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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?

A couple of sugary drinks daily ‘doubles diabetes risk,’ study shows

The choice between artificially sweetened and sugared soft drinks does not seem to make a difference in the onset of chronic conditions such as diabetes, according to Swedish research. 

Preventing child obesity ‘starts in the previous generation,’ say leading researchers

The chances that a child will become obese in later life are largely determined before they are even conceived, as researchers believe parent’s health is key to tackling obesity in...

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Valio ValSa contains 50% less salt than ordinary margarine spreads and cheeses

Valio lactose free milk powders; sodium reduced Valio ValSa cheese and spread; Play children’s yogurts with less sugar and Valio Better light spread have been recognized by SIAL for its...

FoodDrinkEurope promotes healthy eating with new website

Industry trade group FoodDrinkEurope has launched a new website to highlight industry efforts to promote healthier lifestyles. 

Scots call for reformulation as majority admit they ignore advice

The majority of Scottish consumers say they have clear advice on what they should and shouldn’t be eating but many tend to ignore it, according to new research.

More calories consumed from alcoholic drinks than soft drinks: Euromonitor

Up to four times more calories are consumed in alcoholic drinks than in soft drinks, according to data released by Euromonitor today. 

X-ray fat for formulation wins?

Food scientists are X-raying fats in a bid to understand how saturated and trans-fats can be replaced by healthier versions without compromising taste or texture.

A winning formula? Free-from snacks are safest bet for food start-ups

Food and beverage start-ups that bring to market on-the-go snacks or beverages with a ‘free-from’ positioning have the best chance of success, whilst dairy concepts face the greatest risk of...

Proposals outlining a tax on sugared drinks endorsed by WHO

Mounting evidence suggests the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is justified as a way to lower intake and reduce cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Spanish kids need to banish trans-fats: Study

Kids in Spain are eating too many trans-fatty acids (TFA), say researchers, with lifestyle factors playing a role.

‘No reason to believe worldwide obesity targets will be met by 2025’: Report

Around 268 million children aged 5-17 years may be overweight by 2025, according to a report, which identifies 91 million of these individuals as clinically obese. 

The conversation on #WorldObesityDay: What is needed to tackle childhood obesity?

World Obesity Day aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the challenge of obesity, and share national experiences of campaigning that works. We bring you best of the conversation from social...

Healthier fat benefits ‘cancelled out' by stressful events, study suggests

Stress has the effect of reducing the benefits of eating healthier fats, as a study identifies its impact and links to diet and inflammation.

Fat or sugar? Genes may have the deciding vote

Along with taste, appearance, smell and texture, food choice may also be genetic as a study identifies biology as a factor in preferring foods high in either fat or sugar.

Sweet success: TINE's nutrition chief on its million-kilo sugar cut

Over the past ten years, Norwegian dairy and cereal manufacturer TINE has cut one million kilos of sugar from its products each year. We spoke to the company's head of...

Dutch salt survey shows industry is failing on overall reduction targets

Dutch people are still “well above” recommended levels for salt as industry meets salt reduction targets for some foods but not others, according to a recent survey.

Obesity a ‘solvable worldwide pandemic,’ says professor

The UK has the means and the motivation to become the first nation to solve the problem of obesity, according to one academic - but will it act?

'Miracle berry' could reduce sugar content of sour drinks, say scientists

Does the 'miracle berry' have potential for sweet success in reducing the sugar content of sour drinks, as Brazilian researchers suggest, or like its name is it too good to...

Time to cap trans fats in Europe, ENVI politicians tell Commission

Health and food safety politicians today backed a motion for a resolution to protect the health of Europeans by setting legal limits on the use of artificial trans fats....

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...


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.

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