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Carbohydrates

Good carbs or bad?

Carbs have been getting a bad rap in recent years, but like many things in nutrition, the devil is in the detail, and we shouldn’t be quick to put all carbs into one basket. While many of us (me included) have probably relied a bit too...

Making plant-based ‘milks’ healthier

Although plant-based ‘milks” are positioned as healthier alternatives to cow’s milk, they often fall short of conventional milk when it comes to nutritional quality. The protein level tends to be much lower and of poorer quality, sugar is often added to make them palatable, and...

Do front-of-pack labels help people make better food choices?

Ever wondered if front-of-pack nutrition labels influence what food consumers buy? It does, according to a recently published review of studies that assessed the effectiveness of different labelling systems.   The review revealed: colour-coded schemes such as the “traffic light” label and Nutri-Score used in the UK...

The unintended consequences of novel plant-based alternatives

Researchers have highlighted the potential pitfalls of shifting towards plant-based diets with novel plant-based meat and dairy alternatives. They found that compared to a diet containing meat and dairy or traditional plant-based foods,  novel plant-based diets fall well below requirements for calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc...

New report puts infant formula marketing under the spotlight

The Access to Nutrition Initiative (ATNI) has published a report ranking the world’s nine largest infant formula companies on their compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, otherwise known as The Code. The Breast-milk Substitutes/Complementary Foods (BMS/CF) Marketing Index 2021 report is part of a...

Why Food Companies are Losing Control of their Brands

Why food companies are losing control of their brands

In the age of social media, many businesses have taken a hit as their once popular product has been deemed ‘unhealthy’ by influencers. The bakery industry, for example, took a downturn with the gluten-free craze and the popularity of low carb diets. Irrespective of their...

Results of the 2019 IFIC Food and Health Survey Published

Results of the 2019 IFIC Food and Health Survey Published

Each year the International Food Information Council (IFIC) surveys American consumers to understand their perceptions, beliefs, and behaviours around food and their purchasing decisions. Many of the findings are relevant to other developed markets and give insight into consumers’ current and evolving interests. The full...

Does your plant-based product ‘meat’ nutritional demands?

Does your plant-based product ‘meat’ nutritional demands?

Consumer interest in the environment, animal welfare and health has created a demand for alternatives to animal-based products. While food producers work hard to develop products that are similar in taste and texture to their animal counterparts, many new plant-based alternatives are nutritionally inferior. Many of these...