It is well known that healthy eating increases our general sense of wellbeing. Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now discovered that a fibre-rich diet can have a positive influence on chronic inflammatory joint diseases, leading to stronger bones.
Michigan State University scientists have linked a common food preservative to an altered immune response that possibly hinders flu vaccines.
DuPont Nutrition & Health and Inbiose NV celebrate regulatory approval of their first human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient for infant formula in the European market. Human milk oligosaccharides, complex carbohydrates found in breast milk, are an important breakthrough innovation in infant formula, developing a product with more of the health benefits associated with human milk.
Borrowing concepts from medical diagnostic devices, Colorado State University chemists have created a simple, cheap set of handheld tests that can detect the presence of many water or food-borne pathogens. If applied in the field, such tests could greatly reduce the number of expensive follow-up tests needed to keep the food supply safe from fecal contamination.
The new testing systems are innovations from the lab of Chuck Henry, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry.
For their study, Henry and colleagues targeted a broad class of bacteria known as fecal indicator bacteria (FIB), which cause the highest number of hospitalizations and deaths from food poisoning. A common culprit: the use of unsafe water to irrigate green vegetables like alfalfa sprouts, spinach and lettuce.
While federal regulations require regular testing of fruits and vegetables for contamination with fecal matter, standard processes could use improvement. Common techniques like immunoassays and polymerase chain reactions (PCR) work reasonably well, but they can lead to false positives and require expensive equipment. The gold standard for bacterial detection is a lab culture, but this can take up to 48 hours to complete.
Henry and colleagues went for accurate, simple and cheap. They made two types of tests that detect an enzyme associated with the FIB bacteria. The first is a small strip of paper treated with a substrate molecule that changes colour when it contacts the bacterial enzyme – similar to a home pregnancy test. The researchers envision a smart phone app could be coupled with the paper test.
We found that with filter paper, wax and a little bit of packing tape, we can do quite a bit of chemistry on here, Henry said. Thats about 2 cents worth of materials.
Their second test is electrochemical and consists of screen-printed carbon electrodes on transparent sheets, which indicate the same bacteria by being inserted into a reader. The setup is similar to a home glucometer.
The researchers ran tests of contaminated water from a nearby lagoon, as well as water contaminated with E. coli and Enterococcus faecalis that was used to wash clean alfalfa sprouts. Both tests detected the harmful bacteria within four to 12 hours.
They next want to build a mobile computing platform for their tests. Theyre working on a Raspberry Pi-based system that could perform kinetic measurements to detect changes in the bacteria levels over time, and automatically transmit the information to a cloud platform. The team is working with computer science researcher Sangmi Pallickara on these advances.
Henry explained that his labs new tests cant tell exactly which bacteria are present, but they can detect the broad class of FIB bacteria that are usually responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks or closed beaches during the summer. At this point, it is accurate but not specific, Henry said. This is the test that tells you that you need to do more tests.
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Social media activity around avocado, almonds and quinoa far outstrips that of activated charcoal, collagen or pea protein suggesting that consumers are more interested in foods that are easy to understand and naturally healthy, a social media analysis by New Nutrition Business reveals.
McDonalds has announced it will partner with franchisees and suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonalds restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030 from a 2015 base year in a new strategy to address global climate change. Additionally, McDonalds commits to a 31% reduction in emissions intensity (per metric ton of food and packaging) across its supply chain by 2030 from 2015 levels. This combined target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
A team from Madrid University (Spain) has just published a multi-centre randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention study regarding the safety and tolerance of three of LHS probiotic strains in healthy infants. The strains tested individually are Lactobacillus helveticus Rosell®-52, Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell®-33, Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell®-71, all part of the ProbioKid® formula, previously shown to help prevent the reoccurrence of winter infections in children. The eight weeks intervention study involved a large population sample as 221 healthy infants (3-12 months of age) were recruited in total, divided between four groups (placebo and each of the three probiotic strains). No serious adverse events were reported and the Spanish authors concluded that the use of the three probiotic strains in infancy is safe, and well tolerated.
Bérengère Feuz, Marketing Group Manager, commented about the study: We already have a track record of safe use of our ProbioKid formula as it has been marketed for around 15 years around the world (e.g. China where it is a best-selling probiotic formula for children since 2003). This study reinforces the assurance we have in our product. Moreover, I must say that we are very impressed by the quality and impact of this very-well designed study as it involves a large population of healthy infants and assesses independently each of the individual strains of ProbioStick. She added: The protocol allowed to go beyond the safety and tolerance assessment since many parameters were also included: this will be analysed in a second step and shall give us new information about each strain modes of action in healthy individuals such as interactions with the microbiota and immune system.
Such safety study contributed to the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status recently obtained in the US for both ProbioKid® formula and its individual strains for infants and children, and the approval by Health Canada of the formula for children from 3 months old.
Sugar reduction remains a central topic in the media and among consumers and opportunities for reducing sugar intake are taking a number of directions as companies address evolving concerns and demands.
New research highlights the benefits of the food industry changing food product portion sizes in order to make healthier eating more normal.
The Global Beta-carotene market is majorly propelled by rising awareness towards the consumption of beta-carotene and inclination of industries towards natural beta-carotene across the globe according to research report Global Beta-carotene Market Outlook 2024.
Regionally, the beta-carotene market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World (ROW). Among these, North America is anticipated to witness a significant growth and occupy the largest share of beta-carotene market by 2024.
On account of increasing demand for beta-carotene from the food and beverage industry, the global beta-carotene market is estimated to reach USD 583 million (492 milliion) by the end of 2024 witnessing a compound annual growth rate of 3.1% over the forecast period.
Geographically, North America dominates the beta-carotene market followed by Europe. Increasing awareness associated with the consumption of beta-carotene is driving the North America market.
The essential role of beta-carotene and others as the main dietary source of vitamin A coupled with higher edge of natural beta-carotene over synthetic beta-carotene in terms of lip-solubility and antioxidant activity is propelling the growth of beta-carotene market all across the globe.
In human body, beta-carotene gets transformed to vitamin A nutrients which empower the immune system. Food and Beverage industries are now more inclined towards the use of natural beta-carotene in comparison to synthetic beta-carotene. This outsized shift of industry from synthetic to natural beta-carotene will intensify the market growth in upcoming 5-6 years.