Content about Nutrition

August 2, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration is looking for comments from consumers, the food industry and others about proposed labeling for gluten-free foods.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration is looking for comments from consumers, the food industry and others about proposed labeling for gluten-free foods.

Originally proposed in 2007, the proposals include a requirement that foods labeled as "gluten-free" can't contain 20 parts per million or more gluten, a protein that occurs in wheat, rye and barley. The proposal was based on technologies used to detect gluten in food, which can't detect it reliably if the level is less than 20 ppm.

August 2, 2011

Despite the negative connotation high-fructose corn syrup carries as an additive to food and beverages, it seems that consumers are more concerned with fat and calorie intake.

CHICAGO — Despite the negative connotation high-fructose corn syrup carries as an additive to food and beverages, it seems that consumers are more concerned with fat and calorie intake.

July 27, 2011

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced that Daniel Fabricant, director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration, will deliver the keynote address at The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry on Oct. 20 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced that Daniel Fabricant, director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the Food and Drug Administration, will deliver the keynote address at The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry on Oct. 20 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

July 27, 2011

Supervalu banner Shaw's has implemented the Nutrition iQ program in its stores.

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Supervalu banner Shaw's has implemented the Nutrition iQ program in its stores.

The Nutrition iQ program, which was developed and implemented in collaboration with dietitians from Joslin Clinic, features color-coded icons on shelf tags and signs that serve as at-a-glance cues to help shoppers identify and find healthy food options. The program arrives in stores this week and will be accompanied by an advertising and promotions campaign to educate consumers.

July 26, 2011

Clif Crunch and Clif Mojo on Tuesday announced the expansion of their snack bar lineups with new flavors that now are available at grocery, natural food and mass merchandise stores nationwide.

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Clif Crunch and Clif Mojo on Tuesday announced the expansion of their snack bar lineups with new flavors that now are available at grocery, natural food and mass merchandise stores nationwide.

Clif Crunch, the crunchy granola bar made with organic ingredients, has introduced blueberry crisp and chocolate peanut butter. The new Clif Crunch flavors will sell for a suggested retail price of $3.99 per 10-bar box.

July 25, 2011

Children with Type 1 diabetes may achieve better blood-sugar control if their parents are more authoritative with them, a new study has found.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Children with Type 1 diabetes may achieve better blood-sugar control if their parents are more authoritative with them, a new study has found.

July 25, 2011

An energy strips brand that recently hit the market was honored with the 2011 Best New Product Award at the Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing Diet, Vitamin and Sports Nutrition Show.

NEW YORK — An energy strips brand that recently hit the market was honored with the 2011 Best New Product Award at the Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing Diet, Vitamin and Sports Nutrition Show.

The award, presented by Drug Store News and ECRM, was voted on by the show's attending buyers and distributors. This year's event was held in Champions Gate, Fla., from July 17 through July 20.

July 25, 2011


According to a study published online June 27 on the site of the Archives of Internal Medicine, the more dietary fiber you consume, the less likely you are to die from any cause. And that’s good news for retailers.


According to a study published online June 27 on the site of the Archives of Internal Medicine, the more dietary fiber you consume, the less likely you are to die from any cause. And that’s good news for retailers. Already the annual sales of the two leading fiber supplements — captured with laxative and stimulants by SymphonyIRI Group — total more than $105 million and are growing at a modest pace of some 2%. 


July 25, 2011

Whole Foods Market announced that it has launched the Whole Kids Foundation, a charitable organization that will provide children with access to healthy food choices through partnerships with schools, educators and organizations.

AUSTIN — Whole Foods Market announced that it has launched the Whole Kids Foundation, a charitable organization that will provide children with access to healthy food choices through partnerships with schools, educators and organizations.

July 22, 2011

A drug designed to boost high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels also may improve blood-sugar control for diabetics, according to a new analysis of a discontinued study.

NEW YORK — A drug designed to boost high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels also may improve blood-sugar control for diabetics, according to a new analysis of a discontinued study.

Australian researchers found that torcetrapib, a cholesteryl ester transfer protein inhibitor, could improve HDL or "good" cholesterol levels while improving blood-sugar control among diabetics.

July 21, 2011

Navitas Naturals has introduced a new line of snacks that combines nutrient-dense superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts.

NOVATO, Calif. — Navitas Naturals has introduced a new line of snacks that combines nutrient-dense superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts.

The company recently introduced Navitas Power Snacks — chewy, bite-sized treats that tout certified organic and raw ingredients. The brand currently offers the snacks in cacao goji and cirtus chia varieties. An additional flavor, blueberry hemp, will be introduced later this year.

July 20, 2011

A visit to the dentist may offer a chance to catch prediabetes or diabetes in patients unaware that they have it, according to a new study.

NEW YORK — A visit to the dentist may offer a chance to catch prediabetes or diabetes in patients unaware that they have it, according to a new study.

Researchers at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine found that patients seeing a dentist could be identified as showing symptoms of the conditions, such as periodontal disease.

July 20, 2011

Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition on Tuesday announced a new look for its venerable Boost nutritional beverage line featuring a grip-friendly bottle design that is lightweight and a no-foil, easy-to-open top.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition on Tuesday announced a new look for its venerable Boost nutritional beverage line featuring a grip-friendly bottle design that is lightweight and a no-foil, easy-to-open top.

July 19, 2011

Research firm Mintel hosted its New Products and Consumer Insights Pavilion in New Orleans last week and highlighted the importance of portion size, noting that many consumer packaged goods companies ignore the nutrition guideline.

CHICAGO — Research firm Mintel hosted its New Products and Consumer Insights Pavilion in New Orleans last week and highlighted the importance of portion size, noting that many consumer packaged goods companies ignore the nutrition guideline.

During the event, more than 600 attendees voted on their favorite portion-control items. Top products were Sensible Portions veggie snacks variety pack from Canada, followed by Emerald Nut and Granola Mix in the United States, and Krave Chocolate Hazelnut Cereal from Ireland, which captured second and third place, respectively.

July 18, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday announced the winners of an awards program that highlights innovative health promotion projects that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health of the community within the past three years.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday announced the winners of an awards program that highlights innovative health promotion projects that have demonstrated a significant impact on the health of the community within the past three years.

July 15, 2011

Blast Powder Nutrition Co. on Thursday announced its entry into the energy shot/drink market with its Blast Powder, a packet that can be added to a beverage and contains 300 mg of caffeine.

LOS ANGELES — Blast Powder Nutrition Co. on Thursday announced its entry into the energy shot/drink market with its Blast Powder, a packet that can be added to a beverage and contains 300 mg of caffeine. 

July 14, 2011

Vitamin D deficiency may increase the chance of muscle injuries in elite athletes, specifically NFL football players, suggested a recent study presented last week at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.

SAN DIEGO — Vitamin D deficiency may increase the chance of muscle injuries in elite athletes, specifically NFL football players, suggested a recent study presented last week at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.

“Eighty percent of the football team we studied had vitamin D insufficiency. African-American players and players who suffered muscle injuries had significantly lower levels,” stated Michael Shindle, lead researcher and member of Summit Medical Group. 

July 13, 2011

GNC on Tuesday continued its management makeover with the promotions of Jeffrey Hennion and Darryl Green and the announced resignation of COO David Berg.

PITTSBURGH — GNC on Tuesday continued its management makeover with the promotions of Jeffrey Hennion and Darryl Green and the announced resignation of COO David Berg.

The specialty retailer last week named Thomas Dowd, a 22-year GNC veteran, the company’s chief merchandising officer following the departure of Beth Kaplan, former president and chief merchandising officer. It also was announced last week that GNC CEO Joe Fortunato would assume the role of president.

July 12, 2011

P&G has expanded its IAMS pet food line with the addition of Sensitive Naturals and Simple and Natural recipes to its IAMS Healthy Naturals collection.

MASON, Ohio — P&G has expanded its IAMS pet food line with the addition of Sensitive Naturals and Simple and Natural recipes to its IAMS Healthy Naturals collection. IAMS Healthy Naturals was launched in 2007 and includes four recipes for dogs and three for cats.

July 12, 2011

Despite the common perception that kids are always reluctant to eat their greens, a new survey by Midwest retailer Meijer found that almost 6-in-10 adults don’t think they’re eating enough fruits and vegetables, while kids seem to be eating enough.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Is this the nutritional Twilight Zone?

Despite the common perception that kids are always reluctant to eat their greens, a new survey by Midwest retailer Meijer found that almost 6-in-10 adults don’t think they’re eating enough fruits and vegetables, while kids seem to be eating enough.

July 8, 2011

Pharmacy groups are urging Congress to maintain access to diabetic testing supplies in retail pharmacies for patients with diabetes.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Pharmacy groups are urging Congress to maintain access to diabetic testing supplies in retail pharmacies for patients with diabetes.

July 8, 2011

Physician’s Preference, Vitamins and Supplements wellness experts on Wednesday announced an initiative to educate Americans on the importance of obtaining optimal vitamin D status — as the “sunshine vitamin” is coupled with numerous health benefits — by setting the facts straight about sunscreen use and offering quick tips for increasing one’s vitamin D level.

HOUSTON — Physician’s Preference, Vitamins and Supplements wellness experts on Wednesday announced an initiative to educate Americans on the importance of obtaining optimal vitamin D status — as the “sunshine vitamin” is coupled with numerous health benefits — by setting the facts straight about sunscreen use and offering quick tips for increasing one’s vitamin D level.

July 8, 2011

The rate of obesity among adults has increased across 16 states, with no states seeing a drop, according to a new report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

WASHINGTON — The rate of obesity among adults has increased across 16 states, with no states seeing a drop, according to a new report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report also found that 12 states now have obesity rates above 30%, versus four years ago when just one state had a 30% obesity rate, TFAH and RWJF said.

July 7, 2011

The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday added two voting members, both enzyme ingredient suppliers, to its roster: Bio-Cat, headquartered in Troy, Va., and Deerland Enzymes, headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga.

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday added two voting members, both enzyme ingredient suppliers, to its roster: Bio-Cat, headquartered in Troy, Va., and Deerland Enzymes, headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga.

Bio-Cat sources enzymes for use in the dietary supplement, food ingredient, animal feed, industrial and agricultural markets.

Deerland Enzymes is an enzyme specialty formulator and contract manufacturer, and a leading custom manufacturer for dietary supplements.

July 7, 2011

PharmaCare “hard launched” its omega-3 fish oil supplement for kids, called Bioglan Kids Smart, at NACDS Marketplace this year after successful test markets with a national pharmacy chain. The actual supplements look like small, purple fish and burst with a grape flavor when chewed. Each “burstlet” contains 133 mg of docosahexaenoic acid and 28 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid.

PharmaCare “hard launched” its omega-3 fish oil supplement for kids, called Bioglan Kids Smart, at NACDS Marketplace this year after successful test markets with a national pharmacy chain. The actual supplements look like small, purple fish and burst with a grape flavor when chewed. Each “burstlet” contains 133 mg of docosahexaenoic acid and 28 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid.