At the dawn of 2005, consumers in the developed world are zealously probing the connection between food and health, with a focus on food as medicine, food as therapy and food as functional. Or rather, some of them are. Just as many rarely spare a thought for the impact of the food they eat on their overall health and wellbeing. They consume voraciously, indulging an insatiable appetite for foods high in sugar, fat and the newly christened Public Enemy Number One, salt. This briefing looks at some of the hotspots that are currently featuring most prominently in the ongoing debate about food and health.