A recent study suggests
that drinking lowfat milk may reduce the risk of developing hypertension, a
key risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Researchers at the University
of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and Harvard University analyzed the diets
and risk factors of 6,000 adults over a 27-month period.
Participants’ intake ranged from one to three servings of dairy foods
each day, and those who consumed lowfat options were less likely to develop
hypertension. Ninety-two percent of the lowfat dairy intake was attributed
to milk. The Navarra study was published in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition. Other studies suggest that nutrients found in milk
— calcium, potassium and magnesium — may play an important role
in maintaining normal blood pressure.
International, Sarasota, Fla., a raw-materials supplier of bulk
nutraceuticals, has acquired the Soleris 128 rapid optical system to expand its in-house
microbiology testing capabilities. Manufactured by Centrus International
Inc., the Soleris 128 will allow Integrity’s microbiology lab to
rapidly and accurately test all incoming ingredients and raw materials for
early contamination of microorganisms.
N.J.-based Mastertaste, a flavor and fragrance manufacturer, is sponsoring
a three-year research project with the Monell Chemical Senses Center. The
research goals are to increase understanding of a perceptual process called
sensory adaptation as a prelude to the development of longer-lasting
aromatic materials. Mastertaste is a global division of Kerry Group plc.
Louisville, Ky., has acquired Dinesen Trading Co., Port Washington, Wis., a
natural color manufacturer. The company will operate Dinesen’s color
manufacturing facility as the central source for its natural colors
operation that was expanded through D.D. Williamson’s July
acquisition of the natural colors business of Artemis International Inc.