Eat your Jetlag?

Circadian rhythm influenced by meal timing.   Meal Timing Regulates the Human Circadian System Highlights A 5-hr delay in meal times changes the phase relationship of human circadian rhythms Plasma glucose, but not insulin or triglyceride, rhythms are delayed by late meals Adipose PER2 rhythms are delayed by late meals Rhythm changes occur without altered…

Go Nuts!

Daily consumption of a handful of nuts (28g) is associated with reduced risk of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.   Nut consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer, all-cause and cause-specific mortality: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies   Background Although nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of…

MSG and its importance to overall health

MSG gets a bad rap; it shouldn’t.   The important role of umami taste in oral and overall health There is a close relationship between an individual’s perception of umami taste and that individual’s physical condition. Our newly developed umami taste sensitivity test revealed the loss of only the umami taste sensation with preservation of…

Food Nutrition: The Phenol Explorer

Polyphenols are a class of micronutrients associated with beneficial health effects including positive changes to gut microbiome and “protection against development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.” The Phenol Explorer is a web-searchable database that can be accessed to explore the polyphenol contents in foods. “Phenol-Explorer is the first comprehensive database on…

Weekly Grocery Adverts Offer Up Unhealthy Choices

In short, the foods in circulars are not that healthy. Even the ‘good’ news isn’t all that good, for example 20% of the vegetables are for potatoes, almost half of the grain are for sugar-added products and a quarter of the dairy are for milk based desserts.  The breakdown graph is here   OPEN ACCESS…

Peachy Goodness. Peach Compounds Inhibit Tumour Growth

A few years ago Noratto and others found peach extracts inhibited cancer cell growth in vitro. In this new study, they implanted breast cancer cells in mice. The mice were fed various amounts of peach extracts and they found it not only inhibited tumor growth but also metastasis. The human equivalent is 2-3 peaches per day.…

Maternal Depression Predicts Lower Nutrition and Affects Cognition

Maternal depression and poor prenatal diet has a negative impact on cognitive function. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/early/2013/09/27/bjp.bp.113.129486.abstract Prenatal maternal depression symptoms and nutrition, and child cognitive function Background Little is currently known about how maternal depression symptoms and unhealthy nutrition during pregnancy may developmentally interrelate to negatively affect child cognitive function. Aims To test whether prenatal maternal depression symptoms…

High Fat Diet During Pregnancy Affects Baby

During pregnancy a high fat diet negatively impacts the vascular system of the offspring. OPEN ACCESS http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v37/n2/abs/ijo201242a.html International Journal of Obesity (2013) 37, 254–262; doi:10.1038/ijo.2012.42 Maternal high-fat diet impacts endothelial function in nonhuman primate offspring OBJECTIVE: The link between maternal under-nutrition and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the offspring later in life is well recognized, but the impact of maternal over-nutrition…

MUFA! Get Me Some Guacamole

  One of those long titles which I normally don’t really like; luckily it had the word ‘avocado’ in it. I am not entirely surprised by the findings that avocado consumption is associated with overall  higher nutrient intake and better health profiles. I think that if you like and eat avocado then you are probably…