Second in an occasional series of reports on food matters of interest to consumers, compiled by Consumers SA Executive member Elaine Attwood.

More on sugar

Thailand is expected to introduce a sugar cap by next year according to the national food regulator.

The Food and Drug Administration says a bill to legislate for a maximum of 10% sugar and sweetener content has been submitted to the government.  It is expected to pass through parliament over the coming months.  Those operating with a higher proportion of sugar and sweeteners would be forced to pay higher taxes.

 (Breaking News on Food and Beverage Development and Technology - Asia Pacific - Free newsletter 6 June, 2017)

Back to Basics on Sugars. Fats and Obesity

In an interesting (May 2017) blog from Australia’s Science Channel, the author explores the view that he has been programmed to consume sugar throughout his life and that this exposure provides a breeding ground for neurological addiction. He argues that one of the reasons for this is because fat has been demonised and has resulted in the manufacturing of low- to non-fat products which now proliferate on supermarket shelves.   This has had a significant effect on taste and been compensated for with - sugar.

He says, ‘This ever-rising rate of obesity has not only drastically increased the number of chronic ailments we are contracting; it has also become a leading cause for cardiovascular disease. It has been proposed that sugars lead to inflammation in our cardiovascular system. Thus when there is an excess of sugar intake, our immune system is unable to fight inflammations fast enough.’

New trials show ‘multiple health benefits’ from consuming mango: industry body.

Several emerging human studies on mango consumption are reporting improved blood pressure, blood sugar control and gut health, according to the National Mango Board.

India accounts for almost half the global production of the fruit, followed by China and Thailand.

Three studies have been conducted- one investigated the metabolic effects of daily consumption of freshly frozen mango pulp and the relationship between mango metabolites to Body Mass Index and circulating biomarkers. A second study found that one hour after a meal with mango, plasma glucose was lower and the third study looked at gut micro-biota after mango consumption. While all were positive it was acknowledged that more studies were needed.

(Breaking News on Food and Beverage Development and TechnologyAsia Pacific - Free newsletter 9 June 2017)

Australian Power Plant’s waste puts bubbles in beer.

AGL Energy recently commissioned a plant at its Torrens Island power station in South Australia to recover carbon dioxide.  The plant, operated by Air Liquide will capture and purify up to 50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from the power station’s exhaust per year. It is the first facility to capture and sell CO2 from a power station in Australia.

The CO2 will be sold in S.A. for a variety of uses, including carbon dioxide enrichment in greenhouses for tomato growing, carbonated drinks, reducing the pH in water treatment facilities, including the desalination and modified atmosphere packaging for soft drinks and beer.

(Breaking news on Food and Beverage Development and Technology - Asia Pacific - Free Newsletter 9 June 2017)

AuthorRay Dennis