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Indian Cookie Makers Create Products That Fight Obesity In Young People

The Indian diet now contains significantly more fat and sugar, which contributes to an obesity problem that is especially severe within the growing population of teenagers and other young people. Mintel says food and drink manufacturers that target the young market need to take into account diet-related conditions like obesity and diabetes when crafting and marketing products. Indian biscuit and cookie makers are doing just that. An example is Millet Might Finger Millet Cookies, made with traditional grains that are rich in resistant starch, a source of calcium, iron and thiamine. According to Mintel, marketing products like that to teenagers “would help the demographic choose products which are better for them.”

"Indian Biscuit Brands Crack Down On Teenage Obesity In India", Blog, Mintel, June 27, 2016

Common Chemical Found In Cosmetics May Inhibit The Will To Exercise

A U.S. study in mice suggests the possibility that exposure to a common chemical family used to make cosmetics and personal care products significantly reduces the urge to exercise. The findings may help to explain why people who know they should be physically active nevertheless avoid exercising. The researchers looked at the impact of a class of chemicals called phthalates that are found in many everyday products, including food containers, shampoos and perfumes. For the study, some mice fetuses were exposed to benzyl butyl phthalate (BPP) and monitored as pups and beyond. By young adulthood, the exposed animals were not moving much. In fact, the male mice that had been exposed to BPP in utero ran about 20 percent less during adulthood.

"Could Environmental Chemicals Shape Our Exercise Habits?", The New York Times, June 29, 2016

Procter & Gamble's Pampers Baby Fresh Wipes Come With Toxic Chemicals, Ohio PIRG Says

Procter & Gamble's Pampers Baby Fresh Wipes contain chemicals that may cause adverse health effects, according to the Ohio Public Interest Research Group. Ohio PIRG said labels on the product listed several such chemicals, including phenoxyethanol, fragrance, and PEG compounds. Potential health effects of those chemicals include nervous system problems in infants, cancer, eczema, and allergic reactions. Procter & Gamble said it changed the formula for the product more than three months ago.

"P&G’s Pampers baby wipes include chemicals that raise concerns, consumer group claims", bizjournals.com, July 05, 2016

New Zealand Researchers Develop Model For Sodium Reduction

High-sodium diets increase blood pressure and the risk of stomach cancer and kidney disease, so many countries are developing sodium reduction plans. Researchers in New Zealand constructed a model that would tell how much sodium would need to be reduced in packaged foods, restaurant foods and home use to achieve the WHO-recommended decrease to five grams a day. Using food purchase data and food brand sodium content data, the researchers determined that a 36 percent reduction in packaged food salt, plus a 40 percent reduction in home and restaurant use, would reduce salt intake in New Zealand from 8.4 to 5.5 grams/day) and meet the WHO target. Key sodium reductions: white bread (21 percent), hard cheese (27 percent), sausages (42 percent), and breakfast cereals (54 percent).

"Achieving the WHO sodium target: estimation of reductions required in the sodium content of packaged foods and other sources of dietary sodium", The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 06, 2016

Food Ingredients Company Arla To Debut Whey-Rich Instant Coffee To Promote Longevity

A food ingredients company promises that older adults can slow the aging process by eating dairy protein for muscle mass and calcium for bone health. As part of its Goodness of Dairy and Change Your Body Age promotional campaign, Arla Foods Ingredients (Denmark) will be introducing an instant coffee enriched with 100 percent whey protein and natural minerals found in milk, including calcium, magnesium and potassium, at the IFT Expo later this month. The coffee is targeted at adults 50 and over who are eager to “turn back the clock on a person’s age – biologically speaking.”

"Consumers Can Turn Back the Biological Clock with The Right Diet, Says Arla Foods Ingredients", Nutrition Insight, July 06, 2016

Screening Of Sports Supplements In Australia Finds 13 Are Tainted

A review of untested sports supplements used in Australia found that 19 percent contained substances that were banned in sports, and two presented a health risk that would have led to anti-doping violations. The review, conducted by international anti-doping lab LGC, was designed to assess the risk of such supplements to athletes and consumers. LGC screened 67 untested products for anabolic agents (endogenous and exogenous steroids), stimulants, diuretics and Beta-agonists at levels as low as parts per billion. LGC presented the findings to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), noting especially the two that presented significant risk.

"Australian Supplements Survey Highlights Need for Testing", Nutrition Insight, July 07, 2016

GMO Labeling Law Leads To Shortages Of Certain Non-Compliant Foods In Vermont

Vermont’s tough GMO ingredient labeling law took effect on July 1, and has so far resulted in a shortage of certain products on store shelves in the state. More than 3,000 products are effectively barred from being sold in the state because they do not comply with the law. Food manufacturers have informed grocers that about 3,500 products will not be relabeled to comply with the law, according to a representative of a nationwide grocery chain with 15 Vermont stores. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress approved a compromise food and biotech industries-friendly GMO labeling bill that – if signed by Pres. Obama – would supersede the Vermont law and any other state laws regulating GMO labeling. Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.

"Vermont GMO Law Leads To Fewer Products On Shelves", Washington Examiner, July 10, 2016

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