The PowerBar Recovery bar provides 30 g of carbs to replenish glycogen stores after exercise.
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Omega-3s May Protect Against Type 1 Diabetes
Source: JM Norris et al., "Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Intake and Islet Autoimmunity in Children at Increased Risk for Type 1 Diabetes," Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 298, no. 12 (September 26, 2007): 1420–1428.
Children who are at risk of developing type 1 diabetes may improve their odds if they eat a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado (Denver).
The exotic fruit papaya is the source of papain, an enzyme with antiinflammatory properties.
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The quality of raw materials used in tablets and capsules is a key issue for manufacturers that are worried about product adulteration.
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Unilever's newest addition to its Promise line of sterol-enriched foods, Promise Activ SuperShots, provides 2 g of sterols per 3-oz serving.
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Health-minded consumers are increasingly turning to functional foods and beverages. According to a new report from Datamonitor (London), 65% of Americans and Europeans are taking active steps to eat healthier. These steps include not only the avoidance of excess calories, fat, sugar, and salt, but also the pursuit of nutrient-rich foods that may improve their well-being.
As nutritional supplements are subject to more and more scrutiny, the demand that products are supported by sound and unbiased research is essential. There are many different types of data that can support a product's safety and efficacy. The easiest, least expensive, and least accepted are in vitro studies (test tube experiments). However, these are probably the best approach when first developing a new product, since often the results may help guide the researcher into the best animal or human study.
The need for experienced contract manufacturers may rise as small companies seek to comply with the GMPs.
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Here's potential good news for nutritional product manufacturers. You may have more than the proverbial three seconds to persuade that personal trainer to buy your 60-count bottle of ginseng on display at Walgreens. She may take more like five to 10 seconds.
Functional beverages continue to ride the wave of consumer popularity, and the swell doesn't look to end any time soon. By 2010, the U.S. market for the drinks is expected to be valued at $9.9 billion, an increase of 39.3% since 2005, according to Datamonitor (New York City).
Inflammation afflicts a wide swath of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta), nearly 46 million people in the United States suffer from arthritis and painful joint swelling. But other conditions linked to inflammation, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) and asthma, strike millions more and cost tens of billions of dollars per year to treat.
While it may be true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, eating berries, nuts, and other sweet foods won’t hurt either. Some of the latest nutrition research explores the idea that antioxidants in fruit may play a role in preventing health problems associated with metabolic syndrome, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and diabetes.
If one word could summarize the industry’s hopes and fears over the past 12 months, that word would be safety. A string of food scares in 2007 severely eroded public confidence in FDA. Meanwhile, a wave of negative media articles dented public confidence in dietary supplements and functional foods, two market segments that have been under increasing scrutiny.