National survey finds most parents unaware of how many calories children should eat in restaurants

Findings highlight need for communication efforts to accompany calorie-labeling on menus In May, large restaurant chains across the United States will be required to post calorie counts on their menus.…


Dartmouth Research Finds Strong Link Between Fast-food Ads and Fast-food Consumption Among Pre-school Children

Pre-school age children who are exposed to child-targeted fast-food advertising on television are considerably more likely to consume fast-food products, according to a recent Dartmouth-led study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.…


Rethinking the public library: A new model for addressing food insecurity?

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for April is from Public Health Nutrition and is entitled: ‘Lunch at the library: examination of a community-based approach to addressing summer food insecurity‘ by Janine S Bruce, Monica M De La Cruz, Gala Moreno and Lisa J Chamberlain.…


What role could plant sterols play in coronary heart disease prevention?

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for March is from Journal of Nutritional Science and is entitled: ‘Effect of a plant sterol-enriched spread on biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction and low-grade inflammation in hypercholesterolaemic subjects’.…


Breakfast Cereals Contain Shocking Levels of Sugar (Up to 35%) In Spite of Manufacturers’ Claims Over the Last 20 Years

According to a new study by Action on Sugar and Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) at Queen Mary University of London[i], published by the journal Public Health Nutrition, the salt content of popular breakfast cereals sold in the UK since 2005 has decreased by approximately 50% over the past 10 years owing to the successful salt reduction programme – particularly the target-based approach to gradually reduce salt added to food.…


Will providing food in randomised controlled trials produce greater weight loss effects?

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for January is from British Journal of Nutrition and is entitled: ‘Impact of food supplementation on weight loss in randomised-controlled dietary intervention trials: a systematic review and meta-analysis’.…


Not eating enough vegetables and fruit, what does it cost?

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for December is from Public Health Nutrition and is entitled: ‘The economic burden of inadequate consumption of vegetables and fruit in Canada’.…


One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, [blank]: handling missing data in food frequency questionnaires

Public Health Nutrition Editorial Highlight: ‘Missing data in food frequency questionnaires: making assumptions about item non-response’, by Karen E Lamb, Dana Lee Olstad, Cattram Nguyen, Catherine Milte, Sarah A McNaughton Measuring dietary intake is challenging due to the variety of foods available for consumption.…


The Longer Immigrant Women Live in the US, the More Likely Food Insecurity Affects Obesity

Oakland, CA — The longer that immigrant women reside in the United States, the greater the chances that food insecurity will result in obesity, finds a new study by the Public Health Institute’s Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra published today in the Public Health Nutrition journal.…


Is a Gluten Free Diet Effective in Counteracting the Neurological and/or Psychiatric Symptoms of Coeliac Disease?

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for May is from Nutrition Research Reviews and is entitled ‘The progression of coeliac disease: its neurological and psychiatric implications‘, by Giovanna Campagna, Mirko Pesce, Raffaella Tatangelo, Alessia Rizzuto, Irene La Fratta, Alfredo Grilli Coeliac Disease (CD) was recently presented by The European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, describing it as “… an immune-mediated systemic disorder elicited by gluten and related prolamines in genetically susceptible individuals and characterized by a variable of gluten-dependent manifestations, CD-specific antibodies, HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8 haplotypes, and enteropathy” [1].…


Probiotics may reduce risk of gestational diabetes

Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and the University of Auckland, have found that a ‘home-grown’ naturally occurring probiotic reduces the risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and lowers fasting blood sugar.…


What factors can influence how much vitamin D is in a glass of milk?

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for February is from Proceedings of the Nutrition Society and is entitled: ‘Environmental and genetic factors influence the vitamin D content of cows’ milk’.…