Is saturated fat the nutritional bogeyman it's sometimes made out to be? How much caffeine are we really consuming, and do 'low sodium' messages actually make food less tasty, even if they don't contain less sodium?
Find out in our first FoodNavigator global hangout (scroll down for the video below), where Elaine Watson, editor of FoodNavigator-USA and Caroline Scott-Thomas, editor of FoodNavigator in Europe, team up on a google hangout to talk about what's caught their eye in the politically-charged world of food and drink this week.
EUROPE: First, Caroline talks about two news items that had readers of FoodNavigator.com buzzing this week:
- An EU health claim for fructose, which backs its beneficial effect on blood sugar levels, when compared to regular sugar (sucrose, which combines fructose and glucose) or glucose alone;
- A paper from cardiologist Aseem Malhotra in the British Medical Journal, arguing that too much focus on saturated fat and government obsession with cholesterol had meant other dietary components – like sugar – had been overlooked.
“Recent prospective cohort studies have not supported any significant association between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular risk,” he wrote. “Instead, saturated fat has been found to be protective.”
USA: Second, FoodNavigator-USA editor Elaine Watson talks about what caught her eye at the Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Houston, Texas, this week, where 8,000+ dietitians and other nutritional professionals gathered to chew the fat on energy drinks, breakfast trends, sodium reduction and lots more.