Sports Nutrition

Unpredictable stimulant? Higenamine dosage variation forms major threat, warn researchers

07 Sep 2018 --- New peer-reviewed research into weight-loss and sports/energy supplements containing higenamine has found unpredictable, inaccurately labeled and potentially harmful dosages of the stimulant. Based on the findings, the researchers are urging consumers to use caution when consuming supplements labeled as containing higenamine. The use of dietary supplement leads to an estimated 23,000 emergency department visits each year in the US, and weight loss and sports supplements contribute to a large portion of these emergency department visits. The cardiovascular stimulant higenamine was added by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to the list of substances prohibited in sport two years ago. 

1 in 4 adults physically inactive and at risk of disease, says WHO

05 Sep 2018 --- More than one in four adults globally – amounting to 1.4 billion people – are physically not active enough, with inactivity levels reaching one in three adults in some countries, new data published in The Lancet Global Health show. Policies to increase the physical activity levels of populations need to be prioritized and scaled up urgently to stave off the risk of poor health, note the involved World Health Organization experts. Regular physical activity is proven to help prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and different types of cancer. It has also been linked to improved mental health, quality of life and well-being. Moreover, it helps prevent hypertension and obesity.

Seaweed packaging: Lucozade trials plastic free sports hydration with edible pouches

31 Aug 2018 --- Lucozade Sport has announced plans to trial plastic-free sports drinks and gels encased in an edible seaweed outer layer. Brand owner Lucozade Ribena Suntory has teamed up with materials engineering startup Skipping Rocks Lab to trial their revolutionary Ooho product at selected running events beginning in September 2018. The trial will expand to wider UK based events in the new year, a Lucozade Ribena Suntory spokesperson tells PackagingInsights.

Lutein may boost physical activity and mitigate chronic disease, study finds

30 Aug 2018 --- Higher levels of lutein status may be associated with higher levels of physical activity, which may contribute to a reduced risk of chronic disease, a study published in Nutrients has found. The research could pave the way for lutein to be used in a wider range of supplements or sports products.

Frutarom Health's market expansion of liquid curcumin ingredient to focus on Asia Pacific

27 Aug 2018 --- With an eye on serving the Asia Pacific market, Frutarom Health is expanding the regional focus of NovaSOL Curcumin, it's liquid turmeric formula. The liquid curcumin formulation, suited for beverages and sport nutrition drinks, boasts among the highest bioavailability of curcumin ingredients, according to Frutarom Health.

Plant power: US sports company Momentous launches plant-based protein

24 Aug 2018 --- US sport nutrition company Momentous has launched a new line of plant based protein powders designed in collaboration with dietitians and strength coaches from the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. The product contains pea protein isolate, extracted from a non-GMO yellow pea, combined with rice protein concentrate. These two ingredients are the fastest absorbing plant protein sources available, and when combined, also complete a full amino acid profile. Currently, Momentous AbsoluteZero Plant protein is offered in Vanilla Chai and Piedmont Chocolate.

Drink up: Dehydration can affect human brain shape and task performance

22 Aug 2018 --- When dehydration strikes, part of the brain can swell, neural signaling can intensify, and doing monotonous tasks can get harder, exercise physiologists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found. With the help of brain scans and a simple, repetitive task to test responsiveness, the researchers studied volunteer subjects who sweated a lot and did not hydrate. The fluid loss led most of the subjects to make more goofs on the task, and areas of participants' brains showed conspicuous changes.

Morning workout: Speed up your metabolism with breakfast, study suggests

15 Aug 2018 --- Eating breakfast before exercise may “prime” the body to burn carbohydrates during exercise and more rapidly digest, absorb and metabolize food after working out, University of Bath researchers have shown in a study published in American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Coca-Cola invests in Bodyarmor, challenges Pepsi’s sports drink dominance

15 Aug 2018 --- Coca-Cola is to acquire a minority ownership stake in Bodyarmor – a fast-growing line of premium sports performance and hydration beverages – in a move that signifies Coca-Cola’s challenge to the strong market player Gatorade, which is owned by Pepsi. Financial terms of the agreement, including the size of the acquired stake, have not been disclosed.

Plant-based and dairy-free: Delivering on consumer taste and texture expectations

14 Aug 2018 --- The demand for dairy-free and plant-based products is growing. However, taste continues to reign supreme as consumers want dairy-free products but without budging on flavor or texture. Such demands have led to a range of R&D moves to overcome textural, stability and flavor challenges while aiming to keep ingredient lists as short as possible. NutritionInsight speaks to suppliers on how they are responding to the ever-expanding dairy-free trend, with a focus on plant-based protein and milk options. 

Protein boost for Boost: Nestlé ups the content in flagship “adult nutrition” product

14 Aug 2018 --- Nestlé’s flagship adult nutrition high protein drink, Boost, now packs an even bigger protein punch. The company has increased the protein content of Boost in the US from 15g per serving to 20g – a protein increase of 33 percent – in a bid to appeal to the 51 years and older demographic. The use of protein as a source of strength and recovery aid is no longer limited to marathon runners. This is clear as nutritional demands from the senior demographic spurs higher protein NPD.

Vitafoods Asia: Functional foods, fortification and bioactivity to be key themes

03 Aug 2018 --- This year’s Vitafoods Asia, to be held in Singapore in September, reports that it will deliver over 300 exhibitors, marking a growth of 40 percent since 2017. This year’s exhibition will cover a range of aspects of the development and application of nutraceuticals, through to product positioning, branding and marketing, inclusive of how to overcome regulatory challenges in various markets, according to the organizers. 

Sex matters? Marketing to women in the nutritional food space

01 Aug 2018 --- Gender roles are undoubtedly shifting, with recent headlines being heavy on gender-neutral rhetoric. But what effect does this have on the nutritional foods space, where consumers drive NPD and marketing as much as in any other industry? As consumers become more interested in personalized nutrition, does gender matter?

IFT 2018 debut: Omya’s functional and nutritional calcium carbonate

27 Jul 2018 --- At this year’s annual IFT Food Expo (July 15-18) in Chicago, Omya presented its Omyafood range, which consists of tailor-made calcium carbonate particles for powdered protein and vitamin premixes. The ingredients act as flow aids and anti-caking agents for the sports nutrition and vitamin supplement industries.

Soluble fiber plus probiotics found to improve iron uptake in female athletes

25 Jul 2018 --- Combining an OTC dosage of iron combined with the product Regular Girl, a premium blend of soluble fiber plus probiotics, may significantly improve iron uptake with no known side effects, a new Marywood University study has shown. Iron deficiency affects approximately 30 percent of female athletes.

Tetra Prisma Aseptic 250 Edge revitalizes Mengniu organic dairy drink for on-the-go

20 Jul 2018 --- Chinese dairy manufacturer Mengniu has launched the first organic milk product to be packaged in the Tetra Prisma Aseptic 250 Edge with DreamCap. The new product line has a higher protein content, improved taste and stands out on the shelf due to a refreshed look. With on-the-go milk drinks gaining increasing popularity in the Asian market in particular, Mengniu says it expects sales of this product to generate US$14.5 million in August alone.

Packaging for sports nutrition: “Decoding” complex products for the mainstream market 

18 Jul 2018 --- Packaging not only protects and preserves the inner contents but also plays a communicative role by supplying the consumer with essential information. Sports nutrition has made the leap from niche market to mainstream, giving suppliers new impetus to do all they can to stand out. NutritionInsight investigates some of the trends in the sports nutrition packaging market, and key concerns that come with a market that is ever evolving.

Reduced inflammation: DSM natural ingredient to aid Tour de France team performance

09 Jul 2018 --- Royal DSM is continuing to supply professional cycling team, Sunweb, with sports nutrition solutions in the form of its dietary antiplatelet, Fruitflow, at this year's Tour de France. The supplement is said to reduce the “toxic effects of exercise” which can include inflammation and an increased risk of blood clots due to platelet aggregation. The mainstreaming of sports nutrition is facilitating an increasing amount of research into all factors of sports recovery and performance, and DSM is seeing a lot of room for growth for products targeting consumers ranging from professional athletes to the more casual sports enthusiast.

On-the-go packaging solutions pick up speed to accommodate modern consumerism

05 Jul 2018 --- Much of the modern consumer market lives life on-the-go, consuming higher volumes of drinks and snacks outside of the home than ever before. The convenience and functionality of on-the-go packaging can be the difference between one product and another at point-of-sale. Packaging suppliers are responding to the on-the-go challenge with an increasing range and diversity of innovative mobile packaging solutions and technologies.

End to “hard times”? Arla Foods Ingredients debuts new protein bar softener

02 Jul 2018 --- Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a single whey protein solution to address the problem of textural deterioration in protein bars: Lacprodan TexturePro. The technology is said to deliver high amino acid content and should be easily incorporated into existing protein bar recipes.