Obesity

Clare Cheney, Director general, Provision Trade Federation

Walking has a bigger role in the obesity war

By Clare Cheney

Professor Mike Lean of Glasgow University described as “absolute nonsense” Christopher Snowdon’s report from the Institute of Economic Affairs ‘The Fat Lie’, which claimed that a lack of exercise, rather than overeating, was behind obesity.

Sugar is not the primary cause for the rise in obesity, according to Snowdon

Obesity caused mainly by inactivity, not sugar

By Laurence Gibbons

The rise in obesity in the UK has been primarily caused by a decline in physical activity, not by increased calorie and sugar consumption, according to the Institute of Economic Affairs.

The debate over sugar has turned people off baking

Sugar debate halts baking’s popularity

By Laurence Gibbons

Demand for baking ingredients and kits is set to crumble as health conscious consumers look to avoid sugar and spend less time in the home, according to a report by Mintel.

Beware the food 'Taliban': Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Beware the views of Britain’s ‘food Taliban’

By Rick Pendrous

Nutrition is not a precise science. Most studies on the effects of human dietary intake have to take account of potentially confounding factors, since it is rarely possible to control what people eat in extended studies as it might with lab rats.

Salt pledge pushes innovation

Salt cutting trend drives research

By Nicholas Robinson

Soy sauce can be used to reduce the salt content of manufactured foods by more than 30%, according to recent research from the Dutch university Wageningen’s UR Food and Biobased Research centre.

Sugar can be reduced by using clever application technologies

Four sugar reduction solutions

By Rod Addy

Food manufacturers could slash sugar content in products by applying four technologies to use sugar differently, according to Leatherhead Food Research’s head of ingredients and product innovation Dr Wayne Morley.

A backlash against stevia in the US led Coca-Cola to do a U-turn on its Vitawater recipe

Coca-Cola Company won’t ditch stevia in the UK

By Nicholas Robinson

Sugar reduction campaigners have praised the Coca-Cola Company’s (CCC’s) refusal to drop the natural sweetener stevia in its Glaceau Vitaminwater in the UK, as it has done in the US.

Incontrovertible evidence linking sat fats to cardiovascular disease

Sat fat concern as obesity focus shifts to sugar

By Rick Pendrous

Policy makers, consumers and food manufacturers risk losing focus on the need to cut levels of fat in the nation’s diet, following the publication of a scientific report, which called for sugar consumption to be halved to cut rising obesity levels, experts...

Married men are more likely to be overweight

Married men fatter than single men

By Nicholas Robinson

Married men are fatter than their single counterparts, results from a newly commissioned study have shown.

If fruits and vegetables were premature death-reducing drugs, we'd be making millions

Drug link would increase fruit and veg consumption

By Nicholas Robinson

Millions of pounds could be made if the benefits of fruit and vegetables were marketed more like pharmaceutical drugs, one of the country’s leading dieticians has claimed in response to a new study.

Some cheeses may contain less fat than people think - pic courtesy of www.iStock.com, Sabrina dei Nobili

Sugar reduction summit

Cheese blasted by fat reduction campaigner

By Rod Addy

Cheese came under fire from anti-obesity campaigner Professor Graham MacGregor at a recent conference for its high fat content.

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