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September 15, 2014

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5:00 AM | Climate Change Affects Taste & Quality of Tea
HerbalGram cover article addresses impacts of environmental variation on botanical quality and activity.

September 12, 2014

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8:49 PM | Measuring Biomarkers to Evaluate Nutritional Status
As a reader, you will know I recommend using nutritional biomarkers to assess health outcomes rather than dietary intake guestimates. Wood and colleagues affirm these statements.  They analyzed dietary and biological data obtained from approximately 2,000 Scottish women who attended a baseline visit between 1990-1993 as part of the Aberdeen Prospective Osteoporosis Screening Study (APOSS). Over the 10 years, their age increased (not surprisingly) as did their body weight (+2 kg), total […]
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5:00 AM | Glanbia Acquires Isopure Sports Nutrition Brand for $150 Million
Isopure generated net revenues of $74.6 million for the 12-month period to the end of July.
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5:00 AM | Latinos a Bright Spot for Supplement Market
Hispanics comprise the fastest growing ethnic population for vitamin and mineral use.

September 11, 2014

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4:15 PM | Who is Modeling Preventive Health Behaviors for Children?
Millions of children are missing important preventive health care opportunities in the US. Boyle and colleagues report wide divides in use of clinical preventive services by race/ethnicity, geography and health care coverage. For example, 50% of infants who failed their hearing screening did not receive a follow-up evaluation. Twenty-two percent of children had not had their vision checked professionally by 5y of age. The US has one of the highest per capita incomes but nearly half of American […]
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5:00 AM | New Article Makes Recommendations to Combat Obesity
Paper makes recommendations for biological, lifestyle and environmental changes for attaining a healthy weight.
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5:00 AM | AHPA Develops Recommendations for Cannabis Oversight
AHPA offers guidance for the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed Cannabis products.
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5:00 AM | Green Coffee Bean Manufacturer Settles FTC Charges for $3.5 Million
Complaint alleges Applied Food Sciences promoted product on flawed weight loss study.

September 10, 2014

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8:36 PM | Why won’t the Nutrition Elite Treat us like Animals?
When it comes to writing stories about nutrition, facts seem secondary (or even further down the list). Maybe controversy sells. Maybe rich people not only eat more expensive foods but they buy more books and magazines. The food and supplement industry are not evil. Advances in agriculture and technology are feeding the world. Yesterday at the Arkansas Nutrition Conference sponsored by The Poultry Federation, I learned the efficiency of raising chickens (broilers), measured by feed conversion […]

September 09, 2014

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1:11 PM | Ensuring Vitamin A Adequacy: Different Approaches Needed in Different Countries
The World Health Organisation has named vitamin A deficiency to be a public health problem in over half of all countries. Vitamin A is needed for vision, and also to prevent infections. Various public health measures are used around the world to help people with deficient diets to meet their vitamin A needs, such as food fortification, supplementation programs, improving dietary diversity and increasing the pro-vitamin A content of staples through bio-fortification. But there is no “one […]
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5:00 AM | General Mills Acquires Annie’s
The proposed transaction between General Mills and Annie's has an aggregate value of approximately $820 million.
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5:00 AM | Omega Protein Purchases Bioriginal Food & Science Corp.
The deal adds size and scale to Omega Protein's overall business, in addition to global customer reach.

September 08, 2014

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10:26 PM | How to Stop Hating Your Body
Mirror, mirror, on the wall…. Who has the worst thighs ever?! Chronic body dissatisfaction is an epidemic. Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself from a long time ago and lamented how you would love to look like ...
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6:48 PM | Is Breakfast an Important Part of Children's Diets?
We’ve been told since we were children that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why? What have you done for me lately, breakfast? Recently published data shows us that for children and adolescents, regular breakfast consumption is associated with a healthier diet.
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5:00 AM | IADSA Endorses Botanical Adulterants Educational Program
Association supports ABC-AHP-NCNPR Program, international herbal quality control initiative.
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5:00 AM | Aenova Group Acquires Contract Packaging Resources, Inc.
Deal will expand Aenova’s global packaging services.

September 05, 2014

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3:38 PM | Are you Familiar with all the Tools to Reduce Prevalence of Iron Deficiency Anemia?
Whole grains, legumes and nuts provide plenty of minerals. However, they also contain high levels of phytate which binds with iron (Fe), calcium and zinc. Phytate-bound minerals cannot be absorbed. Iron bioavailability from vegetarian diets are lower (5-12%) compared to mixed diets (14-18%) and heme iron present in meat (25%). Phytates are a major reason that vegetarians and others who do not regularly eat red meat can become iron-deficient. Iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common […]

September 04, 2014

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4:18 PM | Food Security, Micronutrients and Raising Children: A Global Quandary
The landing page for Scaling Up Nutrition states “When children are properly nourished they can grow up to be healthy and productive.” Proper nourishment refers to the need for adequate amounts of energy (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) and essential nutrients (vitamins and minerals).  We know this to be true. Malnutrition can be acute or chronic. Acute malnutrition (starvation) leads to death and often follows earthquakes or other emergencies. Chronic malnutrition causes […]
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7:25 AM | The Wind of Change in the Willows
  As early as the 5th century BC, Hippocrates the father of medicine was recommending taking a bitter extract of willow bark to ease aches and pains. How this ancient herbal remedy lead to the discovery of aspirin is a tale complex enough to give you a headache, with various scientists staking a claim and […]
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5:00 AM | Cargill to Buy ADM’s Chocolate Business for $440 Million
Purchase expands Cargill’s chocolate footprint in North America and Europe.
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5:00 AM | Changing Global Diets Vital to Reducing Climate Change
Healthier diets and reducing food waste are part of a combination of solutions.

September 03, 2014

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10:20 AM | Nutritional Supplements help fill Nutrient Gaps
A new report finds that adults are eating better. We are making healthier food choices. US diets aren’t great but they are improving. The question is: have diets improved enough? Wang and colleagues investigated dietary quality trends from 1990 to 2010 in the US using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. They used the Alternate Healthy Eating Index 2010 (AHEI-2010) to measure diet quality. 
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5:00 AM | Study Gauges Western Readiness to Eat Insects
Young, adventurous men concerned about the environment most likely to adopt insects as a meat substitute.
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5:00 AM | Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Gap Widens Between Rich & Poor
Overall dietary quality remains poor, presenting challenges for public health researchers and policy makers.
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5:00 AM | Study Shows Spinach Extract Could Increase Weight Loss
Researchers cited green leaf membranes called thylakoids as mechanism of action.
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5:00 AM | CellMark Chemicals Acquires AnMar International
The move aims to bolster the company's global presence in specialty markets and expand custom manufacturing capabilities.
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5:00 AM | Herbal Supplement Sales Increased 7.9% in 2013
Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the U.S. reached approximately $6 billion for the first time in 2013.

September 02, 2014

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8:00 PM | Young Children can Benefit from Multi-Vitamin-Mineral Supplementation
Scientific progress is much slower than news the news cycle. So it is surprising when scientific studies create a media frenzy. After all, assembling the totality of the evidence isn’t  a matter of immediacy. The creation of regulations is even slower. Last January, Madden, DeBias & Cook published a market analysis of vitamin supplements in JAMA Pediatrics.  
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5:00 AM | USCHPA Discusses Dietary Supplement Reform with China’s Lawmakers
The U.S.-China Health Products Association was invited by the China’s National People’s Congress Legislative Department to discuss China's Draft Food Safety Law.
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