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24 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - New insights into why we crave fatty foods when dieting

Researchers have identified new brain circuits that may act as a brake on binge eating and junk food craving.


23 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Communications recommendations for sugar-sweetened beverage-free zones

Institutions are increasingly restricting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on their premises. The American Medical Association now endorses "SSB-free zones" for hospitals, schools, and health centers.


22 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Breastmilk sugars differ in pregnant women on probiotics

The complex sugars found in human breastmilk, long believed to be fixed in their composition, may change in women who are taking probiotics, according to new research.


22 January 2019 - Nutraingredients - Nutritional habit change urged in pregnant women as omega-3 intakes ‘very low’

Daily omega-3 fatty acid intake in pregnant women are 4 -10 times lower than recommended levels - an observation also noted in women of childbearing age, in findings that suggest no change in nutritional habits during this period.


20 January 2019 - Optimising Nutrition - Should you EAT Lancet?

EAT Lancet was released on 16 January 2019, claiming to be the solution we’ve all been waiting for to save your health and the planet. However, on closer inspection of the actual food recommendations, it seems to be largely a continuation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.



17 January 2019 - BBC - The diet to save lives, the planet and feed us all?

The latest diet to supposedly save the planet is the so-called flexitarian - largely vegetarian, with a bit of meat and fish. Could this diet, also labelled the "planetary health diet", really save the world while keeping body and mind together at the same time?


17 January 2019 - Zoe Harcombe - The EAT Lancet diet is nutritionally deficient

To summarise in a single sentence: the EAT Lancet diet is nutritionally deficient.



17 January 2019 -Scribd/The Nutrition Coalition - Dr. Walter Willett: Numerous Potential Conflicts of Interest

Summary: Coalition of scientists claim that Walter Willett, leader of the EAT-Lancet section on diet and health, has "multiple serious potential conflicts of interest which cast doubt on his ability to bring an unbiased viewpoint to the question of whether a vegan/vegetarian diet is preferable for good health".


16 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Effects of linoleic acid on inflammatory response depend on genes

The effects of linoleic acid on the human body are largely dependent on genes, a new study shows.


16 January 2019 - The Conversation - Why we shouldn’t all be vegan

Consumer beware: when a vegan diet fails, for instance due to poor supplementation, it may result in serious physical and cognitive impairment.


16 January 2019 - The Conversation - Haemochromatosis: disorder that causes body to absorb too much iron from food may be major cause of disease

Many people have never heard of it, but hereditary haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disease in the Western world, with 250,000 people of European ancestry in the UK affected and a million in the US. The faulty genes responsible cause excessive absorption of iron, which sometimes builds up to toxic levels.


15 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - B-group vitamins can improve concentration among people with first episode psychosis

B-group vitamins may be beneficial for maintaining concentration skills among people experiencing a first episode of psychosis.


15 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Herbal antioxidants are becoming increasingly important

The human body is constantly exposed to so-called free radicals, which are a burden on the body. If they get out of hand, the result is oxidative stress, which can promote disease. While this has been treated in the past with the help of antioxidant vitamins and minerals, scientists are now increasingly turning to the use of phytochemicals, representing plant secondary metabolites.


14 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Intestinal bacteria from healthy infants prevent food allergy

New research shows that healthy infants have intestinal bacteria that prevent the development of food allergies.


11 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Sugar's sick secrets: How industry forces have manipulated science to downplay the harm

UCSF researchers are scouring the available research to better understand the link between sugar and human diseases, and fighting biased science by exposing industry tactics and educating the public.


9 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Essential nutrient may help fight Alzheimer's across generations

Researchers investigate the effects of choline, an important nutrient that may hold promise in the war against Alzheimer's Disease.


9 January 2019 - Science Daily - Carrots or candy bars? Context shapes choice of healthy foods

Given a choice between indulgent and healthy foods, what will most people pick? The answer may depend on what foods sit nearby on the grocery shelf, suggests new research. Paradoxically, the nearby presence of an indulgent treat such as Snickers or Oreos can cause more people to opt for a healthy food, such as salmon or grapefruit. Context, in other words, affects food choices.


8 January 2019 - The Conversation - Let them eat more fat? Researcher argues that a balance of types of fat is the key

Public health guidelines, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, have long emphasized reducing dietary fat intake, but nutritionists and other health scientists now have more recent evidence that not all fats have adverse effects. Dietary fats differ with regard to their effects on health and risk for chronic diseases, particularly in regard to effects on risk for heart disease.