The second volume of Foods, nutrients and food ingredients with authorised EU health claims continues from Volume 1, which provided a comprehensive overview of many of the permitted health claims for foods and nutrients approved under European Regulation EC 1924/2006. This new volume discusses more of the health claims authorised to date for use in the EU. The chapters cover details of various permitted claims, such as the approved wording, conditions of use, the target group for the claims, the evidence for the claimed health benefits, and where appropriate details of other relevant legislation, consumer-related issues and future trends.

The book opens with an overview of regulatory developments relating to health claims. Part One reviews authorised disease risk reduction claims and proprietary claims. The second part investigates ingredients with permitted ‘general function’ claims, with chapters examining ingredients such as red yeast rice, glucomannan and guar gum. The final section of the book explores foods and nutrients with permitted health claims, including chapters on authorised EU health claims for prunes, foods with low or reduced sodium or saturated fatty acids, and claims for essential and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Key Features

  • Building on volume 1, this title ensures that the area of EU health claims in food is comprehensively covered
  • Chapters are devoted to individual food ingredients and substances, covering the range of issues related to health claims
  • Health-promoting products are an increasing consumer trend in product development and this book provides key information on these advances


R&D managers and technical managers in the food and beverage industry, product development managers, health professionals and academics with a research interest in the area.

Table of Contents

  • List of contributors
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition
  • Preface
  • 1: Regulatory developments with European health claims
    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Introduction
    • 1.2 Health claim authorisations
    • 1.3 On-hold Article 13.1 claims
    • 1.4 Children’s development and health claims
    • 1.5 Non-authorised claims with positive opinions
    • 1.6 Generic claims vs. brands
    • 1.7 Nutrient profiles
    • 1.8 Generic descriptors
    • 1.9 Challenging areas
    • 1.10 Balance of health claim approvals in relation to a healthy diet
    • 1.11 Revisions to EFSA guidance
    • 1.12 Commercial value of health claims
    • 1.13 Conclusions
    • 1.14 Sources of further information and advice
  • Part One: Authorised disease risk reduction claims and proprietary claims
    • 2: Authorised EU health claims for phytosterols
      • Abstract
      • 2.1 Introduction to dietary phytosterols and cholesterol lowering
      • 2.2 Views of medical and scientific bodies on phytosterols
      • 2.3 Regulatory classification of foods with added phytosterols and mandatory labelling
      • 2.4 Safety of phytosterols
      • 2.5 Authorised health claims in Europe related to phytosterols
      • 2.6 Selection of sources of further information and advice on phytosterols
    • 3: Authorised EU health claim for slowly digestible starch
      • Abstract
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Characterisation of SDS
      • 3.3 Authorised EU health claim
      • 3.4 Other relevant legislation
      • 3.5 Importance/potential of the claim in product development
      • 3.6 Consumer issues
      • 3.7 Conclusion
    • 4: Authorised EU health claim for cocoa flavanols
      • Abstract
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Characterisation of cocoa and its flavanols
      • 4.3 Cocoa flavanols and EU health claims


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About the editor

Michele Sadler

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Nutrition Scientist, Rank Nutrition Ltd, UK