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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?

Food choices linked to ‘plasticity genes’ and child upbringing

The interaction between genes linked with obesity and environmental upbringing is likely to determine healthy or unhealthy food choices in adult life, Canadian researchers have stated.

Russia considers a tax on palm oil and sugary drinks

The Russian government is considering imposing a tax on palm oil and sugary drinks in a bid to fill state coffers and improve public health, according to reports.

Bacterial molecules found in processed meals could pave way to healthier foods

By identifying and removing bacterial molecules during the production process, manufacturers can make processed foods healthier, according to a study. 

Nutrition data displayed graphically helps consumers make healthier choices

A graphical display of select nutrients has resulted in consumers purchasing healthier, lower-calorie menu items as a meal when ordering in a café setting, a study has shown.

A sweet forecast: Technavio’s outlook for Europe‘s sugar and sweetener market

Stevia price wars, a desire for natural sweeteners and a ‘mega boom’ of sugar production when EU sugar quotas come to an end feature among Technavio’s predictions for Europe’s sugar...

Industrialised food additives raise autoimmune disease risk: Review

The expanding use of industrialised food additives could raise the risk of developing autoimmune diseases (AD), say Israeli and German researchers.

Craving for calories trump taste in brain’s battle for nutrients

The brain rewards calorie content over sweetness, and responds to nutrients and taste in very different ways, according to new animal research published in Nature.

How do different dietary fatty acids influence body fat?

The way in which the body 'distributes' fat may be different depending on the dietary fatty acids consumed as well as genetic factors, Canadian researchers have found. 

WHO report backs a tax on sugary drinks to halt child obesity

A report commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) backs a tax on sugary drinks, mandatory nutrient labelling and restrictions on marketing to children in a bid to tackle the child obesity...

Children’s beliefs and emotional reactions altered by food advertising, paper finds

Food-related advertisements and other marketing communications can have significant and measurable effects on children’s cognitions, emotions, and behaviours, encouraging unhealthy or risky consumption, a review paper has found.

Unilever capping ice cream calories

Unilever has confirmed that from spring this year its entire adult single-serve ice cream range will contain 250 calories or fewer in the UK.

(B)utterly in breach? Ireland cracks down on misleading buttery claims

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued guidance for industry when using terms such as 'buttery' or 'butterly' following complaints that margarine manufacturers were misleading consumers.

Organic food is fuelling the growth of natural preservatives: Report

A growing demand for organic food, coupled with healthy eating trends and a preference for premium products, is driving the growth of the natural food preservatives sector, according to a report....

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Nestlé nutrition expert talks ‘difficult’ task of cutting sugar in confectionery

KitKat maker Nestlé reports progress in reducing sugar across its confectionery portfolio but won’t reformulate to a lower threshold until sugar’s link to obesity and type 2 diabetes is substantiated....

Flavour profiler promises tastier and healthier kiwifruit

The secrets of flavour and reduced-sugar kiwifruits are being unravelled thanks to a new flavour profile tool that helps food manufacturers meet consumer demands for specific health and taste benefits....

‘Obesity time bomb’: FSS proposes sugar tax

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has proposed a sugar tax, tougher reformulation targets and regulation of promotions in order to defuse an obesity “time bomb”.

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European Parliament backs objection to sugary baby food

In a plenary vote today Members of European Parliament (MEPs) called for a rethink of rules that could allow up to 30% sugar content in cereal-based baby foods, which could bring...

Nestlé: Loved and hated in equal measure by NGOs, says report

Swiss giant Nestlé is one of the most praised global corporations by NGOs - but also one of the most criticised food companies in the world, according to a survey...

Obesity places children at higher risk of blood clots, say researchers

A link between obesity and the formation of blood clots in the veins of children and adolescents has been established by researchers for the first time.

The money diet: Spend more on food to be healthier, says 2000-strong study

People who increased the amount they spent on food made healthier choices, ate less energy-dense food and lost weight, which has implications for food taxes and consumer subsidies, say the...

Sesame oil reduces TAG, but not cholesterol: Review

Sesame significantly reduces triacylglycerol (TAG) levels, but does not affect cholesterol, according to a review.  

Unilever, Nestlé & Danone top for global food issues but overall industry performance is poor: Report

The world’s biggest food companies are too slow in reacting to the double burdens of obesity and undernutrition, says a report that ranks 22 multinationals for their performance in marketing,...

only 1/3 objections tabled were backed by the ENVI Committee

MEPs back objections to sugary baby food - but cast off concerns on infant formula

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) accept rules on sugary cereal-based baby food should be revised, but have voted against changing a draft on the marketing of infant formula and medical...

European Parliament committee to vote on three objections

MEP urges rethink on ‘outrageous’ new formula marketing rules

A member of the European Parliament (MEP) has urged fellow politicians to support his objections to new rules on the marketing of baby foods, formulas and foods for special medical...

Online tool shows global scale of obesity-related cancer

The impact of obesity on cancer rates across the world – and how many cases could have been prevented – is made clear with an online data tool, launched by...

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