Special Edition: Weight Management

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Special Edition: Weight Management

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Waist sizes are increasing in many countries around the world, and the opportunities for a scientifically-substantiated weight management food product are impressive.

The market for food, beverage and supplement weight management products is already valued at $3.64bn (2009 figures) in the US, according to Euromonitor. In Western Europe, the market was worth $1.3bn in 2009

The second Weight Management Virtual Conference and Expo will take place on November 9, 2011. The one day event features a number of top presentations on topics ranging from botanicals, dairy, satiety, and how to build the science and ultimately consumer confidence for weight management products.

For more information and to register for free, please click here​.

To mark the upcoming virtual event, NutraIngredients-USA presents this special edition to review the top news in the weight management segment in 2011.

Could cocoa help with weight management?

First up is the study by scientists at Hershey that reported that extracts from cocoa may block carbohydrate and lipid breakdown in the gut, and aid weight management. Have your cake and eat it and lose weight? Sounds too good to be true…

To read the full article, please click here: Hershey: Cocoa polyphenols show weight management potential

Fiber and satiety

A review from scientists at Wageningen University and Kellogg Europe examined the potential of dietary fiber to aid weight loss and management. Their conclusions: The effects are dependent on the type and structure of the fiber, and impressive results can be achieved for the right fibers.

To read the full article, please click here: Fiber’s weight management potential depends on structure

Meal replacements

Direct selling giant Herbalife has been making big strides in the weight management sector: The company’s share of the global meal replacement shake category has more than doubled from 12% in 2003 to 30%+ today driven by the success of its daily consumption model.

To read the full article, please click here: Herbalife claims almost a third of global meal replacement shake market

Whey protein

In July, scientists from the US Department of Agriculture reported that supplements of whey protein, but not soy protein, may improve body weight without restricting energy intakes or habitual diets in obese and overweight adults.

To read the full article, please click here: Whey protein shows body weight benefits without energy restriction


Calcium is often linked to weight control or loss. Studies have reported that the mineral alone, or in the context of dairy, may help trim waistlines. A meta-analysis published in June reported that calcium-containing dietary supplements may produce ‘small, statistically significant weight loss’.

To read the full article, please click here: Calcium and weight loss: Effects are small but significant, says review

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Weight Management & Psychotropic Drugs

Posted by Bob McIver,

As a former supplement retailer,I share Dr. Wurtman's concerns.Over the last few years,I have witnessed a steady stream of chubby-to-obese late teens and 20somethings,on anti-depressants who are frustrated by the total lack of efficacy in any product/weight loss strategy that they try.Also in this demographic there is a shamefully large portion of militant anti-exercisers,setting the table for more extreme interventions down the road.

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Satiety, weight management and psychotropic drugs

Posted by Judith Wurtman, Ph.D,

The weight management industry has overlooked psychotropic drugs as a significant cause of weight gain. Satiety is reduced by these drugs resulting in increased appetite and food intake. Our research and clinical experience showed that increasing the satiety potential of serotonin through diet is, at present, the only effective way of combatting this cause of obesity. Failure to recognize the problem will lead to failure of weight loss programs and products.

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