Health & Nutrition News

Low salt diet benefits women more than men, study suggests

12 Dec 2018 --- Following a low salt diet is more effective in lowering blood pressure in women than men, according to a study from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Even though the levels of salt retention are similar in both sexes, the researchers found that blood pressure was more elevated in females.

Red meat and heart disease risk: Researchers identify mechanisms involving gut bacteria

11 Dec 2018 --- New mechanisms that demonstrate how the regular consumption of red meat is linked to increased chances of heart-related diseases and how gut bacteria affect the process have been published. Concurrent studies carried out at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Microbiome and Human Health have discovered note the difference between red meat and other protein source consumption on the development of heart disease.

GutGuide: Affordable gut testing for personalized nutrition

11 Dec 2018 --- With the rise of personalized nutrition and the growing interest in gut health has come an array of personalized gut testing services. In this space, Finnish company GutGuide is seeking to offer reasonably-priced, patient-specific treatment and supplementation to a variety of afflictions connected to the gut, based on the company’s research into oral and gut microbiota. The role for a good functioning microbiota in skin health will be the next platform for the technology.

Big data in healthcare: New tool can extend prediction time for diabetic remission after bariatric surgery

11 Dec 2018 --- The standard bariatric surgery clinical scoring system (DiaRem) has been updated by researchers so that it can extend the prediction time for diabetic remission following surgery from one to five years. Led by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of Negev in Israel, the process is an example of how big data can be used for healthcare.

Lonza to establish strategic biomanufacturing base in China

10 Dec 2018 --- GE Healthcare is to develop a biologics facility for Lonza in Guangzhou, China, as part of a recently inked agreement. The facility is part of a larger biomanufacturing initiative between GE Healthcare and Guangzhou Development District (GDD). For the project to progress, Lonza will sign a memorandum of understanding with GDD. The new facility will give Lonza Pharma & Biotech a strategic base in China to respond to growing demand for high-quality CDMO services in the country.

USDA school meals overhaul means salt and refined, white flour back on the menu

10 Dec 2018 --- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has amended the nutrition rules for school meals established under the Administration of former US president Barack Obama, meaning that white bread and low-fat, flavored milk will be back on the menu across US school cafeterias. The move has drawn ire from nutrition advocates and think tanks but has been framed by US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as “empowering” and giving “flexibility” back to school cafeterias. The rule is part of USDA’s Regulatory Reform Agenda, developed in response to President Trump’s Executive Order to eliminate “unnecessary regulatory burdens.”

New research links gut microbiome to ethnicity

07 Dec 2018 --- The gut microbiome is closely linked to overall health and may vary according to ethnicity, joint research between Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, and the University of Minnesota, US, has found. However, the researchers point out that although foods and supplements that target the microbiome are currently gaining popularity, more research is needed to pinpoint what exactly constitutes a healthy gut microbiome.

Avoiding drug-nutrient interaction: Persona launches novel analysis portal

07 Dec 2018 --- Persona, a personalized nutrition platform, has launched Vitamin Packs Pro, a portal for nutritional assessment and dietary supplement analysis. The new portal enables healthcare practitioners to quickly cross-reference and assess over 650 prescription medications to gain insights into how to avoid drug-nutrient interactions, according to the company.

Hazelnuts found to improve magnesium and vitamin E levels in older adults

07 Dec 2018 --- Older adults who consumed hazelnuts for a few months significantly improved their levels of two key, underconsumed micronutrients, according to research from Oregon State University. The small-scale study, partly funded by the Hazelnut Marketing Board of Oregon, saw 32 people age 55 and older eat about 57 grams of hazelnuts daily for 16 weeks. This resulted in increased blood concentrations of magnesium and elevated urinary levels of a breakdown product of alpha tocopherol, commonly known as vitamin E.

Weekly Roundup: Codex Alimentarius Committee on Nutrition to develop prioritization process, Vitamin C recommended for pregnant smokers

07 Dec 2018 --- This week in nutrition, a study found that vitamin C may reduce the harm done to lungs in infants born to mothers who smoke during their pregnancy. Sabinsa Japan Corp. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support Sabinsa’s expansion in Japan. The Codex Alimentarius Committee on Nutrition is to develop a new prioritization process, to support countries seeking clarification about the regulation of the global trade in nutrition products.

Under plant-based pressure: “Plenty of room on the shelf,” say dairy ingredient suppliers

06 Dec 2018 --- Interest in plant-based nutrition is showing no signs of slowing down, with The Plant Kingdom being one of Innova Market Insights’ Top Trends for 2019. Plant-based options are flourishing in a range of categories, with dairy alternatives, for example, on the rise. But what will this plant-centered NPD boom spell for dairy suppliers, as consumer interest turns toward the ever-growing range of non-dairy options? At HiE 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, NutritionInsight spoke with a number of dairy ingredients suppliers to hear their views on plant-based NPD growth and how it will impact the dairy ingredients sector.

Grim data: Vast majority of adults living unhealthy lifestyles, Health Survey for England reveals

06 Dec 2018 --- The Health Survey for England (HSE) makes for grim reading – it reveals the majority of adults in England are putting their lives at risk through a combination of health risk factors such as being overweight or obese, alcohol consumption, not enough physical activity, smoking and a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables. In fact, the survey has revealed that only 18 percent of children were consuming enough fresh produce.

Whey protein among key drivers in infant nutrition purchasing, Arla study finds

06 Dec 2018 --- Mothers searching for the optimal infant nutrition product are attracted to high-quality, whey protein options that support “‘healthy growth,” according to a YouGov survey commissioned by Arla Foods Ingredients. Spanning 5,658 mothers in seven different countries, the survey sought to uncover common global themes regarding what consumers – particularly generation X and millennials – want from their breast-milk substitute products.

HiE 2018: Ashwagandha takes center stage, thanks to smart marketing and clinical evidence

05 Dec 2018 --- Mood boosting and stress alleviating solutions have been hotly tipped to see growth in food and beverages in the coming year. One ingredient touted as being able to provide adaptogenic properties to alleviate some of the stresses of modern life is ashwagandha (withania somnifera). At HiE 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, NutritionInsight spoke with a number of industry experts on this Ayurvedic herb’s market potential.

UK: Lack of evidence to justify ban on energy drinks sales to children, says government committee

05 Dec 2018 --- The UK government’s Science and Technology Committee’s “Energy drinks and children” report has concluded that societal concerns could justify a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children, but found that the current quantitative evidence alone is not sufficient to warrant statutory legislation – for now. This comes despite a range of British health experts urging the UK government to push on with its proposals to ban energy drink sales to under-18s amid concerns over the potential negative impacts of excessive caffeine consumption on mental and physical health.

Purely botanic brain health boost hits the US market this month

05 Dec 2018 ---  A new cognitive enhancing supplement coined Sophrosyne has hit the US market this month. Tapping into the booming nootropics trend, the supplement’s creators hope to reach consumers who are becoming more interested in using products that tout brain-health boosting qualities. A daily dose of Sophrosyne contains clinically active doses of 500mg of ashwagandha, 180mg of curcumin, 300mg of bacopa monnieri and 500mg of hericium erinaceus.

Quality control: Plasma Nutrition debuts free technology to enhance protein safety

05 Dec 2018 --- US start-up Plasma Nutrition has launched ioShield, a new level of food safety protection that seeks to provide brands and consumers added confidence in their nutritional supplements. The new technology will be offered for free to brands. Combined with the enhanced bioavailability of the company’s products, such as ioWhey Protein, ioShield is touted as showcasing the company’s commitment to creating elite quality products consumers can trust.

THC levels too high in many hemp-containing foods, analysis finds

04 Dec 2018 --- The levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), considered the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in many foods containing hemp may be above the guideline values, a German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) analysis has concluded. The analysis calls for manufacturers of hemp-containing foods to keep THC levels as low as possible, and highlights how unreliable working with THC products can be.

NHS England launches pilot Type 2 diabetes remission plan

04 Dec 2018 --- The National Health Service of England (NHS) is set to double the size of its Diabetes Prevention program and has unveiled a pilot Type 2 diabetes remission plot, motivated by a study endorsed by Diabetes UK. The study coined DiRECT set out to find if a low-calorie liquid diet can put Type 2 diabetes into remission. Led by Professors Mike Lean and Roy Taylor, Diabetes UK says it is the largest research study it has funded to date.

Unilever to acquire Horlicks in US$3.8bn GSK Health Food Drinks portfolio deal

03 Dec 2018 --- Unilever has emerged as the winner in the bid to acquire hot drink brand Horlicks, by signing an agreement to acquire the Health Food Drinks portfolio (GSK HFD) of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in India, Bangladesh and 20 other predominantly Asian markets. Unilever’s share of the total consideration is US$3.8 billion (€3.3 billion) and the company notes that the transaction is aligned with its strategy which seeks to increase its presence in health-food categories and high-growth emerging markets.