UK Healthy Start food scheme flaws cost nutrition-insecure families millions, Sustain NGO reports
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24 May 2024 --- A new analysis by the UK-based food and agriculture advocacy alliance Sustain estimates that £57,914,354 (close to US$74 million) in government nutrition support for low-income families in the country could go unclaimed. This is due to what the organization refers to as the “inefficiencies” of the British government’s Healthy Start scheme.  ..read more
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Steakholder Foods collaborates with Taiwanese research institute for meat alternative innovation
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24 May 2024 --- Steakholder Foods is partnering with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan to develop innovative meat alternatives tailored for Taiwanese cuisine, using the company’s advanced 3D-printing technology and plant-based ingredients.  The collaboration will develop and sell an array of food products and plant-based premixes tailored specifically to local tastes and empower the country to produce meat substitutes independently.  Company representatives say the products will be of higher quality and superior in texture and flavor compared to plant-base ..read more
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Research identifies Mediterranean diet nutrients for slow and accelerated brain aging
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24 May 2024 --- By combining neuroscience and nutritional science, researchers have identified a specific nutrient profile to slow brain aging. This profile includes nutrients found in the Mediterranean diet, a nutritional lifestyle that has previously been linked with healthy brains.  Researchers at the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US, enrolled 100 cognitively healthy participants, aged 65–75, in the multimodal study. The team found two types of brain aging: accelerated and slower-than-expected.  ..read more
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HealthTech Bioactives and Abolis Biotechnologies develop sustainable and innovative polyphenols
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23 May 2024 --- Spain-based HealthTech Bioactives (HTBA) and Abolis Biotechnologies, France have joined forces to develop a new sustainable, valuable method of extracting polyphenol compounds — plant compounds that are increasingly popular in diverse nutrition sectors. HTBA develops polyphenol and vitamin B12 ingredients for human and animal nutrition ..read more
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Danone invests in production capacity to meet global demand for medical nutrition
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23 May 2024 --- Danone has invested €70 million (US$76 million) in its Steenvoorde production facility in France to bolster its specialized nutrition category through capacity optimization of its oral nutrition supplements. The upgraded facility will produce 20 million liters of nutrition products by 2026 for patients with severe health conditions like cancer ..read more
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Bionap unveils prickly pear extract for a “prebiotic revolution” in gut-brain and muscle axes
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23 May 2024 --- Bionap adds Odilia to its range of standardized botanical extracts of fruits and plants from the Mediterranean region. The powdered extract of the prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) juice is standardized in polysaccharides and piscidic acid and acts on the gut-brain and gut-muscle axes.  Clinical research reveals Odilia’s support for gut homeostasis with prebiotic activity, gut mucosal barriers and overall health. The juice is derived from the prickly pear “leaves” or cladodes — leaf-like flattened stems.  ..read more
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International Day for Biodiversity: UN looks to preserve nature and ensure nutrition access
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22 May 2024 --- The UN Secretariat for Biological Diversity asserts that biodiversity is essential for the survival of “everything in nature,” including nutrition, clean water and shelter. On today’s International Day for Biodiversity, the international community commemorates the adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the same date in 1992 ..read more
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Women’s health at Vitafoods: ADM and Sirio Pharma spotlight supplement innovations
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22 May 2024 --- At this year’s Vitafoods Europe, women’s health was a key topic, with leading brands showcasing their nutraceutical solutions for the growing category. Brands offer a range of products across the lifespan, covering concepts from prenatal care to menopause support.  Innova Market Insights data indicates that women’s specialty supplements showed 22% growth from April 2019 to March 2024. Top claims in these supplements from April 2023 to March 2024 include brain or mood health (44%), pregnancy or breastfeeding (39%), energy and stamina (34%), immune health (27%), bone health ..read more
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Nestlé develops high protein portion-aligned food for weight loss integration
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22 May 2024 --- Nestlé unveils Vital Pursuit, a range of high-protein portion-aligned foods to complement the diets of weight loss medication users. The product range can be paired with GLP-1 — a 30-amino acid peptide hormone — but can also support a balanced diet for anyone managing their weight ..read more
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USDA launches summer nutrition programs to improve healthy eating for millions of kids
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22 May 2024 --- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveils its SUN Programs: USDA’s Summer Nutrition Programs for Kids, which aim to improve food and nutrition security during the summer. The programs include grocery benefits and nutritious meal and snack services, providing families with more choices and convenient ways to get summer nutrition support for their children under 18.  “Nearly 30 million children participate in USDA’s school breakfast and lunch programs on an average school day, but when school is out, kids lose access to those vital meals,” says Tom Vilsack, US secretar ..read more
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