Health & Wellness

Study Finds Consumption of Lean Pork Aids Weight Loss and Healthy Aging

26 May 2017 --- Including nutrient-rich lean pork as part of a weight-loss diet could help women achieve their weight-loss success and improve their ability to get around, according to new research published in Current Developments in Nutrition. 

Kemin Releases Study Highlighting Effectiveness of Antioxidants and Plant Extracts

26 May 2017 --- Kemin Industries recently released the results of a study that underscores the effectiveness of antioxidants and plant extracts that provide shelf stability solutions for fats and oils. Within this study, an oil-soluble green tea extract demonstrated that it could replace Tertiary-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) at 2000ppm inclusion rate. As manufacturers look to reformulate their snack foods to meet the demand for consumer-friendly products, replacing synthetic antioxidants such as TBHQ becomes imperative.

Jubilant Announces Price Increase of Up to 15% for Vitamin B3

26 May 2017 --- Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd, an integrated global Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Company, has announced a price increase of up to 15% for its Vitamin B3 (Niacin & Niacinamide) with immediate effect, for non-contract customers and wherever existing contracts permit. This is further to the price increase of up to 15% announced in December 2016.

Protein RDA Too Low for Elderly, Labeled as “Disservice” by US Researcher

25 May 2017 --- The minimum protein requirement for healthy adults was set almost 15 years ago, but there is a growing body of evidence that this recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is not sufficient for older persons, this is according to author Stuart Phillips of McMaster University in Canada. 

Key Interview: ADM Looks to Sway European Market With Non-GMO Options

24 May 2017 --- Food ingredient supplier Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) provides a portfolio of vegetarian options, including soy protein isolates, crisps, flours and concentrates as well as edible bean and pulse ingredients. Boosted demand for natural products and clarity with regards to the traceability of ingredients has fueled an increased need for naturally-sourced, non-GMO ingredients.

NYC Pioneers New Nutritional Labeling Rules

24 May 2017 --- This week, New York City became the first city in the US to introduce new legislation which requires chain food retailers and restaurants to post calorie counts and full nutritional information on prepared foods or restaurant-type foods. Chain restaurants and retailers will be required to provide complete nutritional information, rather than just a simple calorie count, for standard menu items being offered. In addition, they will need to post a statement about the daily recommended caloric intake of 2,000 calories. 

Longer Cooking Time Makes "Sofrito" Healthier

24 May 2017 --- Cooking tomato sofrito for a longer time, around an hour, and adding onion to this typical sauce of the Mediterranean diet, benefits the production of beneficial molecules for our health due their high antioxidant capacity, according to a study published in the journal Food Research International

New Nestle Skin Health CEO Appointed

24 May 2017 --- Nestlé announced that it has appointed Stuart Raetzman as CEO of Nestlé Skin Health, effective immediately. Stuart joined the company in 2014 as President, North America. In 2015, he moved to Nestlé Skin Health’s global headquarters in Lausanne. 

Health Effects of Food Can’t be Judged by Single Nutrients, Research Shows

23 May 2017 --- New research has found that food is not just the sum of its nutrients and that it must be evaluated as a whole, alongside other foods eaten at the same time. The latest findings come from a panel of researchers, including experts in epidemiology, food, nutrition and medical science, who examined why it’s important not to focus on a certain nutrient without looking at how it is consumed and what else is being eaten.

Intestinal Fungi Linked to Worsening of Alcoholic Liver Disease

23 May 2017 --- Intestinal fungi may contribute to the development of alcoholic liver disease (ALD), a new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has suggested. US researchers demonstrated that oral antifungal treatment protects mice from alcohol-related liver disease progression. In separate components of the study conducted in humans, the researchers linked intestinal fungi to ALD and increased risk of death for people with ALD.

EFSA Maintains 1993 Dietary Reference Values for Vitamin K

23 May 2017 --- The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has decided to maintain the dietary reference values (DRVs) for vitamin K set in 1993. During a 6-week public consultation launched earlier this year to collect feedback from the scientific community and any interested parties on the draft Scientific Opinion on DRVs for vitamin K, EFSA received 43 different submissions with comments from 10 interested parties. After reviewing and addressing these comments, it decided to maintain the 1993 DRVs.

Scientists Urge US Government to Meet Compliance Deadline for Nutrition Labels

22 May 2017 --- As US food industry groups continue to urge the government to delay the July 2018 compliance date for the updated nutrition facts label, consumer advocacy group and non-profit watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) claims that more than 40 scientists and researchers from across the country are calling for the date to stand.

No Such Thing as “Healthy Obesity”: Study

22 May 2017 --- “Healthy” obese people are still at higher risk of heart failure or stroke than the general population, according to research by scientists at the University of Birmingham. The results indicate that the concept of “healthy obesity” – a condition characterized by having normal markers of metabolic health despite a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more – is, in fact, a myth.

Grilling or Microwaving Best Ways to Preserve Nutritional Value of Mushrooms

22 May 2017 --- A study by Spanish researchers has shown that microwaving and grilling are the best way to prepare mushrooms in terms of maintaining their nutritional profile. Mushrooms are considered valuable health foods, since they have a significant amount of dietary fiber and are poor in calories and fat. Moreover, they have a good protein content (20-30% of dry matter) which includes most of the essential amino acids.

Syndicate Invests $26.7m in Microbiome Therapeutics Company BiomX

19 May 2017 --- A global syndicate which includes corporate venture funds Seventure Partners, Takeda Ventures and Johnson and Johnson Development Corporation has announced a $26.7 million (€24 million) investment in Israeli microbiome therapeutics company BiomX. 

Pesticide-Free Moringa Among NP Nutra Product Launches

16 May 2017 --- Botanical ingredients supplier Nature’s Power Nutraceuticals (NP Nutra) has announced the launch of four new products: Moringa Leaf Powder (organic), Cayenne Powder (organic), Grape Juice Powder (organic) and Oregano Leaf P.E. 5:1. The company reported that Moringa Leaf Powder “is a very welcome and long sought-after addition to NP Nutra’s organic line of products, Nutra Organics.” Moringa is a nutrition powerhouse containing antioxidant compounds quercetin and chlorogenic acid and is known for its energy and endurance-promoting qualities.

Despite Abundance of Information, Many Americans Still Doubt Nutritional Choices: Survey

16 May 2017 --- Americans are consuming food information from more sources than ever before, yet our nutritional literacy is sorely lacking — and our health may be suffering as a result. Those are among the findings of the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 12th Annual Food and Health Survey.

Effects of Global Warming Extend to Gut Microbiota, Researchers Find

15 May 2017 --- The deleterious effects of climate change on bacterial species composing the gut microbiota of a lizard have been demonstrated by researchers from the Evolution and Biological Diversity laboratory in Toulouse, the Theoretical and Experimental Ecology Station and the University of Exeter in Great Britain. Nature Ecology & Evolution will be publishing this work, which highlights the need to better understand the effects of climate on ecological relationships between species—and thereby adopt more appropriate measures for their protection.

Yogurt Consumption Linked to Reduced Risk of Osteoporosis

15 May 2017 --- A new study by researcher from Trinity College in Dublin has found positive correlation between yogurt consumption and bone health. Considered the largest observational study of dairy intake and bone and health to date, the researchers found that higher hip bone density and a significantly reduced risk of osteoporosis in older populations was associated with an increased yogurt consumption after taking into account traditional risk factors. The study is further evidence to support the idea that dairy products contain valuable nutrients for the maintenance of bone health. 

Nutrients in Discarded food Could Help Americans Meet Daily Requirements

15 May 2017 --- Discarded food contains a significant amount of nutrients that could be used to help many Americans meet daily requirements, according to a new study. It is estimated that around 1,217 calories per person per day are squandered as a result of food waste in the US. The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, looks beyond the caloric value of food waste and focuses on the nutritional value of the food we throw away. Investigators found that discarded food contains large amounts of key nutrients like vitamin D, fiber and potassium that could help people get the food they need to meet their daily recommended intake.