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Understanding food

Background Information

Understanding Food

Today's consumers in Europe can benefit from an unprecedented variety of food and food products, as well as an unparalleled amount of information about food, to help ensure that diets are nutritious. In particular, many modern food labels provide detailed information to help consumers understand the nutritional content of the foods they purchase. As a result, consumers are better able to make informed decisions with regard to which foods, and in what qu ...

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Science Briefs

What determines the nutrition knowledge of food shoppers across Europe?

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Coffee may reduce the risk of liver cancer

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Cinnamon may delay glucose response

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Press release

Lack of attention and motivation major obstacles for nutrition labelling use, says EU study

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Lights! Camera!...Food?! 2010 Food 4U Awareness Campaign

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Can health claims and symbols lead to healthier eating habits?

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Videos and webinars
ICN Symposium: Food and Nutrition Reporting in the Media 24/03/2014
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Food Today

EU project RECAPT: Novel technologies and collaborative innovation in the food sector

RECAPT (Retailer and Consumer Acceptance of Promising Novel Technologies and Collaborative Innovation Management) is a three-year (2011-2014) EU-funded project which aims at supporting closer collaborative management of innovations along the food supply chain. More specifically, the RECAPT project has investigated the role of retailers and caterers in food innovation and how different players collaborate in the innovation process.

Honey

Honey is a natural ingredient used for its sweetness, energy and potential health benefits. There are hundreds of different honey types such as clover, acacia or manuka, depending on the botanical origin. This article explores how honey is made, describes its composition, and discusses research on its reported health effects.

EU project Connect4Action: Connecting key players in the food innovation process to improve consumer acceptance of new products

New products provide a means for the food industry to remain competitive. Although thousands of new food products are launched, the majority fail. The success of innovations depends on consumers accepting novel products and technologies, and therefore it is important to know their needs and preferences. It also requires better communication among the food chain actors.

Food production 1: The evolution of meeting nutritional needs through processing and labelling

European consumers expect nutritious, safe, environmentally sustainable, and affordable food products. This article gives an overview of food processing, its evolution, consumer trends, and how the food industry works to meet EU consumer needs and desires, focusing on nutrition.

Food traceability: cornerstone of EU food safety policy

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Following the political fallout and damage to consumer confidence and the food industry caused by the BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) known as “mad cow disease” crisis of the 1990s, the EU embarked on a major reform of its policy and regulation in relation to food safety. Food traceability is the cornerstone of that reform.

Public engagement for inclusive food and health research

Even though food and health are key priorities in most European countries, this has not led to significant improvements in diet and lifestyle. Innovative approaches are needed. INPROFOOD project aims to improve research in Europe by promoting bottom-up development of societal engagement concepts.
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Other articles

New dietary strategies for healthy ageing in Europe

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Role of health-related claims and symbols in consumer behaviour

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Energy Balance

With only some basic data, the energy balance calculator defines your Body Mass Index (BMI), your daily energy requirements and if you are at risk for certain diseases.

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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This site was last updated 20/09/2016
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