Saturated fats and trans fats reduction
Reducing Fats: We have committed to reduce saturated fats and trans fats in our products
By 2014 – 100% of children’s products meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation saturated fats criteria.
By 2016 – We will further reduce saturated fat content by 10% in products that do not meet the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria and we will remove trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).
Since the establishment of the Nestlé Policy on saturated fat, saturated fat levels of numerous products – especially children’s products – have been significantly reduced. At the end of 2013, 96% of our children’s products met the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation saturated fats criteria (2012: 90%). With regard to trans fats, at the end of 2013, almost all our food and beverage products met our Nestlé Policy. In 2014, we are further strengthening our commitment to continuous improvement by updating this policy to remove all trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated oils from all of our foods and beverages.
Dietary fats are part of a healthy balanced diet. However, public health authorities recommend a reduction in saturated fat consumption because at a population level, current intakes represent a risk factor for certain non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease. For some types of products, reducing the saturated fat level without impacting the safety, texture, appearance and taste represents an important technological challenge for our food scientists. Trans fats occur naturally in foods such as milk and meat products. However, the majority of trans fats in human diets come from foods containing PHOs, such as bakery goods, chips, French fries, pizzas and savoury snacks. We have set ourselves a new objective to reduce all trans fats originating from PHOs. We have prioritised the reduction of levels in products consumed by children and families, such as soups, snacks, pizzas
and ready-made meals.
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Products for which 50% or more consumers are below 12 years of age, or are designed for or perceived as being designed for this age group.
The Nestlé Nutritional Foundation criteria are based on nutrition science and public health dietary recommendations, such as those of the World Health Organization and other global or local authorities. Our products are evaluated against these criteria, using the Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System, which determines their nutritional value and whether they achieve the Nestlé Nutritional Foundation.