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Swallowable sensors could revolutionize understanding of nutrition's impact on gut health
Swallowable sensors could revolutionize understanding of nutrition's impact on gut health
A breakthrough swallowable capsule could revolutionize understanding of the gut microbiome, and the role nutrition can play in modulating it. The first human trials were recently conducted by researchers at RMIT in Melbourne on 7 healthy individuals on...
The emerging plant protein market
The emerging plant protein market
The human genome has largely stayed unchanged over the past 10,000 years when, it is believed, people started cultivating land to raise crops. Human diets and lifestyles progressively changed over these millennia, with the mismatch between the original...
Fueling exercise and performance
Fueling exercise and performance
Research has highlighted several natural ingredients that provide support for the processes in the body that produce energy and fight fatigue.
'Needed': FDA issues draft guidance for best practices for GRAS panels
'Needed': FDA issues draft guidance for best practices for GRAS panels
Hailed by experts as "needed" and "significant", the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance on best practices to follow when convening a panel of experts to evaluate whether a substance is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS).
Could your shampoo be the new car exhaust?
Could your shampoo be the new car exhaust?
Shampoo. Air freshener. Countertop cleaner. Nearly everything in your medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink is a source of air pollution.
Oregano oil could cut food poisoning from prep surfaces
Oregano oil could cut food poisoning from prep surfaces
Risk of food poisoning from contaminated food surfaces may be reduced by using oregano oil to help kill bacteria, new research suggests.
How big food has cleaned up its labeling act
How big food has cleaned up its labeling act
As consumers demand products that are healthier, major food makers are removing everything from preservatives and artificial colors and flavors to sugars and trans fats — key additives that give products a specific taste, look or allow them to st...
Growth of the aging population
Growth of the aging population
According to the latest "The State of Aging and Health in America" report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, longer life spans and the aging baby boomer demographic are the key factors contributing to growth of the aging population.
FDA officially extends nutrition facts label compliance date
FDA officially extends nutrition facts label compliance date
Food manufacturers have received an 18-month extension for meeting updated nutrition and serving size requirements on product labels.
Evaluating the efficacy of Ayurveda
Evaluating the efficacy of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is one of India's ancient medical systems, dating more than 3,000 years.
USDA offers food safety tips for areas affected by winter storms
USDA offers food safety tips for areas affected by winter storms
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by winter storms in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Western regions of the U.S.
USDA report: US food supply 'one of the safest in the world'
USDA report: US food supply 'one of the safest in the world'
More than 20 percent of food sampled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2016 showed no detectable pesticides and less than 0.5 percent of food had pesticide residue levels above Environmental Protection Agency limits.
USDA FSIS proposes to amend egg product regulations
USDA FSIS proposes to amend egg product regulations
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is proposing to amend the egg products inspection regulations by requiring official plants that process egg products to develop Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points systems and Sanitation Standard Operat...
Sourcing supplement ingredients and components from China
Sourcing supplement ingredients and components from China
More companies are starting to source their dietary ingredients from China, especially in two major categories: raw material ingredients and bulk dietary supplements components, like capsules, softgels and tablets.
CRN joins NPA in disputing claim supplements fail to lower fracture risk
CRN joins NPA in disputing claim supplements fail to lower fracture risk
Research findings that claim the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements have no effect on fracture risk were dismissed by 2 industry groups, who both reiterate the nutrients' safety and importance.
Research shows tocotrienols from palm reduces oxidative stress and neural cell damage
Research shows tocotrienols from palm reduces oxidative stress and neural cell damage
New research conducted by a group of researchers from Faculty of Medicine, International Islamic University Malaysia and Menoufia Medical School, Egypt demonstrates the potential of palm-based tocotrienols as a neuroprotective and antioxidant agent in ...
Cinnamon extract by Indian company Akay gets US patent
Cinnamon extract by Indian company Akay gets US patent
India-based flavor and aromatics specialist Akay Group has received a US patent for the processing technology and composition of a cinnamon ingredient branded as ProcynCi.
Are essential oils safe?
Are essential oils safe?
People use essential oils a variety of ways: as lotions, for hair care, aromatherapy, cleaning products and more. But are essential oils safe?
Consumer reports: Skip these 5 types of insect repellent
Consumer reports: Skip these 5 types of insect repellent
One of the upshots of the 2016 Zika outbreaks is that there are now many more insect repellents to choose from.
Vitamin D supplements may make arteries healthier
Vitamin D supplements may make arteries healthier
Vitamin D may help make arteries healthier.
Recent personalized nutrition research
Recent personalized nutrition research
A commercial interest is growing in DNA testing, and consumers are increasingly fascinated by what a swab of saliva can reveal. But there's more to genetics than simply ancestry. Unwinding and translating one's genetic makeup can also unlock a path tow...
Can organic food capitalize on flagging confidence in the food industry?
Can organic food capitalize on flagging confidence in the food industry?
Since the horsemeat scandal of 2013 there has been a steady stream of food scares and scandals, which has played neatly into the hands of organic food. Sales were up more than 11 percent in Europe at the last count, but is the sector making the most of...
FDA official: CBD 'violative ingredient' in supplements
FDA official: CBD 'violative ingredient' in supplements
During an event this week in Las Vegas, an official with FDA's Office of Dietary Supplement Programs signaled some of his agency's enforcement priorities in targeting certain types of CBD products, while he called another botanical - kratom - a "violat...
The effect of salt on brain function and blood pressure
The effect of salt on brain function and blood pressure
Diseases related to blood pressure — including stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure and kidney disease - are leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.
Where's the innovation in dietary supplements? Part 1: From supply chain to new science
Where's the innovation in dietary supplements? Part 1: From supply chain to new science
A couple of years ago the CEOs of some of the industry's specialist retailers were lamenting what they saw as a lack of innovation in dietary supplements, but there is much to be excited about in dietary supplements and innovation is everywhere.
Vitamin E bioavailability considerations for maximized health benefits
Vitamin E bioavailability considerations for maximized health benefits
Vitamin E is a group of eight fat-soluble, antioxidant tocopherol and tocotrienol compounds that play important roles in many of the body's biological functions. Supplemental vitamin E health benefits have focused on the bioavailability differences bet...
Do pre-workout supplements really improve exercise performance?
Do pre-workout supplements really improve exercise performance?
The dietary supplement market is a substantial one, accounting for an economic impact of over $121 billion in the United States in 2016.
FTC, media outlets can do more to help curb fraudulent weight loss pill peddling ads, CRN preside...
FTC, media outlets can do more to help curb fraudulent weight loss pill peddling ads, CRN preside...
There are more self-policing initiatives from within the industry compared to four years ago, when a senate informational hearing brought the weight management supplement category to national attention, argued Steve Mister, CEO and president of the tra...
Experts: Firms making opiod treatment claims don't represent responsible industry
Experts: Firms making opiod treatment claims don't represent responsible industry
Dietary supplements took another hit in the mainstream press with an article in The New York Times that highlights supplements that claim to help treat opiod addiction. Trade organizations concurred the practice is illegal, while rueing the article's i...
What's driving innovation at the natural health product-food interface?
What's driving innovation at the natural health product-food interface?
Consumers are demanding more from their food, and are looking for more ways to get the nutrients and compounds that they previously may have looked for in a pill, and that is opening up a whole new audience of consumer.