Industry watch archive

Forget port-swilling Victorians: 1 in 40 Brits have gout and cases in young adults increased 30%

2nd April 2024

The most recent figures have shown that 1 in 40 British people have gout, which makes it the most common form of inflammatory arthritis. Cases of gout have increased by 30% among people in their twenties and thirties (London Medical Laboratory).

The 2023 BMC Primary Care study examined 51,784 cases of people with gout. The study found that 35.9% of people experienced at least one more gout flare up during the study.

View the full study here:

 

2nd April 2024

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published research results on children’s meals served in restaurants in Northern Ireland. This research was conducted in partnership with local councils, 

The main findings of the report What’s on the Children’s Menu are:

The most popular children’s meals included fried chicken and chips, sausages and chips and burger and chips.

The most popular children’s meals had a high energy, salt and saturated fat content. 

View the full report here:

 

18th March 2024

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) Drummond Early Career Scientist Award is run by the BNF annually. The award recognises early career nutrition scientists, who demonstrate the potential to become future leaders in the nutrition field.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 26th May 2024. 

Find out more information and how to apply here:

AI-Generated Food Images Look Tastier Than Real Ones

18th March 2024

Researchers asked 297 study participants, to evaluate real or AI-generated images of food using a scale from “Not at all appetising” to “Extremely appetising.” The images included natural, processed, and ultra-processed foods.

The study found that the AI-generated food images were rated as significantly more appetising than the real food images, when the participants were not aware of how the images were created.

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4th March 2024

Action on Salt  examined the salt content of over 600 Cheddar and similar cheeses using 10 retailers.   

According to the new research data by Action on Salt,  plant-based cheeses contain the highest level of salt with an average salt content of 1.91g/100g.

Cheddar cheese contained the second highest salt levels, Cheddar was found to have an average salt content of 1.78g/100g. 

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4th March 2024

Public Health Scotland and Food Standards Scotland have produced a briefing paper on transforming our food environment and focuses on food promotions.

The briefing paper highlights the promotion of foods high in fat, sugar or salt, and explores the effect of food promotions on our behaviours and health. The briefing paper also recommends for more progressive action to reduce the promotion of foods high in fat, sugar or salt.

View the briefing paper here:

The demise of oat milk

19th February 2024

The sales of oat milk are declining in the UK and the US, although Oatly had a 0.3 per cent growth in volume in the UK last year.

This is a big change compared to a few years ago; between 2019 and 2020 the sales of oat milk increased by over 100 per cent. The consumption of  dairy seems to be increasing. Adults aged between 18 to 35 years old in Europe are  consuming more dairy compared to recent years, with 81 percent consuming cow’s milk at least once per week [1]. 

Find out more here:

Reference:

1) https://www.tateandlyle.com/news/dairy-trends-europe-younger-generation-eat-more-dairy-now-3-years-ago

19th February 2024

A new report “Going against the grain” [1] has been published based on a consumer survey on dietary fibre of over 1000 British adults aged 18 to 75 plus years old.

 The majority of people (74%) surveyed claimed to know what dietary fibre is. However, only a third (36%) picked out the correct definition of dietary fibre from a list, i.e. ‘a type of carbohydrate that humans can't digest’. 

Find out more here:

Reference:

1) A 2023 consumer survey of 1017 UK adults aged 18 to 75+ including 700 general population and 300 weight managers and dieters. Conducted by the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition at General Mills. https://www.bellinstitute.com/

5th February 2024

A YouGov Survey commissioned by Graham's Family Dairy, supported by the University of Loughborough found that:

  • Only 30% of adults in the UK who exercise know how much protein is contained in a medium sized egg
  • Only 9% of adults in the UK who exercise know how much protein is contained in a medium sized chicken breast
  • Only 18% of adults in the UK who exercise are aware of how much protein is in a standard sized yoghurt

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Food industry disruptors join forces to launch the UK’s first business programme focused on healthy sustainable diets

5th February 2024

The Future Food Movement (FFM) and Bite Back have launched the UK’s first industry-leading business programme which aims to create significant change for both child and planetary health.

The Food Systems Accelerator is a two-year programme which aims to challenge senior leaders of major food businesses to work together to find solutions to healthy and sustainable diets that are evidence-based.  

View more on the Future Food Movement here:

View more on Bite Back here:

22nd January 2024

The government and devolved administrations in the UK will introduce legislation to make it mandatory that non-wholemeal wheat flour must contain 250 micrograms of folic acid per 100 grams of flour. 

The level of fortification of folic acid in non-wholemeal wheat flour will be kept under review as part of monitoring and evaluating the legislation.

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22nd January 2024

This study investigated the lobbying practices of the ultra-processed food, alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries. The OpenSecrets database was used to source data on lobbyist backgrounds and lobbying spending. This database monitors lobbying in the United States. Data on lobbying spending was analysed from 1998 to 2020. 

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Over half would make changes to their diet based on information from social media

8th January 2024

An online survey from the British Nutrition Foundation has found that 56% of respondents who use social media to find information on health stated that they would be likely to make dietary changes based on information provided on Instagram or Tik Tok.

Twenty seven percent of respondents stated that they had read information on diet and health on social media recently, and their top motivators for dietary changes were weight loss (40%) and improving fitness levels (36%).

Find out more here:

8th January 2024

The Food Foundation recently launched their second State of the Nation’s Food Industry Report

Keys findings of the report include:

  • No major UK food service or food retail business has an objective for or reports the percentage of sales from animal and plant proteins.
  • Sixty two percent of main meals offered by major UK restaurants included meat and only 32% of main meals offered were meatless.

 

Read the full report here:

11th December 2023

Four in five British people enjoy an energy boost with a cup of tea and 58% stated that they drink tea instead of turning on the heating, according to the UK Tea and Infusions Association (UKTIA).  

Eighty per cent of British people also like to have a snack along with their cup of tea.

Find out more about tea here:

Deprived families unable to make most of NHS diabetes devices, say charities

11th December 2023

Families from deprived backgrounds cannot make the most of diabetes technology provided by the NHS. This is due to being unable to afford smartphones, according to healthcare professionals and charity workers.

Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are provided by the NHS for people with type 1 diabetes. This enables glucose levels to be monitored without finger-prick blood tests. 

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27th November 2023

This study examined the effect of vascular risk factors measured for an average period of greater than 30 years on the incidence of Alzheimer's Disease in the Framingham Heart Study participants.

The study evaluated the effect of vascular risk factors on the occurrence of Alzheimer's Disease on single time-point measurements from early (35-50 years), middle (51-60 years), and late adulthood (61-70 years).

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27th November 2023

This study assessed the application of a whole systems approach (WSA) to healthy weight and diet in two council areas of Scotland. It longitudinally examined enablers and barriers to the WSA.

One council area used a Leeds Beckett WSA model (LBM), the other council area used a hybrid model integrating existing working systems. The study compared the two different WSA implementation models.

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