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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?

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.

Water emulsions can achieve up to 20% fat reduction

By swapping fat particles for water or air, manufacturers have achieved up to 20% fat reductions in chocolate and cheese - but the technology can be applied to almost any...

When nudge comes to shove: What are the best tactics for sugar reformulation?

Every EU country is battling with obesity, but is 2017 set to be the year that many more governments move from the comfort zone of industry-led “nudge” tactics to blunt...

Sacrificing taste for sugar reduction will ‘kill our category’: Barry Callebaut innovation chief

Barry Callebaut’s head of innovation expects the chocolate industry will opt for natural fibers to gradually cut sugar and calories, but says uptake for sugar reduction remains low.

Excess fructose in kids linked to rise in liver disease

High fructose intake could increase the incidence of liver disease in adolescents and children, a new study suggests.

Study says stevia on par with sugar in drinks satisfaction, but finds fibre fouls feelings

Drinks sweetened with high-Reb A stevia may have similar or higher satisfaction ratings than sucrose drinks, but added fibre lowers scores, according to a new sensory and sensation-focused study.

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.

Brexit will be sweet for cane and beet, says British sugar industry

Brexit’s impact on the food industry remains speculation, but one British market feels the outcome of the UK’s impending departure will be sweet: the sugar industry.

High-GI carb intake may trigger a depressive low, study finds

The type of carbohydrate we eat may affect depression, say scientists who have identified high-GI foods as a risk factor. 

European soda makers vow to reduce added sugar by further 10%

European soft drink brands, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Orangina and Red Bull, have announced plans to reduce added sugars by an extra 10% by 2020 in Europe.

Preaching to the converted? Only dieters are responsive to healthy eating adverts

Most people choose unhealthy snacks that are high in salt, fat and sugar regardless of whether they have watched adverts for healthy or unhealthy food, with only dieters choosing the...

Sweet and spicy flavours add beverage calories, study notes

Individuals are piling on excess calories by sweetening or adding spice to their coffee or tea, according to a study from the US.

Children’s drink choices influenced by personalized labels, study finds

Personalized marketing of soft drinks influences and increases the choice of those drinks among children, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

ENVI politicians back stricter rules on marketing junk food to children

Europe's food safety and health politicians have voted in favour to further restrict marketing unhealthy food to children on TV and video platforms in a committee vote.

Smarter than a sweetener? Flavour modifier matches sugar's mouthfeel & sweetness

OmegaSweet is a natural, flavour-modifying ingredient that not only replaces sugar's sweetness but mimics its mouthfeel in beverages - a smarter way to reduce sugar ahead of the UK's sugar tax, says the...

UMFHA tells fake manuka honey to buzz off

The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) has developed a system that uses compounds to validate manuka honey as genuine, after a rise in fake manuka honey was sold in...

Industry-backed studies don't deter from meal frequency factor in healthy heart and weight

Maintaining a healthy weight and heart is as much an issue of meal timing and frequency as it is the meal’s make up, US researchers have found despite a 'skewed...

FDF: 'It's an interesting concept and worth exploring'

Exercise labels are more effective than standard nutrition info for healthy eating, say researchers

'Exericise labels' that say how much physical activity is needed to burn off the calories in food are significantly more effective in encouraging healthy eating than standard nutrition information, according to...

French agency ANSES slashes recommended meat intake in new guidelines

French food agency ANSES has updated its nutrition guidelines, cutting the recommended intake for meat and encouraging more pulses and less sugar. But how does it compare to other national...

Updated food model predicts ‘calorie fate’ to avoid weight gain and disease

A food model that factors in caloric load, nutrient breakdown and even how food is perceived may help those who accumulate fat and are at a higher risk for cardiovascular...

'Bold' obesity plan in Scotland would see manufacturers suffer, says industry

Scotland needs a “bold approach” to tackle obesity, according to an influential group of politicians. But food industry representatives said tough regulation could present “barriers to business” for the country’s manufacturers....

Evidence hints at asthma-obesity link as frequency increases in children: Study

Asthmatic children may be more vulnerable to obesity in later life as new work identifies the chronic lung condition as a risk factor for extreme weight gain and its associated...

Trade MEPs give green light to Canada-EU trade deal CETA

The EU Trade Committee (INTA) has approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) this morning, marking a major step toward the deal between EU and Canada becoming reality.

Error in protective response post-meal may lead to diabetes, says Swiss team

Malfunction of the inflammatory response after a meal could be a cue for metabolic disorders such as diabetes as doctors identify its differing roles in dealing with pathogens and excess...

Children in Nordic countries eat more healthily than adults: Survey

The overall healthiness of the Nordic diet fell between 2011 and 2014, although children increased their intake of fruit and vegetables and ate less sugar, according to a recently published survey.

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