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Latvia becomes latest EU country to ban trans fats

Latvia becomes latest EU country to ban trans fats

By Niamh Michail

Latvia has banned the use of trans fats in domestically produced and imported food, joining ranks with Austria, Hungary and Denmark - but campaigners are pushing for an EU-wide ban.

The marketing of food that is high in fat, sugar and salt has been linked to increased child obesity - but food and drink companies disagree.

Readers' Survey

The big debate: Marketing junk food to children

By Niamh Michail

Marketing 'junk' food to children is raising blood pressure all round - and that's just the debate. FoodNavigator looks at some of the arguments that have been made in recent years and asks you, the reader, what you think.

Heinz drops healthy claim from sugary baby food

By Niamh Michail

Heinz has removed the word ‘healthy’ from adverts for sugary biscotti for babies – but the campaigner who filed the complaint has slammed the powerlessness of advertising regulators and impunity of Heinz as the word will remain on the packaging.

Source: Oldways Whole Grains Council

Assessing whole grains consumption: Part 2

Consumer confusion about gluten is a double-edge sword for whole grains

By Elizabeth Crawford

Ongoing consumer interest in gluten-free foods has opened a door for less common ancient grains to step into the limelight that wheat, rye and barley have dominated for so long. But at the same time, lingering consumer confusion about the exact definition...

“The food we eat is now the biggest cause of ill health through its high salt, fat and sugar content added by the food industry,

Salt intake directly linked to obesity: CASH

By Niamh Michail

There is a direct link between salt intake and obesity, says 1200-strong CASH study – but health experts say the findings should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Have you got what it takes to lead a global online B2B publication in the $600bn bakery, snacks and cereals market?

Job Advert

Could it be you? BakeryandSnacks seeks new editor

By Oliver Nieburg

BakeryandSnacks, the leading global trade publication for manufacturers in the bakery, snacks and cereal is seeking a new editor to take it to the next level.

As Maggi affair nears a conclusion, questions need to be asked

Analysis

As Maggi affair nears a conclusion, questions need to be asked

By RJ Whitehead

Over the last few days it feels like we’ve written about little more than the Maggi noodles affair in India. Thankfully it is now reaching a conclusion. But still it raises some vitally important questions that must surely be addressed.

Maggi action: The latest monsoon in a chai cup

Editorial

Maggi action: The latest monsoon in a chai cup

By RJ Whitehead

Reactionary and radical moves by politicians and administrators who like to ride roughshod over common sense are unexceptional occurrences in India. 

Sweden to inform future children's nutrition policy with 3,000-strong survey

Sweden to take 2-day snapshot of kids’ diets

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Swedish Food Authority (NFA) will look at what 3,000 children eat and drink over two days as part of a study into the diets of the country's youth. 

There is emerging evidence that the timing of food intake plays a much more important role in metabolism than previously thought, say researchers.

Night snacking woes: Is food timing is key to weight loss?

By Nathan Gray

There is a lack of top level evidence to support the notion that eating ‘little and often’ is beneficial for metabolism and weight loss, say researchers who warn that more robust clinical data that also accounts for meal timing is needed.

Consumers are highly susceptible to the symbolic information that food marketers may specifically use on labelling to promote their products, write the researchers.

The power of symbolic wording on a food label

By Niamh Michail

Symbolic information on a food label can change the perception of a product – even when consumers are aware that this perception is false, write researchers.

Almonds only grow in Mediterranean climate zones, like California

How is Californian drought affecting almond supply?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

California provides 83% of the world’s almonds, but drought is affecting supply. FoodNavigator spoke to the Almond Board of California about how the industry is tackling water shortages – and why so much of the world is reliant on Californian almonds.

‘Added phosphate’ linked to spikes in blood levels

‘Added phosphate’ linked to spikes in blood levels

By Nathan Gray

Phosphates that are artificially added to foods like dairy and cereal products appear to cause bigger spikes in blood phosphorus levels than naturally occurring phosphates, potentially putting harmful stress on kidneys, say researchers.

Combining protein sources for better flavour and lower cost could hold future potential, Mintel said

What’s next for protein?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Meat and dairy consumption has fallen from favour in many European countries and consumers are increasingly on the lookout for foods and drinks high in plant-based protein, according to Mintel analysts.

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