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Sugar, salt and fat reduction

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?

WHO targets a trans fat-free Europe

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a complete ban on trans fats throughout Europe as part of a new action plan on diet and health.

Artificial sweeteners may drive metabolic disease risk

Sweeteners in foods and drinks could be causing an increased risk of metabolic diseases by changing the way our gut bacteria interact with the body, says a new study.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier.

Saturated fats may not cause heart disease: Researcher

Saturated fatty acids shouldn’t be avoided as they don't cause cardiovascular disease - but 'excess' is the important word, says a human nutrition expert.

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Researchers call for ‘radical rethink’ of free sugars targets

Intakes of free dietary sugars should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake in order to battle the ‘significant’ financial and social burdens of tooth decay, warn researchers.

Eating can be addictive - but sugar and fat are not like drugs: Review

People can become addicted to the process of eating but not to consuming specific foods like those high in sugar or fat, according to research.

Sweeteners flat line in EU and US as consumers turn backs on soft drinks

The global market for high intensity sweeteners is flat lining in Europe and North America as consumers drink fewer soft drinks, according to a market report from IHS.

Sweet perception: ‘High intensity’ sweeteners are not that sweet or intense, suggests study

The taste of common sweeteners is often described as being much more intense than sugar, however new research has suggested that these sugar substitutes are not perceived to be any...

Consumers want clarity in food labelling, says survey

Consumers demand simpler labels and fewer additives, according to a new survey commissioned by a British-owned clean label ingredient specialist Ulrick & Short. 

Salt reduction and social inequality? UK reduction policies 'have not reached those most in need'

Despite overall drops in salt intake over last 10 years, social inequalities in salt intake have hardly changed in the period, say researchers.

Salt cutting trend drives research

Soy sauce can be used to reduce the salt content of manufactured foods by more than 30%, according to recent research from the Dutch university Wageningen’s UR Food and Biobased...

Feature

More research into weight and sweeteners needed

The effects of sweeteners on general health may be widely studied, says Michelle Knott, but more research into their effect on weight is needed

‘Sin taxes’ are regressive and impose middle class values on the working class: Economist

‘Sin taxes’ as a strategy to curb consumption of foods high in salt, fats and sugar are regressive and disproportionately costly for businesses and consumers, according to an economist from...

Patent Watch

Mondelēz eyes patent for fat reducing chocolate technique using fruit juice

Mondelēz International is seeking a patent on a chocolate production method using fruit juice that halves fat content and reduces calories.  

Big brands must step up to salt challenge, says CASH

Large brands must step up their commitment to reducing salt, and match the progress being made by own-brand products from supermarkets, says CASH, as a new study shows salt levels...

Coca-Cola Company won’t ditch stevia in the UK

Sugar reduction campaigners have praised the Coca-Cola Company’s (CCC’s) refusal to drop the natural sweetener stevia in its Glaceau Vitaminwater in the UK, as it has done in the US....

ASA upholds Honey Nut Shredded Wheat 'no added sugar' complaint

Cereal Partner UK's advert for Honey Nut Shredded Wheat is misleading in its use of a 'no added sugar' claim meant for its Shredded Wheat Original counterpart, the UK’s Advertising...

Neuronal 'sweet spot' may offer clues to obesity, metabolism and diabetes

Researchers have identified an area of the brain that may be key in regulating how the PPAR-gamma protein affects energy balance and metabolism - including the effects of diet.

Plain packaging pay out to Mars would ‘certainly not be trivial’, says Institute of Economic Affairs

Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to...

Secret salt: CASH slams salt levels in ‘healthy’ salads

Huge amounts of salt continue to be added to many restaurant, café and supermarket salads in the UK, according to a new survey by Consensus Action on Salt & Health...

Nutrition Facts Panel could help bakers with sodium-nutrient ‘balancing act’

The Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul could fuel more micronutrient fortification in baked goods, helping the balancing act between sodium and nutrients, says the American Bakers Association (ABA).

'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.