This month, I’d like to highlight two new articles of mine.
“Benefits of fruit and vegetables” in Dietetics Today (Feb issue) offers a reminder of why we promote five portions a day and explores the role of 100% fruit juice. Using data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, fruit juice was found to provide 8-12% of free sugar intakes daily and was consumed regularly by around four in ten adults and half of 11-18 year olds. Despite concerns about overconsumption, just 11% of adults and 19% of teens drank more than the recommended 150ml per day. Fruit juice consumers had higher fruit intakes overall and were more likely to achieve 4-5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily. In other studies, fruit juice consumers are no more likely to be overweight than non-consumers.
“Nutrients for healthy ageing” in CN Focus (vol 9 issue 1) reported on nutrients which could help us to slow the effects of ageing based on findings from a systematic review. These included calcium and vitamin D for bone health, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids for cognitive function and eye health, and B vitamins for cognitive function. Given the decades of time for chronic diseases and the effects of ageing to emerge, earlier interventions in people in their 40s and 50s is warranted. The article then highlighted gaps in the evidence and suggested a rebalancing of health professional advice away from routine mass medication and towards lifestyle interventions and use of dietary supplements concluding “Drug companies may deliver new therapies to combat obesity, cancer, heart disease and dementia but it is surely better that we change the way we live and eat rather than end up as an over-medicated society, with its attendant costs and reliance on doctors?”.
I’d be happy to send you a copy of these articles if you email me on firstname.lastname@example.org