Health & Wellness

Doctors advised to recommend cranberry products as first line of defense against lingering UTIs

22 Sep 2017 --- A review of dozens of studies has led scientists to advise doctors to recommend cranberry products as the first line of defense against repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Salutivia launches new NPD food and nutrition laboratory

21 Sep 2017 --- Food ingredient and supplement distribution company Salutivia has announced the launch of its new laboratory, based in Redditch in the UK and dedicated to driving new product development (NPD) in support of customer projects. The new laboratory is capable of making finished consumer concepts incorporating ingredients from its supplier partners.

Frutarom launches fruit-based formulations to deliver nutraceuticals naturally

20 Sep 2017 --- Frutarom BU Health has launched Frutaceuticals, a new fruit-based delivery system combining “great flavor enhanced with the benefits of Frutarom’s-branded health ingredients.” The fruit-based supplements are to be first presented at SupplySide West, Las Vegas. 

Naturex signs distribution agreement with MycoTechnology for shiitake mushroom protein

19 Sep 2017 --- Naturex has signed a global distribution agreement via its Open Innovation program (Ingenium) with Colorado-based start-up MycoTechnology for its PureTaste, a shiitake mushroom plant protein with nine essential and 11 non-essential amino acids.

Cambridge Commodities taps into consumer trend toward convenient nutritionals

18 Sep 2017 --- The way in which the markets of sports nutrition and health and wellbeing are merging is presenting a unique challenge for companies in the nutritional space. Clare Baker, Cambridge Commodities’ Head of Product Development, spoke with NutritionInsight about making a product that is popular across several market segments and other opportunities consumer trends in the nutritionals market currently present.

BASF enters personalized health analytics collaboration with Segterra

15 Sep 2017 --- BASF and Segterra have initiated a collaboration with BASF’s health ingredients brand, Newtrition, to provide personalized nutrition recommendations and scientific support for InsideTracker, an online platform developed by Segterra. InsideTracker is a platform for personalized health analytics in the US market. It is said to track and analyze blood biomarkers and applies algorithms and scientific databases to recommend personalized plans for optimizing an individual’s health.

Global Burden of Disease study links 1 in 5 deaths to poor diet

15 Sep 2017 --- Poor diet is linked to 1 in 5 deaths, with a high blood glucose, high blood pressure, high body mass index (BMI) and high total cholesterol all in the top ten leading risk factors for death globally. These are among the latest estimates for the state of the world's health by the Global Burden of Disease study (GBD), published in The Lancet. The authors note that the relatively poor track record for global dietary risk reduction might in part reflect low investment, as compared to curative health care, as well as the continuing challenges of improving many risky behaviors.

Mazza announces expansion of extraction capabilities

13 Sep 2017 --- Canadian manufacturer Mazza Innovation Ltd. has announced that it is introducing toll-drying services for its customers’ extracts, and more than doubling its extraction capabilities through the construction of a second extractor processing unit. The news comes as the company announces that it has raised Can$2.8 million (US$2.3 million) from existing and new shareholders to fund an expansion of operations at its Delta, BC, Canada PhytoClean extraction facility.

Fermentalg joins DIC to create natural food colorings as it announces half-year results

12 Sep 2017 --- Fermentalg, a French company providing microalgae products for nutrition and health, and DIC Corporation, a Japanese company in the global chemicals industry, have announced the signing of a cooperation agreement. The agreement was revealed as Fermentalg announced its 2017 half-year financial report, which shows a slowdown in cash expenditure that is in line with forecasts, and comes on the back of controlled spending, notably through cuts in administrative costs (primarily fees), as the Group prepares for its future industrial deployment.

NuGo launches “first and only” gluten-free pea protein cookie

12 Sep 2017 --- NuGo Nutrition is expanding its line of products by launching NuGo Protein Cookies, which it calls the first and only gluten-free, vegan pea protein cookie. NuGo states in its press release that it is the first major protein bar brand to launch protein cookies. The baked cookies have a short list of clean, non-GMO ingredients with 16 grams of protein in every package, it adds.

Food Industry Asia seeks to drive food safety agenda in Greater Mekong Subregion

12 Sep 2017 --- Food Industry Asia (FIA) has pledged that it will support the six countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in building capacity and strengthening food safety systems across the region. Representing the private sector, FIA says it will bring together governments, policymakers and industry leaders through high-level dialogue to drive the food safety agenda.

DSM to hike prices of its Fortitech Premixes by 10 percent

11 Sep 2017 --- DSM has announced that it will increase prices for Fortitech Premixes by an average of 10 percent across all regions with immediate effect. Existing contracts and commitments will not be affected, the company’s press release adds.

Why you are what you think you eat: New insights

11 Sep 2017 --- Despite eating the same breakfast, made from the same ingredients, people consumed more calories throughout the day when they believed that one of the breakfasts was less substantial than the other. This is the key finding of research, funded by the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services at the Rowett Institute, led by Steven Brown from Sheffield Hallam University. It was presented on 6 September at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology.

New US$40 keychain food allergen detection system could help to save lives

08 Sep 2017 --- A newly developed US$40 portable allergen-detection system – including a keychain analyzer – could help prevent potentially fatal trips to the emergency room, researchers report in the journal ACS Nano. The system is called integrated exogenous antigen testing, or iEAT.

Defining and discussing “silver consumers” and their needs at Vitafoods Asia 2017

08 Sep 2017 --- The topic of healthy aging was explored in detail at Vitafoods Asia 2017 in a panel discussion involving key insights from industry insiders that discussed how to define and serve the “silver consumer” with healthy aging products. Chaired by The World of Food Ingredients Chief Editor Robin Wyers, the discussion featured contributions from analyze & realize Senior Consultant Iris Hardewig and Director of Nutrition Science and Advocacy at DSM Nutritional Products, Human Nutrition & Science of Greater China Weiguo Zhang.

Lallemand Health Solutions’ probiotic production facilities receive GMP certification

08 Sep 2017 --- Lallemand Health Solutions in Canada is breaking new ground in probiotic production quality standards as both of its plants in Montreal and Mirabel have successfully passed the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Quality Systems Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) audit, becoming the first probiotic production facilities to receive this quality certificate.

Whole grains decrease colorectal cancer risk, report states

07 Sep 2017 --- Daily consumption of whole grains, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk. This is according to a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). 

Statins reduce heart disease deaths by 28 percent in men with high “bad” cholesterol

07 Sep 2017 --- Statins reduce deaths from coronary heart disease by 28 percent in men with high levels of “bad” cholesterol, according to the longest-ever study of its kind. The study, by Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow, focused specifically on men with high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and no other risk factors or signs of heart disease.

Keto diet holds “great promise” in benefiting memory and lifespan

07 Sep 2017 --- So-called “keto” diets have been gaining public attention for an array of weight loss and health benefit claims, with celebrities like actress Gwyneth Paltrow singing their praises. But scientists are still uncovering what exactly happens in ketosis, when carbohydrate intake is so low that the body shifts to producing ketones to help fuel organs. Now, two independent mouse studies have provided evidence that a ketogenic diet improves memory in older animals, as well as the chances that an animal lives to old age. The findings, published this week in the journal Cell Metabolism, have raised hopes that ketogenic diets can improve both longevity and healthspan – the time someone lives in good health – but further testing in humans is needed.

TH True Herbal superfood beverages launched in Vietnam

07 Sep 2017 --- TH Group, in cooperation with NIZO, has launched its TH True Herbal superfood beverages in Vietnam, following the success of the products in the US. The beverages will arrive on the shelves of all major Vietnamese supermarkets this year. Three of the five beverages – lime, passion fruit and blackberry – were launched in Vietnam on 20 August.