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Study confirms that processed foods key to rising obesity

This study supports a central role for protein in the obesity epidemic, with significant implications for global health.

Motivation is affected by oxidative stress, but nutrition can help

"Our study provides novel insights on how brain metabolism relates to behaviour and puts forward nutritional interventions targeting key oxidative process as ideal interventions to facilitate effortful endurance,"

A simple nutrition care program improves health and quality of life among aging adults at risk of malnutrition

Results showed that the total use of healthcare resources over 90 days was significantly reduced by > 40% (hospitalizations were reduced by approximately 80%, emergency department visits by > 60%, and outpatient clinical visits by nearly 40%.

Study reveals link between belly fat, blood pressure and food responses

Reducing visceral fat mass should be a key focus of health interventions in hypertension.

Fermented foods and fibre may lower stress levels – new study

A new study has shown eating more fermented foods and fibre daily for just four weeks had a significant effect on lowering perceived stress levels.

Omega-3 fatty acid could boost IQ for preterm babies

New research has found a link between the omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and increased IQ among children born prematurely.

What are postbiotics and how can they improve our gut health?

Gut health is all about diversity, which means eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains to support healthy gut microbiota.

Nutrition education should be 'on the menu' of all healthcare professionals' education—new research

Nutrition and food play a key role to both keeping us healthy and helping to manage disease, which is why it is imperative we educate our future doctors and other health professionals about the role of nutrition in patient care.

Pine Bark extract may help manage ADHD for children: Study

Pine Bark Extract appears a good alternative for MPH in paediatric ADHD and especially in the primary school environment, a fortiori when considering its almost complete lack of adverse effects.

Food for thought: Study finds link between depression and unhealthy diets

Western-style diets high in fat, sugar and processed foods were already known to increase the risk of depression, but this is the first time a biological link involving the kynurenine pathway has been established.

How bad is red meat for you? Health risks get star ratings

Research about what is healthy comes so thick and fast—red meat can appear good for you one week, stroke-inducing the next—that a confused public often struggles to keep up.

Eating well and avoiding the news gave the best mental health outcomes during COVID

During stressful periods, simple behaviours - such as following a healthy diet, spending more time outdoors, physical exercise - may prevent anxiety and depression.

A high-sugar diet decreases ability to sense sweetness in rats

Because we are mammals and our taste systems are similar to rats, this research is the best available evidence that a high-sugar diet is changing the sensory system.

A mother's ultra-processed food intake may be linked to obesity risk in her children

Maternal consumption of ultra-processed food during the child rearing period was associated with an increased risk of overweight or obesity in offspring, independent of maternal and offspring lifestyle risk factors.

ISSFAL supports 'important role’ for omega-3s for lower pre-term birth risks

Women who are low in omega-3 fatty acids will benefit most from omega-3 LCPUFA supplementation to reduce their risk of early birth. In such cases supplementation with a total of about 1,000 mg of DHA plus EPA is effective at reducing risk of early birth, preferably with supplementation commencing before 20 weeks’ gestation.

Low-calorie sugar substitute consumption during adolescence appears to impair memory later in life

A new study reveals low-calorie sugar substitutes may take a heavy toll on the developing brain and gut.

Study finds folic acid treatment is associated with decreased risk of suicide attempts

Patients who filled prescriptions for folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, experienced a 44% reduction in suicidal events (suicide attempts and intentional self-harm).

Vitamin D could alleviate depression and support women’s health

Vitamin D has a beneficial impact on both the incidence and the prognosis of depression. Whether suffering from depression or not, individuals with low vitamin D levels and all females are most likely to benefit from vitamin D supplementation.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and in Particular DHA, Are Associated With Increased Attention Scores in Adolescents

DHA consumption was associated with improved capacity for selective and sustained attention in adolescents, while ALA lowered impulsive behaviours.

Babies in the womb react differently to flavours

Repeated exposure to flavours before birth could help to establish food preferences post-birth - this could be important with regards to healthy eating messaging and the potential for avoiding 'food-fussiness' when weaning."