Category Archives: Health

UK flour could be fortified with folic acid ‘to reduce birth defects’

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The UK government plans to consult on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid in a move to reduce birth defects. Public health minister Steve Brine announced that a consultation will be launched in early 2019 to consider the evidence around folic acid fortification as well as the practicality and safety of the proposal. The government said evidence suggests… Read more »

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Could a chocolate tax tackle sugar consumption in the UK?

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Following the introduction of a levy on sugary soft drinks in the UK earlier this year, it has been reported that similar measures could potentially be introduced for chocolate and confectionery as soon as 2020. But how effective are such actions really likely to be at helping tackle the nation’s sweet tooth, particularly within a category so defined by indulgence?… Read more »

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Canada’s ban on industrial trans fats comes into effect

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Canada’s ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the largest source of industrially produced trans fat in foods, comes into effect today, making it illegal for manufacturers to add PHOs to foods sold in Canada. The ban was originally announced last year in order to give time for manufacturers to adapt to the change, and the ban includes both Canadian and… Read more »

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New EU acrylamide legislation comes into force

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New European Union legislation comes into force  concerning the amount of acrylamide in foods with “benchmark” levels being set for various products. Passed by the EU last year, today marks the beginning of the law which limits the amount of acrylamide allowed in packaged foods and forces manufacturers to closely examine and reduce acrylamide levels in products. The legislation describes practical… Read more »

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Government pressure steers reformulation

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Salt, sugar and fat long remain to be the perennial villains in the food industry with many food manufacturers and companies looking for healthier ways to reformulate products. Salt is often associated with health conditions, excessive consumption of salt is known to affect heart health and blood pressure, and more recent studies have confirmed that a high-salt diet reduces resting… Read more »

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Are probiotics the next protein?

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As consumers search for new ways to manage their health, probiotics may be the next source they turn to. According to “The Gut Health Mega-Trend” report by Schieber Research, phrases like “best foods for gut health” have seen a 350% increase in Google searches over the past five years while “best foods for inflammation” has seen a 250% increase. “The… Read more »

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Food Innovations for Health

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At the same time, consumers today have access to a wealth of information to understand the causes of chronic diseases and how to prevent them. This is driving them to take a more active role in their health, starting with their diets. In Nielsen’s Global Health and Ingredient-Sentiment Survey, 70 percent of global respondents say they actively make dietary choices… Read more »

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How flawed science helped turn chocolate into a health food

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A small and preliminary study was hyped to claim that chocolate fights Alzheimer’s. Have you heard? Dark chocolate will do everything from boost your cognition to reduce your cardiovascular disease risk and even help you lose weight! Or so the chocolate science hype machine will tell you. Several months ago, we got to wondering how chocolate candy had earned such… Read more »

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Fat replacers market estimated to be worth US$2.01 billion by 2022

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New research shows that the fat replacers market is becoming an increasingly profitable one as consumers become increasingly health-conscious. New research from MarketsandMarkets™ has revealed that the fat replacers market is estimated to be worth US$1.48 Billion in 2017, and is projected to reach USD 2.01 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2017. Major factors driving this… Read more »

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Why chocolate is good for your gut

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Chocolate lovers, rejoice; the sweet treat is not only delicious, but studies show that it can also promote friendly bacteria and reduce inflammation in our guts. First, some background: trillions of bacteria live in our guts. They contribute to our immune system, metabolism, and many other processes essential to human health. When the delicate balance of microbes in our intestines is… Read more »

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