A diet rich in vitamins and fish may protect the brain from ageing while junk food has the opposite effect, research suggests.
Unhealthy snacks could be returning to schools in England, caterers are warning.
The TV chef Jamie Oliver has accused the Education Secretary Michael Gove of eroding healthy school food standards.
The statement that 'fish is good for the brain' is increasingly backed-up by scientific evidence but what the actual outcomes are in terms of mental performance or 'brain power' is still being discovered.
Both the headline of this article and the reported comments from the researchers suggest a causal link between zinc deficiency and autism, despite the fact that the data collected for this study could - at best - only show an association between the two.
Fish really is 'brainfood' and eating it can make you smarter, researchers say.
Sheila Dillon asks if the calorie is an outdated way of controlling diet and reducing obesity.
Parents are failing to put enough fruit and veg into their children's packed lunches, health experts have warned.
It might taste good, but sugar is addictive and fuelling the obesity epidemic, says Robert Lustig
Sheila Dillon explores the issue of advertising junk food to children, and how companies have changed their marketing since the banning of the showing of food advertisements during children's television programmes four years ago.
Adolescents who eat unhealthily are more likely to develop mental health problems than those with good diets, a new study has found
In this edition of The Food Programme, Simon Parkes discusses 'food poverty' and looks at food banks and asks if this is the only way.
The trans fats in junk food are responsible for the deaths of around 7,000 people a year in the UK - and teenagers are most at risk. Elsewhere, these toxic substances are banned. So why are they still legal in this country?
In a study of more than 1200 older adults with normal cognitive function at the outset, researchers found that a high intake of sodium combined with low levels of physical activity was associated with a decline in global cognitive function over 3 years.
Treatment of those afflicted is 'unusually deficient'.