggets, should not have been allowed to run between episodes of Peppa Pig.

Montmorency tart cherries may help enhance gut health, finds small scale study

07 Aug 2018 --- Montmorency tart cherries may play a role in improving gut health, suggests a first-of-its-kind human trial of nine adults combined with a parallel laboratory study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. An international team of scientists found that Montmorency tart cherries helped to positively impact the gut microbiome – a collection of trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the intestinal tract. The study has been highlighted by the trade association The Cherry Marketing Institute.

DSM pursues biotin patent suit against China’s Anhui Tiger

07 Aug 2018 --- DSM is pursuing a patent infringement lawsuit in China against a competitor for what it calls the “misappropriation of intellectual property” pertaining to the production of a key ingredient of Biotin (also known as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H). On August 2, 2018, DSM IP Assets BV and two related operating group companies, DSM Vitamins (Shanghai) Ltd. and DSM Vitamins Trading (Shanghai) Ltd. served a suit against Anhui Tiger in China for patent infringement.

Premixes: Strong potential for plant-based nutritionals and protein innovation

07 Aug 2018 --- The aging of the population, increasing scientific evidence of the benefits of nutritional supplementation and the trend toward foods and beverages rather than pills and capsules have led to increased consumer interest in the incorporation of nutrient premixes to support a healthy diet. “Consumers are doing everything they can to stay healthy so that they can stay out of the traditional healthcare system,” says Sam Wright IV, CEO at The Wright Group, which develops custom nutrient premixes, the enrichment of rice and grains, as well as the microencapsulation of vitamins, minerals and omega 3.

Increased belly fat in older adults linked to cognitive impairment

06 Aug 2018 --- A higher waist to hip ratio has been linked to reduced cognitive function in older Irish adults (over 60 years of age) by a new study using data from over 5,000 individuals. These findings have significant implications as the global prevalence of dementia is predicted to increase from 24.3 million in 2001 to 81.1 million by 2040.

Australia’s Manildra Group launches low FODMAP flour

03 Aug 2018 --- Australian flour miller Manildra Group has launched a low FODMAP flour range, touted as being “the world’s first.” Tested by government-registered Australian certifier FODMAP Friendly with DTS laboratories, Lo-Fo Pantry Plain Flour has been approved for millions of Australians who suffer IBS-like abdominal symptoms but get no relief from a gluten-free diet. 

Weekly Roundup: Curcumin extract may prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, eggs recommended in early weaning

03 Aug 2018 --- The weekly roundup is NutritionInsight's collection of global nutrition stories from the past week. In research news, bioactive curcumin extract BCM-95 was noted for its role in preventing and treating Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), folic acid supplementation may be key to lowering the risk of language skill delays in children whose mothers take drugs for epilepsy and women appear to have a more considerable aversion to eating meat than men after seeing pictures of baby animals. Lastly, British Lion Eggs, a UK food safety scheme, notes that a UK government report has highlighted the benefits of feeding the allergenic foods of eggs and peanuts to babies from the age of six months old.