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February 3, 2012
National Institutes of Health researchers and their colleagues have identified how resveratrol, a naturally occurring chemical found in red wine and other plant products, may confer its health benefits.   Read More »
February 2, 2012
Cocoa—the antioxidant-rich raw ingredient used to make chocolate—is poised to become a major force in the market for functional and healthier food products, according to Julian Mellentin, director of consultancy for New Nutrition Business.  Read More »
February 2, 2012
According to recent Mintel research, among healthy snackers, 44% said they tend to eat healthfully most of the time and 42% make it a point to snack on foods that are healthy. At the same time, indulgence can be part of a well-rounded lifestyle, as 39% of healthy snackers said they use less-healthy nibbles as an occasional treat.  Read More »
February 1, 2012
In older adults, higher circulating total long-chain omega 3 fatty acid and DHA levels were associated with lower risk of incident atrial fibrillation (AF), according to recent research published in Circulation.   Read More »
January 30, 2012
One glass of milk each day may positively impact brain and mental performance, according to a recent study published in the International Dairy Journal.  Read More »
January 26, 2012
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washington, D.C., issued a response to the guest commentary, “Assessing Supplement Safety – The FDA’s Controversial Proposal,” by Pieter Cohen, MD, in the January 25 on-line edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.  Read More »
January 26, 2012
Health claims will be at the top of the business agenda for food companies this year as the European Union (EU) is soon expected to adopt a first list of generic health claims allowed for use, according to international food policy expert EAS.  Read More »
January 25, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have unveiled new standards for school meals they hope will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation.  Read More »
January 25, 2012
Rising interest in naturalness and a growing awareness of the potential health benefits of botanical ingredients have combined with the desire for something more unusual to develop the demand for floral ingredients and flavorings.   Read More »
January 24, 2012
Nielsen, a global provider of insights and analytics around what consumers watch and buy, released a new report indicating that 59% of consumers around the world have difficulty understanding nutritional labels on food packaging and more than half (53%) consider themselves overweight.  Read More »
January 23, 2012
Marc Ullman, Legal Advisory Council Chairman of the Natural Products Foundation (NPF), Washington, D.C., met with Richard Cleland of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on December 19, 2011, to present documentation regarding 22 non-compliant dietary supplement advertisers.   Read More »
January 19, 2012
European food and beverage manufacturers will soon be able to use a stronger health claim on products that contain Barliv barley betafiber (beta-glucan). In a summary scientific opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in December 2011, the panel confirmed a cause-and-effect relationship between barley beta-glucans and lower/reduced blood cholesterol.  Read More »
January 19, 2012
Total retail sales of soymilk, almond milk, rice milk and other plant milks reached $1.3 billion in 2011, according to “Dairy Alternative Beverages in the U.S.,” a recently released report from market research firm Packaged Facts, Rockville, MD.  Read More »
January 17, 2012
African mango supplements are touted to help shed pounds, but do they really work? “Long-term weight loss with African mango has not been proven,” said Tod Cooperman, MD, president of ConsumerLab.com, White Plains, NY, which evaluated the…  Read More »
January 17, 2012
Three-quarters of Americans believe many consumer products are over-packaged and about one-quarter will look elsewhere, according to the Natural Marketing Institute’s (NMI), Harleysville, PA, annual U.S. LOHAS Consumer Trends Study.  Read More »

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