Science: The wider impacts of gut health
Special edition: Gut health
In the final part of our gut health series, NutraIngredients.com reviews the science behind the ‘friendly bacteria’ and the prebiotics fibres that ‘fuel’ them.
Danisco brings probiotic straw to functional drink makers
A new business partnership is providing beverage manufacturers with potential to market probiotic drinks without the need for chilling or tight shelf-life restrictions.
Regulation: Rules and health claims for gut health
Special edition: Gut Health
In the second part of a series on gut health, NutraIngredients examines the way products in this category are regulated – and what types of health claims they can make.
Omega-3: Industry action could prompt policy change
Getting omega-3 into the UK diet may require a level of ‘reverse policy’, or making the moves before the policy is adopted, a nutrition expert has suggested.
Market: How global consumers view digestive health
Special edition: Gut health
One of the first functional foods was a digestive health product – Yakult – a probiotic drink a Japanese scientist began selling in his home country in the 1930s.
Don’t ignore omega-3 for mood and behaviour, say UK experts
Academic and nutrition experts in the UK are calling for an increased focus on the benefits of omega-3 in mood and behaviour, especially in children, as a lack of consistent research is stunting potential in the field.
Hope among EFSA’s harsh health claim rulings
The European Food Safety Authority’s hard line stance on health claims is bewildering some, resigning others, but steeling most to meet its ‘gold standard’ scientific demands.
France set to liberate herbal products
France has taken a step to liberalise its highly restrictive herbal regulations by issuing two national decrees that should allow for greater access to botanical supplements.
Martek responds to rejected omega-3 health claim
Martek Biosciences Corporation is disappointed but not devastated by the European Food Safety Authority’s rejection of its article 14 DHA/ARA infant nutrition health claim.
EFSA’s harsh health claim regime
The European Food Safety Authority recently turned in its first health claim verdicts, rejecting eight of nine. European food regulations expert Lorène Courrège explains why EFSA’s tough health claim approach may stifle product innovation.
EFSA rejects Martek omega-3 infant health claim
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a Martek Biosciences Corporation health claim submission relating infant brain and eye development with DHA (omega-3) and ARA (omega-6) consumption.
Omega-3 and soy may protect against pollution harm: Study
Supplements of omega-3 or soy may protect the heart against certain damaging effects of air pollution, according to a new study from an international team of researchers.
Organic algal omega-3 close to world debut
A UK-based company says it is the world’s first to develop an algal-sourced DHA/EPA organic ingredient and is on the brink of launching in bakery, dairy and pharmaceutical products.
Dietary ALA sufficient to raise omega-3 levels, says study
A daily 2.4 gram dose of ALA-rich flax oil is enough to raise overall levels of omega-3 fatty acids, suggests a new study that supports inclusion of ALA-rich sources in the diet.
Omega-3: Lifelong intakes necessary for benefits in old age?
Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), may decrease the risk of dementia, and improve survival in older people, suggest three new studies.