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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.

Financial reward only helps stop bad eating habits

By Tracy West

Giving people money to encourage healthier lifestyles only works in the longer term when designed to stop negative behaviour rather than promote positive choices, suggests research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

“Surprisingly, findings show that strategies used to save money – such as buying groceries in bulk, monthly shopping trips, preference for supermarkets and cooking from scratch – actually end up generating more food waste,” wrote the team.

Researchers take aim at food-waste in the home

By Nathan Gray

The top causes of food waste in homes include buying too much, preparing in abundance, unwillingness to consume leftovers, and improper food storage, say researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.

Raw food on the rise

Raw food on the rise

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The trend toward raw foods is being driven by a growing group of consumers looking for ‘clean food’ – not just those who consider themselves raw foodists, says Teresa Havrlandova, founder of raw food firm Lifefood.

EFSA's final scientific opinion on acrylamide in food said the highest dietary contributor for adults was fried potato products like French fries

EFSA stands by acrylamide cancer concerns

By Kacey Culliney

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its final opinion on acrylamide in food, reconfirming previous evaluations that it increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all age groups.

85% of fruit snack products analysed by Action on Sugar contained more sugar than Haribo Starmix sweets

Kids’ fruit snacks criticised for high sugar content

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Many fruit snacks aimed at children contain more sugar than confectionery – but could be misconstrued as ‘healthy’ because of their association with real fruit, according to pressure group Action on Sugar.

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