Image Gallery: Top Posts in April
During the month of April, INSIDER readers frequently viewed articles and galleries on sports nutrition trends, glucosamine supplement lawsuits and good manufacturing practices (GMP) violations in supplements.
FDA Identifies Unlawful Ingredient, Methylsynephrine, in Sports Supplements
In recent years, FDA has identified a number of sports products that are marketed as dietary supplements but contain substances that don’t qualify as dietary ingredients and may pose health risks to consumers. Methylsynephrine, which is also known as oxilofrine or p-hydroxyephedrine, has joined the list of substances that are the subject of FDA warning letters to marketers of sports products.
Understanding Starch Functionality
Corn starch is the primary starch ingredient used by U.S. food companies, But starches from different sources, and even those extracted from less common corn varieties, offer a range of functional properties even before modification. Exploring the unique functionality of various native starches presents several potential advantages.
Testosterone Boosters Under Fire
The credibility of “testosterone boosters" is at stake in several lawsuits, including a proposed class-action complaint that is before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Understanding Rancidity of Nutritional Lipids
Since ancient times, deterioration of lipids has been a major problem in the storage of oils and fats. Often referred to as rancidity, it is the natural process of decomposition (degradation) of fats or oils by either hydrolysis or oxidation, or both. The development of rancidity is accompanied by a marked increase in the acid value of the fat, which is tested by using two basic laboratory tests: Peroxide Value (PV) and Anisidine Value (AnV).
NBTY Close to Settling Glucosamine Supplement Lawsuits for Second Time
NBTY Inc. may be close to resolving putative class-action lawsuits challenging statements that tout the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin joint health supplements.
Prolonging Bakery Product Life
A complex set of conditions determines bakery product shelf life, which complicates efforts to extend the "life" of these items. Extending their longevity relies on product developers, process technologists and packaging technologists to produce attractive and good-tasting products that don't harbor microorganisms.
So You Want to Create a Food Product?
Kraft, Unilever and Nestlé have pretty deep pockets when it comes to paying people to come up with ideas, and if the concept is not out there yet, there is a reason; either it is already out there (and you missed it), there are too many technical challenges to make it worth the price point, or, lastly … the market of people who want to buy it is so small that you will lose money trying to make money.
Emulsifiers in Baked Goods
Emulsifiers, a subset of surfactants, are commonly used in many food products. An emulsion is a dispersion of small droplets of one immiscible liquid within another. Emulsifiers keep the droplets from coalescing. Although these food additives may offer some degree of emulsification, they perform more important functions in baked goods, such as starch complexing, protein strengthening and aeration.
FDA Still Finds Basic GMP Violations in Supplement Industry
For a number of years, FDA inspectors have continued to observe dietary supplement firms commit the same egregious violations of manufacturing regulations. Unfortunately, fiscal year 2015 was no different.
Image Gallery: 2016 Sports Nutrition Product Trends at Expo West
New products were showcased at Expo West in the Sports Nutrition category, from products that ease protein digestion to products that replenish electrolytes.