The benefit of cranberry in lowering the incidence of urinary tract infections has been supported by numerous studies. The most recent study reaffirms these reults, and shows the botanical worked almost as well as a pharmaceutical drug without the drug's side effects.
A section of FDA's draft NDI guidance has manufacturers of probiotics concerned. What do NDIs mean for the 50-plus strains of beneficial bacteria currently being used in foods, beverages and supplements worldwide?
Packing in everything from antioxidants to PUFAs to specific carotenoids, beauty products that promise to not just enhance beauty but enhance health continue to capture a growing share of the cosmetics market.
The zero-calorie, all-natural sweetener stevia is on fire. While most finished products pair stevia with other sweeteners, product launches containing some amount of stevia or Reb-A have risen by 10 times over the last year.
Glycyrrhizin, a very sweet glycoside occurring in licorice roots is increasingly being used in food and beverage products as a modifier to eliminate the bitter note of stevia. However, bad weather and overharvesting are diminishing the world's supply.
It's one of the great mysteries vexing the natural products industry today: Why are European and American regulators so skeptical about the health benefits of probiotics? And what can the industry do to turn the tide?
Despite some significant mergers in the past two years – such as the BASF acquisition of Cognis – there was actually relatively little merger and acquisition activity in the global ingredients industry in 2009 and 2010. But in a new report Euromonitor predicts that will change.
Not long ago, nutritional ingredients were strictly the purview of supplements and a few select foods and drinks, such as cereal and milk. Today, ingredients fill up delivery-system dance cards from soup to nuts.