Weight Management

Vegan diet improves diabetes markers in overweight adults: study

16 Feb 2018 --- A plant-based diet improves beta-cell function and insulin sensitivity in overweight adults with no history of diabetes, according to a new study published in Nutrients by researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Measuring the function of beta cells, which store and release insulin, can help assess future type 2 diabetes risk.

Saturated fat and sugar can cause depression and anxiety: study

14 Feb 2018 --- A diet rich in saturated fat, such as palm oil, and sugar not only leads to obesity, but it also creates inflammation in the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that controls mood and the feeling of reward. This inflammation can lead to depressive, anxious and compulsive behavior and disrupt metabolism, according to a study from the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM). The discovery illustrates the vicious circle experienced by people with obesity caused by a diet rich in sugar and saturated fat, with their diet leading to negative emotions, which can stimulate the quest for more comfort through food.

Bridging the fiber gap: Tereos launches website on dietary fiber

13 Feb 2018 --- Consuming an adequate amount of fiber plays an important role in a wide range of health-related issues, by helping to reduce obesity, improve cholesterol and glycemic index levels and contribute to weight management. To educate consumers about dietary fibers, Tereos has launched a new website, which it says makes it easy to understand the company's Actilight fiber ingredient, its benefits and origin. 

Obesity drives US healthcare costs up by 29 percent, varying by state: study

12 Feb 2018 --- New research from Cornell University is providing an insight into how individual states are affected by the healthcare costs of obesity. Using microdata for each state, researchers have for the first time estimated the percentage of healthcare spending that is devoted to obesity.

Crash diets: Stern warning for heart disease patients

02 Feb 2018 --- Crash diets can cause a transient deterioration in heart function, according to research presented at CMR 2018*. Patients with heart disease are therefore being urged to seek medical advice before adopting a very low-calorie diet.

Arla Foods launches high fiber yogurt in the UK

30 Jan 2018 --- Arla Foods has launched a new range of yogurts containing 4.7g of fiber in every serving. The range is called Arla Fibre and is available in four flavors; Blueberry, Raspberry, Pineapple & Passionfruit and Strawberry. Arla Fibre comes in in both small (150g, available in Pineapple & Passionfruit and Raspberry) and large (450g, available in Strawberry and Blueberry) pots. The large pots in the yogurt aisle in Tesco from 29 January and both small and large pots from March in other major UK supermarkets. 

US health body launches online resources to curb confusion on dietary supplements

25 Jan 2018 --- The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health – the US’ medical research agency – has two new resources to help people understand what is known about the effectiveness and safety of many ingredients in dietary supplements promoted for fitness and weight loss. Both fact sheets are available online in a health professional version that is detailed and fully referenced, as well as consumer versions in both English and Spanish. 

Paleolithic diet healthier for overweight women, Swedish study finds

22 Jan 2018 --- Overweight women after menopause who follow a Paleolithic diet can maintain weight loss in the long term, according to a study at Umeå University in Sweden. Further findings show that the diet also causes the levels of risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to decrease.

Keto on-the-go: US start-up targets affordable keto diet with single serve sachets

18 Jan 2018 --- Nutrition start-up Ketologie has launched a Kickstarter campaign allowing consumers to pre-order the company's two most popular products (Chocolate and Vanilla) in new, single-serve sachets with collagen as their primary protein source. The company says it is “on a mission to make the ketogenic way of eating easier and more affordable for busy people on-the-go.” NutritionInsight spoke with Dr. Tracey King, CEO and co-founder of Ketologie, about the increasingly popular keto diet, the newly launched keto-friendly single-serve sachets, as well as the company’s future projects.

Intermittent fasting: The diet to watch in 2018?

17 Jan 2018 --- With rates of obesity continuing to skyrocket, the weight loss market is seeing persistent growth, experiencing an explosion in sales especially around the New Year. In this space, intermittent fasting (IF) is becoming increasingly popular, with organizations such as Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) touting its benefits. IF is an umbrella term encompassing a range of diets where the pattern of calorie restriction and timing of food intake are altered so that individuals undergo frequently repeated periods of fasting or modified fasting (allowing a low calorie intake of approximately 500-600 calories per day). What is the science behind this range of diets, and what sort of opportunities do they offer the food industry?

Scarring molecule in fat tissue links obesity with distressed and inflamed fat

16 Jan 2018 --- The fat of obese people can become distressed, scarred and inflamed, making weight loss more difficult, according to research at the University of Exeter. An analysis of the health of adipose (fat) tissue in overweight people found that their fat can cease to cope as it increases in size and becomes suffocated by its own expansion.

Bile acids increase fat burning, offering a potential new treatment for obesity

16 Jan 2018 --- A specific group of bile acids could directly burn away the lipids in our fat depots, effectively making it a new therapy against obesity. This is according to a new study led by the lab Kristina Schoonjans at EPFL. Current treatments for obesity try to decrease calorie intake and increase energy expenditure, but the problem is maintaining long-term effects. Non-invasive treatments, like diets and drugs that reduce intestinal ingestion, are widely unpopular among patients, while bariatric surgery seems to be the only reliable treatment for obese people, despite being both expensive and invasive.

Bayn Europe sets up subsidiary in China for sugar reduction

15 Jan 2018 --- Bayn Europe AB has signed a joint venture agreement with real estate development company HuaHe International Asset Management Ltd. to introduce sugar reduction to the China market. Both partners have agreed on a cooperation model and mutual commitments for the set-up of the joint venture. Under the agreement, Bayn is to hold 65 percent of equity and HuaHe 35 percent. 

Start as you mean to go on – Protein for breakfast key to weight loss: report

15 Jan 2018 --- Eating more protein, especially at breakfast, could be the key to achieving healthy weight loss, according to a new report released by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The report, Protein Balance: New concepts for protein in Weight Management, aims to highlight the benefits of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet for weight control and notes that the latest scientific evidence supports eating at least 25 grams of protein at each main meal to control hunger and enhance muscle metabolism.

Junk food: US federal tax for manufacturers is legally and administratively viable, finds analysis

11 Jan 2018 --- A US federal tax on junk food is both legally and administratively feasible, according to researchers at New York University College of Global Public Health and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

A potential explanation for winter weight gain – Fat cells are sensitive to sunlight: study

11 Jan 2018 --- A breakthrough study by University of Alberta researchers has shown that the fat cells that lie just beneath our skin shrink when exposed to the blue light emitted by the sun. According to the researchers, the insufficient sunlight exposure people living in a northern climate get eight months of the year may be promoting fat storage and contribute to the typical weight gain some of us have over the winter.

Dietary self-monitoring on smartphone impacted by day of week but not by season

08 Jan 2018 --- Dietary self-monitoring is a key component of successful behavioral weight loss interventions and is essential for facilitating other behavior change techniques – such as setting goals and providing behavioral feedback. A new study on weekly and seasonal patterns of dietary self-monitoring, particularly when using a smartphone application (app), has now found that the amount of time in a study and day of the week were associated with dietary self-monitoring but not season.

NHS England to ban sale of sugary drinks in hospitals

05 Jan 2018 --- NHS England has banned the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks in hospitals, effective July this year. The ban has been written into the updated Standard Contract for hospitals which was posted on the healthcare provider’s website on Wednesday. A number of organizations and lobby groups have lauded the move, although the British Soft Drinks Association noted that while sugar intake from soft drinks has been falling, obesity levels have been increasing over the past years.

Sugar's role in global health crisis deserves more attention: BMJ essay

04 Jan 2018 --- The idea that sugar could be a fundamental cause of the global obesity and diabetes epidemics, with health effects that go beyond just empty calories, deserves more serious consideration, argues journalist and author Gary Taubes in an essay published in The BMJ today. Sugar and the potential harmful effects of its consumption have come under intensifying scrutiny in recent times, with sugar taxes being implemented, or at least debated, in a number of countries this year and consumers increasingly opting for low sugar products. According to Taubes, efforts to improve our knowledge of the harmful effects of sugar should receive priority and consumers should be dissuaded from consuming it until uncertainties have been resolved. 

“100 calorie snacks, two a day max”: Public Health England launches campaign around children’s snacking

03 Jan 2018 --- Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new Change4Life campaign with the slogan “100 calorie snacks, two a day max,” which aims to encourage parents to choose healthier snacks than the ones they currently buy for their children. Selected UK supermarkets have announced their support for the campaign, while health pressure group Action on Sugar calls for more stringent action, pointing to the responsibility of food and beverage manufacturers to help prevent the overconsumption of sugar.