Friendly bacteria, we hear a lot about them in adverts that try to convince us we should drink liquids that are full of them to help improve our gut health. But, as tasty as these drinks are, is this really the best way to improve gut health? Weiterlesen
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If you suffer from type 2 diabetes you may well just want to do that. Weiterlesen
If you have ditched the carbs and moved to a more protein rich diet, you could be more accepting of unfair behaviour than if you were still eating the starch. Weiterlesen
When you think potatoes, would you think unhealthy? For chips and crisps sure, but surprisingly a paper published in the British Medical Journal found that potato prepared in many ways can lead to high blood pressure. Weiterlesen
So says a study published ahead of print on the website of the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. Weiterlesen
The world’s supply chain of omega 3 fatty acids is in trouble. We have reported on it a number of times in this blog. But a new project is underway involving in the University of Nottingham, CHAIN Biotech and Calysta, Inc. to produce it from a gas that we would like to have less of floating around, methane. Weiterlesen
Anyone who has has a child these last few years has probably had the pleasure of trying to dissolve vitamin D tablets in teaspoons of breast milk or warm water and then the even more difficult task of trying to get your baby to swallow it (and not spit it up again). But why is vitamin D important for babies? Weiterlesen
Yes, that is a nice thing to hear on a Friday afternoon. It would seem that those who eat chocolate on a regular basis seem to have a lower chance of developing diabetes. Weiterlesen
Entrepreneurs from Italy have resurrected an old variety of garlic that doesn’t cause people to pull back every time you breath in their direction that day after eating it. Weiterlesen
Yes, we are back on the subject of insect protein. But this time we are talking about a product that has come to market, cricket pasta. Weiterlesen
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that build up in the environment, particularly the ocean, have chemical properties that also seem to help them accumulate in our bodies and slow degradation. Weiterlesen
That’s right, that wonderful strong smelling green stuff that helps keep your beer from going bad and gives it some great bitterness, flavour and aroma to boot may also be able to help against metabolic syndrome. Weiterlesen
Another log has been added to the saturated vs unsaturated and omega 3, omega 6 ratio fire. And if the fiery debate was showing any signs of dying down this should certainly get it going again. Weiterlesen
People in the west are starting to look at fermented foods for health reasons, but across the rest of the globe it is simply what people do to preserve their food and make it more digestible. Weiterlesen
In a time when so much emphasis is put on carbohydrate, protein and fat levels in the different fad diets, it is easy to forget about that somewhat unsung hero of your regularity, fibre. Weiterlesen
So say the findings of a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Weiterlesen
Are you looking to reduce those love handles but without the hunger discomfort? Then including a daily dose of beans and pulses seems like a possible way to go. Weiterlesen
If you want to prevent cataracts in old age what should you do? Protect your eyes with sunglasses, don’t smoke, but what about your diet? Weiterlesen
“Camphor what?” Is what I guess some of you are thinking right now. Those among you that use a vapour rub in the winter to help with decongestion or a vapour nasal stick might think it sounds familiar. That is because that is generally what the oil is used for in Europe due to its decongestive properties. But that is not the only thing it is good for. Weiterlesen
Starting the day with a glass of orange juice and a bowl of cereal. It has gone out of fashion with many people these days as they make their own smoothies, but for those out there that do, is it part of a healthy diet? Or is it just another sugary drink adding to the obesity epidemic? Weiterlesen
Not literately of course, I think that goes without saying. Today we bring you a publication from The American Journal of Pathology that warns against eating iron rich food such as spinach and drinking green tea at the same time. Weiterlesen
Another publication about nuts and snacking for you. This time, overweight children were given peanuts to snack on. Weiterlesen
Today, we are talking functional foods, i.e. food that has added functions such as disease prevention or health promoting benefits. Weiterlesen
If you’re getting on in years, have suffered from heart failure, and want to improve your exercise endurance, then a daily glass of beetroot juice could be the way to go. And I’d assume this could also be beneficial for those wishing to improve their sport performance in general. Weiterlesen
Yes, that is the news from a paper that has been accepted for publication in the journal Food and Function. Weiterlesen
We all know that snacking in general is not recommended. But if you do need to snack on something, try leaving those crisps (or chips if you prefer) on the shelf and reach for some almonds instead. Weiterlesen
Barley, not only the base for one of the best types of drinks around, it turns out that it can help against obesity and metabolic syndrome. Weiterlesen
That is indeed the question this week. There has been fierce debate for many years over whether or not organic is better for you, in terms of less pesticide residue obviously but also in terms of the nutritional content of the food. Weiterlesen
Putting aside the fact that drinking raw cow’s milk is dangerous and the current advice from the powers that be in the states and the UK is don’t drink it, it would seem that it could lower the chances of children developing asthma.
A paper published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology presents the results of study that followed children living on farms given raw milk or pasteurised milk and their incidence of asthma up to the age of 6.
Children that drank the raw milk had a lower incidence of asthma. The researchers believe this is due to the higher amount of milk fatty acids in the raw milk, especially the omega 3 fatty acids. Apparently the pasteurisation process of milk causes changes in proteins and the fats and this could cause the milk to be less than it was.
Very interesting stuff, although we should not forget that raw untreated milk can harbour dangerous bugs such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. And as the most vulnerable groups are young children, the elderly and immune suppressed, giving it to children under 6 is definitely not recommended.
Looking into the literature it would seem that the fatty acid profile of milk (i.e., what fatty acids are present in the milk) come roughly equally from 2 sources, the diet and the gut bacteria. Perhaps further research should be done on what to include in the cow’s feed or what gut bacteria to inoculate cows with to increase the beneficial fatty acids but still keep us safe with pasteurisation?
Just a thought…
In case you haven’t been following it, there has been growing interest in the last few years about the microorganisms that live in your gut and the effect they have on you from affecting your moods to making you fat.
There have been experiments with transferring the gut microbiota from one person or animal to another (if you are eating while reading this you may not want to think about how they do that) and some of these experiments have shown that if the donor was overweight then it can cause the recipient to put on weight.
Other experiments show that babies pick up their gut microbiota on their way into the world or if delivered by c-section then from their initial environments, e.g. from the mother by skin to skin contact or from the doctor/nurses when they handle them or from hospital equipment. (Click here to go to article).
So here is a thought: if you get most of your bacteria from your mother, and the bacteria you have can influence whether or not you are overweight, does that mean if your mother is overweight then chances are you will be too?
That was the question being asked in a paper published in the online journal Sphere. The researchers indentified the species of bacteria from the guts of babies, some from obese mothers and some from healthy mothers.
They found that the weight of the mother did not seem to have an effect on the babies microbiome (when analysed at 9 months) and that is was duration of breast feeding, introduction of complimentary foods and transition to family foods (higher protein and fibre contents) that had the biggest effect.
So there you go, they didn’t go as far as to suggest what foods should be given to the infants but I’m assuming it would boil down to the normal advice: avoid or keep to a minimum the processed foods and try to promote the fresh fruit and veg, food rich in fibre and perhaps fermented foods.
Interesting news from the Journal of Food Science, if you want to increase the bioavailability of cucuminoids then putting it into some yogurt instead of an aqueous solution is the way to go. Weiterlesen
Apparently, if you are male and want to increase your life span, then pruntein, a phytoestrogen found in soy could be the ticket. Weiterlesen
That is the question and one that is not easy to answer. Weiterlesen
It is not easy, but researchers from the McMaster University, Canada, have shown that a protein rich but calorie deficit diet in combination with exercise is the way to go. Weiterlesen
Interesting news reported on the website of the English newspaper the Guardian. It would seem that some restaurants in China have been using opium containing poppy seeds in their food, perhaps giving a whole new meaning to food you just can’t get enough of. Weiterlesen
Sulforaphane is a phytochemical found is brassicas such as broccoli, cauliflower, cress and cabbage. We’ve blogged about it a number of times over the years: Freezing is broccoli’s kryptonite, Broccoli sprouts stop type II diabetes getting complicated, Broccoli for Autism?, Sulforaphane to fight prostate cancer cells. Weiterlesen
If you prefer to fry your vegetables rather than boiling them it may be that you are actually choosing the healthier option. Weiterlesen
But which type of tea is the best? This was the question that two researchers from Canada decided to investigate by comparing green, black and rooibos tea. Weiterlesen
Men, if you want to maintain your sexual prowess when you are middle aged then a diet including food and drink rich in anthocyanins and flavanones could be the way to go. Weiterlesen
Now there’s an idea. We have blogged about the unsustainable use of omega 3 fatty acids and about possible alternatives: direct from seaweed or genetically modified oil seed rape. But what if there was another natural source? Weiterlesen
Then you should try a flour made from green coffee! Yes, those clever boffins have had their thinking hats on again and come up with a new way to consume coffee.
We have blogged a number of times on this site about papers that claim coffee is good for you (Two cups a day…, Coffee: Enjoy heartily in moderation, Drink coffee, live longer). I’ve also commented that most of these blogs are written with a trusty cup of the black stuff in hand. But today we are not talking about conventional coffee.
The taste that most people associate with coffee only comes about when the coffee beans are roasted. But, it would seem, the health benefits from coffee are actually dramatically decreased during the process of roasting. So a biophysicist from Brandeis University in the US has come up with a way to heat the coffee beans to a lower temperature and then mill them at ultra low temperatures to further protect the goodness in the beans.
The resulting flour is then ready for use as a supplement or for baking. As it has not been roasted it does not have the normal coffee taste. However, it has also been suggested it could be blended with roasted coffee to boost the health benefits of your cup and still have the roasted coffee taste.
Sounds all very interesting but I think I’ll stick to my 5 cups a day for now.
This flour made from coffee should not be confused with the product called Coffee Flour which is actually a flour produced from the pulp left over after the coffee bean has been removed.
In today’s world people are always looking for ways to reuse waste from one process and turn it into something useful. Beer is no exception. Weiterlesen
Yes, it’s that time again. It’s early January, the hangovers are finally wearing off, and many people out there are thinking January is the month to detox. Whether it be from drink, junk food or even some habits outside the scope of this blog. In today’s blog we are talking junk food and how something as simple as a mirror can help. Weiterlesen
Chances are yes. At least, according to a paper published in the Journal of Wine Economics this month. Weiterlesen
As we like to say here in Germany, Jein (a mix of yes and no). It all depends on how it is produced. Weiterlesen
We all know that tea is meant to be good for us. We have blogged about it a few times ourselves. But too much of a good thing can make it bad and that seems to be true for green tea too. Weiterlesen
The craft beer scene is exploding, and no, we are not talking about over-carbonated bottles. Daily we here about new quirky (and sometimes unpalatable) “craft” beers that are making a splash. But can they be good for us? Beer is, after all, a fermented product and many fermented products are touted as having health benefits. Weiterlesen
You may have heard the idea that if you expose yourself to a bit of cold then your body will expend some energy to keep you warm and therefore you could burn some of that spare tyre. But did you know that those helpful bacteria that live in your gut are directing some of the response? Weiterlesen
Campylobacter, the food poisoning bug that instils fear in the hearts of anyone unfortunate enough to have been infected with it is thankfully on the decrease in our supermarket chicken. Weiterlesen
A non profit restaurant in London does not think so. In an area with high obesity they are trying to make a difference by making the popular food choices more healthy rather than trying to change the menu. Weiterlesen
After a near twenty year struggle, AquAdvantage salmon has been approved for sale in the US by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The first genetically modified (GM) fish on sale in the US for human consumption. Weiterlesen
Yes, today it is another breast feeding story for you. Obesity is a growing problem, and unfortunately, what you eat while breastfeeding can also “program” your child’s body in ways that are not good. Weiterlesen
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the biggest cause of premature death worldwide. According to a publication in the journal Phycologia most of it is down to our individual eating habits. But what can we do to reduce our risk of CVD?
Eat seaweed, apparently. Yes, compared to the unhealthy high calorie, nutrient poor foods out there that so many of us eat, seaweed:
(1) has very favourable antioxidant levels,
(2) is high in fibre,
(3) has good macro and micro elements and
(4) has good fatty acid profiles.
All of these points make it a good candidate for an additive to our foods. Indeed, we reported a while back about a cook book with seaweed recipes or about using the seaweed derivative, alginate in bread (Stick some seaweed in that bread).
The publication is a good review on seaweed research and well worth a read. I particularly like the phrase “involuntary intervention strategies related to food manufacturing”.
I guess it is nice to know that healthy things can also be put into our mass produced food. Big Brother is feeding you…
Stevia it would seem, leaves a bitter taste in some people’s mouths. But thanks to scientists from Cornell University, this could soon be a thing of the past. Weiterlesen
Statistically speaking at least. Yes, yet again another study says people who drink coffee had a lower mortality rate from certain diseases than those that don’t. Weiterlesen
Yes, as I sit here on this Friday morning nursing my 3rd coffee of the day I am watching a video from the YouTube channel ASAPscience that explains the best time of day to drink your cups of the black stuff and more annoyingly, it seems I drink mine at completely the wrong time… Weiterlesen
With so many negative reports about low energy sweeteners (LES) out there, today we bring you one from the other side. Weiterlesen
Yes we are back on this subject again. This time, the latest piece of research to get published says that reducing carbs is the way to go. Weiterlesen
Here is one to think about. If you have ever eaten sweet potato then you have eaten GM food. Weiterlesen
In a word, no. But the WHO has confirmed the link between processed meat consumption and an increased risk of bowel cancer. And it would seem that we are eating more than we should. Weiterlesen
…..for diabetics is ok! Apparently. Yes, research published this month in the Annuals of Internal Medicine found that getting people suffering from type 2 diabetes to drink a moderate amount of alcohol in the form of red or white wine actually decreased their risk of heart attacks and strokes. Weiterlesen
Hot on the heels of “Where did all the bitterness go?” here is a small explanation of what phytonutrients actually are. Weiterlesen
Taken by breeders everyone? That is an interesting question and one that was the subject of an article recently in the New Scientist magazine and on BBC radio 4’s Food Programme. Weiterlesen
A story that is receiving a lot of coverage in the UK after being picked up by the press. Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have published a paper cautioning against eating too many rice products due to inorganic arsenic levels. Weiterlesen
We’ve blogged about it a few times on this site over the last 3 years (Bugs a la carte, Mealworm nuggets anyone?, Fly reared steak anyone?, Protein, where will you get yours from? Bugs?). The world is facing a protein shortage and insect protein could help fill that gap, either directly as a food source for us, or as a feed for animals such as cows. But what are the risks? Weiterlesen
Yes, smoothie lovers out there take note, there will soon be a new source of omega 3 fatty acids to add to your morning mix. It has been developed from a weedy relative of borage and been given the name Ahiflower. Weiterlesen
Another novelty product for you this morning. If you are someone trying to build up your muscles and you regularly take protein shakes here is one for you (apparently), beer with protein! Weiterlesen
If you are a red wine drinker in the states then that’s probably arsenic. Yes, worrying news out this week is that red wine produced in the states probably contains more arsenic than is allowed in drinking water. Weiterlesen
Yep, in a world where people are constantly trying to save time in daily routine comes a mash up for lovers of peanut butter and coffee: green coffee bean peanut butter. Weiterlesen
….and keep colon cancer at bay. That’s right, those shrivelled dark fruits normally eaten by people wanting help with their bowel movements, seem to do more than just help things to get moving. Weiterlesen
Yep, after all the negative press in recent years and campaigns to remove trans fats from our foods, new research suggests that although in high amounts they are bad for you, small amounts of trans fats may actually be of benefit. Weiterlesen
Short answer, a lowering of your LDL cholesterol (the bad one). Weiterlesen
We all know the advice, we should be trying to eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, low in red meat et cetera, et cetera to look after our physical health. But what about our mental health? Weiterlesen
…of ice cream! Yes, those horrible moments of melting ice cream dripping down the outside of the cone and all over your hands (or more likely your child’s) could become a thing of the past or at least be reduced thanks to bacteria. Weiterlesen
A diet rich in fresh vegetables, olive oil and nuts, the Mediterranean diet has long been touted as a diet that can extend your life and increase your well being. We have blogged about it a few times ourselves (Keep it up…, Go nuts for Mediterranean.., Aktins for the old..). But does it help decrease your chances of developing breast cancer?
That was a question a group of Spanish researchers wanted to look at. So they followed the health of over 4000 women between the ages of 60-80 who had been given one of three diets: 1) Mediterranean supplemented with nuts, (2) Mediterranean supplemented with extra virgin olive oil or (3) a low fat diet.
They found that only those who had the diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil had a lesser chance of developing breast cancer compared to the control low fat diet group. The diet supplemented with nuts also seemed to help but the difference was not significant.
So there you have it, olive oil performed better than nuts and both seemed to perform better than a low fat diet. It’s a shame they didn’t have a group eating a high protein diet as I recall a paper from last March that claimed eating large amounts of protein in older age helped to reduce incidence of cancer (Aktins for the old..).
Another Friday fish story for you. Yep, it would seem that having a diet rich in fish means you have less chance of suffering from depression. Weiterlesen
Purple potato that this. Yes, the humble potato comes in many shapes, sizes and shades of skin, but it is also available with purple flesh and this apparently has anti cancer properties. Weiterlesen
If you keep up to date with health food recommendations (and by reading this it suggests that you do) then you should be familiar with the idea that linseed (or flax seed for our friends across the pond) are good for you. Weiterlesen
Sombre news from the National Institutes of Health, it appears that supplements of omega-3 and carotenes have no benefit over a placebo in terms of cognitive decline in people in their twilight years.
Supplements of the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin had previously been shown to help slow age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a degeneration of the eye. The researchers decided to add omega 3 to the list of supplements and run another study, also monitoring cognitive decline.
The study involved over 4,000 patients and lasted for 5 years. Unfortunately, none of the supplements were able to slow the cognitive decline, i.e. there was no difference between the cognitive decline across the treatment groups.
Still, it’s probably best not to give up on healthy eating yet. As the authors point out, the omega 3 in the supplements used in this trial were derived from fish oil. There is also omega 3 present in walnuts, chia and linseed (and at favourable omega 3: omega 6 ratios) and these sources have not yet been tested.
Also, why do we think omega 3 could help? Because people eating a diet rich in omega 3 seemed to have better cognitive abilities in their later years. Maybe it is not the omega 3 on its own that is giving this effect but the balanced diet as a whole.
I for one will be happily eating my piece of salmon for dinner tonight, and even it is turns out it will not help me keep my marbles for longer as least it tastes damn good.
Erh yes, definitely. Reported on the website Boozenews, it seems that a pub in New Zealand have come up with quite possibly the most unappetizing beer I have ever heard of, and I have heard of a few. Weiterlesen
It’s a question that seems to have people on both sides of the fence shouting for you to join them. So if you are trying to lose some weight what is more effective, to restrict carbohydrate or fat intake? Weiterlesen
Chia, a seed from Mexico related to mint has become more and more popular recently due to its favourable levels of omega 3 fatty acids and relatively low levels of omega 6, not to mention the fibre and levels of some vitamins. But sticking a few in your smoothie is not the only use for them. Weiterlesen
It’s a story we have already spoken about but with more research backing up the original findings it is worth another mention. Weiterlesen
Tesco, the largest supermarket brand in the UK has decided to ban drinks with added sugar aimed at children. Weiterlesen
We are all familiar with the idea of adding something a bit extra to our alcohol: stimulants such as a caffeine for example, to fight the fatigue brought on by the alcohol. Weiterlesen
Students and over indulgers rejoice! Scientists from down under may have found a way to avoid that head splitting feeling the morning after the drunken night before. Weiterlesen
At the end of the blog yesterday that suggested that too much soy bean oil in our diet is not a good idea we asked what should we be frying with then? Weiterlesen
Disturbing news from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week. Some Mexican farms growing coriander or cilantro (depending on where you are from, but basically we are talking about the leafy part of the plant, not the seed) are littered with human faeces and toilet paper. Weiterlesen
If someone was to say what is worse for you, a diet rich in saturated fat, in fructose or in soybean oil? I’m pretty sure most of us would not choose the last one, but worryingly that is the conclusion that a group of scientists from University of California have come to. Weiterlesen
According to Which magazine, there’s a 1 in 4 chance it contains Myrtle or olive leaves. Weiterlesen
When packaging fruit and vegetables for sale it is common practise to apply some kind of aqueous sanitizer or even mechanical brushing to help slow down spoilage. Weiterlesen
We’ve all heard that probiotics are good for us. Although taking them does not have quite the effect some of the adverts would have us believe, they do have a beneficial effect on our gut. Weiterlesen
In the second part of our blog about protein sources presented at the IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago, we talk about algae and other alternative sources of plant protein. Weiterlesen
With the high environmental cost of meat production and the increasing demand for protein rich food, alternative sources of protein were one of the questions being pondered at the IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago. Weiterlesen
Good news to you fellow beer drinkers out there. That small beer that you may have to quench your thirst after some physical exercise does not seem to be a bad thing. Weiterlesen
Another blackcurrant blog for you today, it would seem that adding blackcurrants to your diet could help reduce body weight and improve glucose metabolism, but only if the gut is functioning normally, i.e. has not been given a blast of antibiotics. Weiterlesen
There is already strong evidence that consuming berries such as strawberries and blueberries can help against cognitive decline such as dementia. This has been attributed to flavonoids present in the fruit. Weiterlesen
Either there are a lot of researchers focussing on grapes at the moment, or it really seems to a fruit that has many benefits to give us. Weiterlesen
After eating the glucose level in our blood increases and this is dealt with by insulin. Unfortunately, in some people this mechanism fails to work and the glucose can reach dangerous levels. When this is caused by insulin resistance and a relative lack of insulin it is known as type II diabetes. Weiterlesen
Fat cells are interesting things, not only can they tide us over when food is scarce by storing our excess energy in times of plenty (white fat), but they can also release all their energy as heat to help regulate our temperatures, especially when we are babies (brown fat). Weiterlesen
Fasting has been shown to have some positive effects on the body. I remember an article a few years back about a researcher who was so convinced it would extend his life that he was eating an extremely low amount each day, each to their own I guess. Weiterlesen
It would appear that eating chocolate could lessen your risk of heart disease and stroke. Weiterlesen
Good news for all you nut eaters out there. Regular consumption of tree nuts and peanuts is associated with a lower chance of death. Weiterlesen
It is funny to think that we are the only species on this world that has members that enjoy spiciness in our food. Indeed, the point of the capsaicinoids released by the plants is to deter herbivores while allowing birds, that do not feel the heat to eat the seeds and disperse them. Weiterlesen
That was the simple but important findings of a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this month. Weiterlesen
A variation on a theme we have already blogged about but one that is worth repeating. When eating foods rich in carotenes, for instance a salad containing tomato, carrot and peppers, add some fat to get the most out of it. Weiterlesen
In today’s blog we are talking beer spoilage or spoilage of the wort, the beer before the yeast has turned it to, erm, beer. Weiterlesen
It has already been shown in the US that intake of dietary fibre is inversely associated with incidence of type II diabetes. Now this latest offering in the journal Diabetes confirms the same association in European diets too. Weiterlesen
For all you chocolate lovers out there a paper that finally has the findings you would like to hear, consuming chocolate (albeit of the dark kind) can help you lose weight as part of a low carb diet. Weiterlesen
Sometimes life just seems so unfair. Talking about two recently published papers, it seems that drinking chamomile tea can help women live longer, but for men exercise seems to be the way to go. Weiterlesen
An interesting one for all those other parents out there, the bacteria in your child’s gut could be having an effect on their behaviour. Weiterlesen
Eating between meals, a generation ago it was seriously frowned upon but in today’s world of eating on the go or at our desks it has become part of the norm. But what about teenagers, what should we give them if they are hungry between meals? Weiterlesen
As we get older we should have more of an eye on our diets, and one aliment that can apparently be avoided or reduced by changes in our diet is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a loss of vision in the centre of your field of view caused by damage to the retina. Weiterlesen
Something strange is happening in new kettles up and down the UK. It seems that the water boiled in the kettles has a bad taste or smell. Weiterlesen
With pasteurised milk and refrigeration a normal part of our day to day lives we probably haven’t considered what you do without it. Weiterlesen
Nothing says its summer time more than strawberries, (well except for warm sunny days of course) and this year there should be a bumper of a crop. Weiterlesen
We’ve all heard about the Mediterranean diet, whether in the press or from the advertising campaigns of margarine spreads loaded with olive oil. But what would be the effect on our cognitive abilities of combining the basic diet (fish, fermented milk products (yogurt and cheese), fresh fruit/vegetables and lows levels of red meat) with nuts as the main source of fat instead of olive oil? Weiterlesen
Definitely one for those meat loving non fish eaters out there. Chinese scientists have developed cows that produce omega 3 fatty acids, so you could get your weekly recommended amount from beef instead of fish (well, if GM food is allowed in your region). Weiterlesen
We’ve all heard the advice, we all eat too much salt (sodium chloride) and this can give us high blood pressure and lead to heart disease. But what about potassium chloride? Usually used to dilute sodium chloride in “low salt” salt. Weiterlesen
Another week another publication on type II diabetes. This time comes the probably-not-so-surprising news that people who consume less drinks containing sugar have less chance of developing type II diabetes. Weiterlesen
Yes, that carotene that gives flamingos their signature colour is set to be the new antioxidant addition to drinks.
Astaxanthin is a carotene, unlike beta or alpha carotene it does not have pro vitamin A properties, but it is a powerful antioxidant. It is synthesized by algae and travels up the food chain. Fish eat the algae, flamingos eat the fish etc.
According to the website Beverage Daily, the company Algatech is about to release a water soluble version that can be added to drinks.
They also report that the fishy taste has been taken care of. I would say that was definitely a prerequisite before adding it to drinks.
Yes, that is not a typo. Researchers have discovered that those given a small piece of apple to eat before going shopping bought more fruit and vegetables than those given a cookie or nothing. Weiterlesen
Today, we are talking about alginate, non digestible polysaccharides that are extracted from brown algae. It would seem that alginate is able to reduce the amount of fat our bodies can absorb and so by adding it to bread it could help in the fight against obesity or help those with non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Weiterlesen
We’ve all heard of pro-biotics, these bacteria that are thought to have health benefits when we consume them. But surprising it seems rather than directly affecting our health some members of this group induce a change in our resident microbes that could give us health benefits. Weiterlesen
Today is a day to celebrate, on this day in 1516 the “Reinheitsgebot” or “German Beer Purity Law came into force. Weiterlesen
Bad news for you sugar junkies out there trying to cut down. Drinking a drink sweetened with sugar can reduce the expression of a stress induced hormone, meaning when stressed we may consume more sugar. Weiterlesen
It would seem that hot cereals on the breakfast table are on the increase in Germany. Reported on the Mintel website, the consumption of hot breakfast cereal has increased from 40,000 tonnes to 52,000 between 2011 and 2014. Weiterlesen
Yes, our old friend, the suped up broccoli with 2-3 times the level of the phytonutrient glucoraphanin compared to normal broccoli is back in the news again. Weiterlesen
Yes, good news to all you fellow cross fitters, gym goers or runners who also like to indulge in fast food. It seems that eating fast food after exercise has the same effect on your glycogen levels as isoenergetic sport supplements. Weiterlesen
Staying on the subject of type II diabetes, (if you don’t know what I am talking about check out the last blog) it would seem that milk consumption and especially fermented milk (predominantly cheese and yogurt), can reduce your chances of type II diabetes. Weiterlesen
Is there a link? And if so is it good or bad? Published this month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Finland claim that eating eggs can reduce your chance of developing type II diabetes. Weiterlesen
We all know that fruit and vegetables are good for you, but if you are trying to father a child you may want to think organic or avoid certain ones. Weiterlesen
If you’re going to eat a high fat meal you should consider some high intensity exercise first. Weiterlesen
…Inflamed in the brain! Tip of the hat to Cypress Hill aside, this blog comes back to the effect our diet can have on the contents of our gut microbiome and the effect this can exert on our bodies. Weiterlesen
Yep, strange as it sounds, it seems that when rice is boiled in water with a bit of coconut oil added and then cooled in the fridge for half a day it makes the starch less digestible and therefore delivers fewer calories. Weiterlesen
If you want to get the most carotenes out of your eggs then scrambled certainly seems not the way to do it. And why would you care? Well, the carotenes in eggs help protect against age related eye sight deterioration. Weiterlesen
Another week and another publication about coffee consumption. This one published ahead of print on the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition website gives a familiar story, drinking coffee seems to be inversely related with chance of death. Weiterlesen
If you want your child to be the best they can be it seems that breastfeeding them might be the way to go. Weiterlesen
We have mentioned it on one or two occasions and it is a source of interest for many a nutritional scientist. How come the French, who consume a high level of saturated fat, have such low levels of coronary heart disease? Weiterlesen
What do you think when you hear the word salt? Some of us would think of the difference a small sprinkle can make to our chips, some would think “high blood pressure/stroke”, but would you think that it could play a role in protecting you from bugs? Weiterlesen
Interesting news from the English newspaper the Telegraph this week. It seems that the amount of alcohol consumed by people in the UK is dropping. Weiterlesen
Lycopene, the carotene that is responsible for the redness of tomatoes and the colour of water melon could help reduce your risk of developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a type of kidney cancer. Weiterlesen
Yes, it’s another good day to be a coffee drinker, Korean scientists have published a paper in the journal Heart that claims people who drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day have less build up of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early sign of coronary heart disease than those that drink less or more. Weiterlesen
In today’s world of breakfast skipping, sandwiches at your desk and a big dinner when you get home, what effect is this style of eating having on our bodies? Weiterlesen
Breakfast comes in many shapes and sizes: the full English, pancakes, waffles, cereal, or toast to name a few. And the latest news is that high protein could be the way to go. Weiterlesen
Garlic, adds a great dimension to your food but let’s face it, unless you live in a country where everyone is eating it every day, to others you will smell. Weiterlesen
Yes, my favourite morning starter is back in the news again. This time researchers have found that drinking roasted coffee results in less breakages in your DNA. Weiterlesen
Peanuts, ask most parents of very young children and they’ll probably say “you shouldn’t give them to them”. But why is this? Weiterlesen
Not one for the faint hearted, with things hotting up behind closed doors up and down the country thanks to “50 Shades of Grey” the Scottish brewery Innes and Gunn decided to get in on the action with the release of their beer “50 Shades of Green”. Weiterlesen
When you decide to lose weight one thing that has to be a pain is that you normally change your entire diet, which could explain why so many people fail to stick to it. Weiterlesen
All is not well for almond and peanut allergy sufferers in the UK. Last week, 3 products containing paprika were recalled due to the presence of undeclared almond. Weiterlesen
There are a hundred and one weight loss diets out there that claim one thing or another for why this diet will work. And here could be another one for you: Weiterlesen
There was a time when people would find a recipe for something and stick to it almost religiously, never daring to change or substitute any of the ingredients. However, in the day and age of the internet even the most cautious of us can do a quick search for substituting say coconut oil for butter in shortbread and chances are someone has done it and written about it. Weiterlesen
Is fat bad? I would say it depends, here in Germany we would say Jein.
This blog is based on an article published earlier this month on the Harvard Health Publications website.
The problem is this, back in the 70’s there were big health campaigns that said animal fats are bad, you should move to vegetable sources such as margarine. So many people gave up their delicious butter on their toast and replaced it with the “healthy” option of margarine. These margarines contained something called trans fats, a type of fat that made its way into many of our food products over the years and unfortunately was eventually found to actually increase the amount of bad cholesterol in our blood streams. So trans fats are definitely of the bad type.
Good types of fat are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil, avocados and nuts to name but a few sources. Think Mediterranean Diet. Polyunsaturated fats are found in corn oil, sunflower oil and fish oil. There are two types: omega 3 and omega 6. This is where the facts get a bit contested. According to the article omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are good for you and will reduce your bad cholesterol. However, we have blogged a number of times on publications that have found that too much omega 6 in your diet can actually increase your overall chance of mortality. Apparently linseed and chia seeds are very good as they have high levels of omega 3 compared to omega 6.
And to the other one, saturated fat. This is the grey area, for years we were told to reduce our level of saturated fats as too much will lead to heart disease. Then, if you look at the French you see a group that tend to eat high amounts of saturated fats but have low levels of heart disease.
One thing is for sure, too much saturated fat really can be bad for you but it would appear that for now at least we can bring back the butter to our breakfast table and not feel guilty for it.
Carrying on from the rather negative blog about organic food yesterday here is one to re-balance our scales. Weiterlesen
What do you think of when you think of organic?
Do you think of a healthy flavoursome alternative to the mass produced tasteless stuff from the supermarkets? Perhaps you think of fresh fruit and vegetables that have been lovingly tended just using some soap to remove the bugs instead of drenching them in pesticides and herbicides? Or do you think of those tiny spotty apples that seem to be half as large but cost twice as much as the conventional ones?
The question of whether or not organic is better is fiercely fought between the organic and conventional farmers and it is a matter that is far from settled.
José Miguel Mulet, Professor of Biotechnology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia weighed into the fray with his book “Los productos naturales, ¡vaya timo!” (Natural products, what a rip off!) which is featured in an article in the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo”.
He says that organic food is smaller than their conventionally produced counterparts, and that the label of organic does not mean that they are safer, in fact, he claims that organically produced food is harder to regulate as there are many small farms compared to the big conventional farms. And in the EU, there are more food scares on organic farms compared to conventional ones.
So what do you prefer on your carrots and potatoes, chemicals or cow poo?
A more cow poo pro blog for you tomorrow.
Oh dear, even after all the publicity and scandal 21% of lamb curries in the UK are still adulterated with other cheaper or possibly sub standard meats. Weiterlesen
Yep, that lovely glass of red that goes so well with your steak or plate of cheese now has another bonus. It could protect you from accumulating too much fat in your liver, as least, that what’s happened in mice. Weiterlesen
….please call the whole ban off. Sad news for the 1.3 million or so British expats living in the US, the American chocolate brand Hershey’s has brought a lawsuit against importers of British chocolate, which basically has stopped the import of UK made Cadbury’s products. Weiterlesen
…but you may be able to uncook an egg, at least, that seems to the news published in the Journal ChemBioChem Communications. Weiterlesen
If you are watching what you eat and keeping an eye on the amount of saturated fat you are consuming, it might be worth noting that the levels in meat can vary widely too depending on what the animals have eaten. Weiterlesen
Yep, it’s the stuff of pub legends, a paper has been published in the European Heart Journal that says it is good for you to have tipple. But before we get too excited what is it really saying?
The authors followed over 14,500 people who were in their mid 50′s at the beginning of the study for a period of approx. 24 years.
They found that while in their middle age, those that imbibed around 7 drinks a week, be it beer, wine or spirits, had a lower risk of future heart failure compared with abstainers.
No level of alcohol consumption seemed to increase the chance of heart failure but drinking too much did lead to an overall increase in chance of death.
The authors note that the alcohol consumption was self reported in the form of a questionnaire but that the levels reported were consistent with the results of tests.
As people tended to drink more than one type of alcohol it was not possible to say if there was a difference between the different alcoholic drinks.
Osteoporosis is something we should all keep in mind. As we get older, our bones can get less dense and this can lead to increased chance of fractures. Weiterlesen
Imagine this, you are a chicken retailer and a damning report is published that says nearly 60% of all raw chicken sold has a bacteria on it that can cause food poisoning. What do you do? Weiterlesen
Nearly 4 years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster most of the locally grown rice is fit again to eat. Weiterlesen
Yes, our old friend Sulforaphane is back in the news again, this time in a paper trying to understand how it kills prostate cancer cells.
According to the paper published in the journal Oncogensis, it has already been shown that sulforaphane can kill prostate cancer cells while leaving normal cells intact (or more accurately can make the cells kills themselves in a process known as programmed cell death). It can also reduce incidences of metastasis (when the cancer spreads) in GM mouse models and has been shown in rodent models to not be toxic at the pharmaceutical levels used in these experiments.
The rest of the paper is pretty heavy reading but the gist is that they have identified that when one of our enzymes is deactivated or destabilised it increases the effect of the treatment with Sulforaphane.
Although this is not something that can be achieved by the amount you would get from eating cruciferous vegetables it is still worth to eat them as sulforaphane can induce detoxification enzymes that expel air pollutants from our body, as mentioned in one of our previous blogs.
Another reason to eat them is that they actually taste pretty good.
Craft breweries have been creating some interesting beers that are really growing in popularity these last few years. Weiterlesen
Low calorie sweeteners (LCS), they are already the sweetness in our diet or zero drinks, and are starting to make an appearance is reduced sugar drinks such as Coke Life.
But can they really help us to lose weight as part of a calorie controlled diet as written at the bottom of so many diet drink adverts? Secondly, are they bad for our health?
To answer these questions, a group of independent experts were brought together at the International Sweeteners Association Conference in April last year and asked for their opinions based on the data. Here are some of their remarks published in the journal Nutrition Bulletin.
Switching to diet drinks sweetened with LCS does seem to reduce energy intake. In other words, losing the sugar in your drink does not cause you to compensate for that loss of sugar by consuming more.
LCS do not modulate the glycaemic response and therefore are safe for diabetics.
LCS in themselves are not fermented by the bacteria in your mouth and therefore do not cause tooth decay, however, keep in mind that other components of the drinks they are in may cause damage to teeth.
As to whether or not they are bad for us, they state that regulatory authorities worldwide have published positive statements about the safety of LCS.
It is an interesting read and is open access. Click here to have a look.
Fans of guacamole rejoice! Eating an avocado a day could help to lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association the paper describes how when people were fed either a low fat diet with no avocado, a medium fat diet with no avocado or a medium fat diet with avocado their amount of LDL cholesterol was decreased the most when avocado was included in the diet.
Although this research was funded by the Hass Avocado Board the authors state that that had no impact on their study.
Looks like the health benefits are avocados just keep coming, it is already described as an excellent source of fibre and some vitamins and we reported back in July how eating avocado with vitamin A helps your body to take up more of the vitamin.
If you haven’t tried avocado I highly recommend thinly sliced on some bread with a bit of seasoning.
…Eating a diet that contains high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) equivalent to the added sugar we can have in our diet is bad news for fertility and life expectancy, in female mice at least. Weiterlesen
Put aside those high protein or cave man diets for a minute and listen to this. Eating high amounts of whole grain seems to lower total and heart disease mortality, at least according to a paper published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine yesterday. Weiterlesen
Researchers have pooled together the data from a number of studies and found that eating yogurt seems to be inversely correlated with developing type II diabetes (T2D). Weiterlesen
Police in Gaoan, China, have raided underground slaughter houses and detained 12 people for allegedly selling unfit meat. Weiterlesen
Another omega 3 fatty acid blog for you to start off the new year. Researchers have been giving hens supplements of fish oil, chia seeds and linseed seed (or flax for our friends across the pond) to try and increase the omega 3 fatty acid levels in the eggs, and it works… Weiterlesen
111 people across 12 states in the US have become infected with Salmonella after consuming bean sprouts. Weiterlesen
Yes, I kid you not, someone has decided to do away with oil and came up with the idea of frying in molten glucose. But does it work? Weiterlesen
Duck weed, any pond owner is probably very familiar with the stuff. It is a free floating plant that tries to exclude any light from getting into your pond by blanketing the entire surface. Weiterlesen
Some disturbing news for you from the English language German newspaper “The Local”. Apparently 1 in 5 Pretzels produced in Bavaria contain higher than recommended levels of aluminium. Weiterlesen
The Mediterranean diet has been shown in many studies to have a positive effect on health. Now, it appears it can also help in the bedroom. Weiterlesen
Back to the horse meat scandal for today’s blog. An interesting paper published in the journal Food Chemistry describes a method that allows for quick identification of beef or horse meat. Weiterlesen
Staying on the subject of coffee for another day, do you like your café latte a bit on the sweeter side? Perhaps you should consider drinking it from a see through or blue mug as opposed to a white one then. Weiterlesen
It seemed like a coffee drinkers dream, not only is that cup of black stuff perking you up to face your work day, but it will also reduce your chances of Alzheimer’s. Weiterlesen
The FSA published the first of its findings from a 1 year investigation into campylobacter on fresh chickens and the results were even more shocking than the early information we were given. Weiterlesen
Omega 3, it seems there is a new article every week to report about it. This week, it comes from the journal Advances in Nutrition. Weiterlesen
That depends who you listen to. If you have been the papers these last few weeks you would be forgiven for thinking that we have a serious problem looming. If you listen to the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) you could believe that it is business as usual and there is nothing to worry about. So what’s going on? Weiterlesen
Now that I have your attention, no, I am not talking about the lavatory, but an oil collected from oats that seems to make you feel fuller. Weiterlesen
Yes, believe it or not, the omega 3 content of farmed fish could be seriously dropping at the moment as they are not getting enough omega 3 fatty acids in their fish food. Weiterlesen
59% of fresh chicken sold in the UK has tested positive for the bacteria Campylobacter. Grim news in an article published online on The Guardian’s website. Weiterlesen
For those of us who like our beers to be hoppy (flavour-wise not bitterness) there’s a new device on the horizon that could make going to the pub even more exciting. Weiterlesen
If you are eating a high fat diet, you may want to consider drinking a few coffees along with it. Weiterlesen
Brussels sprouts, if there is one vegetable that so many of us seem to dislike it is the Brussels sprout. Weiterlesen
The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reiterated its advice concerning the consumption of raw milk. That is, that older people, young children, pregnant women and those with a damaged immune system should not drink it. Weiterlesen
Confused about whether or not pregnant and breastfeeding women should be eating fish or not? Weiterlesen
Hot on the heels of the study that suggests that milk is not the best thing to be drinking later in life, a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, demonstrates that a calcium-collagen chelate supplement might be more effective than calcium and vitamin D at slowing bone loss. Weiterlesen
Should we be worried about the health effects(long and short term) of drinking large volumes of energy drinks? That was the question a review paper published in the Journal Frontiers in Public Health wanted to address. Weiterlesen
In a change to the norm, this story is just for those who wish to know, why do cut apples turn brown? Weiterlesen
Good news! There may be a pill you could pop that would stop you putting on weight. Weiterlesen
Well, not according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. Weiterlesen
Potatoes have a high Glycemic Index (GI), meaning that your blood glucose level will increase quite rapidly after eating it. Due to this, some people have suggested that it should be avoided when on a diet. But does it have to be? Weiterlesen
As we get older, parts of us start to degenerate. It may make some people uncomfortable to think about it but it happens nonetheless. Weiterlesen
An interesting paper for you published in the Journal Of Psychopharmacology earlier this month.
Apparently doses of curcumin, the main curcuminoid found in the South Asian spice turmeric, are able to improve “sustained attention and working memory tasks” in 60-85 year olds one hour after ingestion compared to a placebo. It is also claimed curcumin was able to improve working memory and mood following 4 weeks of treatment and associated it with a significant reduction in total and LDL cholesterol.
The researchers suggest that further investigation should be carried out. I would have to agree, it sounds a little bit too good to be true at the moment. But as a curry lover I would be very happy if this was confirmed by other studies.
Parents of children drinking non cow’s milk beware! Are your children getting enough Vitamin D? Weiterlesen
Our old friend sulforaphane (found in cruciferous vegetables) is back in the news again. This time it has been used to help treat young males with autism spectrum disorder. Weiterlesen
A question that seems to come up again and again in research, we have reported on it a number of times (Coffee: good or bad?, Coffee break could help the memories to stay, Two cups a day to keep cirrhosis at bay, Wake up and gargle the coffee ) which is not so surprising as I always have my trusty cup of the black stuff while writing these blogs. Weiterlesen
…to reduce incidence of malignant hematoma, the most common type of liver cancer. Weiterlesen
That’s the big question that the Food Standards Agency (FSA)in the UK have decided to answer with a sampling and testing programme at milling plants in the UK. Weiterlesen
….and some like it artificial. This is the news that a Japanese company has requested that their synthetic dihydrocapsiate be allowed to be used in food supplements. Weiterlesen
Artificial sweeteners are in many drinks nowadays. They give diet versions of fizzy drinks their sweetness instead of sugar allowing for low calorie alternatives for those on a calorie controlled diet or just those wanting to reduce their sugar intake. Weiterlesen
The company at the centre of the food fraud scandal in China back in August that saw out of date meat repackaged and sold to McDonald’s, KFC and other major restaurant chains will see 340 of it’s 500 workforce cut. Weiterlesen
16% of fish sold as cod or haddock in fish shops in the UK is actually a cheaper kind of fish. That was the rather concerning findings found by the consumer watchdog group Which? earlier this month. Weiterlesen
A study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that a low carb diet is better than a low fat one in terms of weight loss and cardiovascular risk factors. Weiterlesen
With the continuing EU ban on importing mangos and other fresh fruit from India, Pakistan is trying to fill the new gap in the market. Weiterlesen
Obesity is a growing problem in the UK and one which is quite often put on the shoulders of bad diet, but a new briefing paper published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) says it is the lack of exercise not bad diet that is to blame. Weiterlesen
Ask a few people what they think about genetic modification (GM) and it won’t take long for you to get a negative answer such as it is unnatural, or we don’t know what eating these foods might do to us. Weiterlesen
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but will a beer made of something else taste as good? Well, a young brewer from Mexico believes so and has made a type of pale ale with Bamboo. Weiterlesen
News this week that Coca-cola will be removing the Stevia as the sweetener from Galceau Vitamin water in the US and returning to the old recipe. Weiterlesen
Not good news for those on the Atkins or low carb diets. It seems that eating spuds with your steak or other red meat offers some protection from the negative effects associated with eating red meat. Weiterlesen
Scientific opinion of saturated fat is changing, for years we have been told to reduce our intake and told of all the problems associated with eating too much saturated fat including increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Weiterlesen
Cinnamon is a well known spice, used in a lot of Asian cooking and an essential ingredient of many a winter drink here in Europe but did you know that it can also be used to inhibit the growth of E.coil? Weiterlesen
We are living in a supplemented world, in the UK at least, our water contains fluoride to reduce our incidence of tooth decay and our flour contains folic acid or Vitamin B9 that has dramatically reduced the incidence of birth defects such as neural tube defects.
But are we using the best source of Vitamin B9? Weiterlesen
For many it’s an almost necessary start to the day in the form of coffee, for others it’s pill form keeps them going during study times, for others, it’s something in that winged drink they mix with their vodka. Whichever way you like to take it, chances are you consume caffeine.
But did you know that excess caffeine can cause death? You have to take a lot or have an underlying health condition but it does happen, and with so many products containing it now some people are getting worried about how much they consume.
Well soon they will have a kit they can use at home to rapidly detect caffeine in food and drink. Described in a paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the test is based on an enzyme called caffeine dehydrogenase that oxidises caffeine to trimethyluric acid and at the same time converts a colourless salt into its reduced coloured state.
The kit is in development at present and the authors envisage the end product as a dip stick or strip of paper that changes colour akin to pH paper.
Hot on the heels of the study that found that eating at least 7 servings of fruit and vegetables per day was the best for lowering chance of death a meta analysis has found that actually 5 is enough. Weiterlesen
Yes, this story really is about a tree that is able to produce 40 different types/varieties of fruit.
On learning that the orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station was to be shut down due to lack of funding, an art professor who had grown up on a farm decided to buy it and combine his plant know how with art to produce a tree with 40 types of fruit trees grafted onto it.
So what is a graft? Taking a cutting a plant and attaching it to another plant that is rooted is the simplest explanation. The cutting or scion will then grow using the nutrients from the plant it is attached to (the rootstock). Although the rootstock can have an effect on the scion’s internal clock and hardiness, it does not impact the flavour of the fruit which will remain true to type.
The talented professor took many small cuttings from 40 different types of fruit, including: plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds. So how is this possible? They are all from the same family, Prunus, meaning that in general they are graft compatible.
According to the story on the Science alert website, for much of the year the tree looks like any other tree but then in spring it comes to life with different coloured blossom on the grafted branches that lead onto the various fruits.
The latest round of beef testing has been completed and the results are in, of 2,622 samples tested within Europe, only 16 have come back positive for traces of horse meat. Weiterlesen
The English newspaper the Guardian have run an exposé on the poultry industry in the UK and it does not bode well. Weiterlesen
Lovers of chicken McNuggets in Hong Kong will have to wait a bit for their next serving. Sales of the product have been suspended after the supplier of some of their pork and chicken was accused of reprocessing expired meat. Weiterlesen
With so many publications advising us to cut our red meat consumption it is refreshing to have one that says we should include it in our diet. Weiterlesen
Rice is a staple food of most of Asia and is also present in many of our baby foods here in Europe. Weiterlesen
According to a study published ahead of print of the British Journal of Nutrition website, eating soluble corn fibre could increase the amount of calcium that your body absorbs. Weiterlesen
News in this week that eating avocado with food rich in pro Vitamin A (beta carotene being the most important) significantly increases your absorption of the vitamin. Weiterlesen
That depends who you ask. Ask the main author of the FSA commissioned report in 2009 or the authors of the 2012 study and they will tell you no. But ask Prof. Leifert and the other authors of a new paper published in the British Journal of Nutrition this month and they will tell you yes.
The new study (like the old studies) is a meta analysis of published papers on the matter. The authors claim that the reason their conclusions differ from that of the earlier studies is that they have access to many papers that were not available at the time of the previous papers. The main author of the 2009 study hit back by saying they are mixing good data with bad to come to their conclusion. I would say the debate continues then…
The main findings of the study where that organic food contained more antioxidants and less heavy metals than the non organic kind.
Protein is back in the news this week with the launch of a new product, Cellper, a pre-digested protein product aimed at the malnourished. Weiterlesen
Erm, yes, this is the news that Häagen-Dazs, those makers of devilishly delicious ice cream have turned their attention to the problem of increasing waist lines and have produced ice cream containing vegetables. Weiterlesen
Have you ever wondered while sipping on your donkey milk if maybe someone has adulterated it cow milk? Surprising, me neither, but this could be a serious problem for people with allergies to cow milk who have opted for donkey milk instead. Using Isoelectric Focusing and ELISA two Italian scientists can now tell if this is the case. Weiterlesen
If you suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), then dark chocolate is the Duracell of chocolates that will keep you going for longer, according to a paper published in the Journal of American Heart Association. Weiterlesen
Coffee has many good properties: it helps a lot of us to start the day, to continue staring at that computer screen for another few hours, or as a nice drink following a big meal. But what you probably did not know was that coffee also helps to prevent tooth decay, or so says a paper published in the journal Letters in Applied Microbiology. Weiterlesen
An interesting publication for you published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition earlier this month talks about the lack of animal protein for feeding the world’s growing population. Weiterlesen
Following on from the last blog another obesity one for you. This time scientists have looked at obesity rates in men and women in developed and developing nations and have come to a worrying conclusion. Endocrine disrupters that mimic female hormones could be increasing the obesity rates in men. Weiterlesen
Scientists have shown that a breakdown product from fermentable carbohydrates, acetate, travels from the gut to the brain when released and is believed to suppress hunger. Weiterlesen
Apparently drinking a daily juice made from broccoli sprouts can detox your body of airborne pollutants. So says a paper published earlier this month in the journal Cancer Prevention Research and brought to our attention by the article in the Huffington Post. Weiterlesen
Reported in the science magazine New Scientist last week, scientists from The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project have created an American chestnut that is resistant to the blight has all but wiped it out in most of the US. Weiterlesen
All is not well in Lower Saxony, Germany. US energy group ExxonMobil carried out a fracking test back in 2011 and now locals are convinced that the company has earmarked the area for the first fracking site in Germany. Weiterlesen
Lutein is a carotene found in a number of food sources such as green leafy vegetables, egg yolk and dandelion flowers (yes they are edible). Weiterlesen
An interesting bit of research published in the Nutrition Journal claims that, calorie for calorie, oats or porridge will fill you up more than a leading brand oat based cereal. Weiterlesen
Yes, it’s every dieters dream, a way to burn fat without the hard work. Researchers have found a way to activate “beige” fat cells that produce heat and therefore expend energy without the need to stimulate them by making them cold. Weiterlesen
Another protein blog for you, this time, according to a new meta-analysis we should be eating more protein to reduce our risk of stroke. Weiterlesen
Just because the same equipment was used for mincing one type of meat and then another, for example, beef and then lamb, does not mean there should be any detectable beef in the lamb. Weiterlesen
After the success of the war on salt in ready meals the offence continues against excess sugar. Which? magazine has tested the levels of sugar in ready meals, both big brands and shop own brands and have found some have double the recommended daily amount of sugar in them, as in, the whole day’s allowance in one meal.
Worst offenders were Sainsbury’s Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice which contained just over 50g of sugar, and Tesco’s Everyday Value Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice which contained 47.7g. The recommended daily allowance is 25g.
You may think that the name of the meals was a giveaway containing “sweet” but according to the article on the Which? website a ready meal of Thai Chicken Pad Thai with Rice Noodles was found to contain 37.8g of sugar.
Which? magazine hopes that this brings to light the amount of sugar in some processed foods and that the government has a responsibility to ask manufacturers to cut the calories in these foods as part of the government’s responsibility deal.
Volunteers in China have been eating mealworms for over a 100 days in a sealed lab in Beijing to test the possibility of using the protein rich insects as food for astronauts. Weiterlesen
…and now available as a supplement. Yes, this is the news that a probiotic originally isolated from human breast milk will shortly be available as a supplement in 8 European countries to help combat mastitis. Weiterlesen
Start them early apparently. That was the findings of a UK study published in the online journal PLOS last week. Weiterlesen
Yes, this is the findings from a study presented at the Association For Psychological Science 26th Annual Convention earlier this week. Weiterlesen
A story from the archives for you inspired by its recent re-appearance on the IFL science Facebook page…back in October 2012 French bee keepers were shocked to find honey of a range of unpalatable (and unsellable) colours including blue and green appearing in their beehives. Weiterlesen
Garlic, adds great flavour to many foods, it’s good for you, but let’s face it, it makes you stink. Anyone who has been within breathing distance of someone the day after they have eaten garlic bread, Aioli, Kimchee or Bärlauch (wild garlic) soup and you have not consumed any will know what I am talking about. Weiterlesen
Yes, confusing as that sounds, a Japanese company has made a request to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK to market a synthetic version of dihydrocapsiate, a non spicy component found in chilli peppers, as a food supplement. Weiterlesen
Nitro what? I expect most of you are thinking, basically we are talking about an effect of eating a “Mediterranean diet”. Weiterlesen
How does your daily intake of protein look? Most people’s diet, in the US at least, consists of a small amount for breakfast, a small amount for lunch and a big hit for dinner. But should we be distributing it more evenly over the day? According to a paper published in the Journal of Nutrition, yes. Weiterlesen
…is of course a joke on my part, but news in this week is that researchers have created transgenic (or genetically modified) mice that can produce essential omega fatty acids. Weiterlesen
As of May 1st, the European Union has introduced a temporary ban on import of mango, aubergine, the taro plant, bitter gourd and snake gourd from India. Weiterlesen
Resistance exercise in combination with increased amino acid availability has been demonstrated to be an effective way to promote muscle building and strengthening. Weiterlesen
Marinating pork in beer before cooking it on the bar-b-q lowers the amount of potentially cancer causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) compared to unmarinated pork. Weiterlesen
…that is indeed the question, and one that I was discussing recently with one of my Crossfit trainers. So Sebastian and all other interested parties here is a short review of some of the publications that we have covered regarding the matter. Weiterlesen
Chilli peppers, to some an indispensable part of a good meal, to others the cause of a mouth burn you can’t wash away with mere water. But did you know it could help you to lose weight? And better than that, there is a less “painful” version that seems to have the same effect. Weiterlesen
The company Kraft foods has issued a recall in the US of approx. 96,000 pounds (that’s over 43,500 kg) of wieners as they could contain undeclared milk. Weiterlesen
News this week from the Food Standards Agency, UK, that further tests are being ordered on takeaways across the UK after widespread lamb substitution for cheaper meats such as beef and chicken were uncovered. Weiterlesen
We’ve all heard that beans are good for the heart, (and if you haven’t then I suggest you google it to learn a great playground rhyme) but did you know beans along with chickpeas, lentils and peas are able to reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol? Weiterlesen
No, unfortunately for all you crisp lovers out there that does not mean eating Pringles all the time, this is referring to the paper that says eating 24 Pringles a day (fried in a special oil) can help to lower levels of olychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the blood. Weiterlesen
Coffee drinkers raise your cups in delight, if you drink more than two cups a day then your chances of (non viral) cirrhosis are reduced. So says a paper that has been accepted for publication in the journal Hepatogy. Weiterlesen
A dire warning from UK food inspectors that unfit meat may enter the food chain if changes to abattoir inspections proposed by Brussels go through. Weiterlesen
An interesting publication from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that we are not very good at judging portion sizes of our cereal.
5-a-day, any person from the UK should know straight away what we are talking about, we have been told for many years that we should be eating at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables everyday (a glass of orange is allowed as one of them but only one). Now researchers from University College London say 5 may be not enough and that it should be at least 7-a-day. Weiterlesen
Statins are very effective at reducing low density lipoprotein (LDL aka bad) cholesterol in our blood. But according to a paper published last month in the Journal of Functional Foods reducing LDL is only half the job, we also want to increase the amount of high density lipoprotein (HDL aka good) cholesterol. Weiterlesen
For as long as we have been brewing beer, animals have been fed the spent grain. But not for much longer if a new FDA rule is approved according to a blog on the Boingboing website. Weiterlesen
In 1979 five children from the Netherlands were eating oranges when they started to complain about the bitter taste. Weiterlesen
Rodney Whitchelo, a former Scotland yard detective caused Heinz to remove over £30 million worth of baby food from supermarket shelves back in 1989 in the UK after contaminating some of it with glass shards and razor blades. Weiterlesen
A family including a heavily pregnant women have unwittingly eaten meat that was laced with the psychedelic drug. The meat was purchased from a Walmart store in Tempa, USA and the incident happened earlier this month.
..but that’s not all, avenanthramide (AVE), a phenolic compound found only in oats could also be doing its part in protecting the heart. Weiterlesen
If you need to reduce your salt intake then don’t go it alone, start experimenting with herbs and spices in your food. That was the findings of research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014. Weiterlesen
A continuation of the meat mislabelling situation in the UK. Following the horse meat scandal and finding pork DNA in lamb burgers labelled as halal, Leicester City Council’s Food Safety Team have been testing food in their local area and the results are in. Weiterlesen
Bisphenol-A or BPA has been the cause of great many debates about food packaging in the last few years. Weiterlesen
With the traditional fasting period of Lent upon us before the big Easter egg gorge we decided to take a look at some various forms of fasting and what the scientists say are the consequences.
News this week from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website that they want your views on allowing cycloastragenol as a novel food ingredient. Weiterlesen
A high protein diet is good in old age, but detrimental to health in middle age, at least according to a paper published in the journal Cell Metabolism this month.
Vegetarians in Austria are more likely to be in a poorer state of health and have a lower quality of life compared to meat eaters. That was one of the surprise findings in a paper published in the journal PLOS last month. Weiterlesen
Eating more fatty fish increases the amount of large particles of HDL cholesterol (also known as good cholesterol) in your blood. That was the main findings of a paper published in the journal PLOS and reported on the news website AlphaGalileo this morning. Weiterlesen
The horse meat scandal, over one year has passed and what has changed? Well, in terms of what local authorities can do about it not enough, that is according to Rod Ainsworth of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), UK. Weiterlesen
If you want kids to eat healthier snacks promote them in a manga magazine (a type of comic book), that was the message from a paper published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior in January. Weiterlesen
Not quite as catchy as the yogurt makers slogan but this is the news that consuming the amino acid tyrosine could give you faster reflexes. Weiterlesen
Sensible if you think about it, but still surprising, breast milk will differ in its contents depending on whether the child is a boy or a girl. Weiterlesen
If you want to estimate how much methylmercury is present in marine animals look to the water, not the sediment to do it. That was the findings of a paper published earlier this week in the journal PLOS one. Weiterlesen
Another reason to make sure you’re getting a good dose of fresh fruit and veg. Weiterlesen
Despite the horse meat scandal and the increase in food testing that consumers assumed would be taking place it would appear food fraud in the UK is still rife. Weiterlesen
Stevia, anyone who’s seen the new Tropicana adverts will know what I am talking about, a natural sweetener from plant extract that is making a splash in a world of artificial sweeteners. Weiterlesen
Yes, those clever crop scientists have been hard at work and produced a treatment for broccoli that first of all increases the amount of glucosinolates while the vegetable is ripening and then a second treatment that slows down the ripening process and hence increases the shelf life.
An interesting paper from a Spanish group published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry demonstrates that when rats are given grape extract it can counteract the detrimental effects normally associated with a “cafeteria” diet. Weiterlesen
To cut a long story short, yes. But why the question? Weiterlesen
Cannabis, in some people it might invoke an image of someone at Woodstock, to others a misspent youth and to yet others a good source of fibre for textiles. But in most it would probably not invoke the image of a food source.
According to a paper published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry eating a high fat diet can (apparently) cause impairment in physical and mental functioning, similar to age related decline. But before you start to panic it seems american blueberries can go some way to countering this effect. Weiterlesen
Interesting news from the January edition of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Research Briefs, giving french fries a dose of infra red before frying reduces the amount of oil the fries absorb by one third. Weiterlesen
Yes and no, it is in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not Scotland. Raw milk can pose health risks as it can contain bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria hence why it is generally sold pasteurised. Weiterlesen
A diet rich in soft fruit such as lingonberries, bilberries and blackcurrants could offset some of the detrimental metabolic effects induced by a high-fat diet. Weiterlesen
Yes, believe it or not, some German craft brewers have started to experiment with fruity flavours in their beers. But before I have you all up in arms about the Reinheitsgebot (Purity law), they are adding nothing more to the beer than the normal water, malt, hops and yeast.
What is the most successful way to reward your children with a snack now and again without them turning into a snack junkie? That was the question (more or less) that a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) tries to address.
..for women at least. So says a paper to be published in the February edition of the Journal of Nutrition. Weiterlesen
In rats at least it seem to be true. That was the cautionary news from a piece of research published in the Spanish journal Nutricion Hospitalaria. Weiterlesen
Fraudsters beware! The Food Standards Agency (FSA) of the UK along with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs are putting food declared as grown in the UK to the test. Weiterlesen
Lactose intolerance should not stop you from enjoying the apparent health benefits of yogurt. Soy based yogurts are available in most health shops and even supermarkets. But now researchers from the Institute of Food Engineering for Development at the Polytechnic University of Valencia are coming up with yogurts based on fermented nut milk.
A nice piece of research for those caffeine junkies among us, researchers have found that taking caffeine after studying some pictures allowed participants to correctly tell them apart from new but similar pictures more often than participants on a placebo or a lesser dose of caffeine. Weiterlesen
A moderate sun tan makes you appear healthy and this effect can also be seen by eating food containing carotenes. This is the idea behind a piece of research by Dr Ian Stephen of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Weiterlesen
We should all be familiar with the practice of adding extra water to meat to increase the weight and therefore the profit, but as annoying as it is, at least the water is clean. Weiterlesen
Broccoli, we have reported on its beneficial properties a number of times in this blog (Super broc, Broccoli’s Kryptonite). Basically, it contains a substance known as glucoraphanin which is converted by the enzyme myrosinase into sulforaphane, which has been shown to have beneficial effects on a range of problems, including oxidative stress, cancer, and inflammation. Weiterlesen
That is according to a study published online ahead of print on the website of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) earlier this week. Weiterlesen
Yes, those lovely little bundles of health promoting substances found in fruit have another feather to add to their cap, they can reduce your chances of developing cataracts. So say a group of Swedish researchers whose paper was published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmol (study of the eye) on boxing day. Weiterlesen
The Victorians were right, an apple a day really could keep the doctor away. That is according to research published in the journal BMJ earlier this month. Weiterlesen
Smirnoff vodka drinkers beware! Well, those in Ireland at least. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) posted a press release on their website on Wednesday that a small quantity of fake Smirnoff vodka had been found in the market. Weiterlesen
Goji (or wolf) berries are back in the news this week after a paper was published in the Journal of Nutrition that claims that Goji berries can improve immunisation to the flu. Weiterlesen
All might not be well with control measures to prevent illness from the consumption of tainted spices in the US, that is the concern of the U.S. Food and drug administration (FDA) who have produced a Draft Risk Profile on Pathogens and Filth in Spices. Weiterlesen
In a story reported on the website of the English newspaper The Guardian earlier this week, it would appear some fraudsters have been adulterating frozen chicken in the UK.
Referring to an earlier report in which the newspaper exposed the practice of “tumbling” chicken (adding water) to increase the weight, some would be Dibblers were using proteins from other animals to increase the amount of water that could be added.
Apparently the FSA asked for samples of frozen chicken back in March in the midst of the horse meat scandal. Their findings are not due to be published until March 2014, a time-frame that was criticised by the shadow minister for food, Huw Irranca-Davies as being too long.
That was the findings of a full risk assessment report published by the EFSA yesterday. Weiterlesen
I kid you not, some clever people out there have developed a sweet that could actually be good for your teeth.
So how does it work? It is the addition of a heat killed strain of Lactobacillus paracasei, known to bind to bacteria that can cause tooth decay (Streptococci) that is the sweets weapon against tooth decay.
Sixty people took part in the trial which involved them sucking on a sweet 3 times a day after meals and collecting saliva samples before and after for analysis of Streptococci content. The placebo was the same sweet without the addition of the Lactobacillus. People in the group with L. paracasei in their sweets had less Streptococci in their saliva than the placebo group.
The researchers say that by using killed L. paracasei they are able to positively influence the oral microflora without the risk factors involved in adding a live culture.
Interesting stuff indeed, I hope they add to it chewing gum soon.
“Growing-up” formula does not provide any additional nutritional benefits to young children who consume a normal diet in Europe. That was the conclusion of a report for the EFSA published last month. The report was looking into “Growing up milk”, a form of fortified milk marketed for young children which, unlike infant and follow on formula, is not currently regulated by European laws.
The report did note that intake Omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin D and iodine are low in some European countries and that fortified formula could help in these situations, but that there are already other alternatives available that supply these such as fortified cereals or early introduction of meat and fish.
An interesting paper published last month in the Journal of Nutrition has found that eating dark green leafy vegetables led to an increased response to omega 3 fatty acid supplementation in Americans of African ancestry. Weiterlesen
Yes, those helpful little guys have been put to a new task, and although they did not manage it completely, they did make a difference.
This is the story that 60 people with hayfever were given a probiotic yogurt containing Lactobacillus casei Shirota everyday for 16 weeks and then their hayfever response was measured by “nasal allergen challenge”.
The first case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in poultry in the UK has been found in turkey and chicken from a farm in East Anglia. According to the report on the BBC’s website some meat has already been sold to consumers and the farmer is cooperating with the Department of Health (DH).
There have been cases recorded of Livestock-Associated (LA) MRSA in dog, cat, rabbit and horse in the UK but this is the first case in poultry. A spokesman for the DH said the chances of (LA) MRSA infecting a human are low especially if sensible food hygiene standards are followed, i.e. cook the meat thoroughly to kill the bacteria and don’t use the same boards for raw and cooked meat etc.
Don’t panic! We are, of course, referring to the English Doomsday book of 1086 that recorded a great survey of livestock numbers and landowners wealth for William the Conqueror (and not news of doom and gloom).
That’s right, the current state of European honeybee keeping (and Kosovo and Norway) has been compiled by the European Union Reference Laboratory for Honeybee Health.
Which much concern over sudden hive death and the spread of the Varroa mite it was decided it was high time for a European database in which all information about bee keeping in Europe can be found.
We all know by now that omega oils are meant to be good for us. These are found in fish and in plants. But whereas omega 3 have been shown to have health benefits the same should not be said for omega 6. That is according to a publication in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) earlier this month.
Together with Koppert Cress, QFOOD presented the new LUMOS test for Carotene and Lycopene at the “Voedingsdebat 2013“. Fruit and vegetable cultivators as well as producers and traders were the first to get an impression of this quick, simple and reliable test for in-house analysis.
The Q·FOOD QUANTOS can determine all relevant ingredients, such as sugar, vitamin C, preservatives, taurine and caffeine – in a single measurement within minutes. Despite its simplicity, Q·FOOD QUANTOS is just as accurate as sophisticated laboratory analysis. But it boasts an unbeatable advantage: production workers can take measurements on the spot. This enables them to nip problems in the bud, and to adjust the manufacturing process if necessary.
The Q·FOOD QUANTOS runs at the production line like it was shown at DIS B.V. where it performed a strong test.
In wake of the (yes, you guessed it,) horse meat scandal a draft report has published this week by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament starts to deal with the problem of food fraud in the EU. Weiterlesen
Research to be published in the November edition of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) has found that taking calcium carbonate while eating cured meat could help reduce your chance of colon cancer.
Another story of food fortification or “enrichment” for you, researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands have been turning pasta very green by fortifying it with broccoli powder(BP). Weiterlesen
On the 24th October at 3pm, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the current Lithuanian EU presidency have joined forces to bring us an event entitled “Food safety, risk and modern supply networks” at the Lithuanian Embassy in London. Weiterlesen
Seafood appears not to be such a contributor to mercury in the blood as previously thought. Weiterlesen
Supplements of omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA for 6 months kept the cells of elderly people younger than supplements of a plant based omega 6 fatty acid.
That was the gist of a new research paper published in the journal Nutrition. The “age” of the cells in this case was referring to the length of their telomeres, a repetitive sequence of DNA that protects the end of the chromosome from fusion with neighbouring chromosomes or deterioration. Relatively few reports of the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids have focussed on telomeres.
The researchers have pointed out a few limitation to the study such as the low level of participants but still think this warrants further study with more people.
Another story concerning our foe E.coli 0157:H7 for you. New research from Japan to be published in the March 2014 edition of Food Control describes the use of polylysine and carbon dioxide to reduce the incidence of E.coli 0157:H7 and Salmonella contamination of beef.
Polylysine is a polymer of the essential amino acid Lysine that is produced naturally by the bacteria Streptomyces. The antimicrobial properties of polylysine were first described in the late 70′s by Japanese researchers and is commonly used as a food preservation in Japan, Korea and more recently, the US. Food is routinely packaged in carbon dioxide, nitrogen or mixes of these gases to inhibit microbial growth and extend shelf life by reducing oxidation.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have issued an alert of an outbreak of E.coli 0157:H7 food poisoning in Canada that has left one person dead and 25 ill. Weiterlesen
..for ice cream enriched with pomegranate by-products??? Well, that is a little doubtful, but the idea behind this piece of research is that the enrichment of the ice cream works on the nutritional level and not on the taste buds. Weiterlesen
Surprising news from the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes held in Barcelona at the end of last month. Weiterlesen
…and the rest of us can do it too. Those helpful lot at the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have made an app called CalCutter to help New Yorkers cut the calories in their recipes. Weiterlesen
A paper published this week in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) has delved into older studies and reanalyzed the data to look for an association between diabetes and consuming dairy products. Weiterlesen
A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science suggests that kiwi fruit can enhance the mood of moody men who are not eating enough fruit and vegetables. Weiterlesen
As of Friday last week, 57 people (21 in Wales and 36 in England) have been confirmed as having contracted an unusual strain of Samonella (Salmonella Typhimurium), 9 of which have needed hospitalisation .
The outbreak was first detected in northern Wales in August with additional clusters being investigated in England. The source of the outbreak is yet to be identified but investigations are focussing on samples of ham from small independent butchers.
Some baby foods on sale in the UK aimed at children as young as 4 months (current recommendation is to start weaning at 6 months) do not meet infant weaning needs. That was the take home message in a paper published in the journal “Archives of Disease in Childhood” last month. Weiterlesen
Too much salt (sodium chloride) is bad for us, it can cause high blood pressure, strokes, and cardiovascular disease. That is the advice we generally receive, and we are recommended to try to lower our salt intake. In a paper published last month in the Journal Hypertension researchers found that low chloride ions in the blood (salt, or common table salt, is made up of sodium and chloride ions) was associated with an increased risk of death in patients with high blood pressure. Weiterlesen
A paper published in the Journal Science last week demonstrates the importance of gut bacteria as well as diet in the fight against obesity. Weiterlesen
When you hear about the damage that palm tree growing is doing in terms of farmers burning down the rainforests to plant large plantations you probably think, it’s ok, I don’t use palm oil. Well unfortunately you probably do, it is in many processed foods and you won’t see it in the ingredients because it can be listed as vegetable oil. Weiterlesen