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This week, new research shows how much sugar is actually in the fruit juices exempt from the sugar tax; Stanford Medicine collaborates with 23andMe on their ‘MyHeart Counts’ app and Science News talks ‘Microbes & the Mind’…

Juice drinks may be exempt from the sugar tax but how much sugar do they really contain?
A new study published this week by Boulton et al. and co-authored by Action on Sugar investigates the sugar content of fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies (FJJDS) marketed towards children. Its findings show that 117 of the 203 FJJDS surveyed would receive a Food Standards Agency ‘red’ colour-coded label for sugars per standardised 200 ml serving. 85 products contained at least 19g of sugars—a child’s entire maximum daily amount of sugars. This is particularly poignant given their exemption from the 2018 sugar tax.

23andMe teams up with Stanford Medicine
The personal genetics company 23andMe has teamed up with Stanford Medicine to create a new aspect to their ‘MyHeart Counts’ app. In addition to monitoring cardiovascular health, 23andMe customers will now be able to share their de-identified data with MyHeart Counts researchers through the app, which is available on i-phone. This will allow researchers to study interactions between cardiovascular health outcomes, activity levels, fitness and genetic variation, giving them better understanding of what keeps a healthy heart.

Who is more likely to develop anxiety and depression? The bacteria in our guts may help to decide.
An article appearing the April issue of Science News entitled ‘Microbes & the Mind’, asks the question ‘can we soothe our minds by cultivating our gut bacteria?’. The article goes on to discuss the findings of several recent studies, which have changed the behaviour of lab animals and small numbers of people by altering their gut bacteria .

New student blog from ION student, Eva Humphries
On the last Friday of every month we invite a BANT student member to guest blog for our Student Spotlight page. This month, Eva Humphries, from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, talks about the challenges of influencing attitudes towards healthy eating.

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