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In this week's newsletter: Our contribution to recent article on Sports nutrition, AI conference happening today, latest research, Viome launches in Nordstrom, DSM refocuses resources to address urgent planet and environmental challenges, Alternative protein market going in all directions and latest events.
Mariette Abrahams (CEO & Founder of Qina)
Qina featured in latest Foodingredients magazine on Personalized sports nutrition.
We recently contributed to an article covering the latest trends and developments in sports nutrition with other experts in the field.
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This review takes a look at the limitations of the use of microbiome in healthy populations, as a biomarker. "Although gut microbiota harbor integrated environmental and host-specific information with the potential to facilitate personalized nutritional and lifestyle advice, these data cannot yet be confidently interpreted toward precise recommendations. Thus, nutritional advice for generally healthy individuals based on personal microbiome composition analysis might not yet be appropriate unless accompanied by established blood and physiological biomarkers".
DRD2 and BDNF polymorphisms are associated with binge eating disorder in patients with weight regain after bariatric surgery
This study aimed "to analyze the association and susceptibility of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in the DRD2 and BDNF genes with BED (binge eating disorder) in patients with weight regain in the postoperative period of bariatric surgery". The results show "the presence of allele frequency of rs1800497 SNP in the DRD2 gene and rs6265 SNP in the BDNF gene, isolated and/or combined, indicated an additional risk for the development of BED in patients with obesity, especially in the context of weight regain".
E-&mHealth interventions targeting nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and/or obesity among children: A scoping review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses
This report from the American This review "aimed to evaluate the breadth and methodological quality of  systematic reviews and meta-analyses of e-&mHealth [electronic and mobile health] interventions targeting weight and weight-related behaviors in children and adolescents aged <19 years". The results show: "All reviews evaluated intervention efficacy (100%), but few assessed other aspects (20% in total) such as cost-effectiveness. Smartphone applications (47%), text messages (44%), and websites (35%) were the main modalities. Weight (60%), physical activity (51%), and diet (44%) were frequently assessed, unlike sedentary behavior (8%). Most reviews were rated as having critically low or low methodological quality (97%)".
Nutriepigenomics and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: potential role of dietary and epigenetics factors in disease development and management
"This review summarizes the evidence regarding the influence of dietary patterns and nutrients and epigenetic regulatory mechanisms on COPD development and prevention with the aim of encouraging clinical research on the impact of dietary modifications on COPD-related clinical outcomes. This review highlights the importance of proposing and carrying out future studies focused on the modulating effects of certain nutrients on epigenetic changes in patients with specific COPD phenotypes (bronchiectasis, emphysema, asthma/COPD, chronic bronchitis), and their individual responses to cigarette smoking, environmental pollution, or other noxious particles".
Plant-based meat alternatives (PBMAs), such as plant-based mince, burgers, sausages, and meatballs, are often perceived as low-quality and ultra-processed foods. Even so, can it be considered healthy? This randomized controlled trial analyzed the changes in the gut microbiota in a group of 20 participants who replaced several meat-containing meals per week with meals cooked with PBMA [plant-based meat alternatives] products. The results show "an increase in butyrate metabolizing potential (in the 4-aminobutyrate/succinate and glutarate pathways) and in the joint abundance of butyrate-producing taxa in the intervention group compared to control. (...) a decrease in the Tenericutes phylum in the intervention group and an increase in the control group". The study concluded that the occasional replacement of animal meat with PBMA products can promote positive changes in the gut microbiome of consumers.
Nordstrom, Inc. is an American luxury department store chain that sells clothing, footwear, handbags, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, and fragrances. Now, they have one more addition, with the Health Intelligence Test from Viome Life Sciences. "The test measures microbial, human, and mitochondrial gene expression through samples of blood and stool. As a result, insights are offered on the individual’s cellular health, biological age, immune system health, and gut health. The company claims that these insights can help someone better understand their digestion, energy levels, sleep patterns, skin, weight, and hormones. While a precision health company selling an mRNA test in a fashion retailer seems unlikely, this news might signal that personalized nutrition is moving into the mainstream".
4Gold iS a Belgium startup that has a brand of nutritional supplements composed of gastrointestinal-friendly ingredients such as resveratrol, EGCG, ashwagandha, bacopa monnieri, natural caffeine, and algae. Now, they have added a DNA testing kit. "DNA testing can provide insights into injury prevention, mental health, performance, and recovery, and providing this service to our customers allow us to provide advice on nutrition and supplements as we can analyze aspects such as carbohydrates and alcohol sensitivity, gluten and lactose intolerance, nutrient metabolism, choline production, and more", said Brent Luyckx, CEO and co-founder of 4Gold.
DSM has just announced its strategic decision to fully focus its resources and capabilities to address the urgent societal and environmental challenges linked to the way the world produces and consumes food. CThis means that DSM is simplifying its operating structure and reorganizing its Health, Nutrition & Bioscience activities into three Business Groups, each with clear opportunities to benefit the health of people and the health of the planet, underpinning DSM's growth plans.
We loved this recent article on the personalised nutrition industry. Insights and detailed company profiles mentioned in this article are available on our Qina platform and of course you can always request bespoke reports too. To book a demo, visit https://qina.tech
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Food & Consumer Trends
One more supporter for the implementation of Nutri-Score in Europe and beyond. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has published a report suggesting Nutri-Score is the most effective nutrition label in helping lower the risk of NCDs (non-communicable diseases) such as cancer.
‘Alternative proteins are moving in all directions… it’s becoming like a jungle out there’: Givaudan discusses its new Protein Hub launch
The market of alternative proteins is exploding with new ingredients and improving their technology every day. According to Thomas Ullram from Givaudan, "the market is going in all directions". Oat, mung beans, chickpea, lentils, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds are some of the new ingredients that will join the other popular ingredients to substitute animal proteins like soy. Also, 3D printing, cell-based meat, and ferment products are growing in response to demand.
Since 2018, the USDA and FDA are developing regulatory frameworks for the cell-based meat industry. Now, they have announced that they have opened a 60-day period for the public to answer questions related to the product name, terminology, what to do about hybrid farmed/cell-based, and "can cell-based meat use meat terminology to describe products?".