Welcome to the avisso column – an update on nutrition-related subjects that have an impact on public health; be it legislation, innovations in the food industry or trends on the high street. Anything that may shape or influence consumer eating habits will be discussed.
Introduction of peanut and egg during weaning
A Joint Statement has recently been published from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment. In summary, while the government continues to recommend exclusive breast feeding for the first six months of life, they now also suggest that complementary foods, which include peanuts and eggs, should be introduced from six months. They state “The deliberate exclusion of peanut or hen’s egg beyond six to twelve months of age may increase the risk of allergy to the same foods. If initial exposure is not continued as part of the infant’s usual diet, then this may increase the risk of sensitisation and subsequent food allergy”. They advise that “Families of infants with a history of early-onset eczema or suspected food allergy may wish to seek medical advice before introducing these foods.”
Tesco launch range of vegetables aimed at children
In a bid to encourage children to eat more vegetables, Tesco have launched new star-shaped, “easy to eat” butternut squash bites. Other lines will be added to the range, including smiley sweet potato faces.
(Photo from Tesco.com)
Augmented reality menus
Rather than having to look at the table next to you in a restaurant to see what the dish looks like, apps, such as Kabaq, that let you view dishes in a 360 degree view are now available. Restaurants can create their menus in 3D using this technology, allowing customers to look at the dishes to scale as if it were in front of them.
Trace the origins of the food you eat
A new technology platform, Provenance, allows shoppers to trace the origin of their food from supplier to shelf by scanning the product barcode using a smartphone. Shoppers can not only find out information about its origin, but also the product ingredients and whether it is suitable for specific diets, such as organic, gluten-free or dairy-free. Profiles of the farmer or producer can also be viewed. The new technology is currently being tested in stores in London.
Eat Natural have launched a high protein granola – Granooolala – containing around 7-8 g protein per 50 g portion and 4-5 g sugar.
The range includes Cocoa & Almonds, with oats, coconut and seeds, Coffee & Walnuts with oats, rye crumbs and seeds; and Cinnamon Spice with oats, seeds and almonds.
Vegan drive thru restaurant
Globally Local, a vegan restaurant, has opened a second restaurant in London featuring a drive thru option, making it the first vegan drive thru in the UK. With Pret A Manger opening their second Veggie only store in London (and a third one on the way), veganism’s popularity is certainly increasing in the UK.