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Most milk substitutes are low in iodine - here's why it matters

Posted by Shira Rossiter

04-Oct-2017 22:45:00

This post was originally published on The Conversation, and was written by Sarah Bath, a lecturer in Public Health Nutrition and Margaret Rayman, a professor of Nutritional Medicine, both based at the University of Surrey.

Milk and dairy products are the main source of iodine in many diets, and an important iodine source in many countries. However, our latest research found that the iodine concentration of most alternatives to cows’ milk – such as soy and almond “milk” – is very low. This matters because deficiency of iodine, especially during pregnancy, affects brain development and is linked to lower intelligence.

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Topics: milk and milk substitutes, labelling, fish, nutrition, allergies and allergens, seafood, pregnancy, iodine, eggs, soy, dairy, nuts, vitamins and minerals, health, cognitive function, plant-based diets, supplements

Gut Feelings: The gut-brain axis and mental health

Posted by Chris Cattini

01-Sep-2017 12:12:02

Our second brain

We have a second brain in our guts. Known as the enteric nervous system, it consists of a mesh-like network of around 100 million neurons lining the entire gastrointestinal tract. These neurons include a range of cell types operating via a complex system of circuitry largely independent of the central nervous system.

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Topics: zinc, sleep, fish, cereals, seafood, bacteria, fruit, vegetables, eggs, fibre, soy, meat, dairy, immune system, amino acids, neuroscience, fatty acids, nuts, tryptophan, gut health, cognitive function, mental health, central nervous system, fermented foods, supplements

Burn Fat!

Posted by Dave Howard

22-Apr-2014 15:29:00

Changing your diet can be difficult and frustrating. Especially if you're not sure which foods will provide the greatest boost to get your metabolism going.

If you want to achieve a certain measure of weight loss and keep it off for good, then it's important to put certain controls into play. Without an active plan to change your lifestyle, the goals you set forth just won't be attainable. For anyone trying to lose weight, regardless of the goal that is set, it always starts with food.


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Topics: processed food, antioxidants, nutrition, protein, healthy eating, cholesterol, diabetes, fruit, vegetables, obesity, soy, cardiovascular health, immune system, fatty acids, nuts, legumes, calcium, vitamins and minerals

A Matter of Fats

Posted by Dave Howard

21-May-2013 10:22:00

Many people, particularly those concerned with weight loss or heart disease, are fearful of fats. Low fat diets – which cut down drastically on all types of fat regularly eaten – run a risk of creating the condition for mental distress.

Fats are very important with regard to emotional and mental health, with low levels in the diet being associated with symptoms that range from anxiety and depression to hyperactivity and schizophrenia. Furthermore, in an editorial in The British Journal of Psychiatry, Malcolm Garland explained:

...the essential fatty acids (EFAs) are LC-PUFAs obtained exclusively through diet…comprise 15–30% of the brain’s dry weight.

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Topics: omega-3, healthy eating, nutrients, oily fish, soy, neuroscience, fatty acids, nuts

Does Changing Your Diet and Lifestyle Reduce the Risk of Cancer?

Posted by Dave Howard

09-Oct-2012 13:00:00

In studies of diet and cancer incidence worldwide, ‘Western’ diets – if there is such a thing – typically high in fat and meat and low in fibre, fruit and vegetables, present a higher risk of colon and breast cancer.

There are some indications that increasing your fibre intake will reduce your risk of colon cancer, and that increasing intake of foods like soy – found in foods like tofu and soy milk – will reduce prostrate and breast cancer risk.

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Topics: cancer, nutrition, healthy eating, diabetes, fruit, vegetables, fibre, soy, cardiovascular health, dieting

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