Carbohydrates and fibres (sugar, starches)

Givaudan has ditched sweeteners in favour of sensory profiling as part of its sugar reduction technique

Givaudan takes sensual approach

By Noli Dinkovski

A sugar reduction technique that relies on sensory profiling rather than sweeteners has been unveiled by Swiss flavours firm Givaudan.

Fortification can be a convenient way to help children consume the nutrients they might otherwise lack in their diets

CHILDREN’S HEALTH

Nutrition: fortifying the future

By Nick Hughes

With child obesity very much in focus, food manufacturers are not only looking at what they can take out of foods, but what nutrients and fortification they can put back in to optimise healthy eating.

UK sugar beet growers face fierce competition with Europe if their isn't more investment in the industry. Picture from British Sugar

News in brief

Sugar grower threat after ‘critical’ system taken down

By James Ridler

British sugar growers will struggle to compete with their European counterparts if Associated British Foods (ABF) does not continue to invest in the industry, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned.

Foods high in fat, salt or sugar have been under scrutiny in recent months

Opinion

High fat, salt and sugar foods in the spotlight

By Mariko Kubo

We know that foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) have been under closer scrutiny since the new restrictions on advertising came into effect last July. However, two major companies have recently been caught out.

On average, 40% of fibre consumed in the UK comes from cereals and cereal-based foods

WEIGHT LOSS AND SATIETY

Can fibre help solve the nation’s obesity crisis?

By Rick Pendrous

As the Government cranks up its efforts to reduce the UK’s severe childhood obesity problem, questions on whether fibre could play a bigger role are emerging.

UK nutritionists have backed a US study that found low-carb diets could shorten life expectancy

Nutritionists back low-carb diet warning

By Noli Dinkovski

A US study that found low-carb diets could shorten life expectancy by up to four years has been broadly welcomed by leading UK nutritionists.

More than half of consumers responding to the survey said they were worried about the sugar content of foods

Food Standards Agency survey highlights sugar fears

By Rod Addy

Concern about sugar content in food is increasing among consumers, according to the results of the latest biannual Food Standards Agency (FSA) Public Standards Tracker survey, which have just been published.

Child obesity levels have hit a record high, according to a Public Health England report

Child obesity trends hit record high

By Aidan Fortune

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to focus on calorie and sugar reduction as levels of severe obesity in children aged 10–11 have reached the highest point since records began.