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Healthy diets linked to better mental health and wellbeing

This study found a link between highly processed diets, and an inflammatory blood marker called GlycA and mental wellbeing.

The bitter truth of added sugar: What excessive fructose consumption can do to your body

New review explains how overconsumption of fructose, a common additive in sweetened foods and beverages, can contribute to diseases

One in two pregnancies are affected by iron deficiency, yet many women don't get a simple screening test to check

Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anaemia, which has been linked to poorer outcomes for both mother and baby, including a higher risk of premature delivery, low birth weight, post-partum depression, and even maternal death.

This Is Your Gut on Sugar

Researchers are finally uncovering the exact ways that sugar disrupts the GI tract

Higher maternal prenatal BMI may harm child cognition

Children born to women with obesity should be observed closely for neurodevelopmental problems and referred as appropriate for early intervention or other supportive services, according to the authors of this study.

Research uncovers how fructose in the diet contributes to obesity, and can promote tumour growth

Eating fructose appears to alter cells in the digestive tract in a way that enables it to take in more nutrients, according to a new preclinical study. These changes could help to explain the well-known link between rising fructose consumption around the world and increased rates of obesity and certain cancers.

Sugar: why some people experience side-effects when they quit

Giving up sugar can feel unpleasant for some people with side effects including depression, anxiety, brain fog and cravings, alongside headaches, fatigue and dizziness.

Gut bacteria rewind ageing brain in mice

This new study showed show that taking the microbiome from young mice and transplanting them into old mice, reversed many of the effects of ageing on learning and memory and immune impairments.

Microbes turn back the clock as research discovers their potential to reverse aging in the brain

Research introduces a novel approach to reverse aspects of aging-related deterioration in the brain and cognitive function via the microbes in the gut.

Why Are Vegetarians More Likely to Be Depressed Than Other People?

A new meta-analysis on depression in vegetarians and non-vegetarians found that on average, vegetarians had a more depressed mood.

Why eating more sugar can leave you with LESS energy

Too many sugary foods and drinks damage your mitochondria - the producers of cell energy

AI reveals how glucose helps the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Elevated glucose helps virtually every step of the COVID-19 viral infection, from its onset in the lungs, through to severe complications such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, multi-organ failure and thrombotic events.

Increasing your risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) through processed food

In this interview, Dr. Neeraj Narula discusses his research into ultra-processed food and how this can increase your risk of developing IBD.

Harmful body fat not only increases your waistline, but also your risk of dementia

Increased body fat incrementally leads to increased atrophy of gray matter in the brain and consequently higher risk of declining brain health, according to the latest research.

Distinctive gut microbiome unrelated to diet may characterize children with autism

This study shows for the first time that the gut microbiota of children with autism is abnormally developed and lags that of age-matched peers.

Want some holiday reading? Try the National Food Strategy plan. - Michelle's blog

If you are even remotely interested in your fellow citizens’ health, our children’s diet, the state of our farming industry, biodiversity, climate change – or even systems analysis – you will find it extremely interesting.

Fatty liver more common in children of mothers with obesity

Expectant or future mothers with obesity should receive advice on how they can reduce the risk of their child developing fatty liver disease later in life.

Review suggests vitamin K2 may help prevent Alzheimer’s

Vitamin K2 has the potential to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and contribute to its prevention, according to the authors of this review study.

What should you eat after you've been on antibiotics? And can probiotics and prebiotics get your gut back to normal?

People at high risk of diarrhoea after antibiotics may benefit from consuming probiotic – as well as prebiotic – foods daily.

The National Food Strategy

The Government should introduce a £3/kg tax on sugar and a £6/kg tax on salt sold for use in processed foods or in restaurants and catering businesses.