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Sugar, salt and fat reduction

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?

Brain response to fat could determine future path in tackling obesity, study says

Consuming a meal high in fat appears to reduce the brain reward response — a finding that has future implications in the reformulation of low-fat foods and the fight against obesity.

Ireland launches national obesity plan

The Irish government has launched an ambitious national obesity plan which proposes a sugary drinks tax, maximum portion sizes, marketing restrictions and reformulation targets - but the lack of funding...

'Academics are not angels'

Bitter feud: Sweetener industry says review accusing it of bias is itself biased

The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) has rejected the findings of a review which found industry-funded research into artificial sweeteners to be skewed in favour of industry as “misleading and biased”....

The future of flavour: From healthy reformulation to genome-specific scents

Advances in the field of scent may be key to developing healthier food - by using natural aroma molecules to make reformulated food smell saltier or sweeter - or even creating personalised...

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Sugar review: Rewriting history to expose a non-existent conspiracy

Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an historical analysis of internal sugar industry documents.

Sin taxes work while stealth reformulation success still ‘anecdotal’, says study

Sugar taxes show evidence of working across all socioeconomic classes while stealth reformulation’s effect on obesity is largely anecdotal, says Professor Barry Popkin.

SPLENDA Naturals takes on Truvia with new stevia-based natural sweetener

As sales of artificial sweeteners continue to slide, SPLENDA (a brand associated with the artificial sweetener sucralose) has moved into the faster-growing natural sweetener space with the launch of SPLENDA...

Profit increase can drive sugar reduction: Bayn

More profitable business models are needed for companies committed to healthier products, according to Bayn following the launch of its new Sugar Reduced Community.

How the sugar lobby paid scientists to point the finger at fat: JAMA

The US sugar lobby paid for influential research in the 1960s to downplay the link between sugar and coronary heart disease and instead point the finger at fat, according to...

Nestlé changes 'misleading' marketing over no-meat beef soup

Nestlé has removed a picture of fresh beef from the packaging of its dried beef and carrot soup - which did not contain any beef - following a two-year campaign by...

UK pushes voluntary added sugar labelling scheme

The UK government has confirmed that it will introduce “clearer visual labelling” in relation to free sugars on packaged food and drinks - but it will be voluntary.

Xylitol anti-cavity debate settled, says DuPont

Consuming xylitol does prevent cavities despite recent uncertainty over its anti-caries properties, according to a DuPont study.

UK youngsters still consuming twice as much sugar as they should be

Young children are drinking more than double the amount of sugar they should be – although consumption of sugary drinks has fallen, according to a UK-wide dietary survey.

Slimming food companies welcome EU law changes

Forza Industries and trade association Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) voice their support for new EU legislation that has clarified the use of weight loss claims on meal replacement products.

High-intensity sweetener Advantame approved for Israel

Advantame, the high-intensity sweetener made by Ajinomoto, has been approved for use in Israel.

Scotland launches hard-hitting snack campaign as government confirms 2017 obesity strategy

Scotland will publish a new strategy on diet and obesity next year, as new research shows that the average child aged between four and 10 eats around 110,000 calories through “unhealthy,...

Cornelius’ future suite-smelling as new lab opens for business

Ingredients distributor Cornelius has opened its new research and development facility which the company said would add ‘insight’ and ‘inspiration’ to new product development (NPD).

Ireland ponders sugary drinks tax

A tax on sugary drinks is being considered by the Irish government as part of the upcoming budget, a measure condemned by the Irish Beverage Council (IBC) as “costly political...

Alternate day fasting may be as effective as traditional diets for weight loss

Skipping food every other day is safe and may be as effective for weight loss as traditional calorie-restricted diets, say US researchers.

Guest article

Sugar taxes: A case of pop policy and comic consultation

The UK's sugar tax was little more than populist light relief to brighten a speech full of economic doom and gloom. But what's worse, argues Professor Jack Winkler, is that...

News in brief

EU seas fit to grant sea salt protected origin status

The EU has granted Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) to two forms of sea salt originating from Ireland that possess a unique mineral and nutrient profile, and rapid dispersion in...

Dolce consortium to develop 'mystery' natural sweeteners

French ingredient supplier Roquette has teamed up with a German biotech company and a natural product specialist to develop and bring to market natural sweeteners and sweetness enhancers.

Scottish food boss suggests UK obesity strategy won’t work

The head of Scotland’s food regulator has claimed that the UK’s childhood obesity strategy doesn’t go far enough.

Exporters to Jordan forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils

Companies exporting dairy to Jordan will be forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils or face a ban on business as the country becomes the latest to bar their use.

‘We want to be the top superfood company in Poland’: Chlorella start-up

Polish start-up Purella Food is on a mission to popularise chlorella and it's arming itself with a vast portfolio of ‘superfood’ products for the battle.

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