Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
new paper from our group: Anti-Platelet Properties of Apple Must/Skin Yeasts and of Their Fermented Apple Cider Products
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
MegaNatural®-BP grape seed extract and maintenance of normal blood pressure: evaluation of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
Following an application from Praline i Čokolada j.d.o.o. submitted for authorisation of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of Croatia, the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to MegaNatural®-BP grape seed extract and maintenance of normal blood pressure. The scope of the application was proposed to fall under a health claim based on newly developed scientific evidence. MegaNatural®-BP, a grape seed extract standardised for total phenolics, gallic acid and the catechin and epicatechin content, is sufficiently characterised. The proposed claimed effect, maintenance of normal blood pressure (BP), is a beneficial physiological effect. Among the two human intervention studies provided from which conclusions could be drawn, one showed an effect of MegaNatural®-BP (300 mg/day) on BP in adults with normal and high normal BP when consumed daily for 6 weeks, whereas the second study did not show an effect of MegaNatural®-BP at the same daily dose consumed for 8 weeks in adults with normal and high normal blood pressure or stage 1 hypertension. The evidence provided did not establish a plausible mechanism by which the food could exert the claimed effect in vivo in humans. The evidence provided is insufficient to establish a cause and effect relationship between the consumption of MegaNatural®-BP and maintenance of normal blood pressure.
Figure 1. Photographs of archaeological vestiges illustrating the persistence of MedDiet for centuries since ancient times. Clockwise from top left corner, still life with glass fruit bowl and vases, House of Julia Felix, Pompeii, Italy; whole dried figs (Ficus carica L.) charred, from Pompeii, National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy; traditional olive oil jars, “Luigi Bernabò Brea” Aeolian Regional Archaeological Museum, island of Lipari in Sicily, Italy; traditional olive oil press, Crete, Greece.
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The average life expectancy of the world population has increased remarkably in the past 150 years and it is still increasing. A long life is a dream of humans since the beginning of time but also a dream is to live it in good physical and mental condition. Nutrition research has focused on recent decades more on food combination patterns than on individual foods/nutrients due to the possible synergistic/antagonistic effects of the components in a dietary model. Various dietary patterns have been associated with health benefits, but the largest body of evidence in the literature is attributable to the traditional dietary habits and lifestyle followed by populations from the Mediterranean region. After the Seven Countries Study, many prospective observational studies and trials in diverse populations reinforced the beneficial effects associated with a higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet in reference to the prevention/management of age-associated non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, depression, respiratory diseases, and fragility fractures. In addition, the Mediterranean diet is ecologically sustainable. Therefore, this immaterial world heritage constitutes a healthy way of eating and living respecting the environment.
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you can find the full paper here.
Friday, 13 August 2021
In early 2022, our new book on functional foods will be published by Elsevier.
In this book, a strong group of colleagues and our team, we are writing about functional foods (of plant, animal and marine origin) and their implications for health promotion.
We cover these topics:
- coffee and tea
- olive oil
- probiotic drinks
- seafood and shellfish
- beer and cider
- wine and