Heart Health

Raisio looks to Benecol brand growth amid company “renewal”

08 Aug 2018 --- Raisio is targeting renewed growth for its “star” international brand Benecol, with an increased focus on marketing products featuring the cholesterol-lowering plant stanol esters. The strategy includes a €2 million (US$2.3 million) marketing investment in the brand during Q2 and the opening of a new entity to serve the strong Irish market, as well as the launch of product innovations, including a new cereal bar line which uses the ingredient.

Plant-based portfolio diet found to lower risk factors for heart disease

30 Jul 2018 --- The portfolio diet, a plant-based way of eating previously shown to lower cholesterol levels, also reduces other risk factors for cardiovascular disease including blood pressure, triglycerides and inflammation, University of Toronto researchers have found. In addition to reducing LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol by about 30 percent when combined with a low-saturated fat diet – a level comparable to medications – the researchers found the diet limited other factors for an estimated 13 percent reduction in the overall risk for coronary heart disease, which includes angina and heart attack.

Omega 3 supplementation has “little to no effect” on risk of heart disease, stroke or death: study

18 Jul 2018 --- Debunking the commonly held belief that omega 3 supplementation can protect against heart disease, a new study has found that consuming additional omega 3 fatty acids, compared to usual or lower omega 3, has little to no effect on the risk for cardiovascular events, coronary heart deaths, coronary heart disease events, stroke or heart irregularities. 

While men lose weight on low-carb diet, women see healthy heart gains, study finds

18 Jul 2018 --- Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine recently found that while men may lose more weight on low-carb diets, women actually see better improvements in artery flexibility. The finding holds promise for helping pre-diabetic women reduce their risk of heart disease through a low-carb diet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated one out of three American adults live with higher than normal blood sugar levels known as prediabetes.

Study: Stop avoiding whole dairy products for heart health

12 Jul 2018 --- New research at The University of Texas could banish the feeling of guilt some consumers may have around consuming whole dairy products amid conflicting information about fats and heart health. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found no significant link between dairy fats and cause of death, or, more specifically, heart disease and stroke – two of the US’s biggest killers. In fact, certain types of dairy fat may help guard against having a severe stroke, the researchers reported.

“Never intended as a magic bullet”: CRN responds to multivitamin supplement study

11 Jul 2018 --- Supplements have a critical place in the general public’s diet, but were never intended to serve as magic bullets for the prevention of serious diseases, the US Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has stressed. The comment comes in response to a widely circulated study that emphasizes that taking multivitamin and mineral supplements does not prevent strokes, heart attacks or deaths related to cardiovascular disease.

Red raspberries boost vascular health, study finds

11 Jul 2018 --- The consumption of red raspberries can improve the blood vessel function among healthy males, a study published in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and supported in funds by The National Processed Raspberry Council, has found. The findings indicate the potential of raspberries for cardiovascular health.

First time finding: Allergy to red meat may be a factor in heart disease

18 Jun 2018 --- A team of researchers says it has linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat to the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart. While high saturated fat levels in red meat have long been known to contribute to heart disease for people in general, the new finding suggests that a subgroup of the population may be at heightened risk for a different reason – a food allergen. The study, which is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health and appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

Mediterranean diet boosts heart health – even with lean red meat, study suggests

14 Jun 2018 --- Adopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, if the red meat consumed is lean and unprocessed, according to a Purdue University nutrition study. The study does not, however, encourage the consumption of red meat in people who otherwise do not eat red meat.

Superfruit: Two cups of mango a day for a healthy heart, study finds

13 Jun 2018 --- Mango consumption among healthy postmenopausal women has a positive vascular effect, a University of California study has found. The study also detected favorable changes in the production of breath methane, indicating the mango’s positive influence on gut fermentation. The research adds to previous research that reported that eating mangos is more effective in improving gut health than eating a comparable amount of dietary psyllium fiber supplement.

The right nutrition for the golden years: Space for personalization

11 Jun 2018 --- Medical interventions and overall improved standards of living are causing us to live longer than previous generations. However, since the aging process is accompanied by a host of physiological changes, extra attention needs to be given to the appropriate nutrition and lifestyle standards. NutritionInsight speaks with a number of key suppliers about the unique needs of aging consumers.

Plant-based diets reduce risk of heart disease by 40 percent

01 Jun 2018 --- Vegetarian, especially vegan, diets are linked to better cardiovascular health, according to a new review published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. Around the globe, cardiovascular disease is responsible for 46 percent of non-communicable disease deaths, or 17.5 million deaths a year, making it the leading cause of death. But according to the researchers, this study proves it doesn't have to be.

“Healthy obesity” still detrimental to cardiovascular health, Lancet study finds

31 May 2018 --- Compared to metabolically healthy women of normal weight, women who are obese and who have been metabolically healthy for decades are still at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This is according to an observational study that followed over 90,000 US women for up to 30 years, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. The findings indicate that obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, regardless of whether they develop any of the common metabolic diseases such as high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes.

High levels of protein could increase risk of heart failure in men, study finds

31 May 2018 --- Eating higher amounts of protein was associated with a slightly elevated risk for heart failure in middle-aged men when compared to those who ate less protein, a study has found. The study, published in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association (AHA) journal, adds to the little-researched area of how protein may impact heart failure risk. Researchers also suggest that the type of protein source may be significant, with processed meat being a less healthy protein source than fish, nuts or plant sources.

Calories from sugar-sweetened drinks deemed most harmful, review finds

16 May 2018 --- A group of scientists have agreed that sugar-sweetened beverages play a unique role in chronic health problems, elevating their calorie status to more harmful than calories from other foods and drinks. The conclusions come from a position paper, published in Obesity Review, compiled by a group of researchers. Also highlighted in the paper was the overall difficulty in conducting and interpreting nutritional research. 

Despite conflicting advice, eggs not linked to cardiovascular risk, study finds 

07 May 2018 --- University of Sydney researchers are aiming to clear up conflicting dietary advice around egg consumption, as a new study finds that eating up to 12 eggs per week for a year does not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Their study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Salt reduction key to lowering blood pressure and CVD, study shows

01 May 2018 --- There is strong evidence supporting salt reduction as a key public health strategy to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), reiterates a new review by Action on Salt (based at the Wolfson Institute, Barts & The London, Queen Mary University of London) published in Nature Reviews Cardiology. The review challenges some previously published studies, labeled by the lobby group as “of poor scientific quality,” which have generated controversy and cast doubt on the importance of reducing salt intake on public health.

“Fat Belly” threat: Even those with a healthy weight at risk of heart problems, study finds

23 Apr 2018 --- Even for those with a healthy body mass index (BMI), a “fat belly” creates a two-fold higher long-term risk of heart problems. “Fat belly,” or central obesity, is a store of excess fat around the middle of the body, and this marker of abnormal fat distribution can induce heart problems, findings from the Mayo Clinic revealed. The study is the first of its kind to link normal weight and central obesity to non-fatal cardiovascular events, emphasizing the call to include central obesity measurements in cardiovascular health check-ups. The findings were presented at the EuroPrevent 2018, a European Society of Cardiology congress.

MenaQ7 Full Spectrum K2 closest ingredient to dietary cheese intake, study finds

20 Apr 2018 --- Based on a global state of vitamin K2 deficiency and the strong evidence showing it is a cardio-protective nutrient, researchers recommend cheese as a component of a heart-healthy diet due to its vitamin K2 content. However, for those unable to consume enough cheese daily, NattoPharma has introduced its MenaQ7 Full Spectrum K2, which aims to deliver the range of menaquinones found in foods.

US FDA's voluntary sodium target implementation could save US$40bn, study shows

11 Apr 2018 --- A study has revealed the potential health and economic benefits that could be reaped if the voluntary sodium reduction goals from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be implemented. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, found that more than US$40 billion could be saved over 20 years if the goals were indeed put into practice. The goals, released in 2016, set limits on how much salt should be in certain foods from food companies and restaurants.