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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?

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...

Lobbyists: Popcorn’s ‘health’ claims ‘misleading’

Popcorn manufacturers are pumping too much salt into their products, while leading consumers to believe they are a healthy snack, campaigners have claimed.

Academics seek industry partners for electrospun nanofiber delivery

UK-based researchers are seeking industry collaboration and inspiration for work creating electrospun nanofibres that could provide improved products and ingredient delivery systems for foods.

DuPont and Gelita apply for bowel and joint health claims

DuPont Nutrition and Gelita have filed health claim applications for bowel and joint health. 

Breaking consumer ties with junk food brands could backfire

Consumers' affinity with beloved junk food brands can be strong – but trying to weaken it may be counter-productive by reducing preferences for healthy foods, say scientists.

Brain hormone could help distinguish sugar and zero calorie sweeteners

Fruit flies have a set of neurones that fire only when they encounter real sugar – triggering the release of a hormone that is not released when they eat a...

UK has 'moral responsibility' to limit EU sugar reform damage

The end of EU sugar beet quotas could worsen the obesity crisis and damage the livelihoods of sugar cane growers and producers – and as an ex-colonial power Britain has...

Organic growth: What drove Wessanen to cut 90% of its revenue?

Wessanen has undergone a huge transformation over the past 15 years in its goal to become Europe’s largest healthy and sustainable food company – and has cut its revenue by...

Coca-Cola Enterprises pledges to cut calories by 10% by 2020

Coca-Cola Enterprises is positioning itself as ‘part of the solution to obesity,’ as it pledges to reduce calories by 10% per litre across its beverage portfolio in the next five...

Flavour delivery particle can cut sugar by half – and is cheaper than sugar

A proprietary carrier particle can reduce sugar content and calories by more than 50%  – without a loss in sweetness or a rise in costs, says Israeli company DouxMatok.

Daily sugary drink habit linked to liver disease

Consumption of a sugar-sweetened drink on a daily basis may be associated with an increased risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), say researchers.

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TNO and Wageningen seek industry partners for healthier foods

TNO and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research (FBR) are looking for food industry partners to change existing foods’ fat, sugar, salt and protein levels while retaining quality perception, or...

Sugar reformulation failure like slow poisoning of nation, says UK health chief

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) CEO says failing to reformulate products to reduce added sugars would be like slow food poisoning of the nation.

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Ukraine basing nutrition plan on EU platform

The Ukraine government is assessing a draft resolution to improve the country’s nutrition based on EU actions.

Campden BRI: Reduced-sugar oat bars possible thanks to beta-glucan

Sugar binders in oat bars can be removed completely if certain process adjustments are made to leverage beta-glucan as the binding agent, says the bakery science manager at Campden BRI.

Special edition: Innovations in better-for-you confectionery

'Big guys' could explore low-glycemic sweetener for chocolate, says Beneo

Ingredients supplier Beneo says obesity concerns may convince mainstream chocolate makers to swap sucrose for low-glycemic and tooth friendly sugar isomaltulose.

Fructose in the firing line: Study warns of weight gain and increased body fat compared to glucose

When compared to the same amount of glucose, consuming fructose could cause ‘significant’ weight gain, physical inactivity, and body fat deposition, say researchers.

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