Ankeny, IA—A recent study on a branded ingredient (EpiCor from Embria Health Services) found that the immune health ingredient may also be beneficial for gut health.

kids cartoons eating habits

Bangkok, Thailand—It’s no surprise that children are easily swayed by what they see on television, but a new study published in Nutri t ion & Dietet ics found that a cartoon can influence children to eat more vegetables.

Because natural foods are still on the fringes of society, natural products retailers need to guard against creating the feeling of an exclusive club inside their stores.

egg recall

Galt, IA—The month of August saw yet another food recall, this time due to a Salmonella enteritidis outbreak in eggs.

Leicester, U.K.—A study conducted by researchers from the University of Leicester looks at the correlation between reduced risk of type-2 diabetes and eating green leafy vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are known to reduce both cancer and heart disease, but the relationship between fruits and vegetables and type-2 diabetes has not had as much attention.

palm oil

Palm oil production is implicated in widespread and irreversible damage to the environment, particularly in Southeast Asia.

Bellevue, WA—A new report released by the Hartman Group, a consumer research firm, shows that many consumers are investing in their health and are making positive changes in their lifestyles. According to the report, over half of all consumers (54%) say that they have recently changed their views on health and wellness for the better. This report indicates that people are looking for products and services that can help them attain a better quality of life.

monk fruit

Duiven, the Netherlands—Luo han guo, a natural, low-calorie sweetener that has been used in China for hundreds of years, may soon become more popular here in the States, according to the Innova Markets Insights’ database, which tracks new product activity.

fda

Rockville, MD—The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition released some data at the beginning of August about its new Reportable Food Registry system. Manufacturers are required to use this system to report problems in human and animal food (and feed) that may pose a public health risk. The data are intended to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration locate and prevent food hazards from proceeding through the supply chain.