Obesity Debate

Half of UK consumers don't know what constitutes as one serving of snacks, claims a new survey

Half of Britons admit to snack serving size confusion

By James Ridler

More than half of UK consumers admit to not knowing what constitutes a single serving of snacks such as crisps, revealed a new survey commissioned by gluten-free snack manufacturer Wellaby’s.

Nestlé plans a 10% reduction in sugar in its breakfast cereals by 2018

Nestlé plans cereal sugar cuts by 10%

By James Ridler

Nestlé plans to cut sugar in its breakfast cereals by a further 10% by the end of 2018, as it continues to reformulate across its product portfolio.

Barry Gardiner, shadow secretary for international trade, will be part of a top line-up at the 2017 FDF Convention

Brexit

Brexit and obesity on agenda at industry convention

By Rick Pendrous

Shadow secretary for international trade Barry Gardiner will lead a top line-up of speakers at the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) 2017 Convention, which takes place at the British Museum in London on July 11.

The BMA has called for health warnings to be introduced on sugary food packaging

‘More work needed’ after kids’ sugary food ad ban

By Matt Atherton

The ban on adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) was only the first step in reducing childhood obesity, claimed pressure group Sustain, while doctors have called for health warnings on sugary food packaging.

Processed food debate panellists: (l to r) Tamar Haspel, historian Rachel Laudan, Yoni Freedhoff, Chris Mallett and Richard Black

Reports from IFT17

Firms encouraged to ‘invest in healthier products’

By Michael Stones

Risk-averse food manufacturers need encouragement to invest in healthier products, a nutrition consultant and industry insider told a seminar dedicated to processed food at the US Institute of Food Technology (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

Professor Buttriss: ‘The challenge has been to find substitutes that provide the same functionality in food production’

Sat fat replacement research ramps up

By Professor Judy Buttriss

Reducing saturated fat intake has been high on the policy agenda for decades, but the challenge has been to find substitutes that provide the same functionality in food production.

Health benefits: phytosterols can help decrease cholesterol uptake and lower cholesterol in the blood

New plant sterols boost heart health food claims

By Noli Dinkovski

A highly concentrated, water-dispersible source of plant sterols, designed to support cardiovascular health, was unveiled at nutrition show Vitafoods Europe last month.

Sugar tax must be extended beyond soft drinks, says Food Standards Scotland

FSS backs extending sugar tax beyond soft drinks

By Matt Atherton

Advice to extend the sugar tax beyond soft drinks, order the reformulation of products to cut sugar, fat and salt, and lower portion sizes, has won the support of Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Gluten-free breads in particular are shown to have a higher content of saturated fatty acids

Gluten-free foods are typically higher in fat: study

By Noli Dinkovski

Gluten-free products pose an obesity risk to consumers because they typically contain “significantly higher” fat levels than their gluten-containing equivalents, a study has found.

Free school meals are said to be a key weapon in the battle against obesity

Free school meals ‘help in fight against obesity’

By Noli Dinkovski

Obesity levels in children continued to be a “disaster”, but the opportunity to improve their nutritional needs through free school meals remained huge, a public health professor has argued.

All Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s soft drinks will fall below the sugar tax threshold

Lucozade Ribena Suntory cuts sugar to avoid tax charge

By Rick Pendrous

Lucozade Ribena Suntory has committed itself to reformulating all of its UK soft drink brands this year to ensure they will not be hit by the sugar tax that comes into force in April next year.

The Dairy Council launched its Milk Manifesto yesterday (June 1)

Milk Manifesto: nutritionists fight dairy ‘myths’

By Matt Atherton

Dairy foods’ nutrition and health benefits must be recognised and celebrated, according to The Dairy Council, as it launches its Milk Manifesto, backed by nutritionists and academics.

The sugar tax on soft drinks will be set at two bands – 5g and 8g per 100ml

Sugar tax needs to offer more incentive, claims IFS

By Rick Pendrous

The tax on soft drinks, which comes into force in April 2018, needs to be changed to give manufacturers more incentive to reduce the sugar in their products, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has argued.

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