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 in the news, five items comprising:

  • Making sure you get the right type of calorie
  • How can you get enough iron from your diet?
  • Eating food with low nutritional quality ratings linked to cancer risk in large European cohort
  • Air pollution linked to much greater risk of dementia
  • Mediterranean diet can help to beat depression


Making sure you get the right type of calorie 

The British Nutrition Foundation is launching a concept called the “quality calorie”, to make people think more about the types of foods they eat.

While most adults consume more than they need, simply counting calories and cutting down is not enough, it says.

It wants people to look at nutritional values to select the best calories.

Public Health England said excess calories were the root cause of obesity and tackling the issue was a priority.

Read the full article here.

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How can you get enough iron from your diet?

Do you often feel tired, short of breath or can you feel your heart beating away inside your chest? Have your friends commented that you look unusually pale?

If so, you may have iron-deficiency anaemia, the world’s most common nutritional disorder. In the UK, it is particularly common among young women.

An analysis by the government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on iron and health in 2011 indicated 21% of women aged between 19 and 34 had below recommended levels of ferritin (how iron is stored in the body).

Read the full article here.


Eating foods with low nutritional quality ratings linked to cancer risk in large European cohort 

The consumption of foods with higher scores on the British Food Standards Agency nutrient profiling system (FSAm-NPS), reflecting a lower nutritional quality, is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer, according to a study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

The study, conducted by Mélanie Deschasaux of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM U1153/Inra/Cnam/Paris 13 University-EREN), France and colleagues, in association with the WHO-IARC, suggests broad potential for the use of FSAm-NPS-based package labelling (e.g. Nutri-Score) to promote healthy food choices in European settings.

Read the full article here.

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Air pollution linked to much greater risk of dementia

Air pollution may increase the chance of developing dementia, a study has suggested, in fresh evidence that the health of people of all ages is at risk from breathing dirty air.

People over 50 in areas with the highest levels of nitrogen oxide in the air showed a 40% greater risk of developing dementia than those with the least NOx pollution, according to the research, based on data from London.

Read the full article here.

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Mediterranean diet can help to beat depression

People following a Mediterranean diet are a third less likely to develop depression, according to a study.

Researchers from University College London said that eating a lot of fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes and fish, and avoiding processed, salty or sugary foods, might promote changes in the gut that improved mental health.

They suggested that doctors should tell patients suffering from depression that improving their diets might help their treatment.

Read the full article here.

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The Mediterranean diet: a naturally occurring model of multi-supplementation – Part 1 

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If you have any questions regarding the topics that have been raised, or any other health matters please do contact me (Clare) by phone or email at any time.

clare@cytoplan.co.uk, 01684 310099

Clare Daley and the Cytoplan Editorial Team


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