From portions sizes and calorie labels in restaurants to farming subsidies after Brexit, here is a roundup of the food news stories that have grabbed our attention throughout the week.

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Waitrose criticised over ‘essentials’ for students: rose harissa and organic vinegar. The typical student diet is thought to consist of cold pasta, baked beans and Pot Noodles, but Waitrose appears not to have got the memo. The upmarket supermarket chain was roundly mocked after it published a list of “student store cupboard” essentials that included a £4.35 jar of Rose Harrissa, and Bouillon powder costing £2. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/waitrose-criticised-over-essentials-for-students-rose-harissa-and-organic-vinegar-k93c8d27v

Cornish purists turn their noses up at low-cal pasty. Hospital bosses in Cornwall risk antagonising locals by using filo pastry rather than shortcrust to cut calories in their pasties. Fried fish and chips will also be replaced by a baked version as part of a drive to make hospital food healthier. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cornish-purists-turn-their-noses-up-at-low-cal-pasty-6xvnm9hx6

Farmers will get subsidies to make food production more efficient after Brexit and will not be paid just for environmental improvements, under proposals in an agriculture bill. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/farmers-get-a-carrot-for-productivity-mzm88b8cb

The Sun

Drinks for autumn choc full of sugar – some coffee chains are selling seasonal specials with the equivalent of nine teaspoons of sugar in https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7244906/seasonal-drinks-slammed-sugar-content/

Got too much on your plate? Our gut-busting portions is what makes the UK the 3rd fattest nation — we share what a healthy portion looks like.  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7245331/portions-food-uk-fat/

The guardian

Dining fine: should you be charged £50 for missing a restaurant reservation? No-shows cost the industry billions every year. Now, businesses are turning the tables on flaky customers by taking deposits or charging unexplained absentees. https://www.theguardian.com/food/shortcuts/2018/sep/10/dining-fine-should-you-be-charged-50-for-missing-a-restaurant-reservation

Calorie labels for food and drink in restaurants, cafes and takeaways could be introduced after the government announced it would launch a public consultation on the matter. The plans could see the number of calories listed alongside meal descriptions in outlets and online across England, although small businesses and street vendors could be exempt from the measure. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/14/calorie-labelling-could-be-extended-to-eating-out-in-england

Daily Express

NEARLY three-quarters of Britons go without green vegetables on their plate for more than a week, research has revealed. Despite health experts recommending a diet rich in leafy green vegetables, 68 per cent fail to eat recommended portions for days on end. https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1017349/dont-eat-enough-vegetables-weekly-health-diet-uk

Independent

Many people believe that consuming milk that’s low-fat or dairy-free is better for your health than opting for whole-fat varieties. However, a major study has concluded that including full-fat dairy in your diet can actually be extremely beneficial for the wellbeing of your heart. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/whole-fat-milk-dairy-heart-disease-stroke-cheese-butter-cream-study-a8533826.html

Daily Mail

How bread can make you DEPRESSED: Bloating and cramps from eating gluten may be in your mind but the wheat protein can affect your mental health. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6164293/Eating-gluten-make-DEPRESSED-wheat-protein-affect-mental-health-study-finds.html