January 30, 2015

2:22 PM | VIDEO: Scientific debates happen in poli
VIDEO: Scientific debates happen in political rather than scientific arenas. Listen to @brossardd via @ILSI_NA under: Uncategorized

January 29, 2015

5:00 AM | GOED Presents Educational Infographic on Omega-3s
Consumer-friendly infographic explains the facts about omega-3 deficiency in the U.S. and their importance for heart health.

January 28, 2015

2:33 PM | Fortification Provides Vitamins and Minerals Essential for Health
Today’s blog, based on data from Sweden, highlights the benefits of consuming fortified foods. Sweden has a history of mandatory iron fortification of white flour since 1944. In 1995, this practice was discontinued. Sjoberg and Hulthen examined the impact of changes in fortification policy on iron intake and serum ferritin stores in 15-16y old adolescents. After the withdrawal of iron fortification in 1995,
5:00 AM | Packaged Facts Names 5 Key Functional Food Ingredients for 2015
Protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, magnesium and microalgae are all positioned for growth.
5:00 AM | Report Details Cost of Sugary Drinks
Milken Institute challenges America to “Drink Different.”

January 27, 2015

5:06 PM | Friends and Family Influence Your Health: For Better or Worse
Who doesn’t want to be healthy? In an effort to be healthier, we often purchase gym memberships, buy exercise equipment and join weight loss programs. Many will use dietary supplements to ensure nutrient adequacy. However it is hard to change habits, especially if family and friends don’t share similar goals. Using prospective data from adult (≥ 50y) married and cohabiting couples (n = 3,722), Jackson and colleagues examined the influence of partner’s behavior on making […]
5:00 AM | Senators Urge FDA To Ban Sale of Powdered Caffeine to Consumers
Sens. Brown and Blumenthal lead group in writing to FDA in support of citizen petition.
5:00 AM | Nationwide USDA Organic Survey Underway
Study of organic agriculture production to help develop programs for producers.
5:00 AM | CRN Guidelines Advise Iodine in Supplements for Pregnancy & Lactation
CRN guidlines recommend at least 150 mcg of iodine be included in supplements for pregnant and lactating women.
5:00 AM | Research Shows Multivitamins Help Women\'s Cardiovascular Health
Researchers found a reduced risk in CVD-related death in those women who took a multivitamin for three or more years.

January 26, 2015

2:53 PM | Blindness, Vitamin A, and Policy Recommendations
“In setting public policy to control vitamin deficiency, no interventions should be necessary if normal vitamin status is sustained from a diversified diet”.  Wise words from West and colleagues in their commentary on vitamin A policies. We are what we eat. Unfortunately, many people in many countries for many reasons do not eat diversified diets.  Failure to consume adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals occur in the stunted and the overweight. 
5:00 AM | Post to Acquire MOM Brands for $1.15 Billion
Move will make Post third-largest ready-to-eat cereal provider.
5:00 AM | Fatty Acids in Fish May Shield Brain from Mercury Damage
Research suggests benefits of fish consumption on prenatal development may offset risks associated with mercury exposure.
5:00 AM | Fiber, Whole Grains & Protein Lead Health Focus in Cereals
Heart health was most popular active health claim globally.

January 23, 2015

9:47 PM | Screening for Vitamin D Status: What Do Experts Think?
Last month, we had posted an article about the release of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for vitamin D deficiency, which effectively said that they were neither for or against screening, and that more evidence was needed before making a decision. However, we were of the opinion that given the widespread prevalence of low vitamin D intake and the increasing prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, screening was a good idea. What do the experts think?
5:00 AM | EFSA Considers 400 mg of Caffeine Daily is Safe
Single doses of 200 mg do not raise safety concerns for adults.

January 22, 2015

7:07 PM | Child Development More Sensitive to Maternal Intake of DHA than Mercury Found in Fish
Fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein, omega-3 fatty acids and are low in saturated fat. However, nearly all fish and shellfish contain mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin to the brain and nervous system. Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advise women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, are nursing and their young children to avoid certain types of fish (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish). Strain and colleagues […]
5:00 AM | Current Nutrition Labeling Hard to Digest
Study compares four types of nutrition labels, the least effective being the one currently required in Canada and the U.S.
5:00 AM | Global Functional Food Market Growth to Surge in Next Six Years
Market characterized by new product development in terms of higher nutritional value and unique formula claims.

January 21, 2015

3:52 PM | Remember what you ate yesterday? Me neither.
Memory is a tricky thing. Tell me, what did you eat yesterday? What about the day before? What about 3 months ago – perhaps on October 20th? (well, ok maybe that’s cheating since it was my birthday – so for me the answer is cake and a lot of it.) In nutrition, we rely on the ability of our memories to accurately recall what we ate yesterday (as in a 24 hour recall), which is problematic at best. Now imagine trying to get an accurate picture of what you’ve been eating […]
5:00 AM | U.S. Gluten-Free Food Retail Market Reaches $973 Million
Packaged Facts projected sales will exceed $2 billion in 2019.

January 20, 2015

3:36 PM | Whole grains: Re-invigorate Your New Year’s Resolution
The third week of January is marked by wavering resolve to New Year’s resolutions.  If you have already regressed to former habits you are not alone!  A study from the University of Scranton found that losing weight and staying fit and healthy are top resolutions for Americans. But, only 8% achieve their resolutions.  The good news is it is never too late to start over.  Recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help adopt healthy eating habits such […]

January 19, 2015

4:10 PM | Trends in Meal and Snacking: Does it Effect Nutrient Status?
Over the last decades, the food environment has shifted in response to demographic, social and technological factors.  Family structures have changed; more women work outside the home, and technology has expanded food processing capabilities and opened a wide variety of venues for consumption (a cupcake vending machine?).  Have these shifts led to changes in eating behavior patterns and nutrient intake?  Body weight continues to creep higher but despite excessive dietary […]
5:00 AM | Draft Regulations to Amend Prop 65 Incorporate AHPA Suggestions
The proposed language would repeal existing regulations that govern clear and reasonable warnings under California's law.

January 16, 2015

4:25 PM | What is the Role of Nutrition in Healthy Aging?
People in the United States are living longer than ever before; one of the great public health triumphs!  However growing older also means a greater risk for many diseases, conditions and physical limitations.   Since we (unfortunately) can’t change our age, what can be done to maintain health into old age?  There is strong evidence that modifiable lifestyle factors such as body weight, nutrition and physical activity are linked to functional outcomes in old age. […]
5:00 AM | Injunction Filed Against California Supplement Manufacturer
Health One Pharmaceuticals, Inc., failed to follow FDA manufacturing practice regulations.
5:00 AM | Sweet Potato Leaves May Contain Essential Vitamins
Plants contain significant levels of vitamin B6 and other water-soluble vitamins.
5:00 AM | Amway Acquires XS Energy Drink Brand
Company advances strategy of connecting with young entrepreneurs.

January 15, 2015

5:11 PM | Hidden Hunger, Micronutrient Inadequacies and Health Consequences in the U.S.
More than 1/3 U.S. adults are obese; 79 million people. Almost 1 out of 5 children and adolescents (17%) is overweight. In 2008, medical costs were $1,429 higher for obese versus normal weight individuals. Many presume that adiposity is the root cause of these additional health costs. Maybe not. Vitamins and minerals are essential for normal growth, development and function. Fat accumulation occurs 
5:00 AM | Folic Acid Fortification Linked to 35% Drop in Neural Tube Defects
CDC estimates 1,300 babies annually were protected by fortifying grain foods with folic acid.
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