Improving mood with the right food

The December Nutrition Society Paper of the Month is from Nutrition Research Reviews and is entitled ‘Food-derived serotonergic modulators: effects on mood and cognition’ Food is a primary requirement to live.…


Study challenges soil testing for potassium and the fertilizer value of potassium chloride

In the chemical age of agriculture that began in the 1960s, potassium chloride (KCl), the common salt often referred to as potash, is widely used as a major fertilizer in the Corn Belt without regard to the huge soil reserves that were once recognized for their fundamental importance to soil fertility.…


Pupils choose grab-and-go foods at schools

New research from nutrition experts at the University of Sheffield has revealed that sandwiches, pizza and puddings are the most popular dishes with pupils.…


Nudge children to eat more vegetables

The November Nutrition Society Paper of the Month is from Public Health Nutrition and is entitled ‘Vegetable variety: an effective strategy to increase vegetable choice in children’ Do you remember the last time you were at a buffet and regretted not trying everything?…


Obese women alter diets in response to additional calories from soft drinks

Obese women voluntarily reduce what they eat in response to additional soft drinks being added to their diets – a new 4 week study finds1.…


The Potassium Paradox

Saeed A. Khan, Ph.D., ,Richard L Mulvaney, Ph.D. and Timothy R Ellsworth, Ph.D. have published a compelling and provocative article on “The potassium paradox: Implications for soil fertility, crop production and human health.” Employing an exhaustive literature review and thorough and rigorous primary data analysis, they question the current protocols for evaluating crop available K in soils and the corresponding management recommendations for augmenting it.…


Precursors for liver gluconeogenesis in periparturient dairy cows

The animal Article of the Month for October is entitled ‘Precursors for liver gluconeogenesis in periparturient dairy cows’ Balancing diets for transition dairy cows is a challenge due to limitations in our ability to delineate basic responses and interactions between energy and protein during the periparturient period.…


Wasting their 5 a day? Examining school children’s lunchtime habits

The October Nutrition Society Paper of the Month is from Public Health Nutrition and is entitled ‘Food choice, plate wastes and nutrient intake of elementary- and middle-school students participating in the US National School Lunch Program’ Elementary and middle school students, eating school lunch, do not frequently select vegetables and waste considerably more fruits and vegetables than the entrée or milk, a new study, published in Public Health Nutrition, from Colorado State University (CSU) shows.…