Ithaca, NY and Augusta, GA—New studies have shown that maternal intake of the nutrient choline during pregnancy can have a positive impact on the neural functions of children born with Down syndrome, as well as those whose mothers consumed alcohol during the first trimester. Choline, found in egg yolks, liver, nuts, broccoli and cauliflower, is part of several major phospholipids that are critical for normal membrane structure and function according to the Journal of Nutrition Web site. This nutrient is also present in numerous brain support supplements.

probiotic yogurt

Wageningen, Denmark—In a recent study conducted by Top Institute Food and Nutrition in Wageningen, researchers discovered that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt drinks change once in the intestines, thereby supporting digestive health.

sustainability

Which is more important: profit or purpose? While many businesses believe they must choose between making money and implementing sustainable initiatives, it is possible to achieve both by maximizing efficiency on all levels of operation.

FTC Victory

Washington, D.C.—In June, WholeFoods told readers about pending legislation that sought to expand the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s authority so that the agency could devise and implement its own rules. Now, on June 25, Congress has decided not to include this language in its Wall Street Reform bill (S. 3217).

Cognis

Monheim, Germany—In a much anticipated move, raw materials giant Cognis Holding GmbH, based here, agreed to sell all its shares to BASF. The transaction, valued at nearly $3.8 billion (3.5 billion euros), will close in November of this year. Cognis made in $3.1 billion (2.6 billion euros) sales in 2009.

vitamin connection

Last month, we chatted with Dr. Jørn Dyerberg about his major health discovery of omega-3 fatty acids in human health. While that part of the interview with Dr. Dyerberg was in press, another major confirming study was published that should be noted...

2010 Retailer of the Year

Retailer of the Year New Seasons Market ushers in a new era of natural products retail stores.

derma e

derma e Natural Bodycare has expanded its Very Clear line with Very Clear Problem Skin Body Wash to help fight blemishes on the back, shoulders and chest. The product blends tea tree, willow bark, rosewood, lavender and chamomile. According to the company, the product is “perfect for after the gym, workouts or outdoor activities for cleaner, clearer and healthier skin.”

baby care

Fresh Organics, Inc. introduces its new Organic Baby line. The allergen-free line includes Baby Bottom Balm, Velvety Soft Babee Lotion, Calming Bubble Bath and Conditioning Shampoo & Body Wash. The certified-
organic products contain no sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, no parabens, no petroleum/mineral oils/phthalates and no artificial colors or fragrances.