Category Archives: Health

Coronavirus: no evidence that food is a source or transmission route

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EFSA is closely monitoring the situation regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is affecting a large number of countries across the globe. There is currently no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the virus. EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory… Read more »

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Chocolate contains cadmium that can increase cancer risk

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Children and adults all over the world love chocolate, either enjoying it by eating chocolate bars or sipping warm cocoa drinks. But behind its delicious taste, cacao contains cadmium, a chemical substance harmful to kidneys. It also increases the risk of cancer. If we compare it to other harmful heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium may not seem to be that… Read more »

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Which Type Of Bread Is The Healthiest?

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Wholemeal, wholegrain, multigrain, sourdough, rye, white, high fibre white, low GI, low FODMAP, gluten free. With so many choices of bread available, how are we to know which is best for our health? Let’s take a look at the science. Bread has always been a dietary staple in Australian households. It’s a good source of carbohydrate, it’s low in fat,… Read more »

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Reformulation can help food manufacturers – OECD

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Reformulation can benefit the food industry, enabling companies to reduce costs and target new consumer demands, the OECD has argued. A report by the OECD on obesity said such efforts would lead to manufacturers “attracting people from the health-conscious segment of the market” and suggested gradual reformulations be adopted to preserve sales with consumers “more likely to adjust to a new taste over… Read more »

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Titanium dioxide – there is still a need for research

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Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is authorised as the food additive E 171 and can be used as a white colour pigment in sweets and coatings, e.g. in dragees and chewing gum. The substance is also contained in cosmetic products such as toothpaste or as nanoparticles in sunscreen under the name CI 77891. The majority of titanium dioxide is used in technical applications,… Read more »

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Is healthy confectionery a contradiction in terms?

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Growing concern about sugar has led to a slowdown in the global confectionery market, but there are pockets of faster growth, including in functional confectionery, as consumers look for more than a permissible indulgence – a sweet treat that delivers a real health benefit. Consumers have long sought foods and drinks that provide a balance between health and indulgence, but… Read more »

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Balancing Indulgence with Health in the U.S. & Europe

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Though the wellness trend has been growing strong across the world, developed countries have had a substantial share in triggering a paradigm shift in consumers’ perception of bakery products. This has opened a whole new world of opportunities for bakery products that are whole-grain, gluten-free, vegan, organic, or simply “healthy” in North American and European markets. The health & wellness… Read more »

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FAO Sustainable Development Goal

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The world is “off track” in meeting hunger, food security and nutrition targets that are part of the Sustainable Development Goal, the Food and Agriculture Organization said in a report released on July 18. “Being off track when it comes to reaching core pillars of the S.D.G.s unquestionably puts at risk the achievement of the entire 2030 Agenda, and makes… Read more »

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Fat dangers from cakes and pastries

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Eating a piece of butter cake will take up 84 percent of the daily trans fat limit recommended by the World Health Organization, the Consumer Council has found. The watchdog, along with the Centre for Food Safety, tested 75 samples of baked products – including puffy pastry, cream soups, pies, tarts, cookies, cakes and Chinese pastries. Nineteen of the samples… Read more »

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Industry Needs to Move Faster than the Law

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Once again, I need to say that I am concerned. Once again, I notice that authorities are moving slowly when it comes about regulating essential aspects of our modern lives. The Council of the EU has recently adopted the measures proposed by the European Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on… Read more »

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