Health & Wellness

Yogurt is still the dominant choice for probiotic product launches; the use of the ingredient in juices is languishing.

Awareness of probiotics growing worldwide, expert says

By Hank Schultz

Probiotics and their benefits have wide recognition in Europe and Asia, and awareness is growing.  This situation bodes well for growth in the US, while it will serve to buoy manufacturers and marketers of these products in difficult regulatory times...

Ingredients line up to support function of endothelial layer

Special Edition: New trends in heart-healthy foods

Ingredients line up to support function of endothelial layer

By Hank Schultz

The health of the endothelium, that thin layer of cells lining the blood vessels, is the front line for cardiovascular health.  And a variety of food and supplement ingredients are showing promise in supporting the function of this vital tissue.

Suntava launches bid to elevate purple corn to superfood status

Big Interview: Terry Howell, director of business development, Suntava

The color purple: Suntava launches mission to elevate purple corn to superfood status

By Elaine WATSON

Purple is hot (well, so says Dr Oz). From purple carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and cauliflower to blackberries, grapes, blueberries and cabbage, a deep purple hue is usually a good sign that fruits and veg contain a healthy dose of beneficial phytonutrients. 

Amway bases new weight management plans on in-home genetic test

Amway bases new weight management plans on in-home genetic test

By Hank Schultz

Network selling giant Amway has launched an integrated weight management program based on genetic testing.  The program uses a simple test kit to help consumers determine which of several weight loss regimens will work best for them.

Desert Lab's 'Snack Less' 10-piece hoodia gum packs in three flavors (cinnamon, mint and strawberry) and retail at $2.99 each (typical gum retails at around $1.75).

Desert Labs launches hoodia weight management gum

Hoodia gum maker defends satiety effect

By Oliver Nieburg

The maker of a newly launched appetite suppressant gum claims to be the first to have self-affirmed GRAS status for hoodia in the US and hopes to overcome the negative image of the plant as a weight management ingredient.

Should vegetarians take supplements of EPA and DHA omega-3s?

Dispatches from the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Should vegans and vegetarians take supplements of EPA and DHA omega-3s?

By Elaine WATSON

If they don’t eat fish, vegans and vegetarians get very little EPA and DHA, the long chain omega-3 fatty acids we are told are key for maintaining cardiovascular and cognitive health. But is this a problem that needs to be fixed? And are algal omega-3...

Plant-based Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%

Dispatches from the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition

Mediterranean diet cuts heart disease risk by 30%: 'Landmark’ study provides compelling evidence that it’s the type, not the level of fat, that counts for cardio health

By Elaine Watson, Loma Linda, California

People following an energy unrestricted plant-based diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts can reduce their risk of a major cardiovascular event by 30% compared with people following a purely low-fat diet, according to a “landmark” new...

BioProcess Algae's USP is a high surface area, biofilm-based approach to enhance light penetration, productivity, harvest density and gas transfer – all traditional bottlenecks to low-cost algae cultivation - claims CEO Tim Burns.

Special edition: Omega-3

Finding the sweet spot in the algal omega-3 market

By Elaine WATSON

Most experts say we have barely scratched the surface when it comes to exploring the commercial potential of microalgae. But who is best-placed to translate this promise into hard cash in the food and dietary supplement market?

The 17 oz FitPro Plus with 40g protein targets hardcore users, while the 11oz Daily variant with 26g protein targets regular gym goers or anyone looking for more protein. Because it is packaged in an aseptic environment, FitPro is shelf-stable for 16 months.

Big Interview: Brad Kloss, founder and CEO, FitPro

FitPro: Is there room for a new player in the RTD protein shake market?

By Elaine WATSON

Launching a new product into the ultra-competitive ready-to-drink (RTD) protein shake market is not for the faint-hearted. But being a minnow in a pool of sharks doesn’t faze the founder of FitPro, who reckons he can give Muscle Milk a run for its money.

Selling protein to boomers (without mentioning muscle wastage)

Special edition: Protein-rich foods, the next generation

Selling protein to boomers (without talking about muscle wastage…)

By Elaine WATSON

As any self-respecting baby boomer will tell you, getting old is something that happens to other people, and being told you’re not as sprightly as you once were is not the best way to get you to part with your hard-earned cash.

Are we on the cusp of a protein renaissance?

Special edition: Protein-rich foods, the next generation

From Chobani to Special K: Are we on the cusp of a protein renaissance?

By Elaine WATSON

Protein, so trend watchers - and opportunistic protein suppliers - keep telling us, is red hot right now, for all ages and both sexes, covering weight management, healthy aging, sports nutrition, and general health & wellness. But is this just hot...

NBTY acquires Balance Bar Company

NBTY acquires Balance Bar Company

By Hank Schultz

NBTY Inc. has announced the acquisition of Balance Bar Company from Brynwood Partners, its private equity owner. Details of the deal were not announced.

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