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Sugar and health

Sugar and health

Sugar has become a hot button topic in recent months, with a flurry of studies linking the sweet stuff to adverse health outcomes and new pledges to reduce population-wide sugar intakes. Although most would agree that sugar is an ingredient best consumed in moderation, how much attention should we pay to dietary sugar? And what can manufacturers do?

A 20% sugar cut by 2020? ‘It won’t be possible,’ says FDF

A 20% sugar cut across all food categories by 2020 – as per voluntary targets set by the UK government – is not technically possible, nor would it be acceptable...

'The best kind of bad': Chocolate makers need premium ingredients not sugar reduction

Sugar and calorie reduction has taken its toll on the chocolate category, but focusing on quality ingredients can foster growth, suggests a Euromonitor analyst. 

Allulose low-cal sweetener credentials boosted as glucose control is highlighted

Allulose, a low-calorie, natural sugar could help regulate blood glucose levels as preliminary animal studies have highlighted this rare sugar’s ability to also manage weight gain.

CGF celebrates healthy reformulation of 180,000 products in 2016

Manufacturers made over 180,000 consumer goods products healthier in 2016 by reducing salt and sugar or adding whole grain and vitamins, according to a report by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)....

Katjes International CFO: Sugar confectionery consumption in Europe may have reached its limits

Sugar confectionery consumption in Europe may have peaked, but a spike in Germany’s birthrate signals hope for the future, says Katjes International’s CFO.

Reformulation success: UK says planned sugar tax revenues to fall by €160m

Thanks to drink manufacturers reformulating sugar out of their products, the UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now predicts significantly less revenue from the sugar tax - but does this...

Africa and Middle East love sweet bakes, but want sugar reduction: DuPont

South African, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian women see the appeal of healthier snacking options, but sweet baked snacks remain more popular.

South African sugar tax could be blueprint for all Africa: WHO

The impending tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in South Africa could be a blueprint for other African nations to follow suit, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) public health specialist.

Synergy to launch dairy-based, natural sugar replacers

UK flavour house Synergy will launch a range of dairy-based, natural flavours to replace sugar in biscuits and cookies next month.

UK sugar tax confirmed in Budget 2017

A UK sugar tax has been confirmed as part of the government’s Budget 2017 today, with the rates set for the two-tier soft drinks industry levy.

Fructose infiltrates baby diet via breast milk, study suggests

Infants may be exposed to fructose through breast milk, before sugary drinks and other foods containing fructose introduced to the infant diet, according to research.

Stevia & fibre blend promises to slash sugar by 100% with no loss in taste or bulk

Food tech start-up Unavoo has launched a natural, stevia- and prebiotic fibre-based sweetener that can replace sugar like-for-like in dairy, bakery and beverage products.

Six industry giants to launch UK-style traffic light labels in Europe

Coca-Cola, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever will add nutrition logos modelled on the UK’s traffic light label to their European portfolios. However, critics have slammed the use of portion...

Nestlé UK to cut 10% of sugar in confectionery range by 2018

Nestlé has pledged to remove 7,500 metric tons of sugar in its UK confectionery range via reformulation, calorie limits and new technology.

Obesity implicated in immune system malfunction, according to animal study

The links between obesity and the immune system have been outlined by Irish researchers who have identified the impact of diet on immune cells that control inflammation and metabolic function.

Health campaigners in Ireland call for tough laws on digital advertising

Health campaigners in Ireland have increased pressure on the government to introduce new laws to restrict “relentless” junk food advertising targeted at children.

Be warned: obesity plans make for easy targets

The UK's childhood obesity strategy has been criticised again – this time in an analysis published in the British Medical Journal. Will all this flak put other EU countries off...

Sugar’s ‘sweet spot’ link to Alzheimer’s disease discovered

An excess of sugar appears to promote the onset of Alzheimer’s disease as British researchers identify a link between diet and the neurological disorder.

Dairy Council: Milk mortality theory ‘poorly supported’

The hypothesis of a study, which looked into whether drinking milk to excess could shorten life span in women, is ‘poorly supported’ according to the Dairy Council. 

European Parliament debates cardiovascular disease: Poor diet remains Europe’s biggest killer

Public officials and researchers will debate today at the European Parliament in Brussels, following a damning report on the damage and cost of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in Europe, of which...

EU lawmakers to discuss companies selling poorer quality food in Eastern Europe

The EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council will discuss the issue of dual quality foods next week as Slovakia and Hungary push for EU legislation to prevent manufacturers selling poorer quality products in...

Children's sugar intake equivalent to five doughnuts a day: Obesity Health Alliance

Children in the UK are eating the equivalent of five doughnuts a day in sugar, according to the Obesity Health Alliance, as it calls on industry to reformulate its products.

Nestlé pledges 18,000-tonne sugar cut in European products

Nestlé has pledged to remove at least 18,000 tonnes of sugar from products in its European portfolio by 2020, equivalent to a 5% reduction of current levels.

UK minister critical of 'inexplicable' assessment of obesity strategy

The UK’s health department and agency have hit back at a “quintessentially British” critique of the country’s childhood obesity strategy published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)....

Hungary and Slovakia cry foul over multinational product differences

Consumers in Hungary on getting a raw deal on the food they buy, at least compared to those just across the border in Austria - and they aren’t alone.

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