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Period: August 15, 2017 to September 15, 2017
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Hospital Patients With Diabetes Are More Prone To Complications, Longer Stays

Twenty-two percent of German hospital patients are diabetic, and nearly one in four are prediabetic, according to investigators at two German research centers. For the study, researchers screened 3,733 adult patients in Tübingen University Hospital for diabetes and prediabetes for four weeks. They found that diabetic patients tend to stay in the hospital longer and have a higher risk of complications. They recommended that screening patients older than 50 years for diabetes and treating them for the condition would reduce complications and cut the length of hospital stays.

"Prevalence and Distribution of Diabetes Mellitus in a Maximum Care Hospital: Urgent Need for HbA1c-Screening", Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetes, August 21, 2017

Kind Expands Into Fruit Bite Market With Premium, All-Fruit Products

Snack bar company Kind LLC is entering the $2.3 billion fruit snacks market with gummy fruit bites containing no added sugar. As established food companies have struggled to grow, Kind has managed to ride the healthful snacks wave using natural ingredients and transparent packaging to $1 billion in annual sales. Kind’s fruit bites are made with real fruit – apples, strawberries, pineapples and mangoes – and only fruit. No other ingredients are listed on the packages. The products will be available nationally in coming weeks at the premium price of $4.99 a box. General Mills is the category leader, controlling about 21 percent of the market.

"Kind Targets Big Food's Sugary Fruit Snacks in New Product Push", Bloomberg, August 22, 2017

Studies Shed Light On Health Benefits Of Eating Red Raspberries

Eight studies, both preclinical research and human clinical trials, that described the potential of raspberries to boost satiety, control blood sugar, and moderate inflammation, were presented earlier this year at the Experimental Biology conference. Clinical trial participants experienced improvement in glucose control and increased satiety while eating raspberries. Animal subjects in longer-term preclinical studies showed promising effects on the gut microbiota after red raspberry intake. Observations from animal and in vitro studies suggested that future red raspberry research might explore potential good effects on inflammation, obesity, and type 2 diabetes risk.

"Studies Explore the Potential Benefits of Red Raspberries", News release, The FASEB Journal, August 24, 2017

Study Links Vegetarian Diet In Men To Depression Symptoms

U.S. and British researchers report that data collected from 9,668 adult male partners of pregnant women in a longitudinal study showed that vegetarian men are more likely to report “significant depressive symptoms.” Overall, the NIH-University of Bristol researchers found male vegetarians had higher depression scores than non-vegetarians after adjusting for an array of socioeconomic factors. Nutritional deficiencies (e.g., in cobalamin, iron, vitamin B12) could explain the findings. Other potential contributors include increased intake of omega-6 fatty acids, and higher blood levels of phytoestrogens from soy or vegetable-based foods.

"Men Who Go Vegetarian More Likely to Have Serious Depression", Food Safety News, August 24, 2017

Commercial Success Expected In U.S. For Reformulated Weight Loss Supplement

A new dosage version of an herbal weight loss supplement is now on sale in the U.S. Weighlevel is a blend of extracts from the leaves of Lady’s Mantle, olives, mint, and cumin, plus a fiber developed by a Japanese company. Two clinical studies have been conducted in Denmark on the extended release formulation; the first will be submitted for publication this fall. The supplement, developed by a Danish company and researchers at the University of Copenhagen, is taken once daily instead of the three times recommended in an earlier fiber-less version. The once-a-day formulation could make the supplement commercially viable in North America. 

"Extended Release Form of Herbal Weight Loss Ingredient Could Be Winner in US Market, Supplier Says", NUTRAingredients-USA.com, August 25, 2017

Baby Foods Company Hopes To Succeed With Freeze-Dried Products

Amara Organic Foods is betting that parents will switch to their freeze-dried baby foods when they realize that freeze-drying preserves nutrients in fruits and vegetables just as well as high-pressure processing (HPP) but is a much cheaper process. The company’s products cost less, have a long shelf life, and contain no additives or preservatives. The company acknowledges that the HPP companies did the heavy lifting in getting parents to switch from baby foods in heat-treated jars and pouches. Amara’s products are available in natural food stores in California, Nevada, and Utah, and will roll out nationwide in 2018.

"Amara Organic Foods: We’re Pioneering a New Category in Baby Food", FOODnavigator-USA.com, August 25, 2017

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