Food Business News - June 7, 2011 - (Page 68)

Health and Wellness Brain health for baby boomers here are two ends of the brain health spectrum — cognitive development in infants and children, and the prevention of disease and cognitive decline in older adults. Much research has been conducted regarding the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in developing brain health in infants and children, and omega-3 fatty acids have become a common ingredient in the infant nutrition marketplace. At the other end of the spectrum, in older adults, is where many researchers are turning their attention. In January, the Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, called the disease the “defining disease of the baby boomers,” noting that one out of every eight baby boomers will develop the disease. Researchers are working to identify lifestyle changes that may reduce the number of people affected by the disease as well as maintain optimal cognitive function. Despite efforts to associate the development of Alzheimer’s disease with lifestyle habits, a report published on-line by the Archives of Neurology this month said “the available evidence is insufficient to draw firm conclusions about the association of modifiable factors and risk of Alzheimer’s disease.” From April 26-28, 2010, the National Institutes of Health convened a “state of the science” conference to examine studies of potential Alzheimer’s disease risk factors and possible preventive measures. Topics considered were nutritional supplements and dietary factors, physical activity, other chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, substance use related T to cigarettes, and alcohol, and cognitive engagement. Martha L. Daviglus, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, and colleagues summarized the panel’s findings. The group determined “that currently there is no evidence of even moderate scientific quality supporting the association of any modifiable factor with reduced risk of cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s disease.” The panel noted that while some studies appeared to show an increase or reduction of Alzheimer’s disease risk or progression, they were not strong enough to draw firm conclusions. The authors called for largescale, long-term, populationbased studies and clinical trials to answer these questions. “It is hoped that the panel’s report will instigate rigorous high-quality research that can provide conclusive evidence on this issue,” they wrote. “Until more conclusive results are available, individuals should continue to aim for a physically and mentally active and healthy lifestyle and prevention of the well-known major risk factors for chronic diseases.” Currently, the recommended regimen to improve brain health is similar to the diet and exercise regimens the medical community recommends for cardiovascular health. Keith L. Black, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, said consumers should mind the simple maxim that if it is good for the heart, it is good for the brain. The same things that may cause heart disease and attacks — plaque build-up and arterial As the baby boomer population grows researchers focus on preventing cognitive decline and disease damage — also cause strokes. The public health community recommends consumers eat a nutrient-rich diet. Deficiencies in certain vitamins have been shown to decrease memory skills. B vitamins also have been shown to be keys for concentration and memory. Other dietary recommendations include avoiding sugar spikes. Brain cells need a steady supply of glucose for fuel. The sugar from simple carbohydrates may cause a spike and rapid decline in blood sugar levels and, as a result, energy and mental focus peak and drop quickly. Instead of consuming foods with simple sugars, it is recommended consumers choose fruits, whole grains and vegetables along with proteins to keep brain cells evenly fueled. There also appears to be health benefits in extracts from fruits and vegetables, particularly berries. Research has shown the substances seem to reduce age-related brain cell deficits and improve cell-to-cell signaling. The best long-term brain diet includes a variety of grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. “There are certain ‘brain foods’ that seem to have a benefit on the brain,” said John H. Byrne, professor and chairman of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. “New research shows that omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in salmon and other fish, may build the brain’s gray matter. Foods and beverages that are rich in antioxidants may also help keep the brain sharp.” FBN — Keith Nunes 68 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® June 7, 2011

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Food Business News - June 7, 2011
House bill cuts food safety funding
Enhancing water’s value
Wet weather muddies corn outlook
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Editorial - Quest for ‘whole truth’ on food prices in France
MyPlate steps up in simple fashion
Breaking down MyPlate by food groups
Lawmakers look to halt sale of Lazy Cakes
McCormick to enter joint venture in India
Cal Pacifi c acquires SunOpta frozen fruit assets
Cargill Kitchen Solutions expanding in Iowa
F.M.I. hires new v.p. of food safety programs
Sealed Air to acquire Diversey for $4.3 billion
AdvancePierre Foods buys Barber Foods
Cargill acquires German chocolate business
Calavo to buy Renaissance Food Group
U.S. Foodservice acquires Great Western Meats
Clear sailing for Hain
Seneca Foods earnings down sharply in 2011
April red meat production down 4% from year ago
Sbarro now exploring alternatives to bankruptcy plan
Sherman Miller promoted to c.o.o. at Cal-Maine Foods
Nestle Health Science to acquire pharmaceutical maker
Emerging markets propel Heinz’s fi scal 2011 earnings
U.S.D.A. lowers cooking temp for some meat cuts
Campbell Soup focusing on volume sales, brand building
Buyout fi rm to acquire California Pizza Kitchen
Sanderson Farms suffers second-quarter loss
Wet weather muddies corn outlook
House bill cuts food safety funding
House panel seeks reduction in W.I.C. funding in fiscal 2012
Seeking middle market opportunities
Clear and concise
Ingredient solutions help keep it simple
Identifying natural partners for stevia
$tevia $upplier$ $eek profi t$ through international growth
Brain health for baby boomers
Bottled water volume, market share grew in 2010
Study recommends children should avoid energy, sports drinks
V8 introduces energy beverages
Smucker, Starbucks raising coffee prices
Nestle launches Aguas Frescas bottled beverage
Jamba introduces coconut water-based beverages
Enhancing water’s value
Gluten-free grains momentum
Balance Bar adds Café line
Pasta Prima launches two ravioli lines
Land O’Frost debuts Wrap Kit
Franz introduces artisan bread
Kraft launches Newtons Fruit Thins
Farley’s & Sathers adds ‘Splashers’
Häagen-Dazs introduces 2011 flavors
Mars updates Kudos granola bar line
Lifting of Russian export ban pressures world wheat market
Ingredient Markets
Packaging formats focus on convenience
Technology enables ultrasonic sealing
Ingredient’s small size aids in salt reduction
AKFP now offers arrowroot starch, pea starch
Tate & Lyle to resume U.S. sucralose production
Non-dairy ingredients achieve pareve certifi cation
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