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Managing children's weight, blood pressure and cholesterol protects brain function mid-life

This is the first study to highlight that cardiovascular risk factors accumulated from childhood through mid-life may influence poor cognitive performance at midlife.


Is Your Belly Fat Fogging Your Thinking?

Obesity is associated with chronic, body-wide inflammation that slow shrinks brain regions that are used for learning new things and recalling memories.


Additive used in sweets and cakes not safe: EU watchdog

The EU's food watchdog has said that a widely-used additive, known as the artificial colouring E171 on food labels, should "no longer be considered safe" for consumption - it is used mainly as a whitening and brightening agent in sweets, chewing gum, white sauces and cake icing.


Titanium dioxide: E171 no longer considered safe when used as a food additive

Taking into account all available scientific studies and data, the EFSA's expert Panel concluded that titanium dioxide can no longer be considered safe as a food additive.


One cup of leafy green vegetables a day lowers risk of heart disease

This study found that people who consumed the most nitrate-rich vegetables had about a 2.5 mmHg lower systolic blood pressure and between 12 to 26 percent lower risk of heart disease.


Nutrition Is the Foundation of Resilience

The recent move toward relying on Ultra-Processed Foods in the Western diet likely accounts for some of the reduced resilience and increased mental health problems we are now encountering.


Study investigates link between prediabetes and youth beverage intake

This study found significant associations between youth consumption of a variety of sugar sweetened beverages and increased odds of having been told by a health care provider they have prediabetes.


Study links child behaviour problems to prenatal tobacco smoke and traffic density

This study is the first to investigate the impact of the exposome—i.e. the set of all environmental exposures, both chemical and non-chemical, during the prenatal and postnatal stages—on child behaviour.


Research shows consuming prebiotic supplements once a day has a positive impact on anxiety levels

The study found that those who received a daily dose of prebiotics improved mental wellbeing by reducing anxiety levels and had better gut health than the control group.


Clear evidence for a link between pro-inflammatory diets and 27 chronic diseases. Here’s how you can eat better

The “Western diet” which consists of calorie-dense, ultra-processed foods and is low in fruits, vegetables and other plant-foods, has been linked to higher levels of inflammation.


Sapped: Exploring potential connections between devitalizing anaemia and insomnia

In this study severe anemia significantly increased the odds of insomnia relative to mild and moderate anaemia. The risk was found to be higher in men than in women.


Omega-3 supplements do double duty in protecting against stress

A high daily dose of an omega-3 supplement may help slow the effects of ageing by suppressing damage and boosting protection at the cellular level during and after a stressful event.


Researchers find negative impact of junk food on kids' skeletal development

This study concluded that even in reduced amounts, ultra-processed foods had a definite negative impact on skeletal growth.


Supplement treats schizophrenia in mice, restores healthy 'dance' and structure of neurons

We know that the amount of betaine decreases in schizophrenia patients' brains, so this study strongly suggests betaine could be therapeutic for at least some kinds of schizophrenia.


Call for urgent action on energy drinks as new UK research reveals daily use among young people

Marketing campaigns for energy drinks are often aimed at those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. They are also an affordable choice and regularly available at cheaper prices than bottles of water.


Keto diet found to ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Prior research has shown that when people become dependent on alcohol for a long enough period of time, their body begins to use less glucose for energy—instead, it begins to use acetate, which the body makes by metabolizing alcohol. The lack of acetate in the body that leads to the types of cravings associated with alcohol withdrawal symptoms.


New research reveals why some of us are hungry all the time

Sugar dips are a better predictor of hunger and subsequent calorie intake than the initial blood sugar peak response after eating, changing how we think about the relationship between blood sugar levels and the food we eat.


Fruits, veggies could help young adults improve sleep

Women who were able to increase their fruit and vegetable intake by three or more servings over a three-month period were more than twice as likely to experience an improvement in insomnia symptoms.


Researchers call for clearer disclosures about added sugars, diet sweeteners and percent juice on product packages

Current labeling regulations and practices fail to give parents and caregivers adequate information, and likely contribute to widespread consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks by young children, according to new research.