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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?

No accounting for taste? Scientists get one step closer to rating food palatability

New insights into the science of taste and how changes in taste receptors determine the way we perceive food have been gathered in a study carried out by Japanese researchers.

The sugar-fat seesaw: Sugar focus undermines fat threat posed in obesity fight

Concentrating health advice only on sugar is likely to misinform consumers and downscale the urgent need to also reduce fat-derived calories, a paper has suggested.

Call for UK to bulk up childhood obesity strategy in wake of leaked plans

Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to revise its childhood obesity strategy, alleging that leaked draft documents show plans do not go far enough.

Calorie-restricted diet reduces onset of age-related diseases, study claims

Reducing the amount of calories eaten has been shown in healthy individuals to reduce inflammation – the precursor to many age-related diseases such as heart disease and dementia.

Groups rally to defend UK dietary guide after attacks by 'interested industry'

Over twenty health, consumer and professional organisations have joined together in support of the UK’s Eatwell guide following attacks by “maverick commentators and interested industry with an axe to grind”....

Artificial sweeteners may cause cravings for the real thing: Study

Sugar alternatives may actually increase an individual’s appetite for real sugar by interfering with the way glucose is used in the body, a study has found.

Put the sugar tax on hold after Brexit, says FDF

Industry group, the Food and Drink Federation, has called for the UK's sugar tax to be put on hold due to the economic fragility of the post-Brexit environment - but...

South Africa sets out sugar tax plans

South Africa’s National Treasury has published proposals for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, and is inviting comment on the plans. 

Beneo sets out R&D priorities with €4.6m lab investment

German ingredients supplier Beneo and Belgian sugar producer Raffinerie Tirlemontoise have invested nearly €5m in research and development (R&D) at its Belgian laboratory facility.

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 

Phantom fullness: It’s not the calories that count, it’s consistency

A thick, low-calorie milkshake will leave you feeling fuller than one that is high in calories but thin – a finding that could have the potential to help people lower...

Lower risk of death linked to higher unsaturated fat intake: Study

Consuming higher amounts of unsaturated fats may lower the risk of death, according to a Harvard study.

Could Omega-6 rich oils lessen trans fat health issues?

The type of unsaturated fat used alongside trans-fats in food could play a role in modifying negative effects, a new study suggests.

Comment

Caffeine claim calamity should give nutrient profiles wings

The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, with a report expected in spring 2017. Yet with the caffeine claim fiasco...

Butter may not be as bad for the heart as previously thought: Review

Eating butter has no effect on raising cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and may even have protective effects against diabetes, according to a review.

Nestlé renews successful salt reduction collaboration with Chromocell

Nestlé has renewed its collaboration with US-based life sciences firm Chromocell to cut salt levels in its global portfolio, after investing nearly €12 million in 2012.

EFSA panel adopts energy conversion factor for sweetener D-tagatose – consultant calls for guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted a draft opinion on the energy conversion factor for 'functional sweetener' D-tagatose, meaning its calorie count can be listed on product labels.

Will Italy also debate a sugar and sat fat tax?

A small group of Italian politicians have presented a bill to the Senate proposing a tax on sugary and diet drinks as well as palm oil and industrial trans fats...

News in brief

Nordic 5 ask EFSA to help set intake limits for added sugar

Five Nordic countries have asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) whether new evidence means limits for added sugar intakes could now be set.

Nestlé: Reformulation could stall without EU-wide nutrition strategy

Europe must accelerate efforts to introduce a “holistic nutrition policy”, complete with targets in relation to reformulation, marketing and labelling.

France creates new ice cream trade group

Nestlé, Unilever and General Mills are among the founding members of France's new ice-cream industry group.

Taking a bite out of calorie-counting: New app helps users lose weight

Wearable technology that provides feedback on meal behaviour could help people lose weight as research has revealed the effectiveness of a new interactive tool in monitoring food intake.

Don't give children palm oil, says Italian consumer group

After finding that 12 kids' food products from Nestlé, Barilla, Ferrero and Danone contain high levels of carcinogen 3-MCPD, Italian consumer group Altroconsumo is calling on parents to stop giving products that...

Nestlé goes green, clean and lean with environment and health targets

Half of Nestlé UK & Ireland’s electricity will soon come from a new wind farm located in the Scottish borders.

EU sugar sector must retain strategic importance after reform: report

The liberalisation of the EU sugar market next year must be accompanied by market measures to maintain sugar beet production and allow the sector to retain its strategic importance, according...

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