All posts by Jessica Fonteneau

Nutrition Evidence Database – Eating Alone Reduces Diet Quality Versus Eating in Company

Invite your friends over for dinner!  A study shows that eating alone significantly reduces diet quality compared to eating in company.  It is not just about making the right food choices, but setting up the right environment as well.

This paper has been BANT enhanced on the NUTRITION EVIDENCE database to provide a full plain language summary to allow quick and easy access to the science.    Read it here

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Nutrition Evidence Database – Mediterranean Style Diet Associated with Improved Physical Performance in the Elderly with Type 2 Diabetes

Eating a Mediterranean style diet is associated with improved physical performance in elderly patients with Type 2 diabetes, a new study shows.

This paper has been BANT enhanced on the NUTRITION EVIDENCE database to provide a full plain language summary to allow quick and easy access to the science.    Read it here http://www.nutrition-evidence.com/article/29899221?term=29899221.

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Nutrition Evidence Database – Variety Important to Encourage Vegetable Consumption in Pre-School Children

VARIETY is important to encourage VEGETABLE consumption in pre-school children, a new study shows.

The study has been BANT enhanced on the NUTRITION EVIDENCE database to provide a full plain language summary to allow quick and easy access to the science.   Read it here http://www.nutrition-evidence.com/article/30513873?term=30513873.

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Nutrition Evidence Database Alert – Dietary Diversity and Health Outcomes in Collaboration with the Journal ‘Nutrients’

NUTRITION EVIDENCE ALERT

SENT IN COLLABORATION WITH NUTRIENTS 

Nutrients MDPI

“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour” said English poet William Cowper in 1785. Fast-forward 234 years and, although in a different context, that quote is still as current as is relevant.

For this edition of the Nutrition Evidence Alert, we have focused on the benefits of dietary diversity, highlighting 53 randomised controlled trials that illustrate how the popular concept of “eating the rainbow” has positive ramifications on human health. Our indexing team has also worked hard on 36 plain language summaries on this very subject which we hope you will find useful.

In addition to sharing our work on this exciting subject,  this month I am delighted to announce that we have partnered with the prestigious journal Nutrients for this alert. My thanks to Nutrients’ Managing Editor Leo Jiang at MDPI for facilitating this collaboration, which we are celebrating with specially curated editorial picks by acclaimed scientist and author Dr Deanna Minich on her favourite subject: dietary diversity and health outcomes. Deanna has just become an Editorial Board  member at Nutrition Evidence, so I would like you to join me in welcoming her to the team.

Last, but not least, we have negotiated an outstanding deal for you to attend Dr Datis Kharrazian’s course on clinical strategies for the management of neuroinflammation, which been approved by BANT for a substantial 13 hours of CPD. You’ll find full here:

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Meet The Editor: Dr Deanna Minich 

“Hello! I’m Deanna. I’m a researcher / clinician and educator in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. I have published several books  where I’ve focused on translating complex science about health properties of colours in foods into plain English so that everyone can benefit from “full spectrum health.” 

Dr. Deanna Minich is a clinician / researcher with a unique approach to healthcare that pays as much attention to the person’s emotional state as it does to physiological changes. She has an academic background in nutritional science, including a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Dissertation: Essential Fatty Acid Absorption and Metabolism) from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1999).

In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at university level, Dr Minich has served on the Institute of Functional Medicine’s Nutrition Advisory Board and curriculum committee, and has worked along Dr Jeffrey Bland at the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute. She is both a Fellow (F.A.C.N.), a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) through the American College of Nutrition and has over fifteen years of experience working in the food and dietary supplement industries. In addition, Deanna spends her time as a Board member for the American College of Nutrition and as adjunct faculty at the University of Western States. She is the author of six books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.

These are Dr Minich’s editorial picks on dietary diversity and health:

Featured Expert Reviews:

The following 2 expert reviews are featured as “recommended reading” this month:

Happy reading.

Miguel Toribio-Mateas, Editor-in-Chief 

Nutrition Evidence Database Enhanced Paper – Spices and Heart Health

Can consuming SPICES have an impact on your heart health? Authors of a review study conclude that CINNAMON consumption showed blood pressure lowering effects in patients with Type 2 diabetes and suggest that spice consumption in general should be encouraged.  Time to make a curry!

This study has been BANT enhanced on the NUTRITION EVIDENCE database to provide a full plain language summary to allow quick and easy access to the science. Read it here

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BANT Comments on Media Reports ‘Bad Diets Killing More People than Tobacco’ – Lancet Article

The media is widely reporting a study published today in The Lancet, Health Effects of Dietary Risks in 195 Countries, 1990-2017: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) absolutely concurs with the premise that poor nutrition is a leading cause of death globally.

BANT applauds the study for highlighting that Governmental health policies mainly target consumers whereas addressing the whole food chain would help drive true change. BANT has consistently and repeatedly supported a campaign against ultra-processed packaged foods that are becoming the primary source of nutrition for the British people.

The packaged food market is growing at a phenomenal rate and businesses see new dietary offerings to support modern lifestyle needs as opportunities for market growth. The growing following of veganism/plant-based foods which, at its core, is the eating of individual plant foods, but whose followers are being targeted with a vast array of packaged, industrially produced options. The packaged, processed food market for vegan foods has a projected growth of 9% to 2021. A case in point is that turning vegan does not necessarily translate into better health or a healthier planet.

It was interesting to note that the study was developed by partly the same team who published the recent EAT-Lancet report and that once again a link was made to saving the planet by reducing animal foods. BANT would like to provide a reminder that humans as omnivores have a physiological benefit from eating some animal products. Undertaking dietary restrictions such as veganism, requires careful nutritional planning to prevent dangerous nutrient deficiencies such as B12, EPA/DHA, vitamin A, amongst others (plant-based sources of these micronutrients are available, but these forms need multiple-step conversions before being able to be used by the human body).

As highlighted in a recent BANT publication ‘Nutrition Requirements in the Age of Climate Change’, removing animal-based foods from the diet are not the only environment preserving solutions. Other important factors that should be taken into account are actions such as sourcing local produce; reducing plastic packaging and moving to products from small, sustainably run farms versus industrial mega farms. To close the circle, therefore, BANT’s environmental recommendations would be to reduce the consumption of ultra-processed packaged foods, they do not meet any of the above criteria.

Further reservations around the research included in the report, include:

  • The fact that whole grain, study sources of which include biscuits, muffins and pancakes, was separated out from fibre, when it is often the fibre content of whole grains that is correlated with positive health outcomes.
  • The study included risk factors for red meat consumption – beef, pork, lamb and goat – but excluded discussion around poultry, fish and eggs
  • Trans fats were examined, however, why were natural ruminant trans fats included within the study, despite evidence concluding that natural trans fats (ruminant) have no effect on health? It is primarily processed, man-made trans fats which have been repeatedly demonstrated to be linked to cardiovascular disease.
  • The authors themselves highlight the numerous adjustments that were made to the data collected, to fit the study parameters, which resulted in severe limitations to the study results.

To conclude, BANT continues its campaign to encourage the British people to eat more real, unprocessed food, mostly plants. BANT also repeats its calls for some grass-roots changes to the approach to the Obesity Crisis: the reintroduction of home economics classes in school; education about healthy eating and how diet and lifestyle can influence health over the short and long-term for everyone, and promotion by Government Agencies of the consumption of real, unprocessed food, rather than the usual reliance on the industrial food modified by manufacturers.

BANT experts carefully developed a set of Wellbeing Guidelines, based on the latest science and research in the field of nutrition for optimal health. The BANT Wellbeing Guidelines were specifically designed to provide clear, concise, easy to understand information, avoiding out-dated information and research, and addressing some of the most common health concerns.  The most frequent reasons people seek nutritional advice is to address weight loss and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with the following:

As members of the CNHC Accredited Register, BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners and other CNHC registrants, are the key workforce asset to harness 21st century lifestyle medicine to tackle the rising tide of stress related fatigue, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, dementia and other chronic diseases.  A recent report by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Professional Standards Agency made a key recommendation that Accredited Register practitioners have the authority to make direct NHS referrals, in appropriate cases, to ease the administrative burden on GP surgeries.

To find a BANT practitioner, please click here: http://bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/practitionerSearch.faces

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Daniel O’Shaughnessy

[email protected]        Tel: +44 870 606 1284

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioners. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutrition practitioner.

BANT experts carefully developed a set of Wellbeing Guidelines, based on the latest science and research in the field of nutrition for optimal health. The BANT Wellbeing Guidelines were specifically designed to provide clear, concise, easy to understand information, avoiding outdated information and research, and addressing some of the most common health concerns.  The most frequent reasons people seek nutritional advice is for weight management and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with the following:

 

Ends

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioners. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutrition practitioner.

BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) that holds an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). A recent report by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Professional Standards Agency made a key recommendation that AVR practitioners have the authority to make direct NHS referrals, in appropriate cases, to ease the administrative burden on GP surgeries.

As members of the CNHC Accredited Register, BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners and other CNHC registrants, are the key workforce asset to harness 21st century lifestyle medicine to tackle the rising tide of stress related fatigue, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, dementia and other chronic diseases.

To find a BANT practitioner, please click here:

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Evidence Database – Diets High in Vegetables Linked with a Lower Incidence of Chronic Disease

Eating more vegetables is linked with a lower incidence of chronic disease.  A new review shows that consumption of leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables confer the greatest benefits for cardiovascular health, when compared to other vegetable groups.

This paper has been BANT enhanced on the NUTRITION EVIDENCE database to provide a full plain language summary to allow quick and easy access to the science.   Read it here

NUTRITION EVIDENCE is open access and FREE so please have a browse through some other content whilst you are there http://www.nutrition-evidence.com.  If you like what you see, why not register as a user of Nutrition Evidence and receive monthly expert-generated alerts on the latest findings in nutrition science? Click on Subscribe on the homepage.

BANT Comments on the Study Published in JAMA that High Consumption of Dietary Cholesterol or Eggs was Significantly Associated with Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

A study published on 15thMarch showed associations of dietary cholesterol or egg consumption with higher incidences of mortality and cardiovascular disease. BANT would like to take the opportunity to comment on the research since the consumption of eggs and links to heart disease have been controversial for decades.

BANT would like to advise the public that the study in question only shows an association, rather than a cause and effect and therefore cannot conclude links between eggs, cholesterol and mortality. Furthermore, it should be pointed out that:

  • There are other factors to consider when looking what is causing high death rates in people who eat a lot of eggs.
  • The associations reported in the study are only a “modest” association especially when compared to other risk factors such as smoking.
  • The study does not report how the eggs were consumed, whether someone was eating a boiled egg each day or consuming as part of a fry-up, which is less healthy.
  • Many other studies including meta-analyses show null effect of egg consumption on Cardiovascular Health Risk.

At all times, BANT is urging all to consider the study quality and biases before taking the headlines as gospel.

BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners consider individuality that enables personalisation of dietary advice based on the most up-to-date research available. They do not suggest ‘one-size-fits-all’ advice following the health trend of the moment.  BANT Nutrition Practitioners will provide the advice that best suits the client in front of them, whether they be omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. The Nutrition and Lifestyle medicine practiced by BANT Registered practitioners would always encourage the consumption of individual ingredients over ultra-processed foods.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)is the professional body for Registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioners. Its primary function is to assist its members in attaining the highest standards of integrity, knowledge, competence and professional practice, in order to protect the client’s interests; nutritional therapy and the registered nutrition practitioner.

BANT continues to promote its Wellbeing Guidelines campaign to encourage the British people to eat more individual ingredients and unprocessed food. Going back to some old-fashioned values, such a family meal times and improving the nations cooking skills to use fresh ingredients, will go a long way to help the obesity targets and health of the individuals.

BANT experts carefully developed a set of Wellbeing Guidelines, based on the latest science and research in the field of nutrition for optimal health. The BANT Wellbeing Guidelines were specifically designed to provide clear, concise, easy to understand information, avoiding outdated information and research, and addressing some of the most common health concerns.  The most frequent reasons people seek nutritional advice is for weight management and/ or for general health and wellbeing. These issues are addressed by BANT with the following:

BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) that holds an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). A recent report by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Professional Standards Agency made a key recommendation that AVR practitioners have the authority to make direct NHS referrals, in appropriate cases, to ease the administrative burden on GP surgeries.

As members of the CNHC Accredited Register, BANT Registered Nutrition Practitioners and other CNHC registrants, are the key workforce asset to harness 21st century lifestyle medicine to tackle the rising tide of stress related fatigue, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, dementia and other chronic diseases.

To find a BANT practitioner, please click here: http://bant.org.uk/bant/jsp/practitionerSearch.faces

Reference

Zhong, VW (2019) ‘Associations of dietary cholesterol or egg consumption with incident cardiovascular disease and mortality’. JAMA. ONLINE:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2728487