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Alpro Growing Up Soya Drink 1-3+ years

11/05/2018

Alpro Growing Up Soya Drink 1-3+ has been formulated to better meet the specific nutrient needs of young children. The first of its kind, Alpro Soya 1-3+ is suitable as a main milk drink for children 1 year onwards and, as it is 100% plant-based, ideal for those following a dairy-free diet whether they...

SACN links Mediterranean-style diets to better mental well-being.

10/04/2018

The extensive review of the literature by the SACN highlights that population groups following a plant-based Mediterranean diet have a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementias.  The link to specific foods or nutrients could not be determined.   This adds another reason for health professionals...

Going plant-based to power sports performance.

10/04/2018

Whether you are training for fitness or taking part in competitive sport, there is overwhelming evidence that nutrition can improve your performance and help you recover more efficiently1. When healthy balanced choices are made, a plant-based diet can easily meet the nutritional needs to support any...

Eatwell guide: plant powering dietary guidelines.

23/03/2018

2018 is the year for plant power driven by government, health organisation and growing consumer demand.   The updated 2016 government dietary guidelines, the Eatwell Guide, came with significant changes and a clear message that our intake of meat and animal products needs to be reduced whilst plant...

The role of plant-based drinks in the British and Irish diet.

24/01/2018

by Vanessa Clarkson, RD RNutr Introduction Soya and other plant-based drinks made from nuts, seeds and grains have been used for centuries in many traditional cultures, but relatively recent commercialisation over the past 50 years has seen their consumption grow exponentially.1,2 This growth comes...

​Fat vs carbs: a false dichotomy? The science behind the media storm

24/01/2018

by Claire Baseley, RNutr   Recent headlines have declared “Butter is back” and portrayed sugar as “Public enemy number one”.  Some doctors and academics have gone as far as saying that new evidence now challenges current dietary guidelines and that these should now be changed to recommend...

Coconut oil in the headlines again

24/01/2018

Dr Michael Mosley has started 2018 with a controversial bang.  His new BBC show – Trust Me I’m a Doctor – has fuelled the saturated fat debate yet again by hailing coconut oil as possibly heart health friendly1. This is based on a small study of 94 volunteers randomised to add to their usual...

Plant-based eating could save the UK economy in excess of £5 billion

24/01/2018

New research published online in the December 2017 issue of the Journal of Nutrition estimates over £5 billion savings for the UK if just 10% of the population were to embrace plant-based eating: a diet dominated by, but not exclusively based on, plant foods.   The study compared the potential health...

NEW Nov 2017: Fibre & Health Fact Sheet

15/11/2017

by Dr Megan Rossi & Dr Eirini Dimidi, KCL In light of the new 2016 increased fibre recommendations, dietitians and researchers Dr Rossi and Dr Dimidi from KCL provide us with a comprehensive update on dietary fibre to help guide recommendations in practice, including the different types, mechanisms...

Obesity driving type 2 diabetes in under 25 year olds and pre-school children

04/09/2017

According to figures from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, type 2 diabetes in under 25 year olds has seen a 14% increase between 2014/15 and 2015/16.  78.5% of those diagnosed were classified as obese and more worryingly, five and nine year olds were also diagnosed with the lifesyle-related...

Understanding the influence of portion size on consumer behaviour

31/08/2017

by Bridget Benelam, Nutrition Communications Manager, British Nutrition foundation This article summarises the outcomes of a conference held at the University of Liverpool on 20th January 2017, which brought together a number of researchers to review a range of issues in relation to the effect that...

Plant Food Sources of Protein for Optimum Health & Muscle Status

31/08/2017

By Vanessa Clarkson, RNutr Following growing recognition of the health and environmental benefits of including more plant foods in the diet, Public Health England’s latest dietary guidelines put plant proteins ahead of animal proteins for the first time - tallying with recommendations from the World...

Fat and fit: not so for heart health

31/08/2017

Findings from the EPIC 10-European countries cohort study have now confirmed, that despite some overweight / obese individuals free from metabolic biomarkers for coronary heart disease (CHD) e.g. elevated blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and high waist circumference, they were still at significantly...

​Realistic small shifts towards plant-based eating make for better health

31/08/2017

A new study using data from over 100,000 American individuals has confirmed that any shift towards a more plant-based diet is beneficial to heart health outcomes.  Many past studies demonstrating clear health benefits of plant-based eating have often compared individuals consuming vegetarian / vegan...

​Vitamin D the new cold and flu remedy?

08/03/2017

The latest meta-analysis of 25 randomised controlled trials and almost 11,000 participants of all ages, identified a 12% reduced incidence of acute respiratory tract infection for all those taking vitamin D supplements or receiving weekly bolus doses. The greatest protection was gained by those placed...

Protein from any source will increase muscle mass

08/03/2017

Using participants from the longitudinal Framingham Study, over 2,000 men and women with an average age of 40 years were assessed for their protein intake, key protein sources in their diet and how this impacted on their Bone Mineral Density (BMD) and muscle mass and strength.  The results demonstrated...

Obesity and fuller waistlines confirmed to be cancer causing

08/03/2017

A review of 204 meta-analysis has identified that overweightness increases the risk for 11 cancers: oesophageal adenocarcinoma, multiple myeloma, and cancers of the gastric cardia, colon, rectum, biliary tract system, pancreas, breast, endometrium, ovary and kidney. For every 5kg/m2 increase in BMI,...

Cheaper and healthier foods are key to a more sustainable shopping basket

08/03/2017

A survey of over 2,000 adults who, in the main, strongly believe that climate change is influenced by human activities, identified that our food choices are a main contributor (66%).  However, this belief is not translating into changing shopping behaviour.  Instead taste, value for money and healthiness...

2017 trending health foods: the truth behind the headlines

06/03/2017

By Nichola Whitehead - Registered Dietitian & Award Winning Health Blogger at NicsNutrition.com. You can follow Nichola on social media by searching for @nicsnutrition   As someone who is an avid user of social media, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, I wanted to share with you the...

Ireland leads the way for best practice dietary guidelines

06/03/2017

by Dr Yvonne Finnegan, Dietitian & Nutritionist Last year was certainly a year of change globally and the area of dietary guidelines was no exception. In both the UK and Ireland, the models used to communicate a healthy diet, the eatwell plate and food pyramid underwent significant makeovers. In December...