Carbohydrates and fibres (sugar, starches)

The salt and pepper popped lotus seeds

Are popped lotus seeds the next popcorn?

By Niamh Michail

Also known as fox nuts, the gluten-free seeds of an Asian water lily could soon rival popcorn as consumers' guilt-free, savoury snack of choice, says UK start-up Nuto.

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Sweden to investigate low uptake of Keyhole logo

By Niamh Michail

Sweden's National Food Agency will investigate why many manufacturers choose not to add the free-to-use, healthy eating Keyhole logo to their products despite being eligible.

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OptiBiotix files three new patents for SweetBiotix

By Nathan Gray

Three new patent filings relating to sweet fibres and natural high intensity sweeteners – with improved flavour and microbiome modulating functions – will add further protection to OptiBiotix’s intellectual property, says the firm.

Stevia, listed as E 960 in Europe, is made by extracting the sweet-tasting molecules from the stevia plant. © iStock/zeleno

PureCircle plays down EU stevia stumbling block

By Niamh Michail

Malaysian supplier PureCircle must provide more data to prove the safety of both minor steviol glycosides and glucosylated stevia, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in two separate opinions.

Ireland sugar tax pushed back to May

Ireland's sugar tax pushed back to May

By Rachel Arthur

The introduction of Ireland’s sugar tax has been pushed back to May 1 to ensure the levy does not infringe EU state aid law.

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Are some 'no added sugar' claims really illegal?

By Niamh Michail

Claims such as ‘no added sugar’ on foods containing sweeteners are commonplace and an important part of healthy branding - but are they technically illegal under EU law? We put the question to a food law expert.