We’re bombarded with nutritional information. But beyond some general rules, most people haven’t been taught what all the information means. And even the general rules can be very misleading, based on decades of seemingly wilful misunderstanding on the part of the food industry.
Not even doctors are routinely taught about nutrition. So what chance does the average person have of understanding what all those vitamins, minerals and low-fat/salt/sugar messages mean?
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It’s not exactly breaking news that alcohol consumption can have negative impacts on health. Recent research, however, is shedding further light on just how bad it can be. For example, a father’s alcohol intake pre-conception can affect his child’s health; underage drinking can lead to neurocognitive and neuropsychological damage; and disrupted sleep patterns can be an outward sign of adolescent alcohol problems.
Best to avoid it altogether, it seems – and this is especially true for women during pregnancy. There are no safe alcohol limits, it seems.
Elsewhere in the news, there are new omega-3 related recommendations for pregnant women trying to prevent childhood asthma. Gone are the days – hopefully – when seafood was seen as a hazardous food for expectant mothers. A new study suggests that the benefits of fish consumption, i.e. the essentiality of omega-3 in pregnancy, outweigh fears about mercury in seafood.