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Health benefits of fermented foods

Fermented foods are of increasing interest nutritionally because they are a source of bacteria which may confer health benefits. But are they healthy or is it just hype? A new review summarises the science.

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Folate advice not good enough?
Posted on Tue, 30 Oct 18

Folate advice not good enough?

Most women in the United Kingdom are not consuming enough folate to reduce risk for birth defects. Taking into consideration poor dietary exposure and wide-spread deficiency, current recommendations for folate supplementation may be too low.

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Over 90% of supermarket yogurts are high in sugar
Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 18

Over 90% of supermarket yogurts are high in sugar

Sugar content of most yoghurt products are worryingly high, according to a survey published this week in BMJ Open. Less than 9%, and only 2% of children’s products were considered low in free or added sugars.

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Carrageenan: food additive linked to diabetes
Posted on Mon, 3 Sep 18

Carrageenan: food additive linked to diabetes

Carrageenan is a common food additive, despite being linked to adverse health effects. A carrageenan-free diet significantly improved blood glucose metabolism in people with early stage diabetes.

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Bugs for bugs? Edible insects as prebiotics
Posted on Mon, 3 Sep 18

Bugs for bugs? Edible insects as prebiotics

Edible insects are emerging as a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to meat, but health effects beyond basic nutritional value has not been documented. In a novel exploratory study edible crickets were found to have significant prebiotic effects.

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Which oil is best for frying? Study busts myth
Posted on Tue, 15 May 18

Which oil is best for frying? Study busts myth

Which oil is safest to cook with is a common question in nutrition. The typical answer, however, may have been based on a scientific myth.

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