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Industry Perspectives

Gut health: A market on the rise

By Stephen Daniells

The global gut health is variously estimated at around €15-30 billion and predicted to grow by around 8% annually at least to the end of the decade, but what are the opportunities and hurdles for companies wanting to win in it?

Is digestive health ‘sexy’? It could be argued that food supporting gut bacteria and healthy bowels are not as easily marketable as other nutrient claims on-pack. GettyImages/tbralnina

How can food and beverage brands make fibre sexy?

By Flora Southey

Supporting gut bacteria and bowel health may not be the most appealing claims to market on-pack, but ingredients experts say consumer perceptions can be changed – if they haven't already.

Quantum produces fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS). Pic: Getty Images/ddukang

Tate & Lyle to acquire Chinese dietary fiber business

By Jim Cornall

Tate & Lyle PLC has signed an agreement to acquire Quantum Hi-Tech (Guangdong) Biological Co., Ltd (Quantum), a prebiotic dietary fiber business in China from ChemPartner Pharmatech Co., Ltd (ChemPartner) for a total consideration of $237m.

Many people consume less than the recommended daily intake of dietary fibre. A healthy diet includes a variety of types of fibres. ©Nizo

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

Dietary fibre and gut fermentation

By Will Chu

Dietary fibre plays a key role in human health; fibre-rich foods and prebiotics can help promote gut health and benefit the gut microbiota, for instance.

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Scientists develop targeted fibre approach to gut health

By Nicola Gordon-Seymour

Researchers at the Whistler Centre for Carbohydrate Research, US, have discovered a way to select prebiotic fibres that promote bacteria propagation for improved gut health and are effective in any microbial environment.

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Gut microbiome changes in high-protein diet offer weight loss insights

By Nikki Hancocks

A high protein, calorie restricted diet (HPD) leads to a more diverse gut microbiome in obesity and different microbial change as compared to that seen in response to a normal protein, calorie restricted diet (NPD), which may indicate the reason behind...

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Editor's Spotlight: Startup Focus

The Gut Stuff launch snack bars to spread fibre knowledge

By Nikki Hancocks

The founders of a gut health education startup have taken their quest to improve consumer knowledge one step further with the launch of their own fibre-full snack bars.

High fibre diet linked to lower breast cancer risk

News in Brief

High fibre diet linked to lower breast cancer risk

By Nikki Hancocks

Consuming a diet high in fibre is linked with a reducing in incidence of breast cancer, according to a random‐effects meta‐analysis published in the journal CANCER.

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Study: Yogurt and fibre-rich diet may reduce lung cancer risk

By Nikki Hancocks

A diet high in fibre and yogurt is strongly associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer thanks to their prebiotic and probiotic properties, according to a study involving data from 1.4 million adults in the US, Europe and Asia.

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