Health and Vitality

Restaurants taking notice of plant-based push

One in two chefs (51%) has added vegan options to their menus this year, up from 31% in 2017, according to research by Foodable Labs. The research, which is referenced here but does appear on Foodable’s website, also found that 62.7% of food influencers are looking for more plant-based delivery options. The business insights company…
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Mediterranean diets could lower depression

A diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, plant-based food and fish, typical of a traditional Mediterranean diet, could help lower the risk of depression, according to new research. Researchers from the UK, Spain and Australia analysed data from 41 studies, and found a “clear pattern” that following a healthier, plant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet can help in the…
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Brits stop eating greens

More than two thirds (68%) of Brits have not eaten a single green vegetable in at least a week, whilst 4% haven’t done so in a month or more. The poll of 1,500 adults, conducted by Organic UK, also showed the average Brit eats only three of the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables…
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Spoiler alert for calorie labels

Adding calorie counts to menus will make eating out more regulated, more systematic, and just a tad more miserable, says Sara Petersson. Today over 60% of the UK population is overweight or obese. These are worrying statistics. Perhaps in a utopian world (where all food comes out of a single cookie cutter and everyone makes…
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Dear Theresa May: I fear calorie labels may be a waste of time

The prime minister is proposing mandatory labelling in restaurants – but where’s the evidence for it, and how will it work? By David Burrows.       Dear Prime Minister, I write in response to your consultation, launched last week, on the introduction of calorie labelling across the out-of-home sector. This is part of your…
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Race is on for energy drinks ban

An end to the sale of energy drinks to children moved a step closer last month. What’s happened and is this good news? DON’T READ THE LABEL. Under current EU labelling rules, any drink, other than tea or coffee, that contains over 150mg of caffeine per litre requires a warning label saying: “High caffeine content.…
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Trading standards must get tough on health claims

Trading standards and environmental health officers are acting “more like advisors than prosecutors” when it comes to enforcing regulations that govern nutrition and health claims, research has found. Inflated health benefit statements, for example, are rarely clamped down on, the researchers said, thereby undermining shoppers’ confidence. The study by experts at Manchester Metropolitan University and…
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Sugar reduction “breakthrough” available by 2020

Food scientists claim they can reduce the sugar content of various snacks and treats by up to 40% and still maintain the same “sugar sensory profile”. The “breakthrough” could not come at a better time, as food companies struggle to remove sugar from their products. Sugar supplier Südzucker and food technology firm DouxMatok have just announced…
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Smaller plates won’t cut consumption – study

Tricking the brain into eating less by serving food on a smaller plate doesn’t necessarily work, according a new study. Experts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel found that when people are food-deprived, they’re more likely to identify a portion size accurately, no matter how it is served. The new study, published…
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Councils must control takeaway exposure, says PHE

England’s poorest areas are fast-food hotspots, with five times more outlets found in these communities than in the most affluent, according to a new analysis by Public Health England. A map, chart and accompanying data published by PHE show the variation in density of fast-food outlets in local authorities across England, ranging from 26 to…
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