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Sugar, salt and fat reduction

Less salt, low sugar, lower saturated fat – great aspirations, but it takes a lot of work to make a product that still tastes good. Although the industry has been making strides towards achieving reformulation targets, the big technical question remains: How low can you go?

'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to...

EDITOR'S COMMENT: JULY 2014

‘I ditched the Coca-Cola Life-style’: A millennial confession

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) boss John Brock insists people in the UK think Coca-Cola Life tastes just like standard Coke ahead of its September launch, but is this lack of differentiation...

Dietetic products an ‘easily attainable’ goal for bakers: Review

Baked goods that meet specific nutrient needs, food intolerances or strict diets and still taste good are easy to develop, a review suggests.

High-salt diet could double threat of heart disease in people with diabetes: Study

People with type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt may face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to new research.

From carbs to cancer: Gut bacteria linked to colorectal cancer mechanism

A carbohydrate-rich diet may be kick-starting certain gut microbes to produce chemical signalls that drive abnormal cell growth and increase the risk of cancer, according to new research in mice.

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Researchers claim they have developed proteins that could help bring a wider variety of low-fat foods to market without compromising on texture and taste.

FULL-SUGAR LEMONADE DRINKERS FELT MORE GUILTY THAN STEVIA PLACEBO GROUP

Sugar-sweetened soda drinkers feel more guilty after inadvertent 'bad' deeds

An intriguing French study suggests that students who drank sugary lemonade before completing a ‘guilt inducing’ task felt more guilty than peers who consumed a stevia-sweetened zero-calorie alternative.

SACN REPORT

Drinks manufacturers must reduce sugars: PHE

Drinks manufacturers must work to reduce the amount of sugars in their products to lower the nation’s calorie intake, according to Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England’s (PHE) chief nutritionist....

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Experts call for sugar tax, but doubt official support

Sugar tax is a good idea, but the government may be unwilling to implement it, according to expert panellists taking part in Food Manufacture’s webinar on obesity.

Action on Sugar removes bread from high-sugar hit list: 'We acknowledge it was not accurate'

Anti-sugar lobby group Action on Sugar has removed bread from its initial list of products containing ‘large amounts of sugar’.

UK political party rules out sugar or fat tax, but takes aim at advergames

The UK Labour party will has ruled out the possibility of taxes on sugar or fat, but will take aim at marketing to children and online advergames, says shadow Public...

EU pledge: Amica Chips and ICA Foods to stop ads to kids

Amica Chips and ICA Foods have pledged to stop advertising to under 12s and communication with primary schools unless asked as part of a voluntary EU scheme.

Guest article

Analyst Insight: The battle between fructose and glucose

Manufacturers should look to reduce overall use and reliance on sugar and not focus on replacing fructose with glucose, while concerns over HFCS should start to disperse as newer research...

Oil palm genetics may provide more reliable clues for ripeness

New genetic research could help palm oil producers to improve yields by aiding them in knowing when fruit is ripe, say scientists.

Replacing sat fats with polyunsaturated fats is ‘questionable’

Researchers have questioned the practice of replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, claiming that there is ‘much evidence’ that doing the opposite is more relevant.

Experts take aim at SACN, sugar reduction and reformulation at summit

International experts and policy makers will debate the findings from the recent SACN report, and whether sugar should be a priority for public health, at the Sugar Reduction Summit next week....

SACN report

Sugar intake should be halved, advises SACN report

The intake of added sugar in people’s daily diet should be halved as part of a campaign to cut Britain’s soaring obesity levels, according to an influential report by government...

SACN REPORT: REACTION

Carbohydrate report: reaction in quotes

Public Health England will investigate taxing sugary drinks according to the paper it issued alongside the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN’s) draft report published today (June 26).

Analyst: Algae offers excellent opportunities for salt replacement in bread

Algae could be a valuable replacement to salt in bread but price and negative perception issues must be overcome, according to Pinar Hosafci, Euromonitor International food analyst.

France considers ‘traffic light’ labelling as UK MEP hits back at EU threat of court case

France's health minister has put forward plans for the country’s own ‘traffic light’ nutrition labelling system; meanwhile a UK Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has defended the UK’s debated...

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

Sugar in teeth of fresh controversy

Anti-sugar campaigners are targeting the damage it can do to teeth as well as tackling its contribution to obesity in the UK.

Kudos Blends anticipates US boom with Brenntag partnership

The US is considerably behind the UK in terms of sodium reduction, but is catching up and demand will boom over the next year, the CEO of Kudos Blends says...

Comment

Weighing up the responsibility: Should obesity be classed as a disability?

If the European Court redefines obesity as a disability, the rules of responsibility could shift horribly away from the parties involved - including the food industry.   

EU Commission could take UK and its ‘traffic light’ labels to courts of justice

The European Commission is investigating whether the UK’s ‘traffic light’ front of pack labelling is compatible with EU law, something which could result in an infringement procedure, it says.

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