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Our issues on Nutrition and Health


Starch is the most common digestible carbohydrate in the human diet. Digestible carbohydrates are the most important fuel for our brains and provide our bodies with the energy our organs need to function. In order to function correctly, our body needs carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, minerals and vitamins. In terms of energy intake, EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, recommends that 45-60% of our daily energy intake comes from carbohydrates (4 kilocalories of energy per gram) which includes dietary fibres (on average 2 kilocalories of energy per gram), 20-35% from fats (9 kilocalories of energy per gram) and 10-15% from proteins (7 kilocalories of energy per gram).

The maintenance of a stable body weight requires the right balance between the total amount of energy consumed and the total amount of energy expended. However, increases in body weight occur when energy intake exceeds expenditure. Carbohydrates, like starch, form an essential part of the human diet, however, if they are consumed in excess, this can lead to problems of obesity.

Starch Europe follows closely the ongoing debate on nutrition and health and fully supports the EU’s programme of action in the field of public health, which focuses on life-style determinants such as adequate nutrition and physical activity


The popular belief that sugars, because of their innate sweetness and hedonic properties, may over take the regulatory controls on food intake and promote excessive consumption is not supported by robust scientific evidence. Further information on Glucose-Fructose Syrups can be found on the website ot the European Food Information council – EUFIC.  http://www.eufic.org/page/fr/page/FAQ/faqid/glucose-fructose-syrup/


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Starch Europe Statement on the EU-Funded SciView Study

  Starch Europe Statement on the EU-Funded SciView Study Starch Europe takes note of the publication of the SciView study. This two year study conducted by ICF and funded by the European Commission reviewing Scientific Evidence and Policies on Nutrition and Physical Activity is divided into 8 chapters, including one focusing on the relationship between [...]

2019-02-01T16:09:51+00:00February 1st, 2019|

Starch Europe launches new online Q&A platform – www.starchinfood.eu

Starch-based ingredients made simple: Starch Europe launches a new interactive platform to respond to stakeholders’ questions about starch in food June 27, 2017. Brussels – Today, Starch Europe launched a new online Q&A platform “Starch in Food: Your Questions Answered” (starchinfood) inviting visitors to learn more about the use of all starch based ingredients, including [...]

2017-12-27T13:18:08+00:00June 27th, 2017|

Starch Europe product factsheets on starch, glucose syrups, glucose fructose syrups and maltodextrins

In its ongoing efforts to help better inform customers and consumers about starch based ingredients, how they are produced, where and why they are used in final food and drink products and how they are labelled, Starch Europe today published product factsheets on starch, glucose syrups, glucose fructose syrups and maltodextrins. These will be [...]

2017-12-27T13:18:09+00:00June 26th, 2017|

‘Facts about sugars’ video launched

'Facts about sugars' video launched by Starch Europe, CEFS, UNESDA and Caobisco Further to the ‘Facts about sugars’ brochure they published in May 2015, the EU trade associations representing sugar (CEFS), soft drinks (UNESDA), confectionery and biscuits (Caobisco) and starch (Starch Europe) have launched a short video summarizing the brochure’s main conclusions. The video [...]

2018-09-18T11:03:08+00:00November 7th, 2016|
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