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HIGHLIGHTS FROM PROBIOTA 2017 IN BERLIN

All mouth and some action: Oral probiotics still in infancy but promise is there

The emergence of probiotics in oral health has led to an acceleration of research into these friendly bacteria as a potential functional ingredient in gum and mints. 

Can vitamin D make you stronger? Study makes a case

Identifying specific forms of vitamin D has enabled scientists to suggest that increased levels of active vitamin D can help to optimise muscle strength.

Sheep milk has untapped functional food potential: Review

Sheep milk has significant but neglected potential for use in functional foods, according to a new review, which highlights its suitability for use in probiotic and prebiotic applications.

European supplements brand aims to take bigger bite out of Asian weight loss market

Spanish firm Reig Jofre’s nutritional supplements line Forte Pharma is looking towards South East Asia for expansion, after establishing a firm foothold in Hong Kong and Macau. 

Omega-3 and chemotherapy: Supplementation reduces stomatitis and diarrhoea in cancer patients

Omega-3 supplementation helped lessen chemotherapy-induced mucosal toxicities such as stomatitis and diarrhoea, and provided liver protection for oesophageal cancer patients, revealed a Japanese study.

Precedent setting: The development and legacy of the GOED monograph

The early 2000s were a time of health claims success and growing consumer awareness around the benefits of omega-3s, but concerns over quality in the sector spurred stakeholders to work...

Will acacia gum finally get the clean-label recognition it wants?

Acacia gum is 100% natural, non-GMO, organic, gluten-free and applicable in almost every area of the food industry. Why does it have a chequered past, and how can it obtain...

Medical Nutrition: RCT finds little benefit from fish oil for fistula failure

Fish oil supplementation may have no benefit in preventing the failure of fistulas in dialysis patients, with a failure rate similar to placebo, a new RCT suggests.

WHO questions UK institution over continued financial link to breast milk substitute industry

Experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) have criticised the UK's Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health for its decision to continue accepting funding from breast milk substitute (BMS) manufacturers and...

Carbs ‘better than antioxidants’ to boost immunity and recovery after exercise: Australia review

Consuming carb-heavy bars or gels either during or immediately after intense exercise helps cut immune disturbances and can aid the body’s recovery, but there is insufficient evidence to support the...

Zinc in tablet form the 'preferred option' for children with acute diarrhoea: Study

Zinc in tablet form is not only effective in treating acute diarrhoea in young children, but it is also a more practical delivery method compared to zinc in suspension, a...

Whey out? Could cricket protein rival whey as a sports nutrition and functional drinks ingredient?

Crickets could become a functional protein ingredient to rival casein and whey in nutritional beverages and sports drinks, researchers suggest.

Nutrition labels do not seem adapted to fighting obesity: ANSES

Nutrition labels do not seem to be adapted to battling public health issues such as obesity, the French food safety agency ANSES has concluded – but this is because they...

Niacin was ‘surprisingly effective’ in prevention of eye disease

Vitamin B3 supplementation could prevent glaucoma onset: Mouse study

The addition of vitamin B3 to the drinking water of mice that are genetically predisposed to glaucoma led to the prevention of the disease in 93% of cases, say researchers.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PROBIOTA 2017 IN BERLIN

Making a deposit: Faecal biobanks have ‘great potential’

The interest in stool transplants or faecal microbial transplants has gathered momentum in recent years giving rise to the concept of faecal biobanks.

Young men shun products with health claims, Spanish study suggests

Young, healthy men are more likely to actively avoid, rather than be attracted to, products with prominent health claims such as reduced-fat or high-fibre, according to new research in Spain.

A 'golden age' of probiotics for premature babies? It depends on birth weight and strains: Meta-analysis

The use of probiotics on very low birth weight (VLBW) infants is associated with a reduced risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late-onset sepsis, and mortality, but the effects on extremely...

Asian consumers more interested in nutrition and healthy eating than westerners: Survey

Asian consumers are far more likely to be interested in healthy eating than those in the West, according to a new survey of attitudes to diet and nutrition.

Bone broth sales more than tripled in 2016, albeit off a very small base

The bone broth category (shelf-stable and refrigerated) is pretty small in the scheme of things, but it’s growing rapidly, with US retail sales more than tripling to $19.7m in the...

VIDEO: Meet Ms Ugene, the state-of-the-art Singapore robot testing TCM and food products

No errors, no mood swings, no sick leave, and she can process three sets of microbiological tests in 14 minutes. Meet Ms Ugene, Singapore’s first two-armed robot microbiologist helping Traditional...

Special edition: Blood Sugar Management

Soluble fibers show promise as blood sugar management ingredients

Soluble fibers can have significant effects on post prandial blood glucose spikes, but they have their effects in the gut rather than in the blood stream itself as polyphenolic ingredients...

Highlights from Probiota 2017 in Berlin

Microbiome manipulation proposed as way to ‘engineer’ health

The advent of synthetic biology, to essentially enhance microorganism capability is the radical approach being proposed to address micronutrient deficiencies and ‘engineer’ health.

Mars to enter UK supplement space with cocoa flavanol pills

Confectionery giant Mars plans to launch its CocoaVia line of cocoa flavanol-based food supplements in the UK and Ireland later this month.

Academics divided over vitamin D study claims of cold and flu protection

Vitamin D supplements could help prevent acute respiratory tract infections, including colds and flu, according to a study in The BMJ. But a linked editorial penned by academics from New Zealand and...

DSM and Singapore Institute of Technology unite to back next generation of food and nutrition technologists

Students from Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will be able to benefit from DSM’s facilities in a bid to boost the skills of the next generation of food and nutrition...

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