Market volatility alone not reason for concern over yuan - IMF

Reuters UK Business News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund does not see China's recent market volatility by itself as a reason to voice concern about including the yuan in its benchmark currency basket, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.

Purrfect opportunity to volunteer at a cat charity in the Chatteris area

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 15:48

If you’re feline like a new challenge then why not become a volunteer for the Cats Protection at Chatteris.

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British retail investors pour 2 billion pounds into equity funds, highest in 15 years

Reuters UK Business News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 15:32
LONDON (Reuters) - British retail investors poured more than 2 billion pounds into equity funds in July, the highest since April 2000, The Investment Association said on Thursday.

Good chance of implementing Greek bailout regardless of poll - Merkel

Reuters UK Business News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 15:25
BERNE (Reuters) - There is a good chance Greece's third bailout package can be implemented regardless of the result of the Sept. 20 snap Greek election, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

ECB keeps QE total unchanged, promises more if necessary

Reuters UK Business News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 14:29
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank said on Thursday it was holding its 60 billion euro a month asset purchase limit unchanged, but raised the amount of any one issue it could buy to 33 percent from 25 percent.

Europe must wait at least five years for bank consolidation - CEOs

Reuters UK Business News - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:52
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe will have to wait at least five years before banks begin to consolidate across borders, as they wrestle with low interest rates, regulatory reforms and the need to overhaul technology, bank executives said.

Produce World Isleham site receives Investors in People accreditation

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 12:56

The Produce World site at Isleham has been recognised for the way it treats its employees.

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Soham 12 year old is one of the best young drivers in the country

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 12:29

A 12 year old Ely student has been named one of the best young drivers in the country.

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Cambridgeshire County Council considers job share as a way to replace its chief executive

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 12:28

Job share could be the answer to Cambridgeshire County Council replacing its outgoing chief executive.

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MEPs demand answers from European Commission after scheme designed to reduce A14 congestion has funding bid turned down

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:48

An attempt to secure funding for rail improvements in East Anglia, which would ease congestion on the A14 by shifting millions of tons of freight from road to rail, has been rejected by the European Commission.

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Is shop-bought baby food 'too sweet'?

NHS Choices - Behind the Headlines - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 11:28

"Baby foods found too sweet to encourage variety of tastes in children," says The Guardian. The newspaper reports on a survey of how much fruit and vegetables are in shop-bought baby foods and how this contributes to the foods' sugar levels.

We know sweet flavours are more popular, so it's perhaps unsurprising that researchers found commercial baby foods feature more fruit than veg. These foods also tended to have more sweet-tasting vegetables, such as carrot and sweet potato, than vegetables with a bitter taste.

The total amount of sugar in the foods was associated with the amount of fruit and vegetables, which may mean they are used to sweeten the foods.

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a child's diet, so this is not cause for concern, but the researchers fear more sweet fruit and veg may shape children's preference for sweeter foods in later life.

Parents often struggle to get children to eat fruit and vegetables, and shop-bought foods do provide a way of getting kids to eat them. It is, however, important babies aren't given added salt and sugar in their diet, so always check the food label.

Find out more about foods to avoid giving your baby

Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Glasgow. No specific funding was received for this study.

It was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Maternal & Child Nutrition.

This was reported accurately by The Guardian with a warning that the sweetness of baby foods may not encourage a child to enjoy a variety of tastes. 

What kind of research was this?

This study was a survey of baby foods with fruits and vegetables in their name available commercially in the UK. This is an effective way of obtaining data on content for analysis.  

What did the research involve?

A database of nutritional information and the fruit and vegetable content of baby food (excluding fruit-based drinks) was created in May 2013. The products considered were from:

  • Organix
  • Hipp Organic
  • Heinz
  • Ella's Kitchen
  • Cow & Gate
  • Boots
  • Plum Baby

Products were included in the database if they had fruit or vegetables suggested on the labels. The researchers found the information on the content of the baby food from manufacturers or supermarket websites.

Data was recorded for the following: 

  • brand
  • name of product
  • recommended age
  • food type – wet (spoonable/puréed), dry (biscuits, dry cereals) and dry finger foods (baby snacks)
  • number of ingredients
  • form of the fruit or vegetable (fresh/dried/powder/oil/juice), gram per 100g of each 
  • total grams of fruit or vegetable per 100g
  • whether the food had mixed fruit and vegetable content
  • total juice content per 100g

Nutritional information was obtained for the percentage of:

  • energy
  • protein
  • fat 
  • carbohydrate 
  • total sugar content (independent from total carbohydrate content)

The findings of fruit and vegetable composition and the sugar content of baby food was investigated in categories:

  • sweet-spoonable
  • savoury-spoonable
  • sweet-dry
  • savoury-dry  
What were the basic results?

The researchers found 329 baby food products labelled as containing fruit or vegetables, or both, marketed in the UK. These were mainly spoonable foods (83.4%), dry finger foods (10.6%) and dry food (5.8%).

Analysis showed a little over half of the product names suggested a sweet taste (53.8%) – for example, they contained the words pudding, crumble or dessert.

The largest proportion of sweet foods was found in the 4+ month age category, where 69.4% of products were labelled as sweet. However, for 6-7+ month-olds (39.2%) and 9-10+ month-olds (20.6%) , a smaller number of products are labelled as sweet.

The nutritional content found sweet-dry products had the highest sugar content, with an average of 25.7g per 100g, more than twice the average sugar found in sweet-spoonable foods (10.7g per 100g).

It was also found that sweet-tasting vegetables such as carrot and sweet potato are used more frequently than those with a bitter taste, such as spinach and chard. 

How did the researchers interpret the results?

The researchers concluded that: "The [fruit and vegetable] content of [commercial baby food] mainly consists of fruits and relatively sweet vegetables, which are unlikely to encourage preferences for bitter-tasting vegetables or other non-sweet foods. [Fruit and vegetables] contribute significantly to the total sugar content, particularly of savoury foods." 


This is an interesting study that shows how much fruit and vegetables are in commercial baby foods, and how this contributes to the total sugar content of these products.

The researchers suggest their finding – that baby foods mainly contain fruits and relatively sweet vegetables – means children may not develop a taste for bitter-tasting vegetables or other non-sweet foods.

They say that because these foods are first eaten when babies develop their food preferences, these sweet baby foods might lead to a taste for less healthy sweet foods later on. However, this point was not investigated in this study.

While this study attempted to include all fruit- and vegetable-based baby foods from major brands, it is unclear how the researchers identified the products. Supermarket own brands were not included, and this may have affected the findings.

A variety of fruit and vegetables are an important part of a child's diet, as they contain lots of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Giving babies small amounts of different types of food, cooked or raw, is a good idea so they can learn to like the taste.

It's not fair to say on the basis of this research that buying baby food from the shops is "a bad thing". Instead, it highlights the need for parents to read food labels carefully if they want to give their kids a healthy, balanced diet.

Links To The Headlines

Baby foods found too sweet to encourage variety of tastes in children. The Guardian, August 30 2015

Links To Science

Garcia AL, McLean K, Wright CM. Types of fruits and vegetables used in commercial baby foods and their contribution to sugar content. Maternal & Child Nutrition. Published August 23 2015

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Keeping the public safe - nine new police officers join Cambridgeshire Police.

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:38

Nine new police officers took part in their passing out parade and have officially joined the Cambridgeshire force.

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Crews attend shed fire in Haddenham

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:36

Crews from Ely and Cottenham were called to a shed fire in Hill Row, Causeway, Haddenham, yesterday.

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VIDEO: Most embarrassing things kids say as study find parents are humiliated an average of 576 times during school years

Newmarket Journal - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:35

The average child will embarrass their mum and dad a staggering 576 times during their school years, according to new research.

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A celebration of home grown and home made goodies in Ely

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:10

An event that has become an historical part of the annual Ely calendar held its 88th annual show with impressive tables full of displays for visitors to browse.

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Shock report reveals cost of moving Cambridgeshire archives centre to Ely has risen 55 per cent in a year

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:08

A shock report has revealed that the cost of moving the county council’s archives to a new centre in Ely has rocketed by 55 per cent in less than a year.

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‘Have you got a light you want to save’ - asks Soham Town Council as county carries out lamp post upgrades

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:08

Pleas to keep three street lights shining in Soham have already been made by concerned residents as up to 30 are set to be extinguished in the coming weeks.

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Meet Ely’s globe trotting vlogger Nathaniel Missin who’s gathered over 15,000 YouTube views by documenting two years of travelling

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:07

England isn’t the place for Nathaniel Missin. The 23-year-old who lives in Ely has travelled further than most people do in their whole life. In just two years.

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Chance to visit Ely’s top attractions ‘after hours’

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:06

Ely Heritage Weekend is offering people a rare opportunity to visit some of the city’s attractions after hours.

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Shayne Ward - who has been “given strict instructions to rest” - to be replaced by Sam Bailey at Saturday’s Party on the Hill

Ely Standard - Thu, 03/09/2015 - 10:02

Shayne Ward has cancelled his appearance at the Party On The Hill and will be replaced by Sam Bailey.

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