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Your guide to food safety & quality and health & nutrition for a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Black and white thinking may hinder one’s ability to maintain a healthy weight      Saturated fat may not be associated with a greater health risk whilst trans fat could have a role      A combination of lower calorie intake and exercise may have additional benefits to reduce diabetes risk      EFSA opinion on acrylamide       “Eating addiction”, rather than “food addiction”, better captures addictive-like eating behaviour      Increased diversity of food in the first year of life may help protect against allergies      ‘Eurobarometer’ survey highlights the challenges of getting Europeans active      Strategies to mitigate meat consumption should take consumer dietary choices into account      Prof. Grunert presents EUFIC consumer study at Green Week: price and nutritional value come first, while sustainability awareness could influence food choice in the future      Managing the risk posed by the unintended presence of allergens in food products      Portion sizes: The amounts kids consume could be related to the amounts parents serve themselves      Researchers identify key personalised-nutrition business models and factors to attract and keep consumers      Understanding and concern for sustainability don't translate into action on food choices      Practical classes more effective than theory classes in teaching food safety risks to children      Does wheat make us fat and sick?      EFSA conclude aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current intake levels       When nutrition labels increase our food consumption      Assessment of the risk to humans posed by exposure to low levels of chemicals      
Life with a Food Allergy
This video explains the basics of food allergies and allergen labelling. It provides tips to help you stay safe and enjoy a healthy life!
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Energy Balance Explained

This video explains the science behind energy balance and how it affects you. It provides practical tips – small steps that you can incorporate in your lifestyle to reach a healthy balance!
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EUFIC Publications
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In addition to its freely available content on the website and in open access scientific journals, EUFIC produces materials that address specific issues or audiences, for which we must charge printing costs. On this page, you can purchase our annual Global Update on Nutrition Labelling, the booklet 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Kids.
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EUFIC Review: Whole Grains

EUFIC's review on whole grains provides a thorough overview of effects of whole grains on our health and wellbeing. It shares the updated European definition, information on nutritional composition, health effects, recommendations, and innovations.

10 tips to healthy eating

Get on the move

As we have seen, too many calories and not enough activity can result in weight gain. Moderately physical activity helps burn off those extra calories. It is also good for the heart and circulatory system and for general health and well-being. So, make physical activity part of your daily routine. Use the stairs instead of the liftelevator (up and down!). Go for a walk in your lunch break. You don't have to be an athlete to get on the move!

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20 Years of EUFIC
20 years small logoIn 2015, the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) celebrates 20 years of achievements as a balanced source of science-based information in the area of nutrition and health, food safety and quality, and consumer insights. For 20 years, EUFIC has helped consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet and lifestyle.
New edition of EUFIC’s popular booklet “10 healthy lifestyle tips for kids” educational quiz!

Kids can answer questions about their diet and lifestyle, and learn healthy tips at the same time. Following these ten tips will help them stay fit and healthy. It’s as easy as riding a bike, once you’ve got the balance right!

We welcome you to download freely or order the booklet and share it with your friends and family (available in 12 languages!).

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EuroDISH: Europe needs a better infrastructure for food and health research 08/07/2015
Highlights from the 22nd European Congress on Obesity 2015 02/07/2015
Highlights from the 11th Biennial Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) 2014 16/03/2015
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EUFIC at the 12th European Nutrition Conference FENS 2015

The 12th European Nutrition Conference FENS 2015 (the Federation of European Nutrition Societies) takes place on 20-23 October, in Berlin, Germany.
The conference will communicate up-to-date science to help Europeans keep a healthy lifestyle, centring around five topics: Food and nutrient intake, dietary patterns, dietary guidelines; Advance in dietary studies, methodology and design; Metabolic diversity; Nutrition, public health, and chronic diseases; and Food quality, food safety, sustainability, consumer behaviour, and policy. For the scientific programme click here.

EUFIC is chairing a symposium at the conference - for more info please click here.

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New podcast: Highlights from the 22nd European Congress on Obesity 2015

The 22nd European Congress on Obesity (ECO), hosted by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), took place in Prague, Czech Republic, in May 2015. Obesity remains a major public health priority in Europe, with prevalence continually increasing, as was highlighted in a presentation by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Their obesity forecast exercise indicated that unless immediate action was taken, the proportion of overweight or obese adults in Europe would rise by 2030. ECO raises awareness of the issue, and provides a platform to promote, inform and engage in the latest scientific developments in the field. The varied programme drew over 1,200 participants from 73 countries worldwide, and featured a range of obesity-related topics. EUFIC interviewed seven of the speakers at the conference, who summarised their research findings.

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EUFIC publishes NEW Jan 2015 Global Update on Nutrition Labelling
NEW January 2015 Edition:
This Global Update seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of play on the issue today: what are the major nutrition labelling initiatives adopted or in the pipeline to date? How do they work? What do the various stakeholders say? Where is the debate heading? What does the research show? 
EUFIC and partner food information organisations have produced a January 2014 edition of the Global Update on Nutrition Labelling, which can be purchased from EUFIC. It is directed to those that have a particular interest in the state of nutrition labelling around the world, beyond a regulatory perspective. Browse the NEW Executive Summary.
Sugar - how is it produced?
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Sugars in our diet - Science supports enjoyment in moderation

Sugars, a type of carbohydrate, have been making media headlines repeatedly over the last years. Most strikingly, the debate tends to be based on gut feelings rather than solid science, often missing out on key studies and reviews. However, for policy makers to make informed decisions about sugar consumption in relation to health, they require a well-balanced reflection of the current scientific evidence. In this context, the European Food Safety Authority in its 2010 scientific opinion on dietary carbohydrates concluded that current data do not allow setting an upper limit for (added) sugar intake in relation to body weight, dental health and certain adverse metabolic effects.

Sugar is a common and important part of our diet and provides an essential fuel for our bodies. In fact, the brain and the red blood cells need glucose as an energy source since they cannot use fat, protein, or other forms of energy for this purpose. Sugar also makes our diet more palatable by adding sweetness to a large range of foods. As with any nutrient, excess consumption can have a negative health impact. Therefore, sugar should be eaten in moderation. Furthermore, an overall healthy lifestyle encompasses regular physical activity alongside a balanced diet.

To better understand sugars and their impact on health, EUFIC provides a range of information materials that cover many of the sugar-related topics and give an overview of the most recent scientific developments in the field.


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The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) is a non-profit organisation which communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality, to help consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet.

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