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Food and Behaviour Research

Nutrition can play an important role in behaviour, learning and mood. Scientific evidence shows that diet is important not only for physical health, but also for optimal mental development and functioning.

The FAB website offers information on a wide range of conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, anxiety, depression and many other physical and mental issues.

The site presents clear and reliable information on the latest research for people who are interested in its practical applications.

As well as our own published papers and factsheets, we regularly trawl through the scientific press to bring you up to date information on the subject of nutrition and behavioural disorders.

FAB Research also aims to promote, support and carry out further scientific research in this area.

Latest News and Events

13 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Adolescents who consume a diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress coping skills, signs of PTSD

  • 22 Jun 2018

A new study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity shows that adolescent rats who consume a diet high in saturated fats have a harder time coping with stress as adults. Moreover, the areas of the brain that handle the fear/stress response were altered to the point that subjects began exhibiting behaviors that mirror post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

14 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Researchers find link between allergen in red meat and heart disease

  • 14 Jun 2018

A team of researchers says it has linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat to the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart. While high saturated fat levels in red meat have long been known to contribute to heart disease for people in general, the new finding suggests that a subgroup of the population may be at heightened risk for a different reason - a food allergen.

12 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Researchers find IQ scores dropping since the 1970s

  • 12 Jun 2018

Prior studies have shown that people grew smarter over the first part of last century, as measured by the intelligence quotient - a trend dubbed "the Flynn effect". According to new research from Norway, that trend has ended. Instead of getting smarter, humans have started getting dumber.

12 June 2018 - University of California - Composition of complex sugars in breast milk may prevent future food allergies

  • 12 Jun 2018

The unique composition of a mother's breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, report researchers. The findings further highlight the health role of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), which are not found in infant formula, and underscore their potential for therapeutic interventions.

Keep Kids Healthy

kids on bridge
Did You Know?

Calories and protein help build muscle mass, but to build brains, fats matter more - and particularly the long-chain omega-3 fats found in fish and seafood. No child’s diet is complete without these.

There’s a huge, cynical marketing machine out there determined to lose your kids in a labyrinth of sugar and nutrient-poor junk foods. Acquiring a taste for healthy food early on is a lifeline through the maze.

Related Reading

Detoxing Childhood: What parents need to know to raise happy, successful children
Sue Palmer

Immunity Foods for Healthy Kids: More Than 250 Natural Foods and Recipes to Keep Your Child's Immune System Fighting Fit
Lucy Burney

Take A Look At Related Research

02 Feb 2016 - Parents and teachers unaware of mental benefits of good childhood nutrition

03 February 2015 - American Academy of Pediatrics - Many Pre-Packaged Toddler Meals and Snack Foods Contain Too Much Salt or Sugar

New publication

Nutrition and Addiction

Nutrition and Addiction
- a handbook

Supporting recovery from food and substance misuse with nutritional and lifestyle interventions

by Martina Watts

Feeding the Brain for Life

Ageing tree
Did You Know?

You’d be forgiven for assuming that dementia was simply a flick-of-the-coin hazard of old age. But you can stack the odds in your favour by feeding your brain well.

Passing retirement age doesn’t mean retiring the brain. Keep it nourished as the years roll by, and you’ll maximise your chances of staying mentally sharp into old age.

Related Reading

Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia - 
Margaret Rayman, Katie Sharpe, Vanessa Ridland, Patsy Westcott

Smart Fats: How Dietary Fats and Oils affect Mental, Physical and Emotional Intelligence
Michael A Schmidt

Take A Look At Related Research

Jernerén et al 2015 - Brain atrophy in cognitively impaired elderly: the importance of long-chain ω-3 fatty acids and B vitamin status in a randomized controlled trial.

Mohajeri et al, 2014 - Inadequate supply of vitamins and DHA in the elderly: implications for brain aging and Alzheimer's type dementia