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Science Briefs
In this section, we feature scientific publications of new research from Europe and the rest of the world, that may be of interest to EUFIC readers. EUFIC was not involved in this research, unless stated otherwise.
Process contaminants in vegetable oils and foods pose potential health concerns finds EFSA 18/05/2016
Recommendations from WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity 22/04/2016
One quarter of European food carries health claims 29/03/2016
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EUFIC review: Facts on Fats

EUFIC’s review Facts on Fats provides the reader with an extensive, though easy to understand, overview of the various aspects related to the fats we consume through our diets.

Part one of the review explains the basics of dietary fats. It clarifies what dietary fats are, how fats differ from a molecular perspective, which roles they play in the human body, and the importance of fats in food technology.

The second part, dietary fats and health, is a review of the scientific literature that provides information on dietary fat recommendations and the most recent advances in nutrition science on the consumption of dietary fats and how this impacts health.
Publications: Open Access
EUFIC's peer-reviewed science-based research on food is available via Open Access wherever possible. Recent publications:
 
Nutrition labelling to prevent obesity - Reviewing the evidence from Europe, June 2012 in Current Obesity Reports
 
Penetration of nutrition information on food labels across the EU-27 plus Turkey, September 2010 in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
 
Nutrition knowledge, and use and understanding of nutrition information on food labels among consumers in the UK, May 2010 in Appetite
 
Use and understanding of nutrition information on food labels in six European countries, January 2010 in Journal of Public Health
 
Consumer preferences for front-of-pack calories labelling, February 2008 in Public Health Nutrition
 
A review of European research on consumer response to nutrition information on food labels, April 2007 in Journal of Public Health
 
The EUFIC 2016 Global Update on Nutrition Labeling has been published!
 
 
A comprehensive overview of the state of play on Nutrition Labelling worldwide: What are the major nutrition labelling initiatives adopted or in the pipeline to date? What do the various stakeholders say? Where is the debate heading? What does the research show?
Check the Executive Summary.
How do consumers respond to portion information?
Nutritional labellingHow do consumers respond to portion information on food and drink labels?
 
Listen to EUFIC’s recorded webinar in the EUFIC Multimedia Centre, and
read EUFIC Forum No. 5 "Consumer response to portion information on food and drink packaging. A pan-European study" 
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Making the most of EUFIC

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CLYMBOL Conference: Consumers and Health Claims

The pan-European project CLYMBOL (“Role of health-related claims and symbols in consumer behaviour”) will present its final results on 15 June 2016, at a public stakeholder conference in Brussels. This includes a workshop on implications and policy recommendations. Seats are limited! 

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FENS 2015 Webinars

The 12th European Nutrition Conference FENS 2015 that took place on the 20th – 23rd October 2015 in Berlin, Germany, communicated up-to-date science to help Europeans develop a healthy lifestyle.

EUFIC was present, and chaired a Symposium on understanding behaviour change, covering the theory, practice and implementation of behaviour change science.

As promised, the webinars from the symposium are now available online, and we welcome you to listen and share.

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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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ABOUT EUFIC
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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