Diabetic foods prohibited: No scientific use of special diabetes foods.
(09/25/2010) In Germany about 10 percent of the population suffer from diabetes. Those affected must pay particular attention to their diet and compliance with special dietary requirements. So far, foods with the label "suitable for diabetics" have been very popular. However, the mere exchange of sugar for other sweeteners does not justify such labeling, the Federal Council has now decided and decided that so-called diabetic foods are to be banned.
The food manufacturers still have two years to change their product range, after which the further production of the special diabetic food is prohibited. The special requirements for dietetic foods listed in the diet regulation are deleted without replacement. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) had already judged last year that packaging instructions such as "suitable for diabetics" or "suitable for special diets for diabetes mellitus" were misleading nonsense, since none of the instructions was scientifically tenable. "Retaining existing regulations for diabetic food is not justified, even when taking into account the more recent literature," continues the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).
From ice cream, cakes and biscuits to jams, chocolate or drinks, almost every food is also in a special diabetic variant on the German market. The Diet Ordinance for Diabetic Food previously regulated which ingredients these products may contain. Because a number of diabetic foods, such as However, if, for example, special cookies or jams contain too much fat and calories and generally no longer meet the federal government's dietary recommendations, the Committee of the German Federal Council for Agricultural Policy and Consumer Protection had unanimously decided on 06.09.2010 to abolish such products. The Federal Council followed this decision in its current decision, so that the articles mentioned will disappear from the German market in two years at the latest.
The decision was very much welcomed on the part of those affected because the labels were rather misleading and diabetics did not find any help in setting their daily insulin dose. “The diabetic products were nothing more than a mock pack. They suggested that you eat particularly well, but that was not true at all, "explains Professor Thomas Danne, President of the German Diabetes Society. Diabetics should also adhere to the recommendations of the German Society for Nutrition, which lead to" balanced, balanced mixed foods "advises. Since numerous studies have also shown that diabetes mellitus not only affects the sugar level, but also triggers disorders of the protein and fat metabolism, "therapy that only regulates the sugar balance is (...) not sufficient," emphasized a spokesman for the BfR .
In order for diabetics to be able to better control their illness, the German Diabetes Society has been calling for a clear declaration of all ingredients on the packaging for years. "According to Prof. Thomas Danne, it is essential to" clearly label the nutritional values on food. " According to the expert, precise information on several articles about the content of protein, sugar, fats, fiber and salts as well as the calorific value or the total amount of carbohydrates per 100 grams.
So far, the lobby of food manufacturers has always prevailed and continued to generate decent profits with diabetic food. After the two-year transition period, this is now over, and companies are facing significant losses in sales. Norbert Pahne, Managing Director of the Federal Association of Food Manufacturers for Special Nutrition, estimated that sales of diabetic products in 2009 amounted to 138 million euros, plus around 380 million euros in income from the sale of low-sugar beverages - a business area that almost completely disappears with the new regulation because Products may no longer be labeled with special diabetic prints. In addition, the recipes even have to be changed for some articles, because "for diabetic chocolate, for example, a combination of sugar substitutes and sweeteners was allowed", which "is not allowed for normal chocolate (...)", emphasized Norbert Pahne. (Fp)
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