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From a regulatory perspective, the duality of some plant foods having both food and medicinal properties causes quite a dilemma. No health claims have been authorised for herbals, and the use of health claims for botanicals is only permitted under certain conditions. However, plant-based protein consumption is on the rise globally, with new products being developed to help consumers easily integrate plant-based proteins into their daily diet.

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Plant-Based Proteins: Overview of a Fast-Growing Trend
by Gregory Dubourg

Bringing Herbal Products to Consumers
by Irene Wohlfahrt, Heike Stier, Volker Spitzer, Jörg Grünwald and Matthias Miller

Communicating Health Benefits of Botanicals and Preparations Derived from Algae
by Sofie van der Meulen and Karin Verzijen

Takeaways for Your Business

• EU authorisation is still pending for more than 2,000 health claims for botanicals.
• Only health claims included on the new Health Claims Regulation list may be used for botanicals.
• Changing consumer demand indicates growth in the global protein market for plant-based proteins.