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Re: Food Room

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:49 am

Hands off our Hummus!

Whitehall plans to cut calories by 20% on dozens of our favourite foods - including garlic bread and pesto - face a backlash as industry say targets are 'unworkable'

    Sweet potato chips and guacamole also face being changed beyond recognition
    Government calls for calories of 15 categories to be cut by 20% over five years
    Retailers say guidelines are ‘unworkable’ and wrong response to obesity crisis
    For some products only way to reduce calories is to remove crucial ingredient
Hummus, garlic bread and pesto are under threat from strict new calorie limits, the food industry has warned.

Dozens of other products popular with middle-class shoppers including hollandaise sauce, sweet potato chips and guacamole also face being changed beyond recognition.

There is a growing backlash in the industry against the calorie guidelines, first announced by the Government’s health agency last spring.

They are among a raft of measures to tackle obesity and call for the calories of 15 categories of food to be cut by 20 per cent over five years.

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The only way for some foods to meet the calorie guidelines is to remove a crucial ingredient. Products under threat include hummus, top left, and olive and basil focaccia, top right

But manufacturers and retailers say the guidelines are ‘unworkable’ and the wrong response to the nation’s obesity crisis.

They have accused Public Health England (PHE) of basing the targets on an oversimplified mathematical model which does not work in practice.

For some products, the only way to reduce the calorie content to comply with the guidelines is to remove a crucial ingredient.

They include the ‘bread with additions’ category, which has a proposed limit of 254 calories per 100 grams.

Garlic bread typically contains 374 calories per 100g and the same portion of an olive and basil focaccia loaf has 300 calories.

Only if the garlic butter was removed from the garlic bread or the olives from the focaccia would the calories be sufficiently reduced, manufacturers claim.

There are similar problems for hummus and guacamole, which are classed as ‘meal accompaniments’, with a 193 calories per 100g limit.

Hummus typically has about 278 calories per 100g and even a reduced calorie version is 219 calories. Guacamole is about 228 calories.

Pesto, meanwhile, contains 453 calories per 100g, five times the 79 calories guideline for the ‘cooking and serving sauces’ category.

Manufacturers say the calorie content of these products cannot easily be reduced without radically altering their taste and consistency.

Other items that fall outside the limits include microwavable rice and quinoa pouches, which would need to be stripped of their flavourings to comply.

Grissini breadsticks, polenta chips and korma curry sauce are also above the guidelines and would be very difficult to alter.

The guidelines are not compulsory but the Government has threatened to use ‘other levers’ against the food industry – such as a sugar tax on confectionery – if it is deemed not to be taking sufficient action against obesity.

Two thirds of adults and one third of children in the UK are either overweight or obese. Britain’s rates are the third worst in Europe.

The guidelines were first announced by PHE last March alongside advice for adults to eat only 400 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch and 600 calories for dinner.

Further details emerged over Christmas when draft calorie limits were drawn up for each of the 15 categories of foods and circulated within the industry.

PHE is expected to publish final guidelines this spring and the food industry will be expected to have met them by 2024.

Tim Rycroft, of the Food and Drink Federation, which represents manufacturers, said: ‘FDF and its members welcomed the calorie reduction programme when it launched. But we have reservations about how achievable the targets are in reality.

‘A collective 20 per cent calorie reduction guideline across all food categories is unfeasible, particularly given the range of food types that this blanket guideline covers. We hope industry’s concerns will be considered.’

Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, the trade body for retailers, said: ‘While we support the Government’s aim of reducing calorie consumption, some of the calorie targets are simply not realistic.

‘Our members continue to reformulate products by removing sugars, fats and salts. However, they must also take account of the tastes and preferences of their consumers.’

Coffee shops and restaurants will also have to comply with the limits. Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, which represents them, said: ‘We are wary that the targets are unworkable.’

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: ‘Consuming too many calories is the root cause of obesity. The Government has a clear ambition to halve the number of children becoming overweight and obese by 2030 and prevent them becoming obese adults.

‘The food industry has a responsibility to act where it can make products healthier. Our draft proposals set out how the food industry can help tackle excess calories. We encourage industry feedback to help shape this work.’

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PostAuthor: Piling » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:30 am

Hummus, garlic bread and pesto are under threat from strict new calorie limits, the food industry has warned.


They should better to cut sugar and all additives in junk food. Hummus is tahini+chick peas + olive oil. Very healthy fat.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:27 am

Junk food diet is killing us

Eating processed foods such as burgers, sugary cereals and pizzas increases risk of fatal diseases, with Britons the worst culprits in Europe

    New study of 45,000 people found link between death and ultra-processed food

    Previous data has shown such meals can cause high blood pressure and cancer

    But this is first to investigate consumption of such products and mortality risk
Eating too many burgers, pizzas, biscuits and cakes can knock years off your life, according to new research.

A study of almost 45,000 middle-aged people found that deaths from heart disease, cancer and other illnesses were linked to the consumption of 'ultra-processed food'.

These include: chips, white bread, ready meals, sausages, sugary cereals and fizzy drinks - essentially any product involving an industrial procedure.

Worryingly, these snacks make up half the average Briton's diet – a higher proportion than any other European country – and they are prematurely killing us, say scientists.

And a 10 per cent increase in how much junk someone eats is associated with a 14 per cent rise in their risk of dying within the next eight years, they added.

Previous research has shown that these fat-rich, low-fibre foods cause high blood pressure and cancer, but this is the first to investigate consumption and mortality risk.

Co-author Dr Laure Schnabel, a nutritional epidemiologist at Paris-Sorbonne University, said: 'Ultra-processed foods contain multiple ingredients.

'The nutritional characteristics of [these] could partly explain the development of non-communicable chronic diseases among those who consume them.'

In addition to having a higher content of total fat, saturated fat and added sugar, many fast food items contain legal but controversial additives such as sodium nitrite and titanium oxide.

Meanwhile, artificial sweeteners - which are also commonly present in snacks - are suspected of altering gut bacteria, which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases which are major causes of premature mortality.

Together, when consumed in substantial volume over time, they can trigger long-term, potentially fatal illnesses.

The findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, were based on a survey of 44,551 healthy 45-to-64-year-olds in France, with an average age of 57 who kept 24-hour dietary records.

This enabled researchers to measure their intake of more than 3,000 different food items classified into four groups depending on their level of processing.

Overall, fast food accounted for 29 per cent of total energy intake - about 20 per cent less than in the UK and other industrialised countries, where it's half of a UK person's diet. More than anywhere else in Europe.

Last year, a study of 19 European countries found 50 per cent of food sold in the UK is ultra-processed compared with 46 per cent in Germany, 45 per cent in Ireland - and 14 per cent in France.
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HOW IS THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO TACKLE OBESITY?

October's proposed plans to restrict the number of calories in pizzas, pies and ready meals came as part of drastic Government moves over the past year to try and cut down on obesity.

A tax on added sugar in drinks came into force in April, requiring companies to hand over more of the money they make from drinks which contain more than 5g of sugar per 100ml of liquid.

As a result, many soft drinks have had their recipes changed in order to avoid paying the tax and putting prices up. Sugary drinks are the biggest single source of sugar for children and teenagers.

The Government is also considering making it compulsory for all restaurants and fast food outlets to display the number of calories in each meal on their menu.

Some food outlets already do this but there can be unexpected numbers of calories in popular dishes, and the Government is consulting on the plans before a decision is due in spring.

In March this year, Public Health England warned Brits to crack down on the number of calories they're eating, advising people to consume no more than 1,600 per day.

The watchdog says adults shouldn't eat any more than 400 calories for breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner – this would allow for some snacks, experts said.

Examples of 600-calorie meals include a tuna pasta salad and a small cereal bar, a chicken salad sandwich and a pack of crisps, or half a pepperoni pizza with a quarter of a garlic baguette and a banana.

In the same announcement PHE said shops selling the food should cut down their portion sizes to help people slim their waistlines.

Plans are also being considered to ban advertising junk food on television before 9pm, to reduce the number of children who are exposed to it.

Last September a parliamentary report was presented to the French Assembly over concerns about the increased consumption of ultra-processed foods

It emphasised policy actions aimed at improving the nutritional quality of the food supply and reducing intake by a fifth by 2021.

Dr Schnabel said: 'Ultra-processed foods consumption has largely increased during the past several decades and may drive a growing burden of non-communicable disease deaths.'

Higher consumption was associated with younger age, lower income and educational level, living alone, higher BMI and less physical activity.

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Re: Food Room

PostAuthor: Piling » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:43 am

If Humans are destroying themselves, I don't care, that's their own choice, except for the poorest people.

But our food and way of life are destroying animals, vegetation, and now, and it is the worst for all life on earth, insects.

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I try to buy only organic and harmless stuff, but it is not easy.
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