Health & Wellness

BASF: “considerable” Q2 earnings growth, but Nutrition & Health sales stall

27 Jul 2017 --- BASF Group has announced that its second quarter sales rose by 12 percent to €16.3 billion (US$19.11 billion) compared with the same period in 2016. The group states that this was largely attributable to higher prices and volumes. Amid higher raw material costs, the company raised sales prices by 7 percent; this was mainly driven by higher prices in the Chemicals segment. Sales volumes increased by 3 percent. Currency effects had a positive impact on sales and, like portfolio effects, accounted for a 1 percent increase.

Cargill’s erythritol dental health claim rejected by EFSA

27 Jul 2017 --- Cargill cannot prove its EU Article 14 claim submission [disease risk reduction claim] that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between sugar-free hard confectionery with at least 90 percent erythritol and the reduction of dental plaque, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Algatech eyes Brazil market following Anvisa approval for astaxanthin line

27 Jul 2017 --- Algatechnologies has received Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) approval for its all-natural astaxanthin AstaPure to be used as a food ingredient. This approval makes Algatech the first astaxanthin supplier to start marketing its clean-label astaxanthin under the AstaPure brand in Brazil. 

Binge drinking among young US adults not in college increased

27 July 2017 --- Binge drinking rates are finally down among US college students aged 18 to 24, after years of increases, but they are up among those in the same age group who are not in college, according to a study in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The same study also found that alcohol-related hospitalizations and overdose deaths have increased generally among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Food and health startups get chance to impress in Innovation Challenge

27 Jul 2017 --- Innovative ingredient projects, carried out by startups that have brought something completely new and unexpected to the food and health markets, will be rewarded as part of the Startup Innovation Challenge during the next Fi Europe & Ni show from November 28 to 30 this year.

US: Should federal health agencies accept funding from big soda?

26 Jul 2017 --- Newly appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, is in the spotlight as one of the key US health officials recently hired by the Trump administration. Why? Because when she was the health commissioner for Georgia – which has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the US – she accepted funding from Coca-Cola to run an exercise program designed to get children to lose weight.

Lonza reports strong H1 2017 performance, profitability in health and nutrition

26 Jul 2017 --- In the first half of 2017, Lonza continued on its strong growth path, with sales up 15.1 percent to CHF2.323 million (US$2.43 million) and CORE EBIT up 43.3 percent to CHF447 million in reported currency compared with financial results in Half-Year 2016. The success was driven by both the Pharma&Biotech and Specialty Ingredients segments. Consumer Health & Nutrition outperformed others within Specialty Ingredients, and other businesses improved profitability, too. Therefore, Lonza confirms its full-year 2017 guidance on a standalone basis, which was already upgraded with the Q1 2017 Qualitative Business Update in April 2017.

Lycored showcases lycopene's benefits with interactive educational hub

26 Jul 2017 --- Lycored, an international supplier of ingredient and nutrition supplements, has announced the launch of its Lycopedia, an interactive educational hub about Lycopene and its effect on the body during different stages of life. The company hopes the Lycopedia will act as a timeless resource that showcases the incredible health benefits of lycopene, the red-hued tomato-derived carotenoid used in food and beverages and oral supplementation. 

EU presidency discussions consider policy for alcohol labeling

26 July 2017 --- Estonia intends to address cross-border alcohol policy issues, including the labeling of alcoholic beverages, as one of the priorities of its presidency of the EU. The labeling issue is an important part of its goal to reduce alcohol-related harm in Europe, according to World Health Organization (WHO) Europe.

Soybean meal’s nutritional value varies by country, says report

25 July 2017 --- The nutritional value of soybean meal produced in different places may be affected by genetic differences among different varieties of soybeans, as well as differences in growing conditions and processing, according to research from the University of Illinois (U of I).

Lesaffre makes US$17.5 million investment in Intralytix

25 Jul 2017 --- Intralytix has received US$17.5 million in new equity funding from Lesaffre, a French family group. This investment marks the beginning of a close collaboration between both companies to develop and commercialize bacteriophage-based products, for various benefits in human health and in other areas of mutual interest. The size of Lesaffre’s stake in Intralytix as a result of this investment was not disclosed.

Enzyme discovery thought to be step toward creating vitamin A-rich rice

24 Jul 2017 --- An important step in the journey toward adding vitamin A to rice has been made by biochemists from the University of Freiburg who have explained in detail the structure of an enzyme that supplies the carotenoid beta-carotene.  As carotenoids have been found in the leaves of the rice plant, this leaves the door open for a future vitamin A-rich rice that could help with malnutrition issues.

Sugary drinks and high-protein meals don't mix, study finds

24 Jul 2017 --- The problems that may come with consuming a sugar-sweetened drink along with a high-protein meal have been laid out by a study published in the open access journal BMC Nutrition. The study suggests that combining the two may have a negative effect on energy balance, change food preferences and cause the body to store more fat.

FSA sets out plans for food regulation to meet modern market needs

21 Jul 2017 --- The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK has published the department's plans to change food regulation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, particularly in the post-Brexit UK. Its plans include taking the burden of regulation off businesses that do the right thing for consumers and adjusting to the modern food marketplace.

Novel cranberry seed oil attains Canadian good health claims approval

21 Jul 2017 --- Fruit d’Or Nutraceuticals has received a Natural Product Number (NPN) from Health Canada’s Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD), for its Cran d'Or cranberry seed oil. The oil is registered with an NPN claim as a “source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids for the maintenance of good health. Source of antioxidants. Source of oleic acid.” Each tablespoon (15 ml) contains 34.8 percent ALA, 36.6 percent LA and 19.9 percent Oleic acid. 

NP Nutra continues on organic route with new stevia product

21 Jul 2017 --- Nature’s Power Nutraceuticals (NP Nutra), a manufacturer and bulk supplier of nutraceutical ingredients for functional foods, beverages, dietary supplements, cosmetics and petfood has announced the addition of Stevia P.E. 90% (organic) to its continually growing line of products.

Nutrition advice aimed at children key to improving parents' diets

20 Jul 2017 --- New research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has found that nutrition advice aimed at children also improves parents’ diets. The study examined whether long-term dietary intervention focused on children was also associated with parental dietary intake and cardiometabolic risk factors.

Meal frequency closely linked to BMI, study finds

20 Jul 2017 --- Eating only one or two meals a day and making breakfast the largest meal of the day are two examples of significant factors associated with a decrease in body mass index (BMI), according to a study by researchers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLUSPH) and the Czech Republic.

Healthy diet during pregnancy reduces need for c-section

20 Jul 2017 --- Pregnant women who have a healthy diet and regularly engage in moderate exercise are less likely to have a caesarean section, gain excessive weight or develop diabetes in pregnancy, according to the results of a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) that used data from over 12,000 women.

Sabinsa spotlights merits of black pepper with launch of compendium

20 Jul 2017 --- Sabinsa has published a book on the company’s patented black pepper extract, BioPerine, which is widely used to enhance the bioavailability of other nutrients as well as for its thermo-nutrient properties. The book is a compendium of the knowledge obtained on BioPerine since it was launched two decades ago.