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Trans- and saturated fats

News that the FDA is considering revoking the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate artificial trans fats from the US food supply has been broadly welcomed, although some industry stakeholders believe the move could have unintended consequences. But how long should the agency give industry to phase them out?

Trans fats linked to stroke incidence: Study

Older women whose diets include a substantial amount of trans-fats are more likely than their counterparts to suffer an ischemic stroke, a new study suggests.

General Mills files motion to dismiss fruit snacks lawsuit: ‘We never said they were healthful and nutritious’

General Mills has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing it of presenting products that were “little better than candy” as “healthful and nutritious”.

General Mills boosts natural foods portfolio with gluten free snacks deal

General Mills has boosted its presence in the natural foods market with the acquisition of Massachusetts-based gluten free snack foods firm Food Should Taste Good for an undisclosed sum.

Efforts to reduce trans fats are working, study suggests

Trans fat consumption among US adults has fallen 58% over the past decade, coinciding with regional bans and federal government regulation requiring labeling of artificial trans fats, according to a...

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act hits low-fat flavoured milk

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published regulations governing US school meal programmes that will eliminate low-fat flavoured milk from reimbursable meal options for children.

Animal fat and cholesterol may increase gestational diabetes risk: Study

A pre-pregnancy diet that is high in animal fat and cholesterol could almost double the risk of pregnancy related diabetes, says new research.

‘Cheese makes you chubby’ New York billboards scream

The US-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has taken shock tactics to consumers by posting two huge billboards in New York warning of what it claims are the obesity-related...

City of Cleveland sues Ohio State for blocking trans fat ban

The city of Cleveland has sued the state of Ohio for its attempt to block a proposed ban on the sale of certain products containing artificial trans fats.

Trans fats and nutrient intake linked to Alzheimer’s brain shrinkage

Consumption of ‘junk food diets’ containing high levels of trans fats may lead to brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s, whilst consumption of foods high in vitamins may offer protection, says...

Caravan targets donut frying oil for unhealthy fat reduction

Caravan Ingredients has added a new application for its Trancendim range of diglycerides to reduce saturated fat content and eliminate trans fat in donut frying oil.

Front-of-pack labeling poll: Facts up Front or a points-based system? Tell us what you think

Front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labels are designed to help busy shoppers make rapid, but more informed, choices about which foods are healthier.

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IOM front-of-pack labeling scheme: It’s bold, it’s simple and I love it. But is it fair?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) certainly didn’t pull any punches in its front-of-pack labels report yesterday.

Trans fat consumption during pregnancy linked to higher birth weights

Women who consume high levels of trans fat during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to bigger babies, according to a new study in the American Journal of Clinical...

TCI predicts healthy future for high-stearic, high-oleic sunflower oil as it opens new biorefinery

Specialty oilseed firm Technology Crops International (TCI) is looking to boost its presence in the food and dietary supplements markets after opening a state-of-the-art biorefinery on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Low-sat fat ice cream gets formulation boost: Study

Ice cream formulated with an emulsion containing unsaturated oil showed no differences in melting properties as ice cream made with saturated fat, says a new study offering solutions for ‘healthy’...

Sat-fat reductions not as effective for cholesterol reduction, suggests study

A diet that combines cholesterol-lowering foods may results in greater decreases in low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels than a low-saturated fat diet, according to new research.

Bunge North America acquires C.F. Sauer margarine business

Bunge North America has acquired the margarine assets of the C.F. Sauer Company in Virginia and Kansas, in a move it says could help speed innovation in reduced saturated and...

Academic: Dietary guidelines ‘would benefit from a reality check’

Dietary guidelines “would benefit from a reality check” according to one of the authors of a high-profile study revealing that following government healthy eating advice could significantly increase food bills.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most caloric of them all?

Calorie labeling, healthier options and reformulation work notwithstanding, some of America’s biggest restaurant chains are still selling products so eye-wateringly caloric that diners eating just one course are getting all...

News in brief

Goodbye fried fish; hello grilled, baked, raw, broiled …

Sales of seafood in US foodservice outlets slumped 2 percent in the year to March 2011, according to market researcher the NPD Group. This compares with flat traffic in the...

Is saturated fat really the dietary bogeyman?

The debate about just how bad saturated fats really are for our health - and whether what we are replacing them with is potentially worse - raged on at the...

Dow: High oleic canola will hold its own against next generation soy

The next generation of healthier soybean oils are impressive, but they will not blow high oleic canola out of the water, Dow Agrosciences has predicted.

Biotech’s big guns gear up for battle of ‘next-generation’ soybean oils

The next generation of soybean oils will give the food industry a cost-effective and healthier alternative to partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (HVOs) with flavor and stability current alternatives cannot deliver,...

Dispatches from IFT

Positive results from SDA omega-3 soybean oil trials

Manufacturers of everything from nutrition bars to salad dressings, pasta sauces and margarine are seeing encouraging results using soybean oil developed by Monsanto and Solae rich in the omega-3 fatty...

Major cereal firm turns to Dow for palm-oil replacement

Dow Agrosciences is confident sales volumes of its omega-9 mono-unsaturate-rich oils will triple in the next two-to-three years as manufacturers making everything from breakfast cereal to microwave popcorn try to...

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