Health & Wellness

Allergen labeling: Coop rolls out NiceLabel solution across bakeries, strengthening traceability and food safety

12 Dec 2018 --- Swiss retailer Coop is collaborating with developer of label design software NiceLabel to enhance the company’s labeling processes at its factories and in-store bakeries. The system helps food & beverage manufacturers to meet regulatory and regional label requirements and improves food safety. It comes as industry reviews labeling allergens in the wake of two allergy-related deaths of Pret a Manger customers and while an increasing amount of global consumers are reportedly suffering from food allergies.

“Triple burden of nutrition” a cause for concern in Europe and Central Asia, FAO report finds

12 Dec 2018 --- More than 14 million adults and 4.7 million children in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) suffer from “severe food insecurity,” as highlighted in a report released this week by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The region has made good progress on eradicating hunger but continues to be thwarted by the persistence of the triple burden of malnutrition – overweight and obesity in combination with undernourishment and micronutrient deficiencies. Largely, populations suffering from undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies are located in Central Asia and the Caucaus, while European countries are afflicited by overnutrition issues.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The future is now? Nuritas secures US$34m to accelerate healthcare solutions from AI and DNA analysis

03 Dec 2018 --- Irish biotech company Nuritas has secured a US$34m investment from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to increase and accelerate the development of artificial intelligence (AI) and DNA analysis to improve global healthcare. The investment follows Nuritas’ launch of PeptAIde earlier this year, in cooperation with BASF, which demonstrated how AI can accelerate the discovery of healthcare products. Future investment from EIB is to scale up development of new therapeutics in areas of interest including anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and diabetes treatment.

Algae and insect lobbyists call for inclusive EU plan on alternative protein sources

30 Nov 2018 --- In light of a recent report on “EU Plant Proteins,” the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) has combined forces with the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) to propose a more inclusive EU action plan in favor of alternative protein sources. In this case, algae and insects.

Weekly Roundup: Personalized Nutrition Summit to make London debut, EFSA launches dietary reference values calculation tool

30 Nov 2018 --- This week in nutrition news, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched an interactive tool that allows nutritionists and other health professionals to make quick and easy calculations based on EFSA's dietary reference values. Europe’s first edition of the Personalized Nutrition Innovation Summit will be held in London on 5-6 December, and Allen Taylor, a Senior Scientist and Director at Tufts University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Lastly, the umbrella brand for the Indonesian seaweed industry, The Indonesia Seaweed Industry Association, launched the brand “Indonesia Seaweed” at SIAL Interfood 2018, Jakarta, which was held last week.

Kellogg UK to follow PepsiCo Europe in expanding use of traffic light labeling

29 Nov 2018 --- Kellogg UK is to adopt color-coded labeling in the UK on cereal packs made exclusively for sale in Britain. The new labeling is to start from January 2019 on brands including Coco Pops, Crunchy Nut, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Frosties and Special K. The news comes a day after PepsiCo announced it will trial interpretative color-coded labeling for both beverages and foods in many EU markets, using the 100g/ml-based approach already voluntarily implemented in the UK and Ireland.