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Adult 'picky eaters' recall helpful parent feeding strategies

Creating a positive emotional context surrounding food and eating with others may help reduce psychosocial impairment and increase food variety in people with severe food avoidance.

How gut microbes can evolve and become dangerous

Gut bacteria can evolve over time, becoming more pathogenic by gaining the ability to migrate across the gut barrier and persist in organs outside of the intestine, thereby driving chronic inflammation and associated pathologies.

Researchers find strong evidence for prenatal vitamins, but find few products that meet recommendations

Prenatal supplements vary widely in content, often contained only a subset of essential vitamins, and the levels were often below recommendations, according to new research.

Cutting Dietary Simple Sugars May Relieve GERD Symptoms

People who consumed lower quantities of simple sugars experienced significant improvement in total acid exposure time, number of reflux episodes, and subjective reports of heartburn and reflux symptoms compared with those consuming higher amounts of simple sugars, according to a new study

Low iron is a health risk made worse by COVID. How to get more without reaching for supplements

Iron deficiency has become the most prevalent micronutrient disorder worldwide, and COVID may be worsening the problem.

Stress affects fetus' ability to absorb iron, study finds

If a woman experiences chronic stress late in her pregnancy, it can affect her fetus' ability to absorb iron by as much as 15%, according to a study.

Hunger really can make us feel 'hangry', study finds

These results provide evidence that everyday levels of hunger are associated with negative emotionality and supports the notion of being "hangry".

Gut bacteria mine dietary fibre to release beneficial nutrients

This study suggests a framework for identifying affordable and sustainable sources of fibre and their associated nutrients that take advantage of the by-products of food manufacturing that would otherwise be discarded as waste.

The mere sight of a meal triggers an inflammatory response in the brain

Interleukin 1 beta plays an important role in linking up sensory information such as the sight and smell of a meal with subsequent neurally mediated insulin secretion—and in regulating this connection.

Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Child’s Diet

Stress during pregnancy could have long-term detrimental effects on the next generation in terms of a less healthy diet and subsequent health implications associated with these effects, such as higher rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases.

Lack of professional consensus hinders public health communications about processed foods

Research suggests that food scientific experts and stakeholders need to quickly reach a consensus when it comes to processed foods to benefit consumers and improve health outcomes.

Intermittent fasting may help heal nerve damage

Intermittent fasting has previously been linked by other studies to wound repair and the growth of new neurons—but this study is the first to explain exactly how fasting might help heal nerves.

Food for thought: nutrition as a treatment for mental health conditions

Our diet can have a huge impact on our mental wellbeing, but what potential does nutritional therapy hold for the treatment of mental health conditions?

B Vitamins and Omega-3 Fatty Acids Against Cognitive Decline

This post-hoc analysis indicated that efficacy of B-vitamin supplementation in slowing cognitive decline relates to DHA status, with individuals with higher plasma DHA levels benefitting more from vitamin B12 and folic acid use.

Higher protein intake while dieting leads to healthier eating

Eating a larger proportion of protein while dieting leads to better food choices and helps avoid the loss of muscle mass, according to a new study.

We don’t know whether most medical treatments work, and we know even less about whether they cause harm – new study

Only one in 20 medical treatments have high-quality evidence to support their benefits, according to a recent study.

Vitamin D deficiency directly linked to dementia

Almost 1 in 5 dementia cases could be prevented with higher Vitamin D intakes - new study shows a causal link

FAB Research Webinar - Nutrition for ADHD and Neurodiverse Minds

"Feeding better mood, behaviour, learning and sleep in ADHD and related conditions". Expert presentations and Live Q & A with Dr Rachel Gow and Dr Alex Richardson. PLEASE NOTE - This event was RECORDED - and will very soon be available (with handouts) to attendees, FAB Associates and others interested - see below for details.

Western diets rich in fructose and fat cause diabetes - mechanism discovered

Scientists find a new link between fructose and diabetes, aggravated by dietary fat.

Study shows people with a high omega-3 DHA level in their blood are at 49% lower risk of Alzheimer's

This study suggested that providing extra dietary omega-3 DHA, especially for those carrying the ApoE4 gene (which approximately doubles an individual's susceptibility to develop Alzheimer's Disease) might slow the development of AD.