Health & Wellness

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.

Protein popcorn anyone? Breeding scheme and novel CRISPR-Cas9 method could spur high-protein cereals

20 Feb 2019 --- US researchers have successfully increased lysine levels in popcorn and sorghum by adopting different approaches – one being a traditional breeding scheme and the other, an emergent CRISPR-Cas9 method. The key amino acid lysine is typically scarce in many cereal grains and higher levels could, thus, add nutritional and economic value, broadening the appeal of grains. Boosting the protein profile of sorghum, which is a dietary staple in some developing parts of the world, could make the crop a more complete source of nutrition for people and livestock.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“Aging well starts young”: Preventative approach widens NPD scope

14 Feb 2019 --- Health and wellness are important for consumers across all age groups and life stages, united by a common goal of “aging well.” The nutrition industry is increasingly approaching the topic of aging in a broad manner, tapping into a range of market areas from bone and joint health to energy and alertness. Long gone is a negative “anti-aging” philosophy and celebrated is an approach touting “positive aging” or “aging well,” according to industry experts.

Stressed cells for better beer? Cell manipulation may produce better yeast and benefit health

13 Feb 2019 --- Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have come up with a new method to study how single biological cells react to stressful situations. Understanding these responses could help develop more effective drugs for serious diseases, as well as improve a range of food ingredients, such as yeasts. The study has been published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

Foods to kill? Ultra-processed foods linked to increased mortality risk, study finds

13 Feb 2019 --- A 10 percent increase in the consumption of ultra-processed foods has been linked to a 14 percent increased risk in all-cause mortality, including obesity and cancer, according to a new Journal of the American Medical Association study. Published at a time when aspects such as fat, salt, sugar, and their impact on overall health, are under intense government and industry scrutiny, the study highlights the repercussions of a diet high in processed foods and their possible correlation with negative health outcomes.

First-ever International Food Safety Conference opens: Driving the food safety changes needed to fix food security

13 Feb 2019 --- “There is no food security without food safety” – that is the key message coming out of the inaugural International Food Safety Conference (IFSC) which begun in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), yesterday. In a bid to give the issue of food security the political attention it deserves, delegates from around 130 countries – including health and agriculture ministers, leading scientific experts and representatives of consumers, food producers and distributors – are gathering on the world stage to drive the changes needed to improve food safety. The idea is to align strategies across sectors and borders, reinforcing efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and supporting the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. These include cutting the risks of foodborne diseases on an international level with the ultimate aim to ensure safe, nutritional and sustainable food availability.

Rooting out the “bad actors”: US FDA promises sweeping regulatory changes for dietary supplements

12 Feb 2019 --- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to significantly “modernize” dietary supplement regulations, in an attempt to root out “bad actors” that distribute and sell dangerous products. Promised to be the most “significant modernizations” in 25 years, announced steps will seek to ensure that the US regulatory framework is flexible enough to adequately evaluate product safety while also promoting innovation, developing new enforcement strategies and engaging in a dialogue with dietary supplement stakeholders.

Algatech launches potent astaxanthin in whole-food format

11 Feb 2019 --- Israeli-based Algatechnologies has launched AstaPure Arava, an all-natural, algae complex that contains naturally occurring constituents of the Haematococcus Pluvialis algae. The company claims that this species of microalgae is the “richest known source of astaxanthin” and its properties are supported by research from NIS Labs, a research institute based in the US. Led by Dr. Gitte Jensen, the research has shown that Arava algae powder is highly potent and has the synergistic effects of natural astaxanthin and the whole-algae complex.

Consuming sodium may increase dizziness, not alleviate it, study finds

11 Feb 2019 --- Contrary to popular belief, a higher intake of sodium can increase lightheadedness instead of alleviating it. This is according to a new study from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), which examined the link between sodium intake and lightheadedness as part of the DASH-Sodium trial (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, the results challenge traditional ways of tackling low blood pressure-related dizziness.