Health and Vitality

Dairy firm exposes milk “knowledge gap”

Four in five people across Northern Europe do not know about the essential nutrients they have in their diet, whilst 40% feel they lack at least some of the essential nutrients they need. The new research, commissioned by Arla Foods, uncovered a knowledge gap when it comes to understanding about food. For example, almost half…
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New “portion wise” guide launched

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has launched a practical guide to portion sizes called “Find Your Balance”. The guide uses simple hand and spoon measurements to help consumers estimate appropriate portions, when cooking and serving food. It is designed to complement the Government’s Eatwell Guide, which provides guidance on the proportions of the main food…
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Obesity targets missed but companies have “stepped up”

No country is on track to achieve the adult obesity target, with 39% of the world’s adults overweight or obese and 43.7% of children drinking soda every day, according to a new report. Now in its fifth edition, the Global Nutrition Report tracks country progress against nine of the global nutrition targets. It is the…
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Interview: Moira Howie, nutrition and health manager, Waitrose

At the Asset 2018 conference in Belfast last year, Moira Howie suggested that truly personalised nutrition is “within our grasp”. Footprint caught up with her to find out more.  Footprint: How is personalised nutrition defined? MH: The tailoring of information and advice that can help individuals optimise their diet according to their specific dietary needs…
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Obesity still rising, but better news on fruit and veg consumption

The Health Survey for England monitors trends in the nation’s health, and the latest figures show obesity is still rising. The prevalence of obesity has generally fluctuated between 23% and 27% between 2003 and 2016, but last year it was 29%. The survey showed that most adults surveyed (64% of 8,000) were overweight or obese…
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Out of home sector told to step up on sugar

Foodservice businesses have been warned to increase their efforts to reduce sugar or face government action. Speaking at last week’s Food Matters Live event in London, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said customers want faster progress from the food industry, and in particular, those businesses that have taken little or no action.…
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Health experts call for antibiotic use ban on farms

Ten of the UK’s most senior medics have called on the government to ban preventative antibiotic group treatments in livestock. In a short letter, the experts warned that failure to enforce a ban “will result in the UK having some of the weakest regulatory standards for farm antibiotic use in Europe”. This could “seriously undermine…
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Soft drinks tax brings in £150 million

Soft drinks manufacturers and traders have paid an extra £153.8 million in tax since April, due to the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL). The tax was introduced in April 2018 and applies to the packaging and importation of soft drinks containing added sugar. It was introduced as part of the government’s initiative to tackle childhood…
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Benefits of plant-based diets need to be reflected in dietary guidelines

Well-balanced and predominantly plant-based diets can lead to improved nutrient levels, reduce premature deaths from chronic diseases by more than 20%, and lower greenhouse gas emissions, fertiliser application, and cropland and freshwater use, according to new research. The study, published in The Lancet Planetary Health, is reportedly the first to comprehensively assess the relationship between…
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Further decline in vital meals on wheels services

Almost one in four (24%) UK councils have stopped offering meals on wheels since 2014, according to new research by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC). The service, through the provision of a hot, nutritious meal, enables the elderly and vulnerable to live independently in their homes for longer. This can reduce pressure on…
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