Barilla’s chocolate hazelnut spread is palm oil-free, contains less saturated fat than Nutella, and according to Euromonitor analyst Emil Fazira, threatens Fererro’s stronghold in Italy’s bread spread market.
Dutch start-up Koupe makes a sugar, fat and calorie-reduced ice cream with added protein and fibre, which founder Jaco Pieper says appeals to “people that love ice cream, and are looking for additional health benefits”.
In a bid to raise awareness around portion sizes and encourage people to eat more balanced diets, the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) today (14 January) launched a portion size guide, Find Your Balance.
The UK’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched a public consultation on the government’s plans to restrict promotions of food and drink products that are high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS).
Recommendations for healthy eating based on sustainable food choices have been published by the World Health Organization (WHO): “Food manufacturers have a big role at all levels,” says the director of nutrition for health and development.
The nationwide strategy, which aims to reduce sugar, fats, and salt content in finished food products to promote healthy eating and reduce obesity levels, has received criticism for its voluntary approach.
Momentum is growing behind calls to impose fiscal sanctions on unhealthy foods. And while such stringent action is not on the immediate horizon that could change if the food industry fails to step up its efforts on reformulation.
Studies investigating the potential health benefits of non-sugar sweeteners have failed to reveal “compelling” evidence linking the product with weight loss and improved health, say European researchers.
Manufacturers and retailers have achieved “a mixed picture” on UK salt reduction targets, according to a government report, although there has been clear progress in cutting salt since targets were first set in 2006.
The United Nations adopted a draft resolution on improving global nutrition last week. Calling for a focus on improved education to combat obesity, the agency remained silent on the key issues of taxation and nutritional labelling.