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May 01, 2011, to May 15, 2011

Children Who Eat Family Meals Eat Healthier Foods, Have Less Risk Of Being Overweight

U.S. researchers have found that children and teens who eat with their families a minimum of three times a week are less likely to be overweight or have other nutritional health problems than other children. The researchers looked at data from 17 recent studies that examined eating patterns and child nutrition among 182,000 children between the ages of three and 17. Five of the studies that assessed the link between family meals and nutrition found children who ate with their families three times a week were 24 percent more likely to eat healthier foods and maintain healthy eating habits, the researchers found. Other benefits: a reduction in the odds for overweight (12 percent), eating unhealthy foods (20 percent), and disordered eating (35 percent).

Though Most Americans Are Nutritionally Aware, Older Adults Are More Likely To Take Action

U.S. adults surveyed by Harris Interactive say they are very health-conscious and aware of basic nutrition facts when buying foods and beverages, but do not necessarily apply the knowledge to their purchasing behavior. According to Harris, whose data came from 2,379 adults surveyed online in March, healthy food choices are more likely among more mature Americans aged 66 and older, perhaps because they are more likely to be on restricted diets. Three quarters (76 percent) of Matures have a diet restriction, compared to 58 percent of Baby Boomers, 50 percent of Generation Xers, and 51 percent of Echo Boomers (aged 18-34). “The action/awareness gap is even more pronounced when comparing the youngest and oldest generations,” Harris says: 32 percent of Echo Boomers restrict their sugar intake, compared to 67 percent of Matures.

Danisco Unveils Pine-Derived Plant Sterols For Health Supplements Making Cardio Claims

Danish food ingredient supplier Danisco has launched a new brand of sterols derived from a sustainable pine source and designed for food and dietary supplements that target cardiovascular health. According to the company, PinVita phytosterols lower the level of unfavorable LDL cholesterol in the blood by reducing cholesterol absorption. PinVita’s easy-to-formulate, ready-to-use solutions are available for applications such as dietary supplements, fats and oils, dairy and bakery products. The company says free and esterified formats of PinVita have limited impact on the taste, texture and appearance of the final consumer product. The PinVita plant sterols are suitable for allergen- and GMO-free products as well.

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April 15, 2011, to May 01, 2011

Organic Advocates Urge Tightening Of USDA Rules On Egg Farming

The nonprofit farm policy group Cornucopia Institute has accused a California producer of organic eggs of misrepresenting the living conditions of some hens, perhaps in violation of federal organic standards. The California cooperative, whose egg brand is Organic Valley, does not allow hens to forage naturally in sunlit pastures but instead keeps them penned in screened porches with roofs and floors, the Institute told the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel. Federal organic standards require hens to have outdoor access and sunlight, but the definition of outdoors is fuzzy. The screened enclosures for hens violate the spirit and intent of the organic law, and mislead consumers, the Institute says. Advocates of tighter rules on organic egg production have proposed a clarification of the USDA rules that would close the loophole.

Dietary Supplement Use Is Common In U.S., National Surveys Confirm

Data from U.S. health and nutrition surveys has found a significant increase in the use of dietary supplements among adults over the last two decades. According to the surveys, more than 40 percent of American adults were using dietary supplements such as multivitamins, calcium, vitamin D and folic acid from 1988 to 1994. The number increased to more than 50 percent in the years 2003 to 2006, with multivitamins being the most prevalent supplement. In that same time period, 61 percent of women aged 60 and over were taking a calcium supplement, up from 28 percent in 1988 to 1994. Intake of folic acid supplements did not increase among childbearing age women: folic acid is widely available in vegetables, beans and legumes, and in processed foods fortified with folate.

Energy Drinks Added To Alcohol Change The Perception Of Impairment, Increasing The Danger

Mixing an energy drink like Red Bull with alcohol changes the reaction to alcohol that a drinker experiences, compared to a drinker who imbibes alcohol only, creating a potentially dangerous situation. Drinking alcohol makes people act impulsively. For the study, researchers randomly assigned 56 male and female college students to one of four groups that drank alcohol alone, alcohol plus an energy drink or a placebo, then measured task execution times. Adding the energy drink to alcohol did not increase impairment, but did change the perception of impairment. “The mix of impaired behavioral inhibition and enhanced stimulation is a combination that may make energy drink consumption riskier than alcohol consumption alone,” the researchers concluded.

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April 01, 2011, to April 15, 2011

“Natural” Food Sales Remain Strong, Despite Lack Of Precise Definition Of The Term

The meaning of “natural” food may vary from shopper to shopper, and the term may not be strictly defined by the USDA except in the case of meat and poultry, but “natural” is definitely a desirable quality among consumers. Sales of foods labeled natural and organic increased by more than a billion dollars between 1999 and 2006 as consumers associated natural with healthy. Food manufacturers are taking advantage of the trend – and the lack of government standards – and are using the term liberally on packages. Retail grocers in turn have begun to devote more aisle space to products labeled natural, but are mainly leaving it up to the manufacturers to tell them which products qualify.

Quality Food Not Associated With C-Stores In Consumers’ Minds

Harried on-the-go consumers appreciate the convenience of quick meals and snacks, as long as they don’t come from convenience stores, Mintel research has found. C-stores pride themselves on being the “ultimate destination for convenience, Mintel says, but research shows that a third of consumers have never bought food at a C-store because of perceived low quality. They do buy beverages there, however, including fountain drinks, coffee drinks and frozen beverages. Nevertheless, Mintel foodservice research director Eric Giandalone says, C-stores were less affected by the recession than restaurants. Mintel forecasts the $22.8 million C-store foodservice sector to grow by 4.1 percent in 2011.

Vitamin K-2 Is Catching On In Functional Food Applications

Both natural and synthetic forms of Vitamin K-2 are the rising stars in functional food ingredients, according to Innova Market Insights, which ties the rising popularity of the vitamin to increasing evidence of a beneficial impact on bone and cardiovascular health. New vitamin K-based product launches rose 40 percent in 2010, with much of the activity in dietary supplements. The trend is picking up strength due to vitamin K’s recent U.S. award of GRAS status for dairy foods and EU Novel Foods approval in 2009. Among the most active promoters of vitamin K-2 products are Nattopharma of Norway and Danisco. An Innova researcher predicts that vitamin K-2–fortified food and drink product launches will begin to show up soon in the U.S.

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March 15, 2011, to April 01, 2011

Cargill Offers Beverage Makers A New Approach To Sugar Replacement

Food ingredients supplier Cargill has developed what it believes is a more satisfactory approach to replacing the sugar content of beverages. The TasteWise solution optimizes texture, sweetness and flavor in reduced-calorie drinks. The approach was developed to provide a better mouthfeel and taste profile for reduced-calorie drinks that usually replace sugar with high-intensity sweeteners and taste-modifying flavors. According to Cargill, the new process uses texturizers, sweeteners and flavors to balance taste and mouthfeel. Components of TasteWise include pre-screened texturizing blends, commercialized as Trilisse blends, sweeteners such as the stevia-based, zero-calorie sweetener Truvia rebiana, and taste enhancing and masking flavors.

Scotland Outlines Its Action Plan For Development Of The Organic Food Industry

The Scottish government has issued an action plan for 2011 that details its commitment to developing the country’s organic food industry. The plan is rooted in a partnership with organic food companies to develop organic farming policies that encourage sustainable economic growth. Among other goals for the next 12 months, the government says it will make organics a National Target under the Rural Development Program and will work with the Soil Association Scotland to ease obstacles to organic farming in rural areas. In addition, as part of the National Food and Drink Policy, the government sees a marketing opportunity for Scottish organic food and drink businesses to target the premium and high provenance food market.

Comfort Foods Relieve Loneliness When They Are Associated With Loved Ones

Comfort foods may not be particularly healthy for the body, but if they are associated with loved ones and people close to us, they can have significant psychological value for lonely people, according to a U.S. study. For the study, participants either wrote about fights they had had with people close to them, or about neutral topics. They then either wrote about eating comfort foods – mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, etc. – or new foods. Researchers found that writing about a fight with someone close made people feel lonely, but they could rescue themselves from those feelings by writing about comfort food. “Thinking about or consuming these foods serves as a reminder of those close others,” the researchers concluded.

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March 01, 2011, to March 15, 2011

Greek Yogurt Sales Soaring Despite Higher Prices

Despite being more expensive, Greek yogurt is gaining in popularity among health-conscious consumers because it has fewer calories and more protein and calcium than regular yogurt, and no saturated fat. In addition, Greek yogurt is strained, eliminating whey, leaving a healthier balance of yogurt and cheese, a thicker texture and richer flavor. Major brands in the sector include Chobani, Fage, Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt and Dannon. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, sales of Chobani Greek Yogurt increased 200 percent in the past 12 months, a performance that matches the sector overall since October 2010, according to a report by Nielsen. Meanwhile sales of regular yogurt rose only one percent.

Scientists, Vegans Contribute To Coconut Oil’s Burnished Image As A Health Food

Coconut oil, once vilified as an artery-clogging fat to be avoided at all costs, has now become the “darling” of the natural foods community, according to a New York Times article. Whole Foods says annual sales growth for the oil has been at the double-digits level for five years. Among the reasons for the shiny new image: scientific evidence that virgin coconut oil, which isn’t partially hydrogenated, isn’t really bad for your health after all. And vegans have discovered that coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature, is a great substitute for butter in baking.

Organic Trade Show Spotlights New Flavors And Exotic Ingredients

A wide array of food products on display at the recent Biofach World Organic trade Fair in Germany were notable for their great flavor rather than innovation. From yogurts to spice mixes, manufacturers exhibited food products enhanced with “outstanding taste” and “new flavors,” according to NewHope 360 blogger Nancy Coulter-Parker. Examples of this trend include Stevia organic yogurt with “orange sallow thorn and passion fruit banana” flavors; sparkling water flavors like pear rose and cassis, elderberry, and ginger orange; and a spice mixture – Grandma’s Flash – for muffins. But new ingredients were also evident in organic personal care products. Aronia Original Naturprodukte, for xample, exhibited a line of facial lotions and products containing aronia berries, also known as “chokeberries.”

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February 15, 2011, to March 01, 2011

Fonterra Expands Outside New Zealand, Builds Dairy Farms in China

Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd. CEO Andrew Ferrier has said his company plans to expand outside New Zealand, particularly in China. Fonterra, which has sales near $13 billion and produces about a third of the internationally traded dairy products globally, is building dairy farms in China; this follows the 2008 contaminated milk scandal involving Shijiazhuang Sanlu Group Co., which was 43-percent owned by Fonterra and prompted it to take control of all aspects of its operations in China. Ferrier sees growing wealth and population growth increasing demand, even as climate change and increasing costs of production push up milk prices worldwide. He added that Fonterra will not sell genetically modified milk products in countries where consumers do not want them, and is instead focusing on selective breeding of cows to improve milk quality and production.

Kellogg Helps Consumers Increase Intake Of Health-Friendly Fiber

Kellogg claims that its cereal products can help consumers increase their fiber intake, which a study has revealed can significantly lower the risk of death from heart disease, cancers, and other diseases. Data from a nine-year study conducted by the National Institutes of Health and nonprofit AARP has revealed that a high-fiber diet can reduce the risk of dying from these diseases by 24-56 percent in men and 34-59 percent in women, echoing recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which calls for higher fiber intake. More than 95 percent of Americans do not meet their daily fiber needs.

Chocolate Makers Battle Cocoa Price Inflation With, Well, Product Inflation

With cocoa prices up 18 percent since November 2010 – thanks to political unrest in top producer Ivory Coast – chocolate makers Nestlé SA and Barry Callebaut AG have begun to inflate their chocolate products with air to save money. Besides reducing production costs, air bubbles make chocolate confections creamier, more “textured” and lower in calories, according to chocolatiers. In the past, refined sugar was added to products to offset higher cocoa prices but sugar, too, is now more expensive. Nestlé will spend about $24 million in 2011 to market its air bubble-filled Aero chocolate in the U.K. and Ireland. Barry Callebaut is debuting airy “textured” fillings such as Tintoretto, with dark cocoa and caramel flavors. The company also hopes to use less cocoa in processing by creating more intensely flavored chocolate.

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February 01, 2011, to February 15, 2011

Drinking Vegetable Juice Efficiently Increases Vegetable Intake And May Help Manage Weight

Researchers at the University of California-Davis and Baylor College of Medicine found that drinking vegetable juice is an efficient and effective means of increasing vegetable intake and managing weight. These are two areas of concern highlighted in the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Both of the 12-week studies were supported in part by Campbell Soup Company, which produces the V8 line of vegetable juice. The UC-Davis study involved 90 healthy adults; Baylor College looked at 81 adults with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Researchers at UC-Davis observed that subjects who drank an eight-ounce glass of vegetable juice each day received almost twice the servings of vegetables as those who did not. Baylor College scientists found that incorporating one to two servings of vegetable juice daily into a healthy diet enhanced weight loss..

Nestlé Subsidiary Acquires U.K. Medical Food Company

Nestlé Health Science has completed the acquisition of CM&D Pharma Ltd. (CM&D), a British company that develops medical foods and other products targeting patients with kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and colon cancer. CM&D is a portfolio company of venture capital fund Inventages Group. CM&D’s leading product, Fostrap, is a chewing gum for kidney patients with elevated levels of phosphate in the blood (hyperphosphatemia), which contributes to vascular calcification and an increased risk of cardiac mortality, as well as mineral and bone disorders. Clinical trials of Fostrap are ongoing, though preliminary data are promising, according to Nestlé.

Barry Callebaut Launches New Line Of Textured Chocolate Fillings

Barry Callebaut, the world's biggest producer of fine cocoa and chocolates, hopes to entice customers with its new line of textured products, to be introduced at ISM 2011. The innovations reflect the current industry interest in using texture to produce additional taste sensations. New products include caramelized nuts, crispy biscuits, and fluffy, aerated fillings that offer texture and novelty advantages alongside taste and flavor. They are low in trans fats, have a long shelf life, and contain fewer calories by volume.

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January 15, 2011, to February 01, 2011

Obesity Problem Among America’s Youth Is Compounded By Malnutrition, Lack Of Exercise

Despite an increasing trend toward obesity, the lack of nutrients in the diet of America’s children is also causing malnutrition, according to a report from the American Dietetic Association. Compounding the problem is the fact that youth are also not getting the recommended amount of physical activity needed for healthy growth. The report recommends that parents, schools, communities and others make sure kids eat whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean meats and beans, and low-fat and fat-free dairy and get at least an hour of physical activity daily. Opportunities and strategies for improving the quality of children's eating behaviors and increasing their levels of physical activity include: maximizing parental influence, encouraging healthy family routines and promoting the availability of healthy foods for children wherever they eat.

UK Supermarkets Say Meat Free Is The New Vegetarian

Supermarkets across the UK have started using the phrase "meat-free" instead of "vegetarian" on selected products. Marks & Spencer cite the trend among consumers who are more concerned about eating less meat for health benefits and not ethical reasons. Mintel says 6% see themselves as ‘vegetarian’ but 60% say they ‘eat meat-free foods.’ The "Meat-Free Mondays" campaign by Sir Paul McCartney, several popular books, and statements on sustainability by the UN have helped highlight the benefits of eating less meat. M&S will stock their meat-free products alongside products containing meat while Asda retains a separate shelf. 

Business Watchdog Urges Discontinuance Of Health Claims For “i-flex” Joint Health Supplement

Some of the joint-health benefit statements made by a vitamin supplier for a rose hips-based dietary supplement “overstated the results of the research,” according to the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, which urged discontinuance of the claims. The questionable advertising statements for the “i-flex” dietary supplement product, manufactured by DSM Nutritional Products, Inc., a supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and other chemicals, included performance claims, comparative claims and “green” claims. NAD asked DSM to provide substantiation for claims made in print and Internet advertising and on product labels for i-flex. Specifically, NAD recommended that DSM discontinue claims that “i-flex from Patented Danish Rosehips Gives Rapid Joint Relief and Comfort to 4 out of Every 5 People” and “the longer term effect is also impressive.”

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January 01, 2011, to January 15, 2011

Energy Drink Consumption When Young Could Cause Mental Health Problems Later In Life

Dr. Conrad Woolsey of Oklahoma State University says that the consumption of energy drinks when young may cause behavioral changes later in life by manipulating the pleasure-reward and stress neurotransmitters, partly because it takes 25 years for a human brain to develop fully. Tolerance for the pleasure inducing ingredients can lead to addictive behavior as shown by a study that found college students drinking 3-4 energy drinks a week were a higher risk for abusing amphetamine-based medication. Ingredients stimulating stress neurotransmitters can also cause young people to develop anxiety and depression. A survey of college students also linked regular consumption of energy drinks with a higher risk of alcohol dependency. Representing energy drink companies, the American Beverage Association has replied by saying the association between higher energy drink and alcohol consumption does not mean energy drinks caused the alcohol drinking. The ABA maintains caffeine in energy drinks is safe but has not commented on other ingredients.

Fighting Childhood Obesity Starts With The Parents, Says Former President of American Horticultural Society

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in America and has been brought into the political spotlight by the First Lady's "Let's Move" initiative. George Ball, current chairperson of the W. Atlee Burbee Company, says that research by his company has shown that getting kids to eat healthy is a matter of the parents setting a good example. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported only 26% of U.S. adults consider they eat 3 or more servings of vegetables a day. Ball says if parents actively involve their children in growing fruits and vegetables the children learn to enjoy eating the results. Even fresh produce grown using containers in a home is an improvement over unhealthy alternatives. To educate people about fruits and vegetables Ball previously helped organize community leaders, schools, and churches in establishing local gardens.

New Dining Trends Take Hold In “Meat-And-Potatoes” Iowa

Writers for the Des Moines Register newspaper who spoke with experts about trends in technology, health and dining found, for example, that Iowa’s chefs are catering more to the dietary requirements of vegans and vegetarians. Though “still a meat-and-potatoes kind of place,” they wrote, Iowans can find restaurants that serve tasty vegetarian meals. Other Iowa trends uncovered: gourmet pizza shops offering smaller pizzas and one slice servings; epicurean meals served in “one-night restaurants” at special events; increased use of non-traditional pork cuts, such as pork bellies and shanks; more menus featuring hand-crafted sausages and sausage dishes; greater use of unusual and exotic ingredients, such as smoked olive oil, hay, local Iowa honey and pimento cheese; and the re-emergence of pies, “both sweet and savory.”

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