Top Health and Nutrition Articles of 2021

Published on: Jan 11 2022

In 2021, our experts brought you science-based information on topics driving health and wellness like mood and mental health, formulating plant-based products, sugar reduction, fermentation, and sustainable nutrition. These nutrition articles were the most popular among our readers from our content published last year.

Our most-read health and nutrition articles of 2021

1. What are Immunomodulators and How Do They Work?Top nutrition articles of 2021 - immunomodulators

The COVID-19 pandemic still has many of us wondering about food’s role in immunity. Immunomodulators often come up in online searches about immunity’s link with food and nutrition, but what are they? In this article, Sonja Nodland, PhD provides examples of immunomodulators found in food and describes the science of how they work.

2. The Unique Considerations for Food Safety & Shelf Life in Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

As the plant-based meat alternative industry expands, many are learning that these foods have different nutrient profiles, go through different processing conditions, and contain different ingredients than meat. As a result, they have different challenges when it comes to food safety and shelf life.

3. Flavor Masking Challenges in Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

Plant-based meat alternatives often have challenges with off-tastes like bitter, earthy, beany, astringent, and green. Understanding the chemistry and source of off-notes can help mask them efficiently without negatively impacting the nutrition.

Off-tastes in plant proteins differ depending on how much of the protein is in a serving of food or beverage

4. Active Ageing: Why is Protein So Important?

Muscle is key to staying active at 50+, but ageing reduces our ability to activate muscle growth and repair, leading to a potential loss of up to 50% of our muscle mass between the ages of 30 and 80. Learn the science of why this happens, and how more protein can promote active ageing.

Infographic showing how muscle growth and repair is stimulated, and how this decreases during ageing

5. Formulating with Plant Proteins vs Dairy Proteins: Challenges and Current Solutions to Fill the Gap

Why are plant proteins harder to formulate with than dairy proteins, and how have they improved in recent years? In this white paper, Alice Nongonierma, PhD and Mindy Leveille, MSc weigh in on challenges and advancements in replacing dairy proteins with plant proteins.

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