Health & Nutrition News

On your feet: Gelita’s collagen peptide promotes the healing of tendons, study finds

21 Feb 2019 --- A specific bioactive collagen peptide may reduce pain and functional limitations in people suffering from Achilles tendon injury when combined with a rehabilitation program. This is according to a new study from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), published in Nutrients. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study used Tendoforte, Gelita’s recent addition to its Bioactive Collagen Peptides portfolio. As consumers continue to engage in a higher number of sporting activities, as well as more intense regimes, nutritional strategies to strengthen connective tissue are needed, notes Gelita.

“Far-reaching impact”: Plasma Nutrition’s io technology boosts whey's bioavailability, study confirms

20 Feb 2019 --- Plasma Nutrition’s Ingredient Optimized technology significantly improves the bioavailability of whey protein, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolic Insights. The findings note that the US start-up’s ioWhey protein improves the absorption of leucine, as well as that of branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) and essential amino acids (EAAs) in general. The study is the first publication on ioWhey protein and signals a “major breakthrough” for the start-up as it seeks “to pave the way in the advancement of nutrition science.”

Energy boost: Are adaptogens a better alternative to caffeine? Experts weigh in

20 Feb 2019 --- A daily cup of coffee is not just a habit for the approximately 2.25 billion people around the globe that drink it every day, but rather a beverage that boosts energy and increases alertness with the added bonus of a delicious taste. Despite perceived benefits, however, caffeine also has its drawbacks and this has allowed a number of alternative energy-boosting ingredients to come forward. NutritionInsight speaks to industry experts to find out more on caffeine alternatives that are seeing a boom in popularity.

“Lettuce be happy”: Fruit and vegetables boost mental health, says UK study

20 Feb 2019 --- The daily consumption of fruit and vegetables is not just good for our physical health but can also improve mental wellbeing, according to a longitudinal study from the University of Leeds, UK. Increasing the frequency and quantity of consumption may also affect mental health. Although the association between mental health and fruit and vegetable intake appears to be strong, the researchers note more research is needed to determine whether this is causal.

Protein shot: Arla Foods Ingredients packs 10g of protein in 100ml medical beverage

19 Feb 2019 --- Arla Foods Ingredients is tapping into the growing medical nutrition market with a prototype beverage that packs 10g of protein into a 100ml shot. The company worked with whey by utilizing its Lacprodan DI-7325 ingredient to enhance the beverage's heat stability and maintain proper viscosity. The medical beverage also contains added minerals according to FSMP (Food for Special Medical Purposes) rules, the company adds. Compacting a high nutrient density into a small serving size is one of the pervasive trends influencing NPD in the medical nutrition category as patients and the elderly may have a reduced ability to chew, swallow, taste and digest.

Asda on track with vegan product certification as trend intensifies

19 Feb 2019 --- Major UK retailer Asda is on track for a significant vegan reformulation and labeling drive. Two years after revealing a partnership with The Vegan Society, the certification body says that they are well on the way to having a wide range of products certified. “They are making great strides in getting everything that is vegan registered with us,” Chantelle Adkins, Head of Business Development for The Vegan Society, tells NutritionInsight at last week’s organic foods trade fair, Biofach 2019, in Germany.

Fit for the gut: Cardiorespiratory fitness boosts gut bacteria diversity, study finds

19 Feb 2019 --- Cardiorespiratory fitness influences the diversity of gut microbiota more than body fat percentage or general physical activity, according to new research published yesterday in Experimental Physiology. The findings of the study suggest that exercising at high-intensity levels may positively alter the presence, activity and clustering of gut microbes which promote health.

SternLife to introduce protein bars and meal replacements at Vitafoods 2019

18 Feb 2019 --- SternLife is set to present a “new generation” of soft, chocolate-like protein bars and a range of healthy, weight loss promoting, meal replacements at Vitafoods Europe 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The company is also to showcase its new line of keto-friendly powder ingredients, based on coconut-derived MCT oils that are touted as promoting weight loss, reducing body fat mass and boosting energy levels.

Diet sodas and increased stroke risk: Industry questions validity of large scale observational study

18 Feb 2019 --- Opting for artificially sweetened diet drinks two or more times per day could increase the risk of stroke by 23 percent, as well as raise the risk for other CVD outcomes in postmenopausal women. This is according to an observational study published in an American Heart Association (AHA) journal. The findings come at a time where the sugar substitute market has been boosted by rising concern about obesity and diabetes as well as government-imposed pressure that has thrown the spotlight on sugar consumption. However, industry experts have refuted the study, citing a lack of evidence and generalizability.

Late night cravings? Nightfood ice cream provides some sleep-friendly indulgence

18 Feb 2019 --- Tapping into the growing snacking trend, Nightfood Inc. has launched a line of ice creams that boast a low-calorie, sleep-friendly formulation. Although the products do not contain any sleep activating chemicals such as melatonin, they are touted as not interfering with sleep due to their reduced sugar, caffeine and fat content. The company has announced its first major retail distribution deal which launches nationwide in the US this month.

Skin deep: DSM Venturing invests in skin microbiome research

18 Feb 2019 --- DSM Venturing, the venture investment arm of DSM Nutrition, has made an equity investment in skin microbiome company S-Biomedic NV. This investment completes S-Biomedic’s latest Series A financing round. The skin company is a Belgium based life sciences company that is pioneering “a new approach to cosmetic and therapeutic potential of the skin microbiome.”

Gut appeal: Healthy microbiome thanks to food processing waste

15 Feb 2019 --- New research from Maastricht University (UM) has uncovered a novel use for waste from the food processing industry: boosting the microbiome. Using the TNO in vitro model of the colon (TIM-2), research by Carlota Bussolo de Souza has shown that fermenting fiber from fruit and vegetable peel can help improve the gut flora of people with obesity.

False energy boosting claims? Dextro Energy advert deemed misleading by UK advertising watchdog

15 Feb 2019 --- The UK’s advertising watchdog, Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has ruled that a recent advertisement for Dextro Energy Glucose Tablets wrongly implies that the product has energy boosting capabilities and exaggerates the product’s vitamin C content. An energy boosting claim would need to be authorized on the EU Register of nutrition and health claims made on foods to be allowed.

“Ready for the keto comeback”: Abitec Corporation pegs keto-friendly ingredient range

15 Feb 2019 --- Nutritional and functional lipids manufacturer Abitec Corporation is “close to launching” an MCT powder on a fiber carrier that will be keto friendly and dairy free. This comes as there is huge market potential for its portfolio of keto-friendly ingredients, as the diet’s popularity continues to spike.

Weekly roundup: Ulrick & Short launches “scilia” range of insoluble fiber, PURIS partners with Midwestern BioAg

15 Feb 2019 --- In nutrition news this week, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Director General, Dr. Shenggen Fan, has become a member of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Food Systems for Nutrition. Food Supplements Europe (FSE) welcomed leading European trade bodies AFEPADI, SANI, SFSA and SISTE, and Australia-based Swisse Wellness in order to make positive contributions to the supplement sector. PURIS has entered a partnership with Midwestern BioAg (MBA) to promote organic farming in the US and Ulrick & Short has launched “scilia”, a range of insoluble fiber ingredients.

Indena’s Centella Asiatica extract touted as beneficial for heart and skin health

14 Feb 2019 --- Botanical ingredients company Indena’s Centella asiatica extract holds potential in a wide range of medicinal applications in diabetic neuropathy, cardiovascular diseases and skin health. This is according to a new monograph by several researchers, commissioned by the company and coined “Centella asiatica: entering a new era” which takes note of the pre-clinical and clinical studies that confirm the plant’s properties for broader applications.  

Resilient in nutrition: DSM reports “very strong” 2018, reveals €1 billion buyback strategy

14 Feb 2019 --- DSM has reported a “very strong year,” including robust Q4 figures, organic sales growth of 6 percent and adjusted EBITDA up 26 percent, including €290 million (US$327 million) due to temporary exceptional vitamin effects. With Q4 core profit topping expectations, the company has announced that it will buy back €1 billion in shares.

“Applying the modern technology of AI to the ancient practice of food”: Nuritas exec

14 Feb 2019 --- Unlike traditional biotechs and academics that have searched for life’s panacea in exotic and rare places, Irish biotech company Nuritas is unlocking life-changing molecules in commonly consumed, everyday staple foods. This is according to Neil Foster, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Nuritas, who spoke to NutritionInsight on the company’s expanding partnership list and how it’s pushing the innovation boat further than ever before.

Long-term school meals improve children’s learning abilities, Berlin study finds

14 Feb 2019 --- Children who ate lunch for a period of three to five years scored 18 percent higher in reading test scores and 9 percent higher in math test scores than those with less than a year of school lunches. This is according to a European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) Berlin study. The findings enforce the significance of long-term nutrition for school children, with the researchers noting that the effects of nutrition on cognition are cumulative. The researchers highlight the importance of free school meals and call for governments to take notice.

Gut bacteria and depression: “Compelling” further support to the “gut brain axis” notion

14 Feb 2019 --- Researchers have established a correlation between depression and a group of neurotransmitter-producing bacteria found in the human gut, further expanding clinical evidence of the gut-brain axis. Interestingly, an inverse relationship between specific gut bacteria and brain activity in areas connected to depression were identified in the animal study. Published in Nature Microbiology, the findings could lead to the development of bacterial therapeutics for depression, including a growing role for probiotics, but significant work is first required, the researchers note.