Health & Nutrition News

Obesity could overtake smoking as biggest preventable cause of cancer in women, says UK charity

24 Sep 2018 --- A new report by Cancer Research UK has put forward that obesity will overtake smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer among UK women in 25 years’ time. According to the report, by 2035, 10 percent of cancers in women (around 25,000 cases) could be caused by smoking and 9 percent (around 23,000 cases) by excess weight. If trends continue as projected, excess weight could cause even more cases of cancer than smoking in women by 2043.

Researchers aim to curb unhealthy weight gain in pregnant women using technological tools

24 Sep 2018 --- With proper nutritional guidance and technological tools, it is safe and feasible to restrict weight gain in obese pregnant women, a Northwestern Medicine study has found. The “novel” study, coined MOMFIT (Maternal Offspring Metabolics: Family Intervention Trial), was the first of its kind to include a commercially available smartphone app in the weight-loss approach, according to the research team.

Grabbing the opportunity: Snacking NPD undergoes health transformation

24 Sep 2018 --- Consumers are increasingly seeking food options that are suitable for on the go consumption, as well as being nutritious. Traditional fast-food snacks may fall short as healthful demands prevail, spurring ample NPD and innovation in an array of market areas. Nutrition on the go is becoming more achievable as healthier foods package themselves in on the go friendly formats, as well as established snacking options undergoing healthy transformations. 

Fish-rich diet during pregnancy may boost baby's brain development

21 Sep 2018 --- Regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy could boost the development of an unborn child's eyesight and brain function, according to a small-scale study led by Kirsi Laitinen of the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital in Finland. Published in the journal Pediatric Research, the results support previous findings that show how important a mother's diet and lifestyle choices during pregnancy are for the development of her baby.

More needs to be done to address food marketing to kids, says US consumer group 

21 Sep 2018 --- The Council of Better Business Bureaus’ Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) has released updates to its self-regulatory program to address food marketing to children. The updates include progress toward lower sodium targets and clearer added sugars labeling. Although 18 prominent food, beverage and restaurant companies have pledged to adopt the updates, US lobby group the Center for the Science in Public Interest (CSPI) has criticized the updates for failing to heed expert advice.

UK yogurt sugar content often well above recommended threshold, survey finds

21 Sep 2018 --- Many yogurts sold in UK supermarkets contain high levels of sugar, a survey published in BMJ has highlighted. Researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Surrey analyzed the product information of 921 yogurts and found that organic yogurts and those marketed towards children, in particular, had high levels of sugar. Fewer than 9 percent of products surveyed contained less than the 5 g of sugar per 100 grams threshold required to be classed “low sugar” and carry a green “traffic light” nutritional label in the UK. As such, reformulation for the reduction of free sugars in yogurts is warranted.

Weekly Roundup: Fermentalg and DSM partner on omega 3, Curcumin gut health benefits

21 Sep 2018 --- The weekly roundup is NutritionInsight's collection of global nutrition stories from the past week. Fermentalg and DSM Nutritional Products entered a five-year commercial agreement for omega 3 products. Research has found that Sabinsa's curcumin products can have a positive effect on gut health, while analysis highlighted the need for more accurate cranberry authentication tools. Mühlenchemie’s Chinese production facility has been certified to supply fortified foods to the UN World Food Programme.

Probiotic use associated with fewer antibiotic prescriptions: study

20 Sep 2018 --- Healthy infants and children who take probiotics as a preventative measure receive fewer antibiotic prescriptions, a scientific paper published in European Journal of Public Health reports. The findings are of particular interest considering the growing global demand for ways to reduce antibiotic use, given the urgent public health threat of antibiotic resistance. 

Nestlé to explore strategic options for Skin Health unit, reaffirms importance of Health Science division

20 Sep 2018 --- Nestlé is exploring strategic options for its Skin Health unit, after the company’s board concluded that the future growth opportunities of Nestlé Skin Health increasingly lie outside the group’s strategic scope. The company has come under increased pressure from shareholders to overhaul its strategy following disappointing 2017 results, with the company reporting its lowest sales growth in more than two decades. The strategic review is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

High gluten diet during pregnancy could double risk of diabetes in children, study finds

20 Sep 2018 --- A high gluten intake by mothers during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of their child developing Type 1 diabetes, a study published in The BMJ suggests.

Adapting to the market? Adaptogens thrive on natural and health trends, but marketing remains a challenge

20 Sep 2018 --- Products that are clean label, natural and have health benefits are in vogue, and busy lifestyles are putting a spotlight on foods and beverages that can offer some stress relief and mood balancing effects. It’s no wonder then that adaptogens – claimed to stabilize physiological processes and promote homeostasis – are having a moment. Featured in a growing number of product categories, suppliers tip ongoing research into their capabilities as well as consumer education as necessary for continued growth.

A diet consisting of foods with low nutritional quality ratings linked to cancer risk in European study

19 Sep 2018 --- The consumption of foods with relatively low nutritional quality has been linked to an increased risk of developing cancer, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine. The researchers used the British Food Standards Agency nutrient profiling system (FSAm-NPS) to reach their conclusions. The study was conducted by Mélanie Deschasaux of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, France and colleagues, in association with the WHO-IARC, suggests broad potential for the use of FSAm-NPS-based package labeling (e.g. Nutri-Score) to promote healthy food choices in European settings.

Early life microbiome health may have lasting effect on ability to fight disease, study finds

19 Sep 2018 --- The first bacteria introduced into the gut during infanthood may have a lasting impact on an individual’s long-term ability to fight chronic disease, findings from the University of Alberta have suggested. The findings could pave the way for treatments that could adjust microbiomes in infants right after birth to help ward off serious chronic diseases. Poor gut health has been linked to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, neurological disorders, autism and allergies.

Coca-Cola enters kombucha category with acquisition of Australia's MOJO brand

19 Sep 2018 --- The Coca-Cola Company has acquired kombucha maker Organic & Raw Trading Co., which makes the MOJO brand of naturally fermented, live culture, organic kombucha drinks. Kombucha is a fast growing beverage category, boosted by growing consumer interest in natural and gut-boosting refreshments. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. This is the first time Coca-Cola has acquired full ownership of a brand in the kombucha category, signaling its intent to offer healthy beverages for all occasions.

ASEAN health and wellness boom spurs Australian innovation potential: CSIRO and KPMG

18 Sep 2018 --- The ASEAN region’s growth prospects and market conditions, coupled with an increased interest in health & wellness, have created a fertile ground for Australian food innovators and companies to do business in the region, according to a report by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and professional service company KPMG.

Rise Kombucha rides functional beverage growth with US expansion 

18 Sep 2018 --- Rise Kombucha, the first Canadian kombucha company, is expanding beyond its Montreal roots and venturing into the US. Rise Kombucha crafts an “authentic, raw and unpasteurized” kombucha using high-quality ingredients. The Canadian company's first American distribution points are to be Vermont and New York City.

Parental stress over kids fussy eating may impact future food preference, study finds

18 Sep 2018 --- Parents report a high level of concern over the long-term health consequences for their fussy eating children, leading them to adopt non-responsive feeding practices such as pressuring or rewarding for eating, says a study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Although fussy eating is a developmentally normal and transient phase for most children, the behavior can be stressful. The study notes, however, that parental responses can be detrimental to the long-term health of the children, leading to unhealthy food preferences in the future, for example.

Aurora Cannabis stocks rise as Coca-Cola eyes CBD infused drinks

18 Sep 2018 --- Coca-Cola is eyeing CBD-infused drink options as consumer interest in marijuana products grows and regulatory changes make this segment increasingly viable for diverse new product development. The beverage company is reportedly working with Aurora Cannabis, a Canadian medical marijuana producer and distributor. Following Bloomberg’s report on the companies' collaboration, Aurora’s shares jumped by 23 percent on Monday in New York to US$8.

Acacia gum shows strong sugar reduction and prebiotic potential, says Alland & Robert

18 Sep 2018 --- Due to various natural properties, acacia gum is a natural emulsifier that is particularly efficient in the stabilization of oil in water emulsions commonly used in the manufacturing of soft drinks. However, the ingredient is also widely used in dietary products due to its fiber-enriching capacity and has scientifically-proven prebiotic effects. NutritionInsight spoke with Dr. Isabelle Jaouen, Head of R&D at Alland & Robert, about the market opportunities for this ingredient at a time when digestive health, sugar reduction and plant-based offerings are high on the agenda. 

Anlit launches technology to ensure long-life probiotics in chewy supplement

17 Sep 2018 --- The inherent sensitivity of probiotics raises two key challenges of maintaining stability and extending shelf life in the development of an effective supplement. To address these challenges, Anlit has launched a technology it calls “ProBites LLP, Long-Life Probiotic" – touted as allowing for the high stability of live bacteria in ambient conditions, to be incorporated into a flavorful format and enjoyed at home or on-the-go.