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26 April 2017 - Nutraingredients - Valuable protection: Is the variety of gut bacteria more important than immune system in newborns?

Susceptibility to intestinal infections in neonates has been generally ascribed to immaturity of the innate and adaptive immune systems; however, additional factors may play a role, as this study demonstrates.


25 April 2017 - The Conversation - ‘Junk food’ and the consumer blame game

According to a recent YouGov survey, we eat too much “junk food” and new research by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) says we can no longer say we do so because it’s cheaper. But how can we substantiate these claims unless we agree what classifies as junk food?



24 April 2017 - NutraIngredients - Study unlocks how genes may affect dietary preferences

Genes involved in behavioral and psychological traits appear to drive a significant part of someone’s food preferences and dietary habits, says a new study from Spain.










19 April 2017 - Nutraingredients - Gut bacteria control age-related inflammation: Mouse data

Changes to our microbiome and intestinal barrier functions directly lead to increased levels of systemic inflammation as we age, say researchers who suggest such age-related inflammation is reversible.



18 April 2017 - TheConversation - Artificial sweeteners are said to be ‘lite’ but they leave a heavy burden on your health

Diet soda drinkers, beware. Recent epidemiological studies have confirmed that the sweeteners used in diet sodas and other lite drinks increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.



11 April 2017 - The Conversation - The key to eating five fruit and veg a day might just be to make them more tasty

We are deluged with advice and guidance about what we should eat and in what volumes, but still adults and children alike struggle to introduce enough fruit and vegetables into their diet.


10 April 2017 - Nutraingredients - Dad's diet influences brain agility of kids: Mice study

Fathers who excessively consume nutrients found in energy drinks may affect the memory function of their offspring, a mice study has suggested.