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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 lack of political will is stalling action on obesity: McKinsey report author

Europe is struggling to get to grips with rising obesity levels because politicians are distracted by single policies and industry lacks the level playing field that regulation can create, says Richard Dobbs, author of...

Swedish shoppers’ baskets filled with healthier foods, survey finds

Consumers in Sweden are eating healthier compared to five years ago as a survey finds an overall decrease in sugar and salt intake whilst consumption of healthy fats and vitamin...

Taiyo introduces sweet-tasting dietary fibres

Combining sweetness with fibre, is the aim of Taiyo’s new varieties of Sunfiber, an all-natural range of soluble dietary fibres which can also be used as a sweetener.

Barilla identifies Med diet and sustainability as the ‘new culture’ of food

A ‘new culture,’ in which food sustainability and the Mediterranean lifestyle form the pillars to this change, is required to safeguard the health of populations and land resources.

World Obesity Federation: “Snowball effect” taking place as obesity recognised as disease

The World Obesity Federation is calling on health organisations and countries across the world to recognise obesity as a disease.

Oral health status weighs heavy amongst the obese: Study

Overweight or obese people are more likely to experience oral complications such as periodontitis, as the consequence of carrying extra weight appears to alter the inflammatory process.

One in three adolescents is obese, say WHO

Health promotion campaigns are failing to reduce obesity in adolescents, according to a report published by World Health Organization (WHO) today.

Western diet increases gout risk, Harvard team warns

A diet plentiful in nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low in salty, red, processed meats and sugary soft drinks may lower the incidence of gout, a BMJ study...

Mars joins Nestlé, Lindt and Ferrero in calorie reduction goal

Mars-Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, and Ferrara Candy say half of their individually wrapped products will be 200 calories or less by 2022.

Sugar tax confusion could hit sales of confectionery, biscuits and cakes

Brits are completely baffled by the country’s planned new levy on sugar-sweetened drinks, with many believing it covers food as well.

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Confections hold steady in face of the war on sugar

Despite significant headwinds generated by the escalating war on sugar and increasing consumer preferences for healthy products, the confectionery industry is holding its own with sales climbing 1.2% in the...

Chocolate and candy tax proposed in the UK

Pressure group Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to expand a sugar tax on soft drinks to chocolate and sweet confectionery – a move seen as “punitive” and "discriminatory”...

Very little nanny-state regulation in EU, research suggests

Hungary is the worst “nanny-state” in the EU when it comes to laws relating to food and drink, but new research suggests most countries have so far shunned regulation aimed...

EFSA: Sucralose is safe and does not cause cancer

Scientific evaluations of sucralose, conducted by The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), find no link between the sweetener and cancer.

What will make consumers today splurge? IRI’s survey says nutrition, eco-friendliness

Consumers today are relatively more frugal, according to the latest Consumer Connect survey by retail analytics company IRI. 

Muscles ‘taste’ their way towards regulating blood sugar levels: Mice study

The body's regulation of blood sugar levels is aided by skeletal muscles, a study has identified, in a mechanism that appears to identify its ability to ‘taste’ or ‘sense’ glucose...

Top public nutrition adviser faces criticism after receiving money from chocolate industry

A spate of recent reports have accused a top member of Scotland’s food standards agency of bias after revealing her financial ties to a major chocolate firm - is the...

Rogue one: Liver immune cells turn to dark side in the face of obesity

Being overweight and following a high-fat diet appears to reprogram virus-fighting immune cells into disease-promotors in a discovery that sheds light as to why the liver produces an excess of...

Guest article

How to reduce sugar scientifically and creatively in confectionery

Soluble dietary fibers, dextrins and added vanilla can help manufacturers cut sugar beyond reducing portion size, writes Leatherhead Food Research’s head of microscopy.

Artificial sweeteners raise stroke and dementia risk, study claims

Drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily may increase the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who consumed this drink less than once a week.

PureCircle plans to bring glucosylated stevia to Europe with EFSA request

PureCircle has requested a safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for glucosylated stevia as it hopes to bring the enzymatically modified sweetener to the European market in 2018.

Food quality, not quantity matters to label lovers

People who pay attention to nutrition labels are more concerned with the quality of the food they eat, choosing to eat more fruits, vegetables and beans, and shunning potatoes and...

New insights reveal how stevia controls blood sugar levels

How stevia controls blood sugar levels has remained a mystery until now as researchers think they have unravelled the natural, no-calorie sweetener's action that results in its observed health benefits.

Nutritionists dispute relevance of sugar levels in chocolate spreads following report

Chocolate spreads and jams contain huge amounts of sugar, with two slices of bread containing the entire maximum daily intake - but some experts have questioned whether the quantities eaten are...

Portion limit strategies no guarantee in reducing sugar drink intake

Providing smaller drink sizes to consumers with unlimited refills increases individual consumption of sugary drinks. However the opposite was true when the consumer had to get their own refill. 

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