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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?

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. 

Obesity may obstruct rheumatoid arthritis management, study highlights

Excess weight and obesity can interfere in the diagnosis and care of autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis as the impact of diet on the inflammation process is highlighted. 

Coca-Cola GB to focus on sugar-free brands and phase out Coca-Cola Life

Coca-Cola Life axed in the UK

Coca-Cola Life is to be withdrawn from the UK market from June, although the stevia-sweetened drink will remain on offer in 30 markets including the US. 

Pregnancy fat and sugar diet ‘programs’ mother and child health complications: Mouse Study

Eating foods high in fat and sugar during pregnancy can severely disrupt metabolic processes in both women and their offspring, new research on mice has revealed.

Pladis plans health focus for British biscuit market

At the launch of its second annual biscuit review, the manufacturer of McVitie’s (the UK’s largest selling biscuit brand) said it will make Britons’ much-loved snack even healthier.

DSM opens new Dutch biotechnology centre

Global food and nutritional ingredients supplier DSM continues its €100 million investment in R&D with the opening of a new biotechnology facility near its Delft HQ for food.

The big debate: Can sugar survive a public health crisis?

The world is getting fatter and unhealthier - are smaller portions and diet drinks really going to help when they sit next to full-sugar, supersized products? Is it time to...

WHO set new standards for monitoring junk food ads aimed at children

The World Health Organisation has released guidelines for a new Europe-wide investigation into junk food ads aimed at children.

UK guidelines target cakes and cereals in drive to cut sugar by 20%

The UK Government has set out sugar limits for popular foods with the aim of improving children's health by removing 200,000 tonnes of sugar from the UK market by 2020.

Sugar, salt and fat taxes are 'very positive', says Health Commissioner

The EU Health Commissioner has said that taxation on certain ingredients and products can be a “very powerful” tool for tackling health issues, including obesity. Campaigners have welcomed his comments but food...

Britvic eyes up opportunities in ‘vibrant’ soft drinks category

British soft drinks producer Britvic says there are still ‘huge opportunities’ for growth within the soft drinks category: notably in low/no calorie drinks, personalized drinks, and the convenience channel. ...

ADM ramps up sweetener investment with French acquisition

Agri-food giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will continue its investment into sweeteners and starch production in Europe with the planned acquisition of French wheat processing plant Chamtor.

Food and drink promos ‘undermining’ childhood obesity efforts, say MPs

Highly discounted food items and the ‘buy one get one free’ price promotions are undermining the efforts made in tackling childhood obesity, according to the UK Commons Select Committee. 

KitKat cocoa content upped 13% in sugar reduction push

Nestlé UK & Ireland has upped the cocoa and milk content of KitKat in its bid to cut sugar by 10% across its confectionery range.

Blood fat levels an indicator of kids’ diet quality and disease risk: Study

Family-based lifestyle interventions, such as a diet high in unsaturated fat, can have a dramatic impact on children's blood fatty acid make-up, Finnish researchers have determined. 

EFSA to recommend daily intake values for added sugar by 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish a scientific opinion on how much sugar can be included in a healthy diet by 2020, it has confirmed.

WHO praises France for ‘straightforward’ nutrition logo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised France for officially backing a voluntary, front-of-pack nutrition logo that “clearly stood out as the most consumer-friendly scheme”.

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...

Tate & Lyle unveils upgraded innovation center

Tate & Lyle PLC, a global provider of speciality food ingredients and solutions, has unveiled its upgraded Food Systems Global Innovation Centre in Lübeck, Germany. 

'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. 

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