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University of Hertfordshire researchers have been trialling a new approach to help the public easily identify which wholegrain foods are healthiest. Currently there is no national or international definition of what a wholegrain food is, leading to some foods containing high levels of fat or sugar being labelled as wholegrain, particularly breakfast cereals, and appearing to be healthier than they are.

Planning is taking place around the country in NHS Trusts and care homes with a view to holding events to promote their good practices and key messages on food and drink for those they care for.

An analysis of published studies indicates that following the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of frailty in older individuals. The findings, which are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, suggest that a diet emphasising primarily plant-based foods – such as fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, and nuts – may help keep people healthy and independent as they age.

The NHS is taking action on sugar, with almost two thirds of NHS trusts now signed up to a voluntary scheme to reduce sales of sugary drinks to 10% or less of sold beverages. Some NHS Trusts have gone further and have introduced their own bans on sugary drinks. As well as hospitals, 14 national suppliers have signed up to the voluntary scheme, including WH Smith, Marks & Spencer, Greggs and the Royal Voluntary Service.

People who consume 18 grams of protein from whole eggs or from egg whites after engaging in resistance exercise differ dramatically in how their muscles build protein, a process called protein synthesis, during the post-workout period, researchers report in a new study. Specifically, the post-workout muscle-building response in those eating whole eggs is 40 percent greater than in those consuming an equivalent amount of protein from egg whites, the team found.

Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those who consume fish less frequently or not at all, according to new findings from the University of Pennsylvania published this week in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal.

GPING has provided an enthusiastic GP input to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to ensure the college has maintained a balanced viewpoint on nutritional matters, plus has contributed to the multidisciplinary obesity initiatives that are happening in many clinical and public health quarters. The group's remit extends across the spectrum of nutritional issues, including malnutrition.

£billions could be saved from the UK's annual health bill if more people can be persuaded to follow a plant-based diet, according to new research published today in the Journal of Nutrition. Productivity, which remains stubbornly low, would also benefit.

In response to requests from healthcare professionals, a new practical and informative guide to bolus feeding has been launched by Nutricia.

Available in 3 Natural Flavours.

  • 400 Calories per serving
  • 91% Patient compliance
  • 28 Vitamins and minerals
  • High in vitamin D
  • A source of protein, calcium and selenium
  • Gluten free
  • Suitable for vegetarians*

Healthy eating is associated with better self-esteem and fewer emotional and peer problems, such as having fewer friends or being picked on or bullied, in children regardless of body weight, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Inversely, better self-esteem is associated with better adherence to healthy eating guidelines, according to researchers from The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus older adults, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

One in two persons aged 65 and above has suboptimal levels of vitamin D in the blood. This is the conclusion of an investigation conducted by researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, as part of the population-based KORA-Age study in the region of Augsburg. Moreover, as the authors of the study report in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients, one in four older adults has suboptimal vitamin B12 levels.

The herbal extract, gingko biloba, may be more effective at boosting memory and the brain's 'command and control' function in stroke survivors, than the use of aspirin alone, suggest the results of a clinical trial, published in the online journal Stroke & Vascular Neurology.

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