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Hormel Foods to acquire CytoSport and its Muscle Milk Sports Nutrition Products

Muscle Milk maker CytoSport is being acquired by Hormel Foods for a tasty $450 million.

Lack of good advice about supplement use puts young athletes at risk, dietitian says

The unfettered marketplace for dietary supplements in the United States has created a risky situation for teenagers, especially younger athletes, dietitians at a recent conference were told. Tavis Piattoly, RD,...

POM vs Coke and what it means for dietary supplements

Borrowed science, NDIs, and fairy dusting: UNPA advises members to check their labels

Fairy dusting with high value ingredients and borrowing someone else’s science to support your own claims are just two of the ways that the POM vs Coke case could impact...

CSPI calls for warning letters on energy drinks, but are the numbers accurate?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require warning labels on energy drink containers notifying consumers of the risk of...

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MusclePharm adds Tiger Woods to stable of endorsers

Sports nutrition firm MusclePharm has concluded a deal with Tiger Woods to feature the comapny’s logo on his golf bag. Woods reportedly will receive an undisclosed annual fee and stock...

What are the hottest trends in functional foods? Find out at the NutraIngredients-USA Trends in Functional Foods Forum

Pills or foods? Experts from the world of functional foods will join NutraIngredients-USA for a discussion of the functional foods, from market sizing and key consumer demographics to the regulatory...

Genetic study suggests ‘causal link’ between vitamin D status and blood pressure

New genetic research provides ‘compelling evidence’ that low levels of vitamin D have a causal role in the development of high blood pressure, say researchers.

Genetic testing & personalization: 23andMe works it way back with new premarket notification

The US Food and Drug agency has accepted for review a premarket notification report from 23andMe, seven months after its genetic testing operations were shut down by the FDA.

DASCA, smart prevention, and Dr Oz: Highlights from CRN’s ‘Day on the Hill’

The Council for Responsible Nutrition took its ‘tale of two industries’ to Capitol Hill this week for senior level meetings and briefings with key lawmakers, with steroids, weight loss products,...

Dispatches from IFT 2014

DSM: Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could discourage fortification

Proposals to shift focus to vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium on the US FDA’s Nutrition Facts Panel make sense, but could remove incentives to fortify with other essential micronutrients,...

Ancient ingredients are the next ‘superfoods’, says analyst

Global food and drink manufacturers should exploit the ‘superfood’ potential of ancient ingredients such as prickly pear cactus and chia seeds, known for their rich nutrient content and health-giving properties, says Mintel...

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Mintel: Chia blazing ahead, prickly pear on the cusp of greatness?

Chia is going from strength to strength while prickly pear cactus is a dark horse that could be a big hit down the road, says Mintel.

Ashwagandha root and leaf extract shows cognitive benefits for people with bipolar disorder

Daily consumption of a standardized Ashwagandha root and leaf extract may improve several areas of cognitive effect in subjects with bipolar disorder, says a new study.

Wiley’s Finest is first adopter of new IFOS radiation test for fish oils

The International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) Program, a third party fish oil testing and certification program provided by Nutrasource Diagnostics Inc., is now testing fish oil samples for radiation, with...

Curcumin bioavailability boosted 7x: Industry study

The bioavailability of micronutrients in a proprietary curcuminoid formulation is seven times more potent than 95% pure curcuminoids, say researchers from the Indian manufacturer Olive Lifesciences.

Calcium and vitamin D may improve metabolic profile of women with 'pregnancy diabetes'

Supplementation of vitamin D and calcium may reduce fasting plasma glucose and insulin, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce low-density lipoprotein 'bad' cholesterol while boosting 'good' cholesterol for women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), according to Iranian researchers....

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Trace Minerals Research gets OMRI listed for organic use

Utah-based Trace Minerals Research (TMR) has had its Utah Sea Minerals ingredient listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).

DHA-rich canola oil shows significant heart health benefits

A diet supplemented with beverages formulated with DHA-rich omega-3 oil may significantly improve HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, says a new study.

Consumers seek out ‘natural’, ‘locally grown’ on product labels: survey

When shopping for food, two-thirds of US consumers look for “locally grown” on labels, while 59% check to see if the products they’re buying are natural, according to a survey...

Probiotics may help elite athletes fight infections: Rugby study

Daily probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tract infections for professional rugby players, says a new study from New Zealand. 

Insights from IFT 2014

There’s no Chobani in protein drinks; market up for grabs

As protein appears primed to continue its meteoric rise, buoyed by a strong health halo among US consumers, where is there still potential for this macronutrient?

Iron ladies: Period pain reduced, study shows

Iron supplementation can reduce menstruation complications, according to a study, but their use remains low-key.

French omega-3 player scores in Brazil

Ambitious French omega-3 supplier Polaris has won approval to market its branded omega-3s in South America’s biggest nutraceutical market, Brazil.

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