The UK Saved Lives By Reducing Salt in Foods. Meanwhile, Here in the States…

The UK Saved Lives By Reducing Salt in Foods. Meanwhile, Here in the States…

Public health policy works. Here are some hard numbers for you, straight from the United Kingdom: Between 2003 and 2011, the Brits decreased their daily salt intake by 15 percent In that same time, death from heart diseases decreased by … Continue reading

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UK to Food Companies: Label Your Bad Nutrients RED

UK to Food Companies: Label Your Bad Nutrients RED

Hey FDA, take a look at what your British counterpart (Food Standards Agency) did last week. They issued guidelines for front-of-pack labeling of food items. No crazy inventions or wild west labeling decisions that have been confusing American consumers for … Continue reading

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UK Weight Loss Advertising Guidelines: No More BS

UK Weight Loss Advertising Guidelines: No More BS

The Brits have an obesity problem, just like we do. And they have their fair share of weight loss products and services, just like we do. They also have someone responsible overseeing the ads for these types of services. Just … Continue reading

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Coke’s Work-it-Out-Calculator to Help Combat Obesity?

Coke’s Work-it-Out-Calculator to Help Combat Obesity?

Coca Cola UK has introduced an online tool to help people calculate how much exercise they need to offset the calories in their beverages. You’ll need a 30 minute walk to burn off the 139 calories in a can of … Continue reading

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Front of Pack Nutrition Labeling in the UK Set for 2013

Front of Pack Nutrition Labeling in the UK Set for 2013

The BBC reports that a uniform front of pack nutrition label is expected to appear on most food packages next year. The labels will not be mandatory, as that would require a pan European agreement, but the British government is … Continue reading

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Which Simplified Nutrition Label Works Best for Consumers?

Which Simplified Nutrition Label Works Best for Consumers?

The CDC last week published the findings of an online consumer survey recently conducted to learn what Front of Pack (FOP) nutrition labeling system is most understandable. 480 people had to select one of five choices as most elucidating: no … Continue reading

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FDA to Re-examine Risks of Artificial Food Dyes

FDA to Re-examine Risks of Artificial Food Dyes

The FDA is convening an advisory panel later this week for a two day “colorthon” to discuss mounting evidence that artificial food dyes are causing hyperactivity in kids. This is huge folks. What you need to know: The FDA long … Continue reading

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What do Silly Putty and Chicken McNuggets Have in Common?

What do Silly Putty and Chicken McNuggets Have in Common?

How could we have missed this one from CNN Health? Q: What’s the difference between McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets in the US vs. the UK? A: Silly Putty! It appears that for some reason, McDonald’s USA is employing certain ingredients that … Continue reading

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Mystery: Why Have Kids’ Peanut Allergies Tripled in a Decade?

Mystery: Why Have Kids’ Peanut Allergies Tripled in a Decade?

A study published in the May 12 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, provides an alarming statistic: …[a] research team surveyed 5,300 households in 2008 and discovered that 1.4% of children were thought to have peanut allergies, … Continue reading

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Breaking: UK Gives Up on Traffic Light Nutrition Labels

Breaking: UK Gives Up on Traffic Light Nutrition Labels

In a blow to consumer in the UK, and possibly in the US, The Food Standards Agency (same as our FDA) has decided to back off their proposed traffic light nutrition labeling on the front of food packages. According to … Continue reading

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