Monthly Archives: June 2016

Wholegrains have been shown to be protective; but does that mean we need gluten?

There have been a couple of studies that have hit the headlines lately which have shown that wholegrains are protective against cancer and heart disease. Grains such as wheat, rye and barley are fibre dense and contribute to a large percentage of many people’s wholegrain intake, however they also contain the protein gluten. Therefore, some journalists have made the assumption that gluten free diets are bad for your health (see links below). The truth is that while wholegrains do have health benefits, gluten is a problem for many people. In this week’s blog we are going to take a look at both sides of the issue.

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Last updated on 29th June 2016 by cytoffice

The Microbial Translocation of Lipopolysaccharide – A Key Mediator of Disease

“A decrease in the desirable gastrointestinal bacteria will lead to deterioration in gastrointestinal, neuroendocrine or immune relationships and ultimately disease” (Cryan, 2011). Contributing to our on-going focus on neurodegenerative disease, in this week’s blog we take a look at lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the wide-reaching impacts it can have on human health, particularly in relation to the brain.

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Last updated on 22nd June 2016 by cytoffice

Official guidelines on fat intake: Are we in need of a “major overhaul”?

Urging people to follow low-fat diets is having “disastrous health consequences”, a health charity has warned”. This quote is taken from a recent article on The Guardian website stating that official dietary guidelines on fat consumption are in need of a “major overhaul” and are “failing to address Britain’s obesity crisis”.

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Last updated on 20th January 2020 by cytoffice

In the News – Health and Nutrition Research

In this week’s article we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles to make the news, six items comprising:

  • Diabetes: Children ‘not getting recommended checks’
  • High dose vitamin D may boost diversity of the gut microbiome: Study
  • UK doctors told to halve inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions by 2020
  • Official advice on low-fat diet and cholesterol is wrong, says health charity
  • Connections between gut microbiota and the brain
  • Early introduction of allergenic foods reduces risk of food sensitization, study suggests

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Last updated on 1st June 2016 by cytoffice