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Health claims

Health claims

Functional foods and supplements are as successful as the claims they can make. But new health claim regulations in Europe, and a tightening regulatory environment in the US can make it hard to know how messages must be communicated without overstepping the line.

Gut microbes’ protective effects compromised by alcohol

The protective function of natural gut antibiotics is impaired by alcohol leaving bacteria free to migrate to the liver aggravating alcohol-induced liver disease, a study has shown.

Germany asks: When do energy drinks pose a risk?

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has launched an online forum entitled ‘Energy Drinks: When do they pose a risk?’, which it hopes will raise awareness of the...

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Southeast Asia nearing its goal of harmonised supplement standards

Last October, the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Asean, completed and agreed to a single set of standards and technical requirements for product labelling, manufacturing,...

Escaping the malnutrition cycle: Studies aim to optimise nutrition supplementation

The vicious cycle of malnutrition and childhood ailments could be interrupted with a period of nutrient supplementation during the recovery phase from illness, a set of trials has demonstrated.

RCTs the only way for probiotic acceptance, says leading professor

The only way probiotics will be accepted into mainstream medicine is to conduct randomised clinical trials that conform to drug standards, a leading gastroenterologist has said.

Milk found to raise children’s vitamin D level: study

Children who drink at least three glasses of milk per day had a higher serum vitamin D level than their peers who drink milk in lesser amounts, a new study...

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FSA budget cuts: what it means for food safety

Budget cuts at the Food Standards Agency and local authorities mean change is afoot, reports Michelle Perrett.

Probiota day 1: Tweet by tweet

This year our event Probiota kicked off with the workshop 'Prebiotics – a return to true science'. Experts in the field gathered to cut loose from complex regulation and commercial...

Nutrient-rich Nordic diet linked to better physical performance in elderly

The nutrients range of Nordic diets is associated with better physical performance and a decrease in disability risk later in life, a study confirms.

Cocoa flavanols may use gut microbiota pathway to ease metabolic syndrome: Review

Consuming cocoa flavanols may interact with the gut microbiota as a way of preventing metabolic syndrome or easing the condition’s symptoms, a review has concluded.

PharmaCare seeks independent review of adverts for red clover menopause supplement

UK ad body flushed by ‘exaggerated’ on hold botanical claim

While on hold botanical health claims may be used, they should not be exaggerated, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned. 

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Beyond microbiota: Prebiotics need hard health endpoints

Hard health endpoints, not just changes to microbiota, are needed to secure EU prebiotic health claims and bring fibre intakes up to recommended levels, according to European researchers.

Yeast beta-glucan shows health-boosting benefits for children

Daily intake of the baker’s yeast ingredient beta glucan may reduce the frequency of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) in children by 66%, claims industry study.

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Probiotic firms must refresh ‘mumsy’ marketing

Probiotic players must engage the so-called millennial generation if they are to avoid being jostled out of the health yoghurt aisle, says Euromonitor International.  

New kid on EU sports nutrition block?

Finish line in sight for D-ribose novel food application

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has called for feedback on its positive draft novel food opinion for sports nutrition ingredient D-ribose.

Health claim watch

French firm files claim for omega-3 & age-related cognitive decline

French pharmaceutical firm Pierre Fabre Medicament has filed a health claim for a omega-3 product and the reduction of age-related cognitive decline.

First-time study tracks nutritional distribution of fat in human GI tract

An innovative analytical method has provided insights into the emptying, phase separation and distribution of fat in the human gastrointestinal (GI) system, which could pave the way for more effective functional...

Chr. Hansen targets diabetes with next-generation probiotic deal

A collaboration between Chr. Hansen and Caelus Health will focus on the development of Eubacterium hallii as a next generation probiotic for prevention and treatment of metabolic disease. ...

Gut microbe damage from low-fibre diets may be inherited - and irreversible

Adopting a high-fibre diet may not only benefit the microbial profile of the person consuming the diet but also their future children, according to a study in Nature.

Researchers to test faecal pill efficacy in treating obesity

Faecal matter from a healthy, lean person can help obese individuals lose weight by transferring intestinal bacterium via a 'stool transplant,' a study intends to show. 

European Parliament committee to vote on three objections

MEP urges rethink on ‘outrageous’ new formula marketing rules

A member of the European Parliament (MEP) has urged fellow politicians to support his objections to new rules on the marketing of baby foods, formulas and foods for special medical...

Upcoming EU sports nutrition law revamp – a win for industry?

The way sports foods are regulated in the EU is set to change. But how? Craig Simpson, EU food law expert with Steptoe & Johnson in the UK, gives his...

Crowdsourcing: Fostering openness and innovation

Outsourcing in the nutraceutical industry has traditionally involved partnering with contract research organisations (CROs) to prove new concepts or differentiate unique product formulas - but more recently the industry has seen...

Iron supplementation may affect normal micronutrient uptake: Study

Excess iron (Fe) in the diet may affect absorption of other metals such as manganese, leading to concerns that over supplementation of iron could be affecting absorption of other essential...

Oat extract may improve cognitive function and memory: Study

A wild green-oat extract has demonstrated cognitive function improvement in middle-aged adults, who exhibited increased speed of performance and episodic memory in a clinical study.