Nestlé Will Test Health Foods on Human Brain Cells

The company wants to find out just how healthy nutritional food and drinks are

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Nestlé will soon begin testing its products on human brain and liver cells, reports The Wall Street Journal, in a bid to find out exactly how healthy foods and drinks are good for us.

The food products giant will obtain the cells from a biotech firm to examine how nutritionally enhanced drinks, smoothies and other products can have medical benefits. Nestlé’s deal to obtain the stem-cell-like cells made from mature human cells from Cellular Dynamics International Inc. will be officially announced this week, according to the WSJ.

Nestlé competitors like the yogurt giant Danone have also been investing in nutrition or medically enhanced products, with the worldwide market for health and wellness food and beverages is forecast to grow from $772 billion in 2013 to $944 billion in 2018.

There’s some skepticism about the direct effect certain food ingredients might have on diseases, a professor of nutrition at New York University told the WSJ, but meanwhile, Nestlé will begin in earnest testing the how fatty acids in avocados and olive oil interact with neurons in human cells.

[WSJ]

18 comments
masmpg
masmpg

Nestle's???? Really??? Do they even know what "health" is? I know they have bought out some of the  "healthfood" manufacturers in the past but does that make them experts on nutrition? This will be more pseudo science. Nestle's will complete tests and give information the usual media spin just so their increase sales. Like monsanto but not on such a grand scale.

Alopathic medicine has done its horror to americans, and the worst part is, most, I say 99% of americans have no clue what alopathy even is. You Mr Mrs America need to take charge of your own health. To think that a doctor, who is taught how to administer drugs, and little else, knows more than you do about your body is ludacris! These "health" studies are only good for one thing! The advancement of the company doing the "study".

KeithCossairt
KeithCossairt

how bout testing the ones that damage health ?

lucky.mackypacky
lucky.mackypacky

"N-E-S-T-L-E-S.....Nestle's makes the very best... braaaaaain fooooooood!"

AnthonyMBeltran
AnthonyMBeltran

How about they test foods on our bodies? Oh I see they do that in common grocery stores and we reap the reward of finding out when we go to the our doctor or become sick. This is ridiculous.


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Lisb
Lisb

Nestlé is not a company to trust. On Europe they packaged horse meat instead of beef to save money. This is not a company to provide accurate research for consumer safety.

I will never purchase their products again.

RoyCrim
RoyCrim

CEO says Americans don't deserve public water while he steals it and sends it to China by paying off a tool politico in Michigan

yarply12
yarply12

When they tell you why they are doing something, when no one was questioning why to begin with, you know their why, is likely a lie.

kauboy9816
kauboy9816

Am I missing something here? Did I fall asleep in biology? How does food get to the brain?

Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't food digested first, then the blood carries broken down chemicals to the various parts of the body?

How is that comparable to plopping a dollop of yogurt onto a brain cell?

suzy
suzy

after their financing Martin Bashir's program they should start by testing the programs they sponsor....

mn69813
mn69813

I hear Ray Nagin from The Chocolate City is all over this thing.

AgameMuleII
AgameMuleII

Are we to assume that nestle is continuing to test products with human fetal/embryonic stem cells like they been doing with senomyx?  They need to elaborate on how they plan to obtain their source of human brain cells, are they from fetal or embryonic sources, biopsies, or from cadavers.

stop buying from nestle, nestle has the same morality as the fictional government who created soylent green.  "soylent green is people".

eraser36
eraser36

Will they be able to learn how to prevent brain freezes? That is what I want to know. 

wi1199
wi1199

@kauboy9816You have a good point- which is probably why Nestle will also be working with liver cells.  This way they will be able to experiment with how the liver metabolizes certain foods/oils and how those products might affect neurons (after they are absorbed into the bloodstream/travel to brain).

yarply12
yarply12

@kauboy9816 Didn't cigarette companies do the same thing?

sailordude2012
sailordude2012

@AgameMuleII Embryonic stem cells cause cancer anyway so no way they want to use those.

wi1199
wi1199

@AgameMuleIIThe cells they will be purchasing are human liver and brain cells, which are derived at Cellular Dynamics through a long process beginning with cells from a normal blood draw.  No embryonic stem cells required.  If you'd like to learn more, please read up on (wikipedia) "induced pluripotent stem cells" to understand why no fetal cells are required for this process.

kauboy9816
kauboy9816

@AgameMuleII  From the article you just read...

"Nestlé’s deal to obtain the stem-cell-like cells made from mature human cells from Cellular Dynamics International Inc. will be officially announced this week"