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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?

Added fructose is key driver of type 2 diabetes, warn experts

Added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes and should be ‘drastically’ reduced, according to leading researchers.

Kokumi compounds could aid fat reduction: Ajinomoto study

The use of ‘kokumi’ substances could improve the taste of low-fat foods, aiding efforts to reduce levels of fat and calories in foods, say researchers from Japanese firm Ajinomoto.

Not so sweet: ‘Surprising’ sugar spike in UK breakfast cereals, mostly in own label

Sugar content has risen in a fifth of UK ready-to-eat breakfast cereals since 2012 with the largest spikes coming from retail own brands, finds Action on Sugar research....

STUDY TRACKED 5,500 US GIRLS FROM 1996-2001

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to earlier period onset in teen girls and thus higher breast cancer risk

Harvard researchers say that teenage girls who regularly quaff drinks with added sugars tend to start their menstrual periods earlier in life than those who don’t, which increases their later...

Sugar intakes 'decreasing' or 'stable' globally, report finds

Dietary sugars intakes are decreasing or stable in most countries, according to a data review of ten European countries, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

Is it possible to change the belief that unhealthy food is tastier?

Efforts to shift food choices toward healthier options often fail because there is a perceived conflict between health and taste, according to a new study.

Legal loopholes allowing ‘junk food’ ads to kids must be closed: British Heart Foundation

There is an urgent need in the UK to close legal loopholes that allow the promotion of unhealthy foods and drinks to children online and on TV, according to the...

BEVERAGE BITES: 19/01/15-23/01/15

Refresco Gerber under hammer for $1.7bn, Coke splashes cash on London Eye

Here’s what made the headlines during the working week commencing Monday January 19 2015, in our new section Beverage Bites, which brings you the best bite-sized beverage news.

Partnership to tap unexplored potential in seaweed extracts

French firm Eviagenics has partnered with Chilean seaweed specialist Gelymar to produce new and traditional seaweed-derived ingredients for the European market.

Voluntary public health measures 'can only go so far’: UK Responsibility Deal chair

We need a strong portfolio of voluntary and mandatory measures to tackle the huge burden of diet-related diseases, according to the chair of the UK Responsibility Deal food network....

Cancer risk study suggests meat and sugar are bad, while plants are good

Research investigating the effect of different dietary patterns on colorectal cancer risk has found that meat-based diets and those rich in sugar are associated with increased risks, while diets that...

Study suggesting salt intake is ‘less of a risk’ for the elderly is flawed, say experts

New research has suggested that salt intake is not linked to mortality or heart disease risk in older people, however experts have said the study flawed and the findings do...

Red sky at night: Coca-Cola lambasted for London Eye sponsorship

Public health campaigners have criticised Coca-Cola's sponsorship of tourist attraction the London Eye, saying this could exacerbate sugar consumption and related health issues. 

WHO urges national dietary targets to cut preventable deaths

The World Health Organisation has outlined potential strategies to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including junk food taxes and cutting salt intakes.

News in brief

Food Standards Scotland jumps final hurdle

The Food (Scotland) Bill to set up a stand-alone body in the country has passed into law.

Oxford Farming Conference

Promote health benefits or risk political sidelining

The food industry must promote about its health benefits or risk being sidelined in the lead-up to the General Election in May, according to the chairman of the Oxford Farming...

UK Labour party pledges cap on salt, sugar and fat in foods aimed at children

If elected, a UK Labour government will introduce limits on the levels of fat, salt and sugar that manufacturers are allowed to include in food marketed towards children.

What are industry’s science and technology needs?

Food fraud, healthy diets and sustainability are among the issues needing innovation in science and technology, according to a major survey from Campden BRI.

Intense sweeteners have no proven nutritional value, says French authority

Recommending intense sweeteners as a way to reduce sugar intakes cannot be justified as a public health strategy, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)...

Sugar disquiet to hurt Europe’s candy market

The European sugar confectionery market is forecast to decline in the next few years as regulators and consumers consider the impact of sugar on public health, according to a report...

Government backing of Asda sugar target 'sad day for public health'

Asda’s promise to reduce added sugar in some of its own brand drinks this year is a positive step forward – but it also reveals the chaotic approach to sugar...

Consumer insights: Study puts front of pack labelling under the spotlight

Parents often make unhealthy choices as a result of misleading initial impressions from front-of-pack information, according to new research.

Sugar low: “The use of such a health claim would convey a conflicting and confusing message..."

Glucose health claims: EFSA says yes; EC says no (and closes door)

Five glucose health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) back in 2012 have been officially banned by the European Commission due to concerns over what they would say to...

UK lack of calorie awareness 'deeply concerning', says British Heart Foundation

Around two thirds of people in the UK do not know how many calories an average person needs to maintain a healthy weight, according to a survey commissioned by two...

No juice brand is an island: UK firms must see export markets as more than ‘side’ business

Exports of UK fruit and vegetable juice have increased by about 40% since 2010 - but the country must shake its island mentality if it wants this growth to continue,...

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