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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?

Sugar tax divides the industry, campaigners claim

The UK’s food and drink industry might not be as fiercely opposed to a tax on sugary beverages as industry representatives claim, according to a new survey.

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WASH slams breakfast cereal makers for higher sugar content in developing markets

WASH, the World Action on Salt and Health, has hit out at discrepancies in the sugar and salt levels found in the same cereal brand sold in different countries.

Findings point to risk from saturated fats outside some reduction guidelines

Harvard-Unilever study confirms link between sat fats, heart disease & importance of reformulation

There is an association between intakes of individual saturated fats and the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new analysis of data that underlines the importance of switching...

High-fat teenage diet linked to mental disorders in later life

A high-fat diet may have consequences on mental health in later life, according to a recent mouse study. "A careful nutritional balance during this sensitive period is pivotal," says the lead researcher....

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

News in brief

New FoodConnects partnership to tackle global food challenges

FoodConnects, a consortium of 50 industry and academic institutions from 13 different countries, has been selected by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to tackle global food challenges...

Europe sweetens its NPD with low sugar launches

From soft drinks to yoghurts, snack bars to jams, the low sugar and sugar-free drive is spreading across categories in Europe. We take a look at some of the stand-out...

Can aspartame prevent weight loss? Sugar substitute hinders enzyme, says study

A biological process to explain why aspartame does not promote weight loss has been proposed by US researchers, who found the sugar substitute promoted weight gain in mice. 

A spoonful of sugar? Teens consume a bathtub full a year through sugary drinks

Teenagers in the UK consume around 77 litres of sugary drinks every year – enough to fill a bathtub, according to "shocking" results of a survey.

DOLCE consortium adds two food categories

Research into sugar reduction in food and beverages has been given a boost with the inclusion of two major food categories in DOLCE.

Mission possible: Most reformulation does not impact consumer acceptance

The majority of reformulation to lower levels of sugar, salt and fat has no impact on consumer acceptance or willingness to pay, says a new EU-backed study.

Healthy breakfast may prevent childhood obesity

Missing breakfast and a lack of sleep both appear to accurately predict whether a child will become overweight or obese in later life, a University College London (UCL) study has...

Commission’s anticipated nano definition delayed

The European Commission’s much-anticipated definition of engineered nanomaterial has been pushed back, but is still expected this year.  

5-c creator Serge Hercberg on nutrition logos, lobbies and conflicts of interest

France’s ‘five colour’ logo is effective, easily understood and does not discriminate against foods such as cheese or crisps - but the food lobby is determined to block it, says...

Most soft drinks on sale exceed daily sugar limit, warns study

Over half of the soft drinks available in supermarkets exceed the recommended daily amount for an adult’s sugar consumption, as a study identifies ginger beer as containing the most sugar....

#WorldDiabetesDay #WDD

World Diabetes Day: 1000 actions to help 400+m people

Nearly 1000 actions – from screenings to policy statements to conferences and diet and lifestyle change promotion – are underway in 130+ countries as part of World Diabetes Day.

Food futures: TasteClouds, virtual food & EMS drive taste & texture development

Research that digitises the taste sensation to create ‘virtual flavour and texture,’ may prove to be of benefit to those on specialised diets or looking to reduce the amount of...

'Let me be frank: No other broad certification scheme for a sustainable agricultural crop goes as far as RSPO for palm oil.'

United Plantations chief defends RSPO

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is battling a number of issues, from its own members adding 'palm oil-free labels' on product packaging to calls at an EU level...

Lucozade Ribena Suntory to cut sugar content of portfolio by 50%

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is reformulating all its drinks to contain less than 4.5g of total sugar per 100ml. 

Over half kids' food on Spanish TV use health halo claims: Research

Over half of all food products marketed to children on Spanish television make some kind of nutrition or health claim but many of these products are unhealthy, say researchers calling for...

Sugar giants pull trigger on research group

Sugar Nutrition UK: Born 1964, died 2016

50 year-old industry funded research body Sugar Nutrition UK has disbanded citing the need for sugar science to go global.

FOODNAVIGATOR EXCLUSIVE

Cargill invests €35m to broaden European sweetener choices

Ingredients giant Cargill will invest €35m to expand its sweetener options throughout Europe in anticipation of strict sugar production quotas that will end in 2017. 

Ireland's salt intake is falling - but still too high

There have been “significant reductions” in salt intake among the Irish population thanks to voluntary industry efforts, says the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) - but intake is still more than...

Tesco reduces sugar in own brand soft drinks

UK supermarket giant Tesco has reduced the sugar content in its own brand soft drink portfolio, with the reformulated beverages hitting the shelves this week. 

Mintel's top European trends for 2017 - and the firms already following them

Mintel has picked out its top trends for 2017 - a must for food and drink manufacturers wishing to stay ahead of the curve. FoodNavigator takes a look at some them....

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