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October 11, 2014

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5:09 PM | Chemicals and Food: A Little Perspective
What do formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, and acetaldehyde have in common? They are all chemicals that we perceive as dangerous and known carcinogens or mutagens. They are also all likely to be found in your Thanksgiving dinner. No – they are not additives, preservatives, or contaminants – rather compounds found naturally in food. It is not uncommon to hear an argument that “artificial” chemicals added to food are dangerous. However, natural vs unnatural is not a good […]

October 10, 2014

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12:37 PM | EFSA Finds no Safety Concerns with Algal EPA and/or DHA and Increases Upper Intake Level
Experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion that supplemental DHA and EPA from algal oil sources (Schizochytrium species) can be safely increased from 3 grams daily to 5 grams daily as there is no safety concerns for adults.

October 08, 2014

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2:53 PM | Another Study Reports Inadequate Vitamin E Intake
Zhao and colleagues assessed dietary adequacy and plasma vitamin E (α-tocopherol and ϒ-tocopherol) concentrations in the plasma of Irish adults. Food sources were not sufficient. Two-thirds of women were not consuming recommended amounts of vitamin E. Supplementation was important, contributing 29% of their vitamin E. People who didn’t supplement with vitamin E had much lower plasma α-tocopherol concentrations. 

October 07, 2014

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10:17 AM | Processed Food: Can’t We Just Say What We Mean?
It is a slow day today for nutrition science, but it seems that there is an article in the mass media every day about processed foods and how they can and should be avoided. These articles can be a little confusing to me as a nutrition scientist. The confusion stems from the use of the word “processed”. Isn't there a better way to say what we mean?

October 06, 2014

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4:53 PM | Kies mij! Een grappig volkorenbroodje als zetje naar de gezonde keuze
Volkorenbrood is gezond! Dat weten de meeste ouders en kinderen wel. Toch blijft wit  brood aantrekkelijk. Met name kinderen houden niet altijd van de grovere structuur, de smaak en eventuele zaadjes van volkorenbrood. Kinderen motiveren door ze te vertellen dat volkorenbrood goed voor ze is, is een riskante strategie. Recent onderzoek onder kleuters laat zien dat voedsel als gezond aanprijzen een averechts effect kan hebben. Als je maar vaak genoeg zegt ‘dit is […]
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3:29 PM | Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Lifelong Mission
What does $2.5 million dollars get a scientist in 2014? The answer is a 10 year, double-blind randomized controlled trial (RCT) to determine whether prenatal supplementation with omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA), especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) benefits children’s intelligence and school readiness. This is important research. Higher levels of DHA in the blood of children have been correlated with better sleep and improved reading and behavior in healthy but […]
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10:47 AM | A Rye Old Saint or the Devil You Know
Without any doubt corn, has to be the most important crop of all. But what is it? Well, to an American, corn is maize, to an Englishman it would be wheat, and for a Scot it could be either barley or oats. To put it simply corn is the word used in the English language […]
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5:00 AM | CRN Urges Court to Require FTC to Use Flexible Standard for Advertising Review
Brief addresses a motion related to Bayer Healthcare’s advertising claims for a probiotic supplement.
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5:00 AM | Dairy Drives Global Health Innovation
From probiotics in Asia to ‘naturally healthy’ in the West, dairy will benefit from a wholesome image.

October 03, 2014

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4:52 PM | What to do with Picky Eaters? An Approach to Fill Nutrient Gaps
Nutrition experts recommend getting essential vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet – one with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products. The challenge is that we don’t always make good choices. Reasons include: time costs, sensory and physical aspects, access, and perceived value.  People with lower incomes eat fewer servings of vegetables and fruits.  Food preferences. Even Presidents can shun nutrient-rich foods such as Brussels sprouts, liver […]
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5:00 AM | Bottled Water & Tea Lead Global Drinks Growth
Tea saw consumption growth of 62 billion liters between 2008 and 2013.

October 02, 2014

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5:51 PM | Vitamin D, Genetics and Blood Glucose Management
Did you read that a genetic study casts doubt that vitamin D prevents the development of type 2 diabetes? Well, don’t believe everything you read. The authors are quoted, “Our findings suggest that interventions to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by increasing concentrations of vitamin D are not currently justified.” That is one opinion. Here is a different perspective. Ye and colleagues combined data from 22 observational studies with almost 100,000 participants to […]
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5:00 AM | AHPA Proposal for More Useful Prop 65 Warning Gains Traction Among Regulators
OEHHA to consider AHPA's informative, consumer friendly label warning.
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5:00 AM | Global Snack Food Sales Reach $374 Billion Annually
Meal-replacement foods showing strong growth; absence of ingredients in snacks more important than the addition of them.

October 01, 2014

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7:30 PM | Evaluating Nutrition (and Food) Risk
Every day we are confronted with risks: crossing streets, not wearing seatbelts, walking under upright ladders, failing to lockout equipment, not wearing safety glasses or hearing protection, running across wet floors, living in tornado zones, wearing bicycle helmets, etc. Some activities are more hazardous than others. The challenge is assessing the magnitude of the risk. For the past two days, I participated on a Food Advisory Committee convened by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 
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5:00 AM | Natural Retailers Thrive in the Face of Competition
Conventional retailers expanding their health and wellness offerings.

September 30, 2014

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8:47 PM | Vitamin D supports your health - but what if you're already in the hospital?
We’ve all heard about the benefits of vitamin D – ranging from bone health, to immune health, to muscle health. Recent data has even shown that vitamin D status is inversely related to mortality and there’s even data to demonstrate that for hospitalized patients, vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher odds of developing a hospital-borne infection. So what do we know about the impact of vitamin D deficiency on mortality in hospitalized patients?

September 29, 2014

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2:39 PM | How Does Vitamin D Deficiency Affect Risk of Pregnancy Complications?
Pregnancy is not a disease. Nevertheless, it is associated with increased risk to the health of the expectant mother, which can in turn affect the unborn child. Regular visits with trained professionals can help to identify and reduce some of the risks of pregnancy. Nutrition is considered to be a modifiable factor that can affect the progress or outcome of a pregnancy. Can vitamin D help pregnant women avoid complications?
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5:00 AM | Global Health & Wellness Sales to Reach $774 Billion in 2014
Emerging markets drive growth while developed markets offer innovation hotspots.

September 25, 2014

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9:33 PM | The Unfortunate Consequence of the “Whole Food” Movement
Imagine your roof has a leak that could cause damage to your home. You want to repair it but it will take a lot of effort. You believe the house would also be improved with a coat of paint, new ...
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9:23 AM | Choices in Nutrition: What Will You Decide?
In nutrition, it seems like we are often presented with lifestyle changes that involve two or more opposing choices. These can be argued passionately, with advocates on both sides producing compelling arguments. How does this relate to a recent study on resveratrol?
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5:00 AM | Whole Grain & High Fiber Foods Market to Reach $29.5 billion by 2020
Growing consumer awareness and focus on health and well-being drive global category.
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5:00 AM | Global Fish Oil Market to See 1.6% CAGR from 2014 to 2020
GrandViewResearch report predicts the global market for fish oil will reach $3.3 billion by 2020.
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5:00 AM | Beverage Companies to Reduce Calories 20% by 2025
Water and other lower-calorie beverages are expected to grow significantly.
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5:00 AM | FDA Seeks to Make FSMA Proposals More Flexible, Targeted
Agency changes four rules proposed in 2013.

September 24, 2014

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5:00 AM | Plant Sterols Plus EPA & DHA May Lower LDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Spread fortified with plant sterols and fish oil lowered triglycerides and LDL in men and women with high cholesterol.
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5:00 AM | Fruit & Vegetable Consumption Associated with Mental Health
Health survey showed 33.5% of respondents with high mental well-being ate five or more portions of fruit/vegetables a day.

September 23, 2014

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10:00 PM | Milestone: Our History in Posting this 1000th Blog
Today, TalkingNutrition posts its 1000th blog. Let’s take a moment to reflect on our history. After months of practice behind the DSM firewall, the TalkingNutrition blog was launched in the real world on July 5, 2010, along with a monthly newsletter and events calendar. On August 9, 2010, @DSMNutrition was created. 
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2:37 PM | Why it is Healthy to Eat Foods from Around the World
We choose to eat at home or away-from-home. Eating at home requires buying groceries. Jahns and colleagues analyzed foods advertised in weekly circulars from one supermarket chain with 8 stores in a predominantly non-Hispanic white, midWestern US city (Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2009). Advertised foods were aggregated into MyPlate food groups:  fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, dairy and oils. 
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