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The obesity problem

Obesity rates have ballooned in the US in recent years – 15 percent of the population was obese in 1980, compared to 34 percent today, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These swelling figures – along with the rising cost of healthcare for obesity-related diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease – have put pressure on government and industry to find a solution.

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Is Big Food the new tobacco?

As the class-action lawsuits pile up amid growing public health concerns over obesity and ongoing labeling debates, one has to wonder: Is Big Food going the way of Big Tobacco?...

Water, only better? AquaBall explodes into healthy hydration market for kids

Water is boring, soda is off limits, juices are nutrient-packed but sugary, and milk isn’t cool, so what do you put in your kids lunchbox?  

60-second interview: the day job

What do you do? Dilip K. Nakhasi, director of innovation at Bunge Oils

For the latest edition of FoodNavigator-USA’s What do you do? series, we caught up with Bunge Oils North America's head of innovation for a (slightly over) 60-second interview on what...

Juice Products Association: Yes, fruit juice contains sugar… but let’s stop comparing it with soda

As the focus has switched from fat to sugar as public enemy #1 in the battle against obesity and diabetes, juice - once promoted as a healthy alternative to soda...

Don’t tax my soda! Study shows consumers put choice first

First Lady Michelle Obama has called it “liquid sugar” and the World Health Organization warns that much of our sugar intake is “hidden” in processed food and beverages such as...

Diabetes expert: 'Juices are the worst, you might as well drink Coke...'

Rates of type two diabetes have rocketed in recent years, with poor diet and a lack of exercise largely to blame. But as dietary guidelines for people with diabetes are the...

News in brief

Stevia expert PureCircle posts much-reduced net loss ($1.9m) in H1, 2014; Sales surge 32% to $34.9m

Leading stevia supplier PureCircle posted a (much reduced) net loss of $1.9m in the six months to Dec 31, 2013, while sales surged 32% to $34.9m over the same period....

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Mondelēz: ‘We may revisit sugar reduction target’, if WHO formalizes guidance

Mondelēz International said it may include a pledge to reduce sugar in its new health & wellness program, but only if the World Health Organization (WHO) makes its latest sugar...

Expo West highlights: ‘Unless you've literally pulled it out of the ground yourself and stuck it in a box, don't call it all-natural’

If it’s in the natural channel today, it could be in food, drug and mass merchandise stores tomorrow, so food and beverage trend-spotters were out in force at the Natural...

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Dannon teams up with Partnership for a Healthier America to boost nutrition profile of its yogurt

Dannon has pledged to boost the nutrition profile of its products after striking a deal with non-profit The Partnership for a Healthier America.

No sugar reduction in Mondelēz health and wellness pledge

Mondelēz is to cut saturated fat and sodium by 10% by 2020, but suggests reducing consumer sugar intake is manageable with portion controlled products and education.

Senomyx rapped over knuckles by FDA over wording of GRAS press release on sweet taste modifier

Flavor expert Senomyx - which is collaborating with PepsiCo over sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx (S617) - has been rapped over the knuckles by the FDA for implying that the agency...

The FoodNavigator Forum

How does sugar affect health? Find out at FoodNavigator’s Sugar Debate: Separating Fact from Fiction

Sugar – at least in excess – has been blamed for everything from heart disease to obesity and cancers in recent months. But is it as bad as all that?

Senomyx secures GRAS for sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx (S617); PepsiCo has exclusive rights to use it in soft drinks

Senomyx has got the thumbs up to take its sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx (S617) to market with partners PepsiCo and Firmenich.

Study: Canned produce more affordable, just as nutritious as fresh

Despite recent improvements in the American diet , public health concerns about obesity and hunger still abound. At the center of the both issues is a call for better access to...

Groundbreaking stevia launch opens up completely new territory for formulators with sugar reductions of “50, 60, 75 and in some cases 100%”, says Cargill

The word ‘game-changer’ is used so liberally these days that Cargill has not given in to the temptation to employ it here. But ViaTech - its new range of stevia-based...

WHO recommends halving sugar intake advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised halving sugar intake advice from 10% of total calories to 5% of total calories in a new dietary guideline proposal.

CSPI: ‘Facts Up Front is a joke that should be roundly ignored by the FDA’

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has again urged the FDA to come up with its own mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labeling system and “ignore” the industry-backed, voluntary...

FDA’s proposed nutrition label changes emphasize calories, serving sizes

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing several changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels would place a bigger emphasis on total...

Sat fat linked to increased levels of dangerous abdominal fat

The fat composition of food not only influences cholesterol levels and the risk of cardiovascular disease but also governs where the fat will be stored in the body, say researchers.

Nutrition label update: A tweak or an overhaul?

On Thursday the Obama administration unveiled the changes that the Food and Drug Administration drafted to the nutrition facts panel (see what the FDA is proposing here ). In anticipation of...

Veri Soda aims for sweet spot in US soda market with low-calorie organic carbonated soft drinks

Launching a new brand in the ultra-competitive US carbonated soft drinks market - which is facing well-documented problems right now - is notoriously tough, but the Dutch entrepreneur behind new...

Interview with iTi Tropicals' Gert van Manen

iTi: Coconut water concentrate could be the next pineapple juice concentrate

Gearing up for this week’s launch of coconut water concentrate acidified with acerola, ingredient supplier iTi Tropicals’ president Gert van Manen caught up with FoodNavigator-USA to talk about the market...

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Stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life to enter new markets this year - but Coke won't say which ones

Coca-Cola Life - a stevia-sweetened cola with 50% less sugar than regular Coke - will be introduced into other markets this year following a successful debut in Argentina and Chile.

High cost of fruit and vegetables linked to higher body fat in young children: Study

High prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are associated with higher Body Mass Index (BMI) in young children in low- and middle-income households, according to new research.

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