November 26, 2014

3:24 PM | Being Thankful for Good Nutrition
We’re officially less than 24 hours away from Thanksgiving and people are clearly excited by the thought of going into tryptophan-induced turkey comas*. Another nutrient found in turkey that is involved in tryptophan metabolism is vitamin B6. And did you know that, according to the CDC, vitamin B6 deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the United States?
5:00 AM | Global Functional Foods Market Worth More than $43 Billion
Energy and mood-enhancing sector is the market’s largest, worth an estimated $16.5 billion in 2013, according to Leatherhead.
5:00 AM | Folic Acid Supplementation May Reduce Risk of Low Birth Weight
While folic acid supplementation is a standard recommendation in the U.K., it is a policy that is poorly followed.
5:00 AM | Tests Dark Chocolate Bars
Amounts of cocoa flavanols vary widely among popular brands of chocolate.
5:00 AM | Raisio Acquired Benecol Business from Affiliates of Johnson & Johnson
Move in line with the company’s focus on healthy and ecological snacks.
5:00 AM | Turmeric May Help Boost Working Memory
Study showed 1 gram with breakfast improved memory of those with early stage diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment.

November 25, 2014

8:50 PM | Giving Thanks To the B-Vitamin Niacin
It seems like the only nutrition-related topic in the news this week is Thanksgiving, and rightfully so! We’ve all heard the story about how the tryptophan in turkey makes us sleepy because it supports the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is involved in the brain’s regulation of sleep. But did you know that tryptophan can actually be used to produce the B-vitamin niacin in the body?

November 24, 2014

5:00 PM | Can Vitamin E help the mental development of extremely low birth weight infants?
Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant vitamin and the most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant in the body.  Vitamin E helps maintain the integrity of cell membranes, including the brain, and plays a vital role in many physiological processes such as cell signaling.  Despite the importance of Vitamin E, more than 90% of Americans do not consume enough Vitamin E as α-tocopherol (the only form maintained in the body) to meet the estimated average requirements.   Vitamin E […]
5:00 AM | Pinnacle Foods to Acquire Garden Protein International
Move will bring Gardein brand under Pinnacle’s Birds Eye umbrella.

November 21, 2014

7:06 PM | Low vitamin D and risk of death
Winter may not officially begin for another month, but much of the United States and Canada had snow and below freezing temperatures this week.  Whether or not you are snowed in, the shorter days mean less sunshine.  Sun exposure is an important source of vitamin D, especially since few foods naturally contain Vitamin D.   As a result, at northern latitudes, serum concentrations of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations are significantly lower in the winter than the summer […]
6:06 PM | Party Like A Healthy Rock Star
‘Tis the season of parties…every weekend. If you are lucky like me, in addition to holidays, you have a slew of birthdays in the next month too. With parties come buffets, persistent relatives, stress, lots of leftovers—and a shocking Jan ...
5:00 AM | Omega-3s Coalition Increases Sales in Test Market
In just four weeks the integrated marketing campaign increased sales 5.8%
5:00 AM | BASF Sells Omega-3 Production Plant to Marine Ingredients
With the acquisition, Marine Ingredients will gain control of omega-3 production, which is central to its business.
5:00 AM | U.S. Tea Sales Increase 5.9% in 2013
The American Botanical Council's first tea market report shows sales of herbal and other teas may set record in 2014.

November 20, 2014

12:22 PM | Actions are Measurable. What Nutritional Choice did you Make Today?
Dietary guidance encourages the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood.  Why? Because far too many people are not consuming recommended amounts of dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin E. As discussed yesterday, most people need to increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids to balance n-3:n-6 fatty acid levels in the body. These food groups provide these nutrients.
5:00 AM | Rep. Pallone to Replace Waxman on House Energy and Commerce Committee
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. to replace vocal supplement industry critic Rep. Henry Waxman.

November 19, 2014

5:35 PM | Cloves face Sudden Death
Biodiversity conservation is currently seen as an essential part of saving the planet. However, over centuries the succession of nations that have monopolised the world trade in cloves have deliberately and successfully decimated diversity within the crop, with potentially disastrous consequences. Cloves are the dried aromatic flower buds of a small evergreen tree, which is […]
4:50 PM | Omega-3 Fortified Foods and Supplements Effectively Improve Nutritional Status
The membranes of cells in our bodies require long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) to function normally. Based on typical dietary patterns, recommendations are to increase intake of LCPUFA and limit saturated and trans fatty acids. With the exception of coconut and palm kernel oil,  vegetable fats tend to be richer sources of LCPUFA then saturated fatty acids. There are two families of LCPUFA : the omega-3s and omega-6s.
5:00 AM | USDA Nutrition Standards Could Improve School Nutrition
The USDA standards limit fat, sodium, sugar and calories.
5:00 AM | NAD Recommends ‘LifeCaps’ Discontinue Challenged Claims
Claims in Internet advertising were challenged by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
5:00 AM | AHPA Joins Coalition to Amend California Prop 65
AHPA joined a coalition of nearly 140 organizations to submit comments in response to the California OEHHA's reform proposal.
1:57 AM | Tis The Season For A Plank Streak
The holiday season is upon us….no better time to go streaking, right? Yes! Then join the holiday #plankstreak !  No it’s not planking naked (unless you really want to!), it means planking once a day EVERYDAY between Thanksgiving and New ...

November 18, 2014

8:18 PM | A Framework for Action to Solve Nutritional Inadequacies
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is holding its Second International Conference on Nutrition this week in Rome. In their Declaration on Nutrition, the Ministers and Representatives reaffirm the right of everyone to adequate food and fundamental right of everyone to be free of hunger. Malnutrition, including undernutrition, micronutrient inadequacies, overweight and obesity, affect individual well-being. They limit human potential and reduce productivity of individuals. 
5:00 AM | Gluten-Free Foods Surge 63% in Last Two Years
Mintel predicts gluten-free food market will reach $8.8 billion in sales.

November 17, 2014

5:22 PM | Yet another example of why nutrient status impacts nutrient intervention studies...
Following the scientific literature on the relationship between plasma homocysteine and health has been something of a roller coaster ride over the last few years. The brief introduction is that elevated homocysteine levels have been associated with an increased risk of health conditions such as stroke, heart disease, and cognitive decline – yet randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have had mixed results. So what’s going on here?
5:00 AM | New Medical Food Combats Abdominal Obesity
Stablor provided an average of 18% fat loss and 9% weight loss in overweight and obese people.

November 14, 2014

4:30 PM | Nourishing Mothers-to-Be and Babies-to-Come
Babies are beautiful. How amazing that a fertilized egg can transform over 9 months into a wiggling, sometimes screaming, little being! After birth, it seems like the parental challenges of feeding, comforting, and nurturing begin but maternal nutrition has already had a major developmental impact. Increased folate levels in women during the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with reduced risk of birth defects. Maternal folate status may affect the risk of a preterm birth. 
5:00 AM | Mondelez International to Acquire Majority Stake in Vietnam\'s Leading Snacks Company
$370 million investment in Kinh Do Corporation's snacks business accelerates company's growth strategy in Asia Pacific.
5:00 AM | FDA Files Injunction Against SciLabs
Series of inspections allegedly showed company failed to conduct identity testing or establish product specifications.

November 13, 2014

2:58 PM | Using Phytase in the First 1,000 Days for a Lifelong Impact
Phytate is a known as an  ‘antinutrient’ because it binds with iron, zinc and calcium to limit absorption from the intestine. In some regions of the world where animal sources of protein are scarce, the most commonly consumed form of phosphorus is linked with phytate present in plant-foods. Micronutrient deficiencies during the first 1,000 days of life can have lifelong effects. Plant-based complementary foods can contain high levels of phytate. 
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