We are on the brink of an important change in how we are encouraged to think about our diet. Britain’s health authorities are considering whether to allow processed or “composite foods” to carry the official five-a-day logo. But is it time to confront the inconvenient reality: that an apple which has been juiced, pureed, or wrapped in pastry is simply not the same as an apple on a core?
Adverse Childhood Experiences linked to household food insecurity
A new study is among the first to predict a person’s pesticide exposure based on information about their usual diet.
Researchers found that a baby’s diet during the first few months of life has a profound influence on the composition, diversity, and stability of the gut microbiome. These factors influence the baby’s ability to transition from milk to solid foods and may have long-term health effects.
A compound found in common foods such as red grapes and peanuts may help prevent age-related decline in memory.
Smoking is the primary cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the US, accounting for 80-90% of all cases. For the remaining 10-20%, it is believed exposure to air pollution, secondhand smoke and genetic factors are involved. But in a new study published in The BMJ, researchers suggest an unhealthy diet could be a contributing factor.
In a study analyzing whole-brain images from nearly 16,000 people, researchers identified a common pattern across a spectrum of psychiatric disorders that are widely perceived to be quite distinct.
In the US, the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past 3 decades. But in a new study, researchers from the University of Southampton in the UK say they have identified a number of risk factors that, if modified early, could prevent childhood obesity.
The longer a teenager spends using electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones, the worse their sleep will be, a study of nearly 10,000 16- to 19-year-olds suggests.
Global trends in health inequalities related to income inequality
Dietary guidelines broadly recommend a daily intake of 10,000 kilojoules (2,400 calories) for men and 8,000 kilojoules (1,900 calories) for women. But what do these figures mean in the context of the number of kilojoules or calories you personally need to consume to attain and maintain a healthy body weight?
With high levels of childhood obesity, it is important to feed children a healthy diet starting early in life. However, a new study found that a significant amount of commercial toddler meals and foods sold in the U.S. are high in sodium or sugar.
Mercury levels in Hawaiian Yellowfin tuna – known as ahi on the plate – are on the rise, scientists report February 2 in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
For over a decade consumers have become finely attuned to E-numbers, flavourings, colourings and additives in our food. Food manufacturers have changed the way they do things in pursuit of 'clean label' - a more natural sounding ingredients list. But do we fully understand the new processes involved, the terms used and how safe they really are?
A simple intervention of 2 weeks of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) could reduce the need to prescribe antidepressants that may have detrimental side effects.
Rice metabolically engineered to be rich in folates could help alleviate associated health problems of folate deficiency, according to researchers.
Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaborative study has revealed.
Recent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates.
Parents are unwittingly feeding their children cereal which contains as much sugar as seven and a half chocolate fingers, according to health campaigners.
Teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are actually at greater risk of obesity as adults, according to research findings.