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Health vitality news from around the health, nutrition and wellness industry. Focus on sugar tax, government health policy, diets, obesity.

Acrylamide – what you need to know

New European regulations to reduce levels of acrylamide in food came into force last month. However, guidance for member states still hasn’t been finalised, which has left caterers confused about their responsibilities in relation to sampling and the foods covered. Dr Lisa Ackerley, food safety expert at UKHospitality, says businesses need to focus their efforts…
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Study: Low strength beers could encourage drinking

Wine and beer that’s labelled as low alcohol may increase the total amount of drink consumed, according to a study published in the journal Health Psychology. The researchers asked 264 regular drinkers to taste test products in a laboratory designed to mimic a bar environment. They were spilt into three groups, in which the drinks…
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£2.3bn lactose-free opportunity for coffee shops

A survey of self-diagnosed and medically diagnosed lactose intolerant adults in the UK has revealed that 81% of respondents would purchase hot drinks from coffee shops on average 20 times more each month if they offered a wider choice of lactose-free options. With an average hot drink spend of £2.83 per visit, and an estimated…
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Paediatricians call for fast food ban near schools

The government should impose a ban on fast food outlets within 400 metres of schools. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health wants to see the measure included in an updated childhood obesity strategy, due to be published this summer. “Kids are coming out of school hungry and finding themselves surrounded by cheap chicken…
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Sugar tax will help poor eat more healthily – study

Taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks and snack foods may benefit poorer households the most, according to new research. Using data from 13 countries, the experts show that changing the price of unhealthy products alters consumption across the board, yet the impact differs due to socioeconomic status. The greatest health benefits from tax rises are for people…
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Funding boost for healthy food of the future

A new €60m (£52m) venture capital fund will support “game-changing” companies working on everything from lab-grown meat to personalised nutrition. Five Seasons Ventures, the new venture capital firm behind the fund, said its focus is on “early-stage companies developing technological innovations aimed at solving the key challenges the sector currently faces”. Nestlé is among the…
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Can microalgae make hotdogs sustainable?

Ikea has revealed some of the new products being created in its test kitchen to “inspire people” to try more sustainable ingredients. This includes the “dogless hotdog”, made with baby carrots, beet and berry ketchup and roasted onions. The bun is made with spirulina – a microalgae containing 50 times more iron than spinach and…
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Public demands clearer nutritional information

Almost three quarters (73%) of the public want all cafés, restaurants and takeaways to use the same food labelling system on their products and menus. The survey, conducted for Diabetes UK, also found that 71% of diners feel they don’t have enough information about what’s in their food. Traffic light labelling has been shown to…
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McDonald’s food more unhealthy than 30 years ago

Food at McDonald’s is higher in calories, salt and sugar than it was 30 years ago, according to a report in the Sun newspaper. Fries, cheeseburgers and quarter-pounders all have more calories today compared to 1989, based on a leaflet distributed by the company at the time. The amount of sugar in a Big Mac…
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Chinese takeaways need a health warning, say campaigners

An analysis of Chinese takeaway meals purchased from six independent restaurants in London’s famous Chinatown district has revealed that 97% contained a 2g of salt or more per dish. Over half (58%) contained more than 3g – or half an adult’s maximum recommended daily intake in one portion. Combining side dishes would consequently provide “far…
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