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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?

World health leaders push for junk food taxes and ad bans

The World Medical Association has lent its weight in support of tough new policies to curb obesity, including taxes on junk food and sugary drinks as well as bans on...

‘A cola that’s one of your 5-a-day? Absolutely!’ Juicy Fuel Cola

Juicy Fuel Cola – a sparkling cola made from fruit juice without added sugar or sweeteners – believes the drink can appeal to anyone who has become disillusioned with the...

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Food flavours could be tailored for vaping to help reduce obesity

Electronic cigarettes with flavoured liquids could help with weight control, according to a commentary co-authored by New Zealand researchers. 

EC called on to fast-track impact assessment

MEPs vote to limit trans fats in EU

MEPs have overwhelmingly voted to adopt a resolution pushing for a European limit on industrially produced trans fats, something industry has said it supports at 2%.

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Stevia sector says imminent EU law changes will sweeten NPD

An amendment to the EU food additives regulation has removed the requirement for stevia blends to contain at least 75% stevioside or reb A, giving food and beverage manufacturers scope...

Under-12s seeing 88% fewer ads for non-nutritious products, says industry

Game over for food marketing to kids, says consumer group

Food and drink companies need to turn their words on marketing to children into action, says European consumer rights group BEUC, as it calls 'game over' on marketing unhealthy food...

Sensory satisfaction seduces people to choose smaller portions

It’s a case of quality over quantity as research suggests people will pay more for smaller portions if the food can successfully appeal to their sense of taste, smell and...

Eurobesity bulges to 1 in 6

The Maltese and Latvians are the fattest Europeans in a continent where 1 in 6 are now rated obese, according to a survey that found age and education were key factors.

A couple of sugary drinks daily ‘doubles diabetes risk,’ study shows

The choice between artificially sweetened and sugared soft drinks does not seem to make a difference in the onset of chronic conditions such as diabetes, according to Swedish research. 

Preventing child obesity ‘starts in the previous generation,’ say leading researchers

The chances that a child will become obese in later life are largely determined before they are even conceived, as researchers believe parent’s health is key to tackling obesity in...

SIAL, Paris 2016

Valio ValSa contains 50% less salt than ordinary margarine spreads and cheeses

Valio lactose free milk powders; sodium reduced Valio ValSa cheese and spread; Play children’s yogurts with less sugar and Valio Better light spread have been recognized by SIAL for its...

FoodDrinkEurope promotes healthy eating with new website

Industry trade group FoodDrinkEurope has launched a new website to highlight industry efforts to promote healthier lifestyles. 

Scots call for reformulation as majority admit they ignore advice

The majority of Scottish consumers say they have clear advice on what they should and shouldn’t be eating but many tend to ignore it, according to new research.

More calories consumed from alcoholic drinks than soft drinks: Euromonitor

Up to four times more calories are consumed in alcoholic drinks than in soft drinks, according to data released by Euromonitor today. 

X-ray fat for formulation wins?

Food scientists are X-raying fats in a bid to understand how saturated and trans-fats can be replaced by healthier versions without compromising taste or texture.

A winning formula? Free-from snacks are safest bet for food start-ups

Food and beverage start-ups that bring to market on-the-go snacks or beverages with a ‘free-from’ positioning have the best chance of success, whilst dairy concepts face the greatest risk of...

Proposals outlining a tax on sugared drinks endorsed by WHO

Mounting evidence suggests the introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is justified as a way to lower intake and reduce cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Spanish kids need to banish trans-fats: Study

Kids in Spain are eating too many trans-fatty acids (TFA), say researchers, with lifestyle factors playing a role.

‘No reason to believe worldwide obesity targets will be met by 2025’: Report

Around 268 million children aged 5-17 years may be overweight by 2025, according to a report, which identifies 91 million of these individuals as clinically obese. 

The conversation on #WorldObesityDay: What is needed to tackle childhood obesity?

World Obesity Day aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the challenge of obesity, and share national experiences of campaigning that works. We bring you best of the conversation from social...

Healthier fat benefits ‘cancelled out' by stressful events, study suggests

Stress has the effect of reducing the benefits of eating healthier fats, as a study identifies its impact and links to diet and inflammation.

Fat or sugar? Genes may have the deciding vote

Along with taste, appearance, smell and texture, food choice may also be genetic as a study identifies biology as a factor in preferring foods high in either fat or sugar.

Sweet success: TINE's nutrition chief on its million-kilo sugar cut

Over the past ten years, Norwegian dairy and cereal manufacturer TINE has cut one million kilos of sugar from its products each year. We spoke to the company's head of...

Dutch salt survey shows industry is failing on overall reduction targets

Dutch people are still “well above” recommended levels for salt as industry meets salt reduction targets for some foods but not others, according to a recent survey.

Obesity a ‘solvable worldwide pandemic,’ says professor

The UK has the means and the motivation to become the first nation to solve the problem of obesity, according to one academic - but will it act?

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