A gluten-free diet – healthier or not?

In 2016, the global gluten-free foods market was worth $14.94 billion per year and was predicted to grow at an annual rate of 9.3% between 2017 and 2025.1 A study published this year concluded that gluten-free (GF) foods do not offer a nutritional advantage to regular foods and are not a healthier alternative. This was based on a comparison of more than 1700 products. GF foods were found, in general, to contain more fat, salt and sugar and have a lower fibre and protein content than their regular counterparts. GF foods were also found to be, on average, 159% more expensive2.

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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:

  • Gut bacteria has big impact on diet-related changes to blood pressure
  • Could beetroot juice slow key step in Alzheimer’s progression?
  • Tai Chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia
  • We learn nothing about nutrition, claim medical students
  • Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

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Andropause – causes, symptoms & supportive interventions

The menopause has long been understood by the medical community, characterised by a relatively sudden drop in oestrogen production leading to significant symptoms in many women. Although the onset is far less sudden, men can have a similar experience with a, generally more gradual, drop in testosterone, which is often called the andropause or late onset hypogonadism (LOH). This reduction in testosterone can have a significant effect on quality of life, wellbeing and health in general.

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The increase in popularity of vegan diets

The number of people choosing a vegan lifestyle has increased significantly in recent years. Research published in 2016 showed over half a million people in Britain are vegans, an increase of 360% in the last decade1. Last year research commissioned by the Vegan Society found that over one fifth of respondents would consider becoming vegan2.

Having made the decision to follow a very natural diet of healthy vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and wholegrains, vegans frequently eat foods wonderfully rich in a whole host of natural nutrients such as the phytonutrients, fibre, folate, magnesium, potassium and vitamins C and E.

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