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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?

Targeting salt reduction in low and middle income countries

Policy makers and industry must work together to develop and achieve salt reduction targets in countries with developing economies, say researchers.

Introducing oleogustus: Fat ‘confirmed’ as sixth basic taste

Research demonstrating that fatty acids have a taste sensation that is distinct from other basic tastes ‘confirms’ that fat is the sixth basic taste, say researchers.

Top food companies to provide £3.7m for diet-related research

Fourteen leading UK food and drink companies have united to help fund six research projects that aim to tackle diet-related health problems.

Mid-calorie concept goes mainstream – and beyond drinks

Consumers and industry have embraced the mid-calorie concept in drinks and are starting to look at its relevance in other product categories, according to stevia supplier PureCircle.

Sugary drinks linked to type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity: Meta analysis

Sugary drinks may cause type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity – and artificially-sweetened drinks or fruit juice are not necessarily healthier alternatives, according to new research.

Growing minis capacity: Mars to invest $109m to expand Dutch plant

Mars plans to expand capacity at its Veghel plant over the next 10 years to produce miniature versions of its brands as Western Europeans limit their calorie intake.

Sweet taste perception may be (partly) genetic

Some people may perceive sweet tastes as weaker than others – perhaps leading them to add more sugar or sweetener to gain the same level of sweetness, new research suggests.

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

SACN report

Twitterati: industry should lower sugar after SACN

Manufacturers must do more to help consumers halve their overall energy intake from free-sugars to less than 5%, commentators on Twitter have urged after the release of the Scientific Advisory...

Souring on sweet: How sugar health concerns are spurring sour flavours

Ongoing consumer concern about sugar consumption means some consumers are turning away from sweet tastes altogether, according to market research organisation Mintel.

UK soft drinks tax would cut calorie intake by a ‘mere 4 calories a day,’ argues industry body

The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for a soft drink tax in the UK, but an industry body says targeting a single category is ‘misguided and unlikely to prove...

Are low-calorie sweeteners helpful for weight loss? The answer may depend on study design…

Lack of media differentiation between different study designs has helped warp public perception of low- and no-calorie sweeteners, according to registered dietitian and diabetes educator Hope Warshaw.

European Cardiology Society urges EU trans fat ban

The European Cardiology Society (ECS) has urged European policymakers to follow the United States’ lead and ban the use of artificial trans fats in the EU.

One-third of Germans question stevia's healthiness

Germany is a leading market for stevia-derived sweeteners in Europe – but more education is needed to further boost its usage, according to Mintel.

EFSA health claims

Table salt replacer not proven to lower blood pressure

EFSA has rejected a German health claim submission that a table salt replacer could significantly lower blood pressure even though a clinical trial showed significant results.

The psychology of the adventurous - and unadventurous - eater

Neophiles, foodies or adventurous eaters? There may not be one catch-all term but adventurous eaters share common personality and lifestyle traits – allowing researchers to identify ways to get the...

Force companies to reformulate and save thousands of lives: study

Mandatory salt reduction is the most effective way to reduce health inequalities and could save up to 4,500 lives in England each year, say scientists.

Increased calorie availability ‘more than enough’ to explain obesity epidemic, says WHO bulletin report

Increases in the food energy supply in many countries of the world, leading to a higher availability of cheap energy-dense foods, is more than enough to explain a concurrent increase...

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide: Global prevention plans needed, say researchers

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research, which warns of an urgent need for strong global prevention programs.

Sugary drinks duty of 20% could lead to 2,400 fewer diabetes cases, says study

A 20% duty on sugary drinks in England could result in 2,400 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,700 fewer cases of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to...

Fatty and sugary foods linked to lower cognitive functions: Mouse data

A diet rich in fat and sugar could cause changes in the make up of our gut bacteria, which in turn lead to losses of cognitive functions, suggest researchers.

Do consumers prefer low sugar or no sugar? It depends on the product…

Almost two-thirds of global consumers are concerned about sugar intake – but the choice between low-sugar and sugar-free depends on the food or drink category, according to a new report...

Fructose could lead to lower brain reward than glucose

Fructose may lead to overeating by creating fewer reward signals in the brain, suggests a small pilot study published in PLOS ONE.

Meal replacement regulation should consider consumers not just science: SNE

Any new regulation on total meal replacements should consider consumer expectations of taste and cost, not just science, says trade group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE).

Financial reward only helps stop bad eating habits

Giving people money to encourage healthier lifestyles only works in the longer term when designed to stop negative behaviour rather than promote positive choices, suggests research from the London School...

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