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5 May 2017 - The Conversation - Does spoon-feeding really make babies overweight?

Deciding when and how to introduce babies to solid foods can be overwhelming for parents. But aside from timing and amount, could how babies are introduced to solid foods also make a difference to their health?








1 May 2017 - Science Daily - Widespread vitamin D deficiency likely due to sunscreen use, increase of chronic diseases, review finds

Results from a clinical review find nearly 1 billion people worldwide may have deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D due to chronic disease and inadequate sun exposure related to sunscreen use.


28 April 2017 - Nutraingredients - Study explores how gut microbial populations impact cognitive function

“These findings are among the first to relate bacterial phylogenetic characteristics to executive function among adult humans. Further study is required to elucidate a causal relationship between dietary manipulation of microbiota composition and changes in selective aspects of cognitive performance,” wrote the researchers.



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.




21 April 2017 - NutraIngredients - Could coffee polyphenols improve sleep and energy metabolism in obese people?

Chlorogenic acids – the most abundant polyphenols in coffee – may help people fall asleep and boost fat burning during sleep, suggests a new study.