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The Food Magazine Issue 72 

January/March 2006

Food Magazine 72Chew on this!
The Food Commission’s new website gives an inside view on modern food production for both young teenagers and inquisitive adults.

Cadbury king-sizes by a different name
Despite having announced in 2004 that it would eliminate 'king size' chocolate bars to do its bit to help cut the nation’s calorie consumption, large-size Cadbury chocolate bars are back. And Cadbury's chocolate finger biscuits (manufactured under licence by Burtons Biscuits) now come in 'the biggest box ever!

Nutrition, mental health and behaviour
The Food Magazine examines the research which suggests a healthy diet can do more than lead to a healthy body.

Supermarkets rated for health
There are twice as many supermarket price promotions for fatty and sugary foods compared to healthier options of fruit and vegetables, according to a new league table published by the National Consumer Council (NCC) in November.

Waitrose wins award for the welfare of pigs, poultry and fish
Waitrose has been named as Britain's most farm animal friendly supermarket for the second time in succession in Compassion in World Farming's 'Compassionate Supermarket of the Year' Awards.

Are common additive cocktails toxic?
Research to be formally published this spring shows that combinations of common food additives act synergistically and could have a greater toxic effect in laboratory tests than the individual additives alone.

TV ads to be hidden in programmes
Under new proposals from the EU the incidence of covert advertising, known as 'product placement', is set to boom.

Obesity hits over 30% of adults aged 60
Obesity rates are climbing for all adults, with those aged between 55 and 64 most at risk.

Meat and dairy: where have the minerals gone?
The mineral content of popular meats and milk products has fallen significantly. Looking at 15 different meat items, research shows that the iron content has fallen on average 47% since the 1930s, with some products showing a fall as high as 80%. The iron content of milk had dropped by over 60% while for cream and eight different cheeses the iron loss was over 50%.

Terminator is back
'Terminator' technology genetically modifies plants to produce only sterile seeds. This forces farmers to buy new seed each season and allows biotech companies' monopoly control over seeds. International negotiations in Brazil in March will decide on the future of the technology.

Companies promise miraculous hangover cures
Dietary supplements and energy drinks promise not only to cure your hangover, but also to sober you up.

Flavourings conjure up ‘Mediterranean Magic’
Why eat a healthy Mediterranean diet when you can pretend you're getting all that goodness with the use of a some cheap, artificial flavourings? And after your meal, how about a flavoured cigarette?

Asda bows to campaign pressure over fish supplies
Supermarket Asda has promised to improve the sustainability of its fish supplies after coming lowest in a list of supermarkets rated by Greenpeace for their fisheries policies.

What the doctor reads
The latest research from the medical journals