Science-based conversations about micronutrient inadequacies (vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, etc) & benefits of good nutrition. Tweets by @MIMcBurney and @juliakbird
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We want to reduce the mortality rate for children under 5 years of age in half by in the next 15 years. Based on the 50% reduction achieved (from 9% to 4.6%) over the past 25 years, it is possible to save the lives of 2 million children annually. As babies grow, exclusive breast feeding will not provide enough vitamins A, C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, calcium and iron. By using multivitamin supplements during pregnancy and lactation, women can help reduce stunting during the first […]
What influences our meal choices? Researchers from the Netherlands attempted to answer this question. They hypothesized that socioeconomic status might be involved. Kamphuis and colleagues conducted face-to-face interviews among 399 adults (mean age 63y) participating in the Health and Living Conditions in Eindhoven and surrounding cities (GLOBE) cohort study. Five meal attributes (taste, healthiness, preparation time, travel time to shops, and price) were assessed with 3 or 4 levels for […]
Today’s blog, based on data from Sweden, highlights the benefits of consuming fortified foods. Sweden has a history of mandatory iron fortification of white flour since 1944. In 1995, this practice was discontinued. Sjoberg and Hulthen examined the impact of changes in fortification policy on iron intake and serum ferritin stores in 15-16y old adolescents. After the withdrawal of iron fortification in 1995,
Who doesn’t want to be healthy? In an effort to be healthier, we often purchase gym memberships, buy exercise equipment and join weight loss programs. Many will use dietary supplements to ensure nutrient adequacy. However it is hard to change habits, especially if family and friends don’t share similar goals. Using prospective data from adult (≥ 50y) married and cohabiting couples (n = 3,722), Jackson and colleagues examined the influence of partner’s behavior on making […]
“In setting public policy to control vitamin deficiency, no interventions should be necessary if normal vitamin status is sustained from a diversified diet”. Wise words from West and colleagues in their commentary on vitamin A policies. We are what we eat. Unfortunately, many people in many countries for many reasons do not eat diversified diets. Failure to consume adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals occur in the stunted and the overweight.
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