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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?

EFSA rejects Cargill’s health claim on erythritol and dental health

Cargill cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship between eating sugar-free candy sweetened with at least 90% erythritol and a reduced risk of dental caries, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said.

Receipt-based traffic light system could aid in making healthier food choices

Food receipts that use the traffic light system to display nutritional information for multiple items could transform current shopping choices into more health-conscious ones, a UK study thinks.

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Stevia-based flavour modifier cuts need for expensive cocoa and vanilla

Stevia supplier Pure Circle has developed a stevia-based flavour modifier that enhances vanilla and cocoa flavours as well as sweetening.

Long-fibre prebiotics show promising sweetness, say scientists

How to keep things sweet without adding calories – is it a Holy Grail or could UK scientists have found a solution thanks to long-fibre prebiotics?

Lithuania moves to cap industrial trans fats

Lithuania has drawn up a draft law that will limit the amount of industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFAs) to a maximum limit of 2 g per 100 g of...

Tax big but spend wisely, finds research on sugar levies

Health taxes that add 20% to the price of products are likely to be effective, but policymakers need to be transparent about where revenues end up, according to new research.

Ajinomoto 'disappointed' with EFSA glutamate opinion as EU says it will consider maximum levels

Umami seasoning supplier Ajinomoto is "disappointed" Europe's food safety authority has called for regulations capping MSG and glutamate additives in food, as the Commission confirms it will consider setting maximum...

DSM on bringing fermented stevia to Europe: 'There could be an advantage in being first'

DSM is seeking approval to sell fermented stevia in Europe. We caught up with the director of its stevia platform to discuss how it could be labelled, consumer acceptance and when...

Kerry innovation chief talks investment, R&D and working with start-ups

Following Kerry Group's $220 million (€193m) investment into research and development (R&D) last year, what's next for ingredient innovation at the Irish company? We caught up with the firm's Chief Innovation Officer....

Sugar in pregnancy linked to childhood asthma and allergy

High intake of sugar during pregnancy could increase risk of childhood allergy and allergic asthma, according to a new large-scale study.

Nestlé pledges to cut sugar by 10% in UK breakfast cereals

Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between General Mills and Nestlé, has announced it will further reduce the sugar content in its Nestlé-branded cereals in the UK over the next...

Estonia gives green light to tax sugared soft drinks

The Estonian Parliament are to introduce a levy to limit the consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks to try to rein in rising cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease...

Tougher advertising rules for marketing unhealthy foods at children come in to effect tomorrow

Strict rules banning adverts for high in fat, salt and sugar products in all children’s media come into effect tomorrow (Saturday 1 July), after numerous health campaigners called for tougher...

No meat and less salt: Salt of the Earth’s Mediterranean Umami is changing the meat alternative space

A sodium-reduction solution that mimics the taste of meat has been created by Israeli supplier, Salt of the Earth Ltd.

Study uncovers the truth behind work stress, sleep and junk food habits

Psychological experiences at work can shape eating habits and sleeping patterns, according to a recently published study.

‘Short term’ weight control approaches call for new interventions: Cochrane reviews

Standard approaches to children’s weight management are small, short-term fixes, according to two Cochrane reviews, with calls to introduce new anti-obesity approaches or interventions.

Estonia sugar drink tax includes dairy and plant-based beverages

At an extraordinary session of Estonia’s government, the Riigikogu, last week, 15 new Acts were passed, including a sugar tax that includes dairy beverages.

Sugar tax study: compelling evidence to carry out 'fascinating experiment in public health policy'

Overweight and obese children tend to drink more sugar-sweetened drinks than those of normal weight, making a “compelling case” for taxing the beverages, according to researchers in Ireland.

Sugar-free quinoa breakfast cereal finds success as creative consumers blur categories

A breakfast cereal made from French popped quinoa with a one-word ingredient list (quinoa - and that's it) is finding success as consumers use it for croutons and salad toppings thanks...

Child weight gain linked to diet beverage intake during pregnancy, study claims

Children born to women who drank at least one artificially sweetened beverage per day during pregnancy, were more likely to be overweight or obese in later life, a study claims.

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Bayn to extend sweetener reach in Norway with distribution deal

Swedish supplier Bayn has inked a distribution deal with Norwegian flavour firm Storms for its range of sugar-reducing ingredients.

Unpopular laws needed to revamp stores in favour of healthy products, experts claim

Enhancing the position of healthy products and relying on consumers to make “good decisions” won’t be enough to tackle rising levels of obesity, researchers in Scotland have claimed.

EU health ministers criticise efforts to tackle obesity and call for more regulation

Europe’s health ministers have called for tougher laws on advertising of junk food to children, especially online and via social media.

A 10% fruit and vegetable subsidy can save lives, new study finds

Fruit and vegetable subsidies can literally save lives, according to researchers at the University of Liverpool, who analysed how different food policy models may reduce deaths caused by cardiovascular disease...

Sweden’s Real Stevia to bring sweetener back to its roots with Paraguayan plant

Swedish supplier The Real Stevia Company will open a processing plant in the sweetener's native Paraguay, adding to its portfolio an 'origin' stevia that is sustainably sourced and Paraguayan from farm...

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