Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Category : NEWS, INNOVATION | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Category : NEWS, INGREDIENTS | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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Satiereal, exclusive extract of saffron’s stigma (Crocus Sativus) has real success in media for few months, including in American media. As further evidence, this recent article published on the Nutraingredients-USA website called « First food products featuring novel saffron based satiety ingredient set for Q3 launch ».

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Category : CLINICAL EVIDENCE | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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An article, to be published in a future issue of the British Journal of nutrition, highlights the hypotensive effects of a beetroot juice. This study, conducted in 18 healthy subjects, has evaluated the effects of a beetroot juice consumption (0, 100, 250, or 500 g) on blood pressure over a 24-h period. The authors have shown a dose-dependent reduction in systolic (p<0.01) and in diastolic blood pressure (p<0.001). A second experiment conducted in 14 healthy subjects and reported also in this article, has confirmed these hypotensive effects by using beetroot-enriched bread (corresponding 100 g of beetroot).

Moreover, total urinary nitrate/nitrite has been increase in both experiments. The authors hypothesized that this hypotensive effect may be explained by the conversion of nitrate by oral bacteria into nitrite, known to have vasoprotective effects. These results must be of course confirmed in subjects with hypertension, but support a higher consumption of dietary nitrate-rich vegetables like beetroot, spinach or radish.

Reference: Hoobs et al. (2012) “Blood pressure-lowering effects of beetroot juice and novel beetroot-enriched bread products in normotensive male subjects” British Journal of Nutrition. In press

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Category : NEWS, Non classé | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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In a recent press release, the EFSA has informed of the implementation of a project allowing external observers to attend scientific meetings. This proposal falls within the scope of a commitment to transparency and openness in order to permit better understanding of the operation and the scientific assessment risks. Moreover, this is an additional opportunity to interact with the scientific experts of EFSA. Four meetings have already been scheduled to receive observers.
This opportunity will allow understanding decision processes of the risk assessment of the organization in accordance with the results of the survey of target audiences, even if at present public documents regarding the process and operation are already available in the internet. The challenge is also to strengthen confidence in the process of risk assessment that may be misunderstood by the stakeholders.
Information about registration for scientific meetings is available on the EFSA website.
Through this opportunity, the EFSA should provide concrete explanations on the decisions to bring real legitimacy to this project.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Category : CLAIMS, CLINICAL EVIDENCE | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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Last march 21th, EFSA has published guidance for applicants seeking approval of products carrying health claims related to appetite ratings, weight management and blood glucose concentrations. The document follows previous guidance on claims related to gut and immune function; and those related to antioxidants and cardiovascular health.
The public consultation of the draft permits to bring clarification about markers, methods and times, but no addition information about appetite rating was brought.
Even if this guidance brings new recommendation, it is not sufficient to perform high quality clinical trials in order to receive a positive opinion from EFSA.

Opinion of a Nutraveris’ expert:

References: EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA); Guidance on the scientific requirements for health claims related to appetite ratings, weight management, and blood glucose concentrations. EFSA Journal 2012;10(3):2604.