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Special edition: Omega-3s

Omega-3 hits €28bn in 2015 – growth predicted

The global omega-3 finished product market was worth €28 billion in 2015 and is set for pan-sector growth in the coming years to add €5bn by 2018, despite sustainability and scientific challenges.

The thrill of the taste: Why do we like spicy food?

Humans are the only species that likes and actively seeks out spicy chili flavours. What explains our love for what is, in reality, a sensation that signals burning pain and, possibly, danger?...

Feature

Why are carcinogens in the food chain evading scrutiny?

Vegetable oil, processed food, infant formula and cancer: All the ingredients for a consumer food scare over the carcinogenic contaminant 3-MCPD are there - so why hasn't there been one...

The rise of sophisticated soda: food pairings, craft creations, and alcohol alternatives

Sophisticated sodas offer an attractive alternative to alcoholic beverages: but the category also holds wider appeal, according to a report from Canadean.

The big issue: How can industry be part of the obesity solution?

Obesity and overweight rates continue to rise across the globe and although no country has managed to reverse the trend to date, all agree action is required. Join us for...

Omega-3 supplementation could save EU €12.9bn a year in heart disease spending

If all over 55s in Europe took 1 g of omega-3 EPA-DHA every day the EU could collectively save about €12.9bn in cardiovascular disease health care spending every year, a...

Preferences for homemade are 'a threat' to baby food manufacturers: Mintel

Sales of UK baby food have taken a hit a hit as 83% of parents opt for homemade food, according to Mintel data - but premium-positioned products and adult-friendly flavours could...

EFSA takes on Ocean Spray’s novel cranberry extract following intake concerns

Ocean Spray Cranberries' novel food application for a cranberry extract powder has been passed onto the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) following member state intake concerns. 

Healthy agers: To market older, you’d better get wiser

Europe’s seniors see functional foods as a 'dated' concept, are uncomfortable with products that expressly mention age, and want sustainable, naturally nutritious products, finds a consumer study led by the...

Guest article

Leaders ripping apart the black box

It’s hard to care when you don’t know the real supply chain picture, argues Scandinavia-based analyst Virpi Varjonen in this guest article.

Any objections? Sweden notifies EU on vitamin D fortification plans

Sweden is preparing to send its proposals for mandatory vitamin D food fortification to the EU, with the regulation due to come into force in autumn 2016.

Opinion

Coconut oil: superfood or not?

The nutrition science community is becoming increasingly concerned about the health halo around coconut oil and the risk to health if consumption becomes a regular occurrence.

Energy & fibre intakes far below recommended levels

Paper offers insights into +85s diets – but huge data gaps remain

The rapidly-growing age segment of over-85s has been neglected in both nutrition research and dietary recommendations, say UK researchers behind a large-scale trail-blazing study.  

Food firms improve sustainability promises - but are they following them up with action?

The world's top 10 food firms are improving their promises and pledges on sustainability, food security and workers' rights, according to Oxfam’s Behind the Brands report. But is there any action...

“It is effectively the Maria Sharapova problem"

Caffeine abuse common among English Premier League footballers

Follow-up investigations to recent widespread doping allegations  attached to a UK-based doctor have found caffeine gel and pill abuse common among professional footballers in England.

Switching from saturated fat to vegetable oil cuts cholesterol but increases heart attack risk: Review

Switching from saturated fat to vegetable oils that are rich in linoleic acid reduces cholesterol but actually increases the incidence of heart attacks and heart disease, according to a recent...

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Personalised nutrition ‘really works’: new research

New EU research shows that diets targeted at an individual’s specific needs –personalised nutrition – can improve health more than general nutrition advice, but the results are not improved by...

Comment

Tesco's NutriCentre failure speaks volumes about the food-medicine divide

'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.' Nice idea, one uttered by Greek doctor Hippocrates centuries ago, but best not mention it at the next Tesco future...

Risk-benefit assessment: Weighing up the pros and cons of foods

To have meaningful health recommendations for foods authorities should balance both the risks and benefits of consumption, say a group of Danish researchers backing the concept of risk-benefit assessment. ...

EFSA budget plateaus despite growing workload

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced plateauing budgets for the next three years and staffing reductions of 10% running up to 2018 – despite its increasing responsibilities.

Inaugural meeting of micronutrients and health group

UK MP to lobby for folic acid action

A UK member of parliament (MP) will lobby for folic acid strategies including supplementation and/or fortification of flour following the inaugural meeting of a parliamentary group on micronutrients and health....

Special edition: Protein perspectives

Whistle stop tour: Protein global

Western Europeans are numero uno when it comes to per-capita protein consumption; bread is surprisingly the most popular protein medium; and protein has well and truly invaded the healthy snacking category....

The rise of the 'invisible ethical': Why consumers want sustainability throughout the supply chain

From non-GMO glycerine-based solvents to sustainably sourced hydrocolloids, more and more companies are seeking ethical certification for 'invisible' ingredients – but what’s fuelling this demand when consumers probably don’t even...

Stricter and expanded BPA regulation proposed in Europe

Regulation on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in Europe could be strengthened by 2017.

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