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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?

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.

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....

OBESITY WEBINAR

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...