GOED's New Zealand Oxidation Paper Published

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By: Ellen Schutt

GOED's New Zealand Oxidation Paper Published

A new scientific paper authored by GOED and some of its members that attempted to replicate the findings from a paper in 2015 by Albert et al has been published in Scientific Reports. The original paper controversially claimed nearly all fish oil supplements in New Zealand did not contain the EPA and DHA stated on the label and were excessively oxidized. The GOED study found that nearly all — 96% — of the products tested complied with regulatory limits for oxidation for edible oils and 91% complied with label claims about EPA and DHA content. 

6 Takeaways from the Last 3 Years in the Omega-3 Industry

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By: Ellen Schutt

6 Takeaways from the Last 3 Years in the Omega-3 Industry

It’s common knowledge that the omega-3 industry has been in a sales slump for the past few years. While the market is now showing signs of recovery, there are definitely some lessons to be learned from the activity over the last three years. 

Putting the Grey and Bolland Research Letter into Perspective

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By: aldo.bernasconi

Putting the Grey and Bolland Research Letter into Perspective

It is easy to forget that science works through a constant process by which researchers replicate and revisit older studies. The assumptions and conclusions are discussed, the experiment is replicated, sometimes in a different population, sometimes using a slightly different dosage or research methods, and our knowledge grows, step by step. This may seem cumbersome, but it is necessary (the inevitable mistakes get corrected over time), and is actually one of the greatest strengths of the scientific process.


This, however, can also produce studies whose results and conclusions can contradict each other. In the omega-3 world examples can be found in the ongoing research on the related questions of:


  • Do EPA and DHA reduce the risk of chronic diseases and health events, like cardiovascular disease and strokes?
  • How big is this protective effect, and who benefits more and who less from it?
  • What is the best way to achieve this protection?

The Bias Against Seafood and Omega-3s

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By: Adam Ismail

The Bias Against Seafood and Omega-3s The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released last week and predictably, they caused controversy and a media firestorm. I say ‘predictably’ because every time they are updated, it makes various interest groups unhappy. However, from our perspective, they continue to reinforce the important role of seafood and omega-3s in the diet, noting that virtually ALL of the EPA and DHA in the American diet are provided by seafood. However, you really would not know seafood is a critical component of the new guidelines if you looked at the media coverage.

Guest Blog: Tackling Concussions Head-On — The Potential Role for Omega-3s

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By: Ellen Schutt

spano.jpgThe following blog was submitted by Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD. Marie is one of the country's leading sports nutritionists.

 

Omega-3s and Cognition: Dosage Matters

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By: Adam Ismail

Omega-3s and Cognition: Dosage Matters Once again the role of omega-3s in health is being called into question, this time in relation to cognitive decline…and once again I feel compelled to try to remind people that we need to look at the overall body of science before drawing conclusions based on a single study. As many scientists have noted, no single study is perfect…so no definitive conclusions can be drawn from a single study. Yet, this is exactly what is happening in the consumer media in response to a new paper from Chew et al on the role of omega-3s and other nutrients in cognitive decline. Newsweek went so far as to declare, “Omega-3 Supplements Are a Waste of Money.” Really, Newsweek? A single study, on a single area of health, means better nutrition is a waste of money? Would they at least change their view if the totality of evidence for that health condition told a different story?

Welcome To The New GOED Current

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By: Ellen Schutt

Welcome To The New GOED Current

GOED is pleased to introduce our newly expanded weekly newsletter, now titled The GOED Current. This is our answer to requests from members to provide regular information on a variety of topics while not increasing the number of emails they receive. The GOED Current will be sent out every Monday and we will continue to send out Breaking News alerts separately, but on a less frequent basis. Read on for more details.

  • In the Monday newsletter, we are now adding a lead editorial article each week. Sometimes this will be on a topic “in the news”; other features will include details about upcoming GOED strategic plans, international topics of interest to members or requests for GOED member input. This will consolidate some of the less urgent News Alerts we previously sent out in addition to our weekly news, and allow us to share articles we think are interesting for people in the omega-3 industry.

  • Please note that we will continue to send out News Alerts under the “Breaking News” banner but these will now be of high importance — ie., GOED Receives Blood Pressure Health Claim,” “GOED Provides Feedback on a Negative News Study,” GOED Publishes Cardiovascular Meta Analysis.” You’ll be able to tell the difference by the BREAKING NEWS banner, pictured below.

breakingNews
  • As before, we will continue to aggregate omega-3 related news from a variety of international sources. In order to make this easier for members to navigate, we’ll now be segmenting these items into categories such as new products, regulatory and government news, member-sponsored research and financial news.

  • We are introducing a new Ask GOED section that will feature a question that GOED is asked on a regular basis, along with a video answer by one of the GOED staff.  If you have questions you’d like to see answered in the future, please let us know (link to news@goedomega3.com). These will also be archived in the Member Section of the GOED website for future reference.

  • We will also continue our Member Notes section to alert you as new members join GOED and keep you informed about upcoming member meetings or other items of interest.

  • We will continue to include special offers from trade show and media partners that we think are important for our members to be aware of.

  • Lastly, the title masthead for The GOED Current has a colorful background on it. This image is not just from the whimsical imagination of a nerdy GOED staff member; it actually reflects “real-time” oceanographic and weather conditions for parts of the world with special importance to omega-3s.  We will change the image regularly to show a new region or type of map.  This week’s graphic shows the oceanic currents off the coast of Northern Peru during the week of August 12.  You can move your mouse over the image for a description of every week.

Ocean currents map depicting coast of Northern Peru, August 2015

We consider this new newsletter program to be a work in progress and we’d love to hear your feedback about how we can make this publication more valuable to you and your colleagues. Please email news@goedomega3.com with your comments.

Guest Blog: Healthy heart education campaign crucial for Americans

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By: Ellen Schutt

GOED is pleased to include a guest blog from Linda Cornish, Executive Director of Seafood Nutrition Partnership, a GOED member with similar goals to increase seafood (and therefore omega-3) consumption in the U.S. Read on for details on an innovative messaging program Seafood Nutrition Partnership has developed.

JAMA Oncology: Media sends the wrong message…again

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By: Ellen Schutt

The study last week in JAMA Oncology and its subsequent media coverage once again underlines the issues with the media — and its misrepresentation of the facts — all too clearly. This particular study examined whether or not one platinum-induced fatty acid (PIFA), a rare polyunsaturated fatty acid called hexadecatetraenoic acid (C16:4 n-3), is present in fish oils and if it is absorbed in humans when consumed, not whether it has an effect on chemotherapy. Yet media headlines implied that fish oil consumption can make cancer patients resistant to chemotherapy.

The real story of omega-3s in heart health

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By: Adam Ismail

On March 31, The New York Times published an article titled, “Fading claims on fish oils.” The article suggests that the majority of clinical trials measuring effects of fish oil have found “no evidence that fish oil lowers risk for heart attack or stroke.” An important question the article did not address is, “What are the heart health benefits of fish oil?” Here is a more complete answer to that question. 

The impact of omega-3s in Europe

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By: Adam Ismail

The impact of omega-3s in Europe In the last two weeks of data visualizations I shared global data on intakes and the burden of coronary heart disease due to low omega-3 intakes, but these two data points taken together tell an important story. For the third installment of my 52 weeks of data project, I looked specifically at Europe and how intakes of EPA and DHA in each country differ and the corresponding death rates attributable to low omega-3 intakes. 

1.4 million CHD deaths globally attributable to low omega-3 intakes

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By: Adam Ismail

This is the second chart in my goal to create 52 visualizations on important omega-3 topics. Last week I used an infographic to tell the story of how EPA and DHA intakes vary from country-to-country. Since this is the first week of Heart Health month, I decided to use another infographic format to deliver one simple clear statistic around the impact of omega-3s and heart disease.

52 weeks of data: week 1

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By: Adam Ismail

I was inspired by Max Roser, an economist who is sharing 100 charts to help you feel like the world is getting better. Those who know me know I love data visualization, so I decided to do something similar for the omega-3 world. I am not as ambitious as Max though, so instead you get 52 weeks of omega-3 visualizations this year and I am already two weeks behind! Regardless, for the first visualization, I developed an infographic with consumption statistics from the Global Burden of Diseases Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Group (NutriCoDE). They estimated EPA & DHA intakes for every country of the world as part of their work. 

Omega-3 Insights site going strong with great omega-3 content

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By: Ellen Schutt

Omega-3 Insights site going strong with great omega-3 content

As we head into 2015, there’s no shortage of news and new developments around omega-3s. Therefore GOED is excited that we will continue our involvement with the SupplySide Omega-3 Insights web portal to ensure our members have access to new market trends, technology developments and issues of importance to your business. This is the third year of our partnership and GOED feels strongly that we have offered true quality content on omega-3s throughout the past two years.

Guest Blog: Managing EPA/DHA consumption in a tight supply situation

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By: Ellen Schutt

Guest Blog: Managing EPA/DHA consumption in a tight supply situation

GOED is pleased to present the following guest blog from Christian Meiniche, chairman of Chr. Holternmann ANS. Chr. Holtermann is an independent commodity brokerage house, based in Oslo, Norway, mainly brokering raw materials for the food- feed- and technical industries and with a particular focus on fish oils.


 

G'day mate: A look at the Australian market

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By: Ellen Schutt

Healthy Care productWe learned a lot about the omega-3 market in Australia, where the category enjoys high levels of awareness and usage. GOED consumer research shows that more than 60% of men and women in Australia consume omega-3s, whether in supplement, seafood or fortified food form, and we heard anecdotally that it’s closer to 75-80% for supplement consumers.

Quick look at Food Ingredients South America

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By: mike.roberts

Quick look at Food Ingredients South America

I attended the Food Ingredients South America (FISA) conference, which took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier this month. Below are some thoughts on the event.

DHA and human brain evolution

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By: Adam Ismail

DHA and human brain evolution

I read a review recently in The Economist of Clive Finlayson’s The Improbable Primate: How Water Shaped Human Evolution and it prompted me to buy the book. This subject has fascinated me ever since I saw Michael Crawford give a talk on the importance of DHA omega-3 to the human brain and how its dietary availability may be a prime factor in the evolution (and potentially devolution) of the human brain. However, the more I have read about brain evolution, the more controversial every theory in this field seemed to be.

NBJ Summit: The omega-3 recap

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By: Adam Ismail

I just returned from the NBJ Summit in California, which Is a great event for networking with leaders in the nutrition industry as well as getting the opportunity to hear from some very unique speakers. Omega-3s were a frequent theme throughout the conference, but not always in the best light. Here are some of my observations from the conference.

ISSFAL 2014 recap

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By: Harry

ISSFAL 2014 recap GOED just returned from the 11th Biennial Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) held in Stockholm, Sweden. As you might imagine, there was no shortage of presentations and discussions on research related to EPA and DHA.

The Chinese market is changing

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By: Adam Ismail

The Chinese market is changing

We just returned from the Hi China tradeshow and one thing is clear, the Chinese nutrition industry seems to be making major strides forward.

Omega-3s in the military: ongoing research shows promise

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By: Ellen Schutt

Over the years there has been substantial interest in researching omega-3s and their health benefits for soldiers and veterans in a variety of scenarios. GOED recently talked to one organization, Samueli Institute, that is intimately involved in this work.

 

92% of fish oil is ethyl ester???

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By: Adam Ismail

The other day I came across a supplement company claiming that 92% of fish oil products on the market are in the ethyl ester form. The company did not cite the source of this statistic, but it is a good example of fear-based marketing that is both misleading and wrong…and the kind of marketing that ultimately confuses consumers!

On Capitol Hill: snapshot of the consumer

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By: Ellen Schutt

On Capitol Hill: snapshot of the consumer

A few weeks ago GOED had the opportunity to participate with one of our members, Wiley’s Finest, in a Senate health fair that took place “on the hill” in Washington DC. The event was organized by Sister to Sister, a wonderful non-profit organization whose mission is to educate women about protecting their hearts.  

Why the change of heart?

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By: Harry

Why the change of heart?

In contrast to earlier investigations about the effects of omega-3s on cardiovascular disease, media reports about recent studies have been generally negative. This does not mean, however, that the results were negative. In general, recent results have been either neutral (no effect found) or positive (beneficial effect(s) found). So why the change of heart?