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New Nutrition Business featured in Japanese health and sports magazine

Posted on:
March 26, 2018
Author:
Julian Mellentin

A major Japanese magazine covering health and sport, Tarzan, featured an NNB case study of Green Giant in their March edition.

The publication focused on Green Giant products that use cauliflower as an alternative to traditional rice and potatoes, and are an example an emerging trend of swap-ins of finely chopped veggies for carbs in many traditional applications.

You can see a snippet from Tarzan below.

The original NNB story was published in the January 2018 issue, and our subscribers can read it here: https://www.new-nutrition.com/nnbArticle/display/304

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H2O just got boosted: Is hydrogen water really better?

Posted on:
February 27, 2018
Author:
Ann Eshaw

The science is clear: the healthiest beverage is water. It doesn’t contain any sugars, salt, nor chemicals that can harm you as long as it’s filtered properly. Can we make it better? According to some, we can – by boosting its hydrogen content.

Some hydrogen water products on the market claim that the infused molecular hydrogen is a powerful antioxidant, clinically-proven to improve your athletic performance, reduce inflammation, boost your energy, and has therapeutic benefits including accelerating post-workout muscle recovery, relief for headaches and hangovers, and skin benefits.

You can get it for $3 per 325ml pouch, $1 per tablet to hydrogenate your glass of water, or pay $500-3,000 for a generator to do the trick for you. For that money, there must be some serious science behind it, right?

According to the Molecular Hydrogen Foundation, there are over 500 peer-reviewed articles that demonstrate the therapeutic potential in every organ of the human body.

However, from these 500 peer-reviewed articles, only 37 are human studies. These human studies span over the last 17 years and most were conducted in Asia.

Another problematic factor is that nearly every human study listed has a different objective – ranging from sports performance in elite athletes to diabetes, cancer and skin diseases – meaning that the reproducibility of most of these studies has not been tested.

In a 2016 review that overall praises the use of molecular hydrogen, the author does say: “The small cohort patients studies or case reports revealed the safety or some promising benefits of therapeutic hydrogen in a variety range of diseases and pathological status such as post-cardiac syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, acute cerebral ischemia, metabolic syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, haemodialysis and postpsoriasis.”1

The review also explains that we are not sure yet what the best way is of taking in molecular hydrogen nor are we sure of the best dose.

Hydrogen water may have therapeutic benefits, but it is too early to conclude anything about it before having more well-designed human studies that include a larger number of participants.

By: Ann Eshaw

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Australian Avocados and Chobani team up for good-fat pop-up

Posted on:
February 8, 2018
Author:
Julian Mellentin

If there is one food that has benefited from the ongoing rehabilitation of fat, it’s the avocado. So much so that industry body Australian Avocados decided to name its pop-up avocado restaurant Good Fat – clearly communicating to consumers that yes, avocados contain significant amounts of fat and yes, there is such a thing as good fat.

In a world where fat still raises a red flag in many consumers’ minds, this is a bold move. However, research indicates that Australians may be ready for such a move, as their awareness of the concept of healthy fats is relatively advanced. In a recent study by NNB, 76% of Australians said they were aware that only some fats were bad for you, while 16% said that fat was not bad for you at all, and only 7% believed all fat was bad.

Riding on a wave of increased consumer acceptance of fat, the Good Fat restaurant opened its doors on the 2nd of November for one month only. The restaurant was a partnership between Australian Avocados and yoghurt brand Chobani, and the aim was to “showcase the deliciousness and versatility of our country’s beloved fruit”. The all-day menu comprised 20 avocado-based dishes, each costing AUD$20 ($16) or less, including avocado ice cream cones, avocado fries and avocado smoothies made with Chobani yoghurt.

And the Sydney-siders loved it! They loved it so much that restaurant had to close for restocking already after its second day in business.

Whether Good Fat’s success would have endured, or whether the novelty would have worn off, we will never know. But permanent avocado restaurants in Amsterdam, New York and Glasgow suggest that consumer demand is there, and that the market for good fat is anything but saturated.

By Mikaela Lindén

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