diet

When a pregnant woman consumes a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body produces an excess of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), which overload the fetal system and impair the development of healthy brain networks, Medical University of Vienna researchers report. Such a mechanism seems relevant to pathologies such as ADHD, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders… Read more

Young adults with depression whose diet is usually unhealthy showed significantly fewer symptoms of depression after eating a healthy diet for three weeks, according to a study by Dr. Heather Francis from Macquarie University, and colleagues[1]. While much research has shown that eating a healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, and lean meat is… Read more

We choose our food for a variety of reasons, including personal preference, availability, cost and healthiness. But we should also take our gut microbes’ preferences into account, a new study published in Cell suggests. The bacteria in our guts, collectively known as the microbiota or microbiome, live on the fibre and other chemicals that come… Read more

High levels of fructose in the diet inhibit the liver’s ability to properly metabolize fat, researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have found[1]. The effect is specific to fructose. Equally high levels of glucose in the diet actually improve the fat-burning function of the liver. This explains why high dietary fructose has more negative health impacts… Read more

A lifelong dietary regimen of choline holds the potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, a new Arizona State University study[1] suggests. Choline is a safe and easy-to-administer nutrient that is naturally present in some foods and can be used as a dietary supplement. Lead author Ramon Velazquez and his colleagues at the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research… Read more