EFSA health claim opinions
Swiss chocolate processor Barry Callebaut has won an article 13.5 health claim from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a dossier linking cocoa flavanols and blood circulation.
Consuming polyphenol-rich dark chocolate or cocoa products may reduce total and LD cholesterol levels, but has no effect on HDL levels, according to a meta-analysis of 10 clinical trials.
The potential heart health benefits of polyphenol-rich cocoa powder may be related to a ‘novel mechanism’ of boosting HDL (good) cholesterol, says a new study from Japan.
Lecithin additive may find health niche
A component of the common food additive lecithin my help the liver process fat and glucose, opening up lecithin to a potential role in the growing health ingredients category.
Black tea extract may offer heart benefits
Extracts from black tea may reduce total cholesterol levels by nine
per cent and LDL cholesterol levels by 12 per cent, according to a
new study from Japan.
Guar gum - science builds for health benefits
Guar gum, extensively used as an emulsifier, thickener and
stabiliser, may also have potential as a health ingredient for
lowering cholesterol levels, suggests new research.
Approval sees Enzymotecs plant sterols set for functional foods
Israel's Enzymotec are promising to take the European phytosterol
market to the next level after the European Commission approved the
company's CardiaBeat ingredient as a novel food.
Palsgaard emulsifier 'doubles' shelf life
A new cake emulsifier with a shelf life of a minimum of 24 months
has been devised by Danish ingredients manufacturer Palsgaard.
Mechanism of grape juice's cholesterol benefits proposed
Scientists from Spain have reported that they have identified how
grape juice polyphenols help reduce bad cholesterol levels, science
that could extend understanding of a product that is enjoying
increasing consumer awareness.
Stanol-containing cheese could help reduce cholesterol
A stanol-enriched cheese could help lower cholesterol levels by
over five per cent, says a new study by Raisio and Valio, as the
Finish companies look to put science behind the growing range of
Carrot juice waste may be new functional fiber source
The solid waste from carrot juice production is rich in insoluble
fiber, could reduce cholesterol levels, and should be exploited as
a functional ingredient, say Taiwanese researchers.
Raisio targets Russia with Benecol
Raisio will launch its Benecol functional ingredient in Russia - a
challenging market where obesity and cardiovascular disease levels
are high, but awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol is low.
Beta-glucan fruit drink lowers bad cholesterol levels
Soluble fibre beta-glucan could lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and
seems more efficient when put in beverages, claims new research.
Dairy and dietary supplements dominate cholesterol-lowering category
Dairy dominates the cholesterol-lowering foods category in Europe,
but in the US dietary supplements are almost as popular, indicates
data from Mintel.
Chocolate chip cookie lowers cholesterol
A chocolate chip cookie containing soluble fiber and plant sterols
reduces cholesterol, according to the manufacturer.
New Palsgaard emulsifier promises viscosity and yield
A newly developed citric acid ester of mono- and di-glycerides
promises to replace lecithin in chocolate applications where the
main functionality is to lower the viscosity and yield value.
Rice bran oil to cut cholesterol
A form of vitamin E found naturally in rice bran oil lowers
cholesterol in rats, according to a new study.
Health link boost for the humble walnut
Research into walnuts, a key ingredient used in a range of biscuit
and confectionery products will help lift stagnant sales for food
makers in the sector giving them an opportunity to cash in on the
growing functional food market,...