Columbus, OH—The famous phrase about apples and the doctor may actually be true, at least when it comes to their concern over our cholesterol. A new study conducted at Ohio State University and published in the Journal of Functional Foods reveals that consuming one apple per day for four weeks was apparently enough to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol by 40%.

Las Vegas, NV—Industry suppliers will again gather in Las Vegas to learn about the latest in natural product ingredients and raw materials. Taking place November 5–9 at the Venetian & Sands Expo, SupplySide West again offers a blend of educational and networking events.

Irvine, CA—New research conducted at the University of Mississippi Medical Center suggests that pterostilbene could be of benefit for adults who need blood pressure support.

Rockville, MD—In response to a 2009 petition submitted by Lallemand, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will revise its food additive regulations to allow bakers yeast to be a source of vitamin D2 in baked goods, at levels not exceeding 400 IUs per 100 grams. Previously, it was only permitted to be used as a leavening agent.

Parents looking to support their children’s performance in schools may want to consider a new study from the University of Oxford documenting the benefits of algal DHA (life’sDHA from DSM Nutritional Lipids).

Natural Products Expo East ended on a very sad note when industry lost a good friend and colleague. Peter Eric Baskauskas died of sudden cardiac arrest on September 22 at the age of 56.

WholeFoods Magazine was pleased to honor many of the recipients of the 2012 Natural Choice Awards at Expo East. Publisher Heather Wainer and Editor/Associate Publisher Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner visited the booths of the award winners recognized below:

Part of Whole Foods Market’s success has come as a result of its efforts in engaging customers, and much of this happens through social media. At a seminar titled “What’s Behind Whole Foods Market’s Social Media Strategy?”, Whole Foods Market digital marketing manager Ryan Amirault shared some insight into how his company’s social media outreach has developed.

California Proposition 65 was passed in that state by voters in 1986, to protect the safety of drinking water and reduce toxic substance exposure in consumer products by requiring companies to place warning labels when these toxins are present. According to Gretchen DuBeau, executive director of Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), Prop 65 is not playing out exactly as it was intended.