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Press release

18/05/2016

RICHFIELDS aims to design a consumer data platform, to collect and connect, compare and share information about food behaviours, to revolutionise research on every-day choices made across Europe. Bringing together science, industry and technology, RICHFIELDS will utilise previously underexploited “big data” to assess the potential to link and share information generated by us daily (e.g. apps, sensors), as well as by business (e.g. retail and manufactures) and research (e.g. medical, sales, surveillance data).

03/05/2016

Sticking to a Mediterranean style diet decreases the levels of the inflammatory marker called C-reative protein, linked to ageing, finds the EU funded project NU-AGE. At a recent conference in Brussels, researchers presented that a NU-AGE Mediterranean style diet, tested in the project, significantly decreased the levels of this protein which is one of the main inflammatory markers linked with the ageing process. Another positive effect of this diet was that the rate of bone loss in people with osteoporosis was reduced. Other parameters such as insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular health, digestive health and quality of life are yet to be analysed.

06/10/2015

The size of a food package can influence people’s perception of portion size.

Larger food pack sizes can increase consumer estimates of portion sizes finds a new study completed by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) and the University of Surrey.

The results of the study, published in the journal Appetite, found that crisps, chocolate, lasagne and cola type drinks all showed evidence of increased portion size estimates when participants were presented with larger pack sizes. This was also observed for multiple food items such as chicken nuggets, sweets and biscuits where participants were asked how many items make up a portion.

22/05/2015

Europe needs a world-class research infrastructure to help researchers better understand the relationship between food, nutrition and health. The EuroDISH project, which is EU-funded (Sep 2012-Aug 2015), produced a roadmap for the deployment of an overarching European food and health research infrastructure by 2025. The project’s results were presented at the Expo in Milan, in Italy, on Friday 15 May 2015.

07/04/2015

 
  • European-wide study by Food4Me project shows that personalised nutrition advice is more effective to improve dietary behaviour compared to conventional ‘one-size-fits-all’, population-based advice.   
 
  • Participants that received personalised nutrition advice ate significantly healthier diets, increased their B vitamin folate intake and consumed significantly less energy, red meat, salt, and saturated fat than those randomised to the control group; regardless of whether personalisation was based on their diet alone, their phenotype or their genotype.  
 
  • To reassure public concerns, a service provider would need to provide credible expertise and use a secure system for storing personal data to maintain user anonymity and privacy.
 
  • Personalised nutrition advice has a potential market value of 6 to 18 billion euros.
 
  • A White Book that summarises the project’s results is available on the Food4Me website.

13/03/2015

EUFIC’s animated video translates science behind the energy balance concept in a clear, engaging and fun way, and gives practical tips for a healthy energy balance.

12/01/2015

A new European-funded project comprising thirty organisations from fifteen countries has started working together to study the microorganisms in our intestines and the role they play in health, well-being, and how they can help prevent diet- and brain-related diseases.

26/11/2014

A recent study by Professor Monique Raats of the University of Surrey’s Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, in conjunction with the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) in Brussels, has shown that consumers do take into account reference amounts displayed on front of pack nutrition labelling when making their judgements of healthfulness, thus highlighting their importance for the effective presentation of nutrition information.

09/07/2014

On 2nd July 2014 the findings from the CHANCE project were presented, alongside research from experts working in similar fields, at the CHANCE final conference ‘Targeting at risk-of-poverty populations in Europe with affordable and nutritionally enhanced food products’ which was held at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels. The conference provided a place where experts from across Europe could discuss the outcomes which have emerged from the research, including the finding that the population as a whole often fails to meet nutritional recommendations and the development of healthy, affordable and commonly consumed food prototypes.

03/06/2014

Brussels, 3 June 2014, from the European Food Information Council (EUFIC): EUFIC study shows that, when it comes to choosing foods, price and nutritional value come first. But consumer interest in sustainability could influence food choice in the future as awareness of sustainability grows with regards to food. A podcast summarises results to be presented by Prof Klaus Grunert at the European Commission’s Green Week, June 3 – 5.

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