Women's Health

UK women of childbearing age falling short on key micronutrient requirements, survey finds

13 Aug 2018 --- The micronutrient intake of women in their childbearing years, as well as young people in general, fall short in key micronutrients such as magnesium and selenium. UK researchers note that improvements in dietary quality are needed in young adulthood and mid-life. Alongside this, fortification and supplementation strategies may be considered to help adults achieve dietary targets at this life-stage when they should be at their “nutritional prime.”

Soy diets might increase women’s bone strength, suggests animal study

08 Aug 2018 --- Osteoporosis, decreased physical activity and weight gain are serious health concerns for postmenopausal women. Researchers from the University of Missouri now have discovered through a new animal study that soy protein found in food might counter the negative effects of menopause on bone and metabolic health. Moreover, the researchers believe that soy protein might also have positive impacts on bone strength for women who have not yet reached menopause.

Sex matters? Marketing to women in the nutritional food space

01 Aug 2018 --- Gender roles are undoubtedly shifting, with recent headlines being heavy on gender-neutral rhetoric. But what effect does this have on the nutritional foods space, where consumers drive NPD and marketing as much as in any other industry? As consumers become more interested in personalized nutrition, does gender matter?

Soluble fiber plus probiotics found to improve iron uptake in female athletes

25 Jul 2018 --- Combining an OTC dosage of iron combined with the product Regular Girl, a premium blend of soluble fiber plus probiotics, may significantly improve iron uptake with no known side effects, a new Marywood University study has shown. Iron deficiency affects approximately 30 percent of female athletes.

Laïta launches nutrition division: ESI Nutrition

06 Jul 2018 --- French dairy cooperative Laïta is launching a new B2B division focused on nutrition and health coined ESI Nutrition. The nutrition division will specialize in the development, industrialization, and manufacturing of pre-packaged, high-end nutritional products and will roll out worldwide.

Norway study: One in three pregnant women deficient in vitamin D by pregnancy end

05 Jul 2018 --- One in three pregnant women in Norway has a vitamin D deficiency by the end of her pregnancy, a study published in PLOS One has shown. This number spikes in Norway’s dark winter months, which often do not provide enough sunlight for the sunshine vitamin to form, leading to rates of vitamin D deficient pregnant women reaching 50 percent. The study, which included 855 pregnant Norwegian women, highlights how many women are not taking government advice on vitamin D supplementation and calls for further action. 

Danone's baby food brands undergo image and ingredient revamp

22 Jun 2018 --- Danone Early Life Nutrition has revamped both of its baby food brands, Cow & Gate and Aptamil. Cow & Gate is launching fifteen new food recipes across the pouch, cereal, jar and tray product ranges, as well as a complete packaging re-brand across its entire formula milk and food portfolio. Starting from mid-June, the changes will be the “biggest the brand has ever undergone.” Aptamil is also launching a new patented next-generation powder formulation and a complete packaging refresh across its entire range.

Clear role for industry in educating mothers on supplement benefits, strategist says

07 Jun 2018 --- Despite high awareness of the importance of nutrition for new and expectant mothers and infants, there is very low understanding of the actual benefits of dietary supplements, pointing to a clear role for industry to offer guidance and support. This is according to Isobel Smyth, Managing Partner at The Leading Edge, who spoke during the Passionate About Kids’ Nutrition event hosted by DSM in Amsterdam yesterday.

Low vitamin D levels linked to miscarriage among women with prior pregnancy loss: NIH study

01 Jun 2018 --- Vitamin D may play a key protective role in healthy pregnancies, an analysis by researchers at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown. In a study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, the researchers note that among women planning to conceive after a pregnancy loss, those who had sufficient levels of vitamin D were more likely to become pregnant and have a live birth, compared to women with insufficient levels of the vitamin.

“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.

Oily fish intake of mother benefits kid's weight maintenance, study finds

31 May 2018 --- Mothers who eat omega-rich fats from oily fish may help their children maintain a healthy weight for the entirety of their lives, a study has found. The research, published in Microbiome, found that the maternal fatty acid status persistently restructures the offspring’s microbiota and the associated metabolic homeostasis related to obesity. A diet that was higher in omega 6 fats than omega 3 contributed to a leaky gut in the kids, potentially contributing to weight gain. The findings further the call for omega 3 supplementation during pregnancy.

Coffee consumption while pregnant linked to increase in overweight children

14 May 2018 --- Even moderate coffee consumption during pregnancy, one to two cups per day, is related to a risk of overweight or obesity in school-age children, according to a study published in the BMJ Open journal. It has not been clearly shown if caffeine is the direct cause of the overweight, but the relationship, alone, has caused researchers to encourage increased caution.

Fonterra highlights benefits of MFGM on fetal and infant brain development

14 May 2018 --- Fonterra's ingredient brand NZMP has released new findings that highlight the positive effect of NZMP’s SureStart MFGM Lipid100 (also known as Nuelipid) during pregnancy on fetal brain composition and on further infant cognitive development.

FrieslandCampina’s human milk oligosaccharide ingredient obtains EU approval and GRAS status

09 May 2018 --- FrieslandCampina DOMO’s new human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient, 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL), has been officially certified for use in infant formula in both European and US markets. The ingredient has received EU novel food approval and achieved GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US. The company reports that these authorizations are an important step forward in the plan of FrieslandCampina to launch its first HMO by the end of the year.

Prenatal and natal nutrition: Folate in focus

02 May 2018 --- One of the stages of life that arguably requires particular nutrient attention is pregnancy, as a woman’s body creates an environment to nourish and grow a baby. Crucial to creating a coherent nutritional profile during this time is folate, or folic acid. NutritionInsight shines a light on this nutrient and its importance in pregnancies.

Healthy diet linked to later onset of menopause, UK study finds

01 May 2018 --- Certain food groups could affect the age at which the menopause begins, researchers at the University of Leeds have found in a study examining the links between diet and the onset of menopause in British women. The study showed that high intake of healthy foods, such as oily fish and fresh legumes, such as peas and green beans were associated with a later onset of the menopause, while a high consumption of refined white pasta and rice was associated with an earlier start.

Selenium crucial for healthy pregnancy and infant development: Cypress Systems

30 Apr 2018 --- Although the micronutrient folic acid has received the most amount of attention around conception, new research is demonstrating that selenium may be just as important, if not even more important, Cypress Systems CEO Paul Willis tells NutritionInsight. The biotech company has compiled an extensive Executive Summary on selenium and pregnancy, highlighting the micronutrient’s role in a healthy pregnancy and infant development. Specifically, high-selenium yeast reduces the risk of preterm births and preeclampsia, the company notes, calling for further research and industry and consumer education over why standardized, body-ready selenium should be in maternal supplements.

Daily iron shot: Lipofoods develops soluble prototype for iron RDI

23 Apr 2018 --- Lipofoods, SLU, is launching Lipofer, an orosoluble iron “stick” that particularly targets the needs of pregnant or nursing millennial women, but could also be useful for those with iron deficiencies. Lipofer will not be released as a final product, but instead the prototype “demonstrates Lipofer’s superior advantages as a highly soluble, highly bioavailable, and flavorful system for incorporating 100 percent of daily iron into a single delivery system,” says David Padro, Business Manager of Lipofoods.

Anlit launches “fun and tasty” omega 3 chew for pregnant women

18 Apr 2018 --- Producers of high-quality children’s dietary supplements, Anlit, have launched "tasty", high-DHA omega 3 chewable supplements for pregnant and breastfeeding women. 

Cruciferous vegetables may help protect senior women from hardening of neck arteries, study finds

04 Apr 2018 --- Elderly women who eat more vegetables show less carotid artery wall thickness, according to new research conducted in Australian women. Cruciferous vegetables – such as cabbages, kale, collard greens, bok choy, Brussels sprouts and broccoli – proved the most beneficial effects, according to the research, which was published in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.