Thursday, 24 November 2016 | Editor
It is estimated that the most common reason for absenteeism among school children is due to sickness. Increasing evidence has supported the notion that probiotics may help in reducing the duration of coughs and colds. The Pro-Child study explores this evidence further, with surprising results.
Monday, 18 April 2016 | Editor
A Spanish study has shown how supplementing with the B vitamin choline during pregnancy leads to offspring with a better memory.
A research team from the University of Granada compared the offspring of rats who were either supplemented with or deprived of choline during pregnancy, plus a control group on a standard diet.
Sunday, 17 April 2016 | Editor
Malnutrition-related illnesses ranging from rickets to obesity are on the rise in our nation’s children, and the Faculty of Public Health believe poverty is a major factor. The public health professionals’ body is calling for a national food policy, including a living wage to help parents afford to feed their children, and a “sugar tax” to guide them towards better food choices.
Saturday, 16 April 2016 | Editor
A review of studies on acne and diet over the last 40 years has revealed a connection between acne and diets with a high glycaemic load (GL).
High glycaemic load foods are those which trigger a sugar rush, which stimulates insulin activity in the blood. Insulin helps the body to balance blood sugar levels, but also increases sebum production in the skin
Friday, 15 April 2016 | Editor
A new investigation has shown that there may be rising levels of poisons in your shopping basket! Heavy metals such as cadmium can be found in whole grains including bread. Mercury, released into the ocean by industrial and mining processes, is present in deep water fish like tuna and aluminium is used as food colouring in some sweets. In fact, popular breakfast cereals and baby food often contain arsenic found in high levels in rice, as it’s grown in flood plains that release arsenic in the soil present from industrial pollution.
Thursday, 14 April 2016 | Editor
The recent news story calling for fruit juice not to be included as part of the recommended ‘5-a’day’ follows calls earlier this year by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) for the average intake of sugar to be halved in order to reduce rising levels of obesity.
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 | Editor
A survey released by campaigning group Action on Sugar has revealed how smoothies and fruit juices aimed at children are packed with sugar and are doing more harm than good for children’s health.
The study conducted last year showed how over a quarter of the fruit drinks tested contained more sugar than a can of Coca-Cola – a whopping 5 teaspoons per 200ml glassful!
Monday, 11 April 2016 | Editor
The clearest link yet between eating a good breakfast and achieving higher academic performance has been made, according to a recent study.
Thursday, 24 March 2016 | Editor
After the food and drink indulgences of Christmas and New Year, we naturally start to think about getting back into shape in January. We all know junk foods are bad news for your waistline and new research is highlighting the negative effects these unhealthy foods also have on memory and cognitive function.
Sunday, 13 March 2016 | Editor
Vitamin D supplementation is being recommended for all children under the age of 5 as well as all pregnant and breastfeeding women as the number of cases of rickets has quadrupled in the past 15 years.
Rickets is a vitamin D deficiency disease resulting in softening of the bones which can lead to fractures and deformity.