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Food labels have minor impact

Nutrition labels showcasing healthy foods have no significant impact on New Zealanders' food choices, according to latest research. "Their effect is pretty small and limited to shoppers already interested in healthy eating," says leading nutrition expert, Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu of the University of Auckland. However, labels affect industry behaviour, with most labelled products reformulated to make them healthier (e.g. less salt, more fibre) as a result of adoption. ... more

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FGC will work with Govt on healthier food choices

The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council welcomes the Government’s interest in food and beverage manufacturing, and looks forward to sharing the success of our members’ reformulation and innovation work, and working constructively to see what more can be done to help Kiwis make healthier choices, says Chief Executive Katherine Rich. “Our member companies are responsive to New Zealand consumers, and the No 1 consumer trend over the past five years has been for food and ... more

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World experts to speak on infant nutrition

The Infant Nutrition Council, the peak body for infant formula manufacturers in New Zealand and Australia, will hold its annual conference in Auckland tomorrow and Friday. The conference has attracted world experts in early life nutrition, including from New Zealand, Australia, Germany and the UK. Session topics include: Optimal nutrition for babies born preterm Current controversies in feeding the preterm baby Baby-led weaning The role of omega-3 fatty acid DHA ... more

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More science added to 5 A Day

Food scientist Dr Carolyn Lister has been appointed a trustee on the board of the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust. The Trust’s general manager, Paula Dudley, says Dr Lister’s appointment this month brings a new level of scientific expertise to the organisation and broadens the skillset at board level. Dr Lister, Plant & Food Research’s Phytochemical & Health Team Leader, has worked with 5+ A Day for several years and says the organisation is doing a great job of ... more

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Demand for Kidscan Food in-School programme doubles in five years

In 2005 when KidsCan started it was providing food and clothing items to 40 low decile schools, this year it’s helping 675 schools. KidsCan CEO Julie Chapman says the charity now feeds nearly 30,000 children a week in 16 regions across New Zealand, which works out (on average) to 21 percent of the KidsCan schools’ roll. That’s up from just 11% five years ago. “The increase in the need for food support is significant. If this continues, in another five years ... more

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High-Value Nutrition researchers tackle global health issues

The country’s top scientists are taking on two major global health issues: the tsunami of diabetes in Asia and how the right nutrition can boost immunity to the flu in research supported by the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge. Challenge Chief Scientist Professor Martin Kussmann said, “We’re bringing together the best researchers in the country to work on some very innovative science.” Professor Sally Poppitt, director of the Human Nutrition Unit ... more

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Kiwis’ cholesterol levels set to benefit from new food innovation

A new innovation to a breakfast food first introduced almost 90 years ago will see the country’s most popular cereal brand introduce a new product containing plant sterols which are clinically proven to reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol by up to nine per cent in four weeks. According to Ministry of Health statistics,’ approximately one in four NZ adults need to manage their cholesterol levels for their heart health. Sanitarium has launched a NZ-first extension to its ... more

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Food Structures, Digestion & Health Conference - program launched

Food Structures, Digestion and Health International Conference 2017 Tuesday 24 - Friday 27 October 2017 Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney The Food Structures, Digestion & Health Conference program is now available on the Conference website. The 2017 Food Structures, Digestion and Health International Conference is focused on increasing awareness that food format and food structure have a significant effect on the bio-availability of nutrients. The focus has shifted development of ... more

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Unscrambling egg confusion

New statement clarifies eggs every day Is okay After decades of communicating the need to limit one of New Zealand’s favourite foods, a new statement agreed by nutrition experts is giving Kiwis clarification on what has become an age-old question: Are eggs good for us and how often can we eat them? The new statement says: Eggs are a healthy, natural whole food that the New Zealand Ministry of Health Eating and Activity Guidelines1 state can be enjoyed by most people every ... more

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Star ratings encourage production of healthier foods

The voluntary Health Star Rating is encouraging manufacturers to create healthier foods, surveys of more than 44,000 New Zealand supermarket products over a three-year period have shown. The survey was part of the study: Effects of a Voluntary Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling System on Packaged Food Reformulation: The Health Star Rating System in New Zealand conducted by University of Auckland academics and published in the journal Nutrients. Lead researcher Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu ... more

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