Health & Wellness

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.

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.

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. 

“BPA-free” plastic can still cause harm to mice – and maybe humans, researchers warn 

20 Sep 2018 --- Bisphenol A (BPA) alternatives used in “BPA-free” bottles, cups, cages and other items have been found to cause reproductive problems in mice by researchers at Washington State University. “BPA-free” or not, plastic products that show signs of damage or aging cannot be considered safe, the researchers warn. Patricia Hunt, a researcher in the lab, further tells PackagingInsights that it is not possible for consumers to determine if a product contains bisphenols, but states that “new recycling codes or other mandatory labeling that would allow consumers to make educated decisions would be ideal.”

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.

Nutritional and environmental impacts: Premier Protein launches RTD shakes in Earth First packaging

19 Sep 2018 --- Premier Protein shakes will now feature FSC-certified – meaning the materials used have been responsibly sourced – Tetra Pak cartons and a re-sealable plant-based cap derived from sugarcane. Consumers are ever more mindful when it comes to making purchasing decisions, both in terms of personal nutrition and environmental footprint. Premier Protein – a line of shakes, powders, bars and clear drinks – has launched its new Earth First packaging for its ready-to-drink shakes, hoping to attract sustainability-seeking consumers. 

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.

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.

Daily aspirin offers no benefits to healthy seniors, study concludes

17 Sep 2018 --- A daily dose of aspirin does not prolong healthy, independent living in older people, findings published across three papers in the New England Journal of Medicine have shown. There are proven benefits of the drug for those who have suffered heart attacks and strokes, but the study determines it offers no benefits to healthy individuals, with no cardiovascular conditions, over 70.

Free from grape seed extract: Nexira enters partnership with California Natural Color

17 Sep 2018 --- French-headquartered nutraceutical ingredient supplier Nexira is partnering with California Natural Color, previously known as San Joaquin Valley Concentrate (SJVC) [a subsidiary of wine giant EJ Gallo] on the introduction of a grape seed extract that has been purely extracted by water. VinOseed SO free is claimed to exceed the highest market standards. Nexira has been offering VinOseed, a 100 percent natural white grape seed extract line for some time, manufactured in the Bordeaux region in France. With high levels of polyphenols, VinOseed products are particularly suitable for antioxidant applications and have a high OPC [oligomeric procyanidins] content. 

Cognitive boost: Dietary fiber found to reduce brain inflammation during aging

14 Sep 2018 --- There may be a way to delay the inevitable decline of cognitive function as we age: consuming dietary fiber, according to a new study from the University of Illinois. As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function, explaining why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. Although the study was conducted in mice, the researchers are comfortable extending the findings to humans, if only in a general sense. 

Researchers identify new tool to detect fatty liver disease before damage occurs

14 Sep 2018 --- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) currently affects approximately one in four people, including children, worldwide. But thanks to a team of researchers from Westmead Institute for Medical Research, a new test may soon be available to predict advanced fibrosis in people with NAFLD.

UK research reveals challenges facing young people with food allergies and intolerances

14 Sep 2018 --- Over half of young people with a food allergy or intolerance have avoided eating out in the last six months due to their condition. This is according to a new survey, released by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), in partnership with Allergy UK (AUK) and the Anaphylaxis Campaign (AC), on the views of young people living with food allergies and intolerances. The results potentially show how food businesses can improve provisions for people with allergens.