Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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After having provided guidance on dietary reference values (DRV) of fats, carbohydrates, fibre and water, EFSA published a scientific opinion on protein intake after extensive consultation with Member States, the scientific community and other. These DRV establish optimum intakes of nutrients in a balanced diet which when part of an overall healthy lifestyle, contribute to good health.

Indeed, EFSA has been asked by the European Commission to review and update the reference values for nutrient and energy intakes established in 1993 by the Scientific Committee on Food. In doing so EFSA is taking into account new scientific evidence and recent recommendations issued at national and at international level. This will permit to provide comprehensive nutrition guidelines, for example for food labelling and for setting public health targets in Europe.

Find these scientific opinions on the EFSA website. For more information contact our experts.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
Category : NUTRILEGAL | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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In spite of the fact that sport creates a significant market, two opinions published two weeks ago that have appeared like a bolt out of clear sky, would make us think that they might put an end to the existence of sport food. They have been announced this week by European and French food safety agencies (EFSA and ANSES respectively).
This wide market particularly includes dietary products for sportmen like cereal bars, proteins powder or drinks as well as the food supplements with plants, vitamins and minerals or some other various substances like carnitine, taurine, creatine and of course the proteins. So, these are exactly these last substances that were taking into consideration by the food safety agencies as they are being used as a primary ingredient in the mentioned products.
Actually, ANSES has published in the middle of the same week an opinion regarding the risks, related to nutritional and psychological substances in order to restrict or prohibit their uses in foodstuffs. According to this opinion with an evocative title, the agency seems to be doubtful concerning the benefits of fortifying food with amino acids, considering that the daily intake of the diet of the general population as “well above to the advised-recommended nutritional values”.
ANSES also explains the physiological impact on the nitrogenous balance and the modification of pool circles which ensues an intake of amino acids above the needs and so this can reach toxicological level. Even if the metabolic complexity and physiology of amino acids is considered as an obstacle for the application of the toxicological studies, the agency points out that it is important to define the border between the intake level that brings health benefits and the emergence of toxicity. The agency added that the amino acids are the sign of the lack or the absence of toxicological data on the products with substances with nutritional or physiological effects.
At the same time, on the 30th of June, the 5th batch of the opinions on health claims was published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). So, the health claims, concerning carnitine, acetyl of L-carnitine, glutamine or tyrosine all received negative opinions. According the European authority a cause and effect relationship has not been established between consumption of these substances and recovery from muscle fatigue after exercise or maintaining muscular mass.
Even if the sport nutrition market is quite prosperous now, those two opinions that have been published in the course of the last week of june, might discourage in a certain way the actors of the market whose possibilities to formulate seem to be thinner. Furthermore, two weeks ago, the European Commission published a proposed substitute text for the Directive 2009/39/CE regarding PARNUTS, in which the category intended for sportsmen wouldn’t exist. The Commission would planned those products belong to common foodstuffs. Nutraveris already looks for solutions to answer it…

Monday, August 2, 2010
Category : INNOVATION, CLINICAL EVIDENCE | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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An observational study, in 42 humans, aged between 20 and 35 years old, with alopecia and a control group of 230 subjects, demonstrated that there was a positive correlation between protein intake and alopecia.

This is the first time that this type of relationship has been highlighted. However, further studies are needed to confirm these results and to identify the mechanisms of action to reduce alopecia.

References: El Fékih N, Kamoun H, Fazaa B, El Ati J, Zouari B, Kamoun MR, Gaigi S.  “[Evaluation of the role of dietary intake in the occurrence of alopecia]”. [Article in French]. Rev Med Liege. 2010 Feb;65(2):98-102.