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Cinnamon Compound May Provide Therapy For Obesity

Exposing fat-derived human stem cells to a cinnamon compound results in thermogenesis (heat production) and metabolic remodeling that could reduce obesity, according to research by Chinese and U.S. scientists. Cinnamaldehyde, the compound that gives cinnamon its flavor and scent, is known to protect against obesity and hypoglycemia in mice, so the researchers wanted to test its impact on human cells. They observed that cinnamaldehyde consistently activated thermogenesis in the human tissue in vitro, making it a “promising therapeutic target for obesity.”  [ Image credit: © Wikipedia ]

"Cinnamon May Have Anti-Obesity Benefits",, November 30, 2017

Kellogg UK Revamps Cereal Line To Make Products More Healthful

Kellogg UK announced the launch of the “Better Starts Plan,” a healthful breakfast initiative that involves revamping its cereal line, mainly by cutting sugar content. The company says it will, for example, reduce sugar in Coco Pops by 40 percent and in Rice Krispies by 20 percent. It will also launch a range of vegan and organic cereals, and continue to cut salt levels. The company says it is able to do all of this because its food development team was able to maximize flavor with cocoa and grains to maintain taste without using artificial sweeteners. The new plant-based cereal range called WK Kellogg will include no added sugar, low sugar, organic and vegan options. [ Image credit: © Kellogg UK  ]

"Kellogg UK Commits to Making Breakfasts Healthier with the Launch of Its New Better Starts Plan", News release, Kellogg UK, November 30, 2017

Abbott Labs Develops A Way To Make Curcumin Useful As Dietary Supplement

Though the yellow compound curcumin found in turmeric has been shown to have health benefits, especially in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis applications, it is not bioavailable because it is insoluble in water. To solve that problem, Abbott Laboratories developed a curcuminoid formulation that uses phosphatides and dextrins to improve oral bioavailability. The company’s global patent application says the chemicals can be used in food-grade applications because they have been approved by regulatory agencies, a stumbling block for other attempted remedies. The patent application said that its blend of curcuminoids, dextrins, and phosphatides “significantly increased” the aqueous solubility of the curcuminoid.  [ Image credit: © ...  More

"Abbott Labs Develops ‘Better Bioavailability’ Curcuminoid Blend",, November 30, 2017

Chipotle Founder Exits Company Battered By Food Safety Disasters

Chipotle Mexican Grill founder and CEO Steve Ells [left] has resigned under pressure from investors unhappy with the failure to turn around the troubled chain over the last two years. Chipotle’s sales have never fully recovered from a string of E. coli, salmonella and norovirus outbreaks that sickened hundreds of U.S. customers in 2015. Chipotle shares, down more than 20 percent this year, rose more than five percent to $301.99 with the news of Ells’ departure. Prior to the food safety problems, the stock had reached a high of $742. [ Image credit: © Cornell University  ]

"Chipotle Founder Out as CEO as Investor Patience Expires", Reuters, November 29, 2017

Smartphones Have Had A Profound Effect On The Restaurant Industry

Thanks to smartphones, which have penetrated to half of the global population, consumers have a broad array of options for “eating out,” a trend that continues to have a major impact on restaurants themselves. Restaurant meals are diversifying, and becoming available outside restaurants, in the age of mobile shopping and food ordering. Eateries have figured out that they need to provide “compelling” dining experiences to grab attention. In addition, many new players are taking advantage of advanced technology to reach consumers through delivery-only “virtual” restaurants, fully-automated production, etc.  [ Image credit: © Restaurant Engine  ]

"Technology Reshapes the Restaurant", Blog entry, Euromonitor International, November 28, 2017

Almonds Are The Healthful, Sustainable “Feel Good” Snack

Market opportunities are increasing for food ingredients that are not only healthful but ecologically beneficial by fostering sustainability in relation to humans, animals, and the environment. Ingredients that fall into that category are generally natural, GMO-free, sustainable, and ethical. One ingredient that satisfies these concerns is almonds, a snack people can feel good about. New snack product launches have again made almonds the number one nut for new product introductions in Europe.  [ Image credit: © Wikipedia ]

"Almonds Provide Inspiration for Innovation at FiE", Food Ingredients 1st, November 28, 2017

Nestlé’s Resignation From GMA Is A Sign Of Major Trouble In The Food Industry

Big Food’s grip on Washington policymaking may be loosening amid grumbling over its handling of the evolving preferences of American food and beverage buyers. The latest sign of turmoil arose when Nestlé dropped out of the big lobbying group Grocery Manufacturers Association over disagreements about how to handle food industry trends, including the stagnation of iconic brands, as younger shoppers and moms look for more healthful, more transparent food products. But, though GMA says it is adapting to consumer trends, Politico’s interviews with industry leaders found that “complacency and a lack of leadership at GMA are also to blame.” [ Image credit: © GMA  ]

"The Big Washington Food Fight", Politico, November 26, 2017

Study Claims Sugar Lobby Suppressed Negative Findings On Sugar’s Health Impact

After years of believing that foods containing fat were the major cause of a raft of health problems, scientists and consumers now know that sugar is the real culprit. But the decades-old misperception was not an accident. It was fostered by the sugar industry, which suppressed research as long as 50 years ago that would have rung the alarm bell. A new study reveals that the Sugar Association buried its own scientific findings on the harmful effects of table sugar on rodents in the 1960s. Two studies, known as Project 259, funded by the sugar lobby proved that sugar-eating mice were at greater risk for strokes, heart attacks, and heart disease. The Sugar Association never published the results, but claims now that the reasons were ...  More

"Big Sugar Buried These Concerning Health Studies 50 Years Ago", ScienceAlert, November 22, 2017

Brexit Consequences Will Make It Too Expensive For Some To Eat Healthfully

Great Britain’s Food Foundation says Brexit-related ramifications like unfavorable exchange rates, tariffs, and higher labor costs will make it too expensive for lower income families to afford healthful quantities of fruits and vegetables. The Brexit impact could add £158 ($212) a year to the amount a family of four spends on fruits and vegetables, especially if they try to meet the five-a-day eating target. The thinktank recommends: an expanded healthy food voucher system; increased production of homegrown fruit and vegetables; new measures to secure seasonal labor for farms; capital grants to farmers to expand production; and guidance to ensure British-grown fruit and vegetables are prominent in meals served in schools, hospitals, and ...  More

"Five-A-Day Eating Targets 'Will Be Unaffordable for Millions after Brexit'", The Guardian, November 20, 2017

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Nestlé Expands Presence In Cuba With New Coffee Factory

Nestlé is investing $54.4 million in a Nescafé coffee plant in Cuba that will employ 260 people by its third year of operation. The plant, a joint venture between Nestlé and Cuban food enterprise Corporación Alimentaria, S.A. (Coralsa), will also produce the local Cuban roast and ground coffee Serrano, Nestlé Fitness cereal based snacks, the Nesquik powdered beverage, and Maggi cooking aids. Nestlé has been operating in Cuba since 1908.

"Nestlé invests in new factory in Cuba", News release, Nestlé, December 06, 2017

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