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How does excess sugar affect the developing brain throughout childhood and adolescence?

A neuroscientist explains how research indicates that consumption of sugary food is associated with mental distress – such as anxiety and depression – and disrupted sleep.

Plant-based doesn’t always mean healthy

Plant-based meats are often high in sodium, ultra-processed and not any healthier than the meat they imitate

Survey Results: Nutraceuticals More Beneficial Than Pharmaceuticals for Autism

This research provides important information on the overall and specific benefits and adverse effects of 58 of the most commonly used nutraceuticals in ASD.

Action needed on vitamin B12 deficiency in people following plant-based diets

Vitamin B12 is an essential micronutrient which plays a role in supporting red blood cell production, energy, metabolism, and nerve function, but it is not found in plants.

A taste for sweet – an anthropologist explains the evolutionary origins of why you're programmed to love sugar

The attraction to sweetness is so relentless that it has been called an addiction comparable to nicotine dependence.

'Few-foods' diet could be recipe for easing ADHD symptoms

63% of the kids had a least a 40% decrease in ADHD symptoms after the 'few-foods diet' in this study

Maternal intake of choline during pregnancy impacts children's sustained attention

Findings from a new study suggest population-wide benefits of adding choline to a standard prenatal vitamin regimen

ARFID: 'My son's not a picky eater; he's scared of food'

Crisps, dry crackers and plain pasta may not be the most exciting foods but they are often the staples relied upon by children with a little-known eating disorder called ARFID

Doesn't an excessive intake of simple sugar affect higher brain function?

This research demonstrates that the excessive intake of simple sugar at the age of puberty could be an environmental risk factor of psychiatric disorders

Vitamin D supplements may reduce the duration of the common cold

As well as reducing the chance of getting a common cold, recent research shows that vitamin D supplementation reduces the severity and duration of common colds

Junk food and the brain: How modern diets lacking in micronutrients may contribute to angry rhetoric

"Given that our society’s food choices have moved so strongly toward ultra-processed products, we need to learn about the substantial scientific evidence proving that micronutrient intake influences mental health symptoms, especially irritability, explosive rage and unstable mood."

Ubiquitous food additive alters human microbiota and intestinal environment

New clinical research indicates that a widely used food additive, carboxymethylcellulose, alters the intestinal environment of healthy persons, perturbing levels of beneficial bacteria and nutrients.

Poor quality of sleep and falling asleep later are associated with poorer control of blood sugar after meals

A new study finds that later bedtime routines and poor quality of sleep in healthy adults are associated with higher blood glucose levels and poorer control of blood sugar following meals.

Diet changes brain activity in children with ADHD

Researchers have, for the first time, shown a relationship between a decrease in ADHD symptoms and increased activity in the brain after following a few-foods diet

FREE Podcast - Dr Alex Richardson - Omega 3 fatty acids and their VITAL role in good health (Part 1)

Dale Pinnock interviews Dr Alex Richardson, from Oxford University and the charity 'Food and Behaviour Research', to discuss her specialist field - omega 3 fatty acids, particularly in brain function.

Foods high in added fats and refined carbs are like cigarettes – addictive and unhealthy

Ultra-processed foods meet all the same criteria that were used to designate tobacco as addictive

Vegetarian diet quality influences mental health

There is a general perception that following a plant-based diet is inherently healthy but like any diet it comes down to what you put in your mouth

Diet trumps drugs for anti aging and good metabolic health

We all know what we eat influences our health, but this study showed how food can dramatically influence many of the processes operating in our cells. This gives us insights into how diet impacts on health and aging.

Diet, exercise can improve teens' mental health

Diet, nutrition and exercise are among the most accessible and effective interventions to reduce depression in young people

Gut bacteria don't cause autism. Autistic kids' microbiome differences are due to picky eating

Autism-related traits and preferences are associated with less-diverse diet, leading to a less-diverse microbiome