Today, more and more fruit and vegetables from further afield are becoming readily available in our supermarkets, so we can enjoy fresh and exotic fruits and vegetables all year round. But this enjoyment comes at a cost to the planet due to the long distances these foods need to be transported across, in addition to appropriate storage facilities and packages to ensure freshness throughout transportation.
Conducting research into what we eat can be complex, challenging and laborious for many. It takes a lot of skill to conduct, analyse and interpret nutrition research efficiently and effectively including or writing up a research paper - which can be a great way to deepen your understanding of your chosen field. But for students, postgrads and early career researchers, this can seem like a daunting task. That’s why we’ve asked our Founder, Professor Janet Cade head of the Nutritional Epidemiology Group at The University of Leeds to provide us with some of her top research tips. So if you’re a final year student about to write a dissertation or a PhD student looking for some motivation, read Prof Cade’s top tips below.
What is food sustainability?
Over the years we’ve become more aware of the ways in which our daily lives impact the planet. This includes the food we eat.
There are many methods that can be used to assess dietary intake - for example, using a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ), food diary or a 24-hour recall. Deciding what is the most appropriate dietary assessment tool can be difficult, as each have their own strengths and weaknesses, which can then have implications on research studies themselves. Previously, we wrote an article to help you decide which dietary assessment method to use.
In this article, we will explain what a 24-hour recall is, where they can be useful, and what are the strengths and limitations in practice.
When conducting dietary assessment, whether for population nutrition research or clinical support, it’s important that nutrient estimates are as accurate as possible. Accuracy is especially vital when supporting vulnerable patients in clinic (such as diabetic and renal patients), where small differences in nutrient values could make big differences to their health.
When it comes to accuracy, the choice of dietary assessment tool, and the nutrient composition tables which sit behind it, have an important role to play. This article takes a deep dive into food and nutrient databases and their influence on the accuracy of dietary estimates.
There are many methods that can be used to assess dietary intake - for example, using a 24hr recall or a food diary. (In a previous article we discussed the strengths and limitations of a food diary). Choosing the correct dietary assessment method can be difficult. That’s why, we’ve created a series of articles, that discuss different dietary assessment methods that will hopefully help you choose the right dietary analysis tool for you. In this article, we explain what food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) are and their strengths and limitations in practice.
While dietary assessment has its origins as a research tool, evidence shows that the process of monitoring itself can help people to eat better. But we know that accurate dietary monitoring can sometimes feel like a mammoth task (and that’s where digital nutritional analysis tools like myfood24 can help to save time), for both patients and healthcare professionals. So, can diet tracking actually make a difference?
In this blog, we explain how dietary self-monitoring can lead to improved eating habits through behaviour change techniques (BCTs) and how digital diet-tracking tools can help you to support your patients.
Are you looking to use a food diary to monitor a patient’s food intake, or conduct a research study analysing nutrient intake? Or perhaps you’ve been asked to keep your own food diary and want to know why you should use it? In this article we’ll walk you through what a food diary is, why they are a useful method of recording diet, plus their strengths and limitations in comparison to other dietary assessment methods.
In 2021, more people than ever before signed up for Veganuary. With this there has been a huge rise in the availability of vegan products across supermarkets, fast food outlets and restaurants. McDonalds introduced the Mcplant, an all-new vegan burger Kettle chips released a Sheese and Red Onion flavour and even Burger King have jumped on board with a zero-chicken burger. But is it possible to still have a nutritionally balanced diet whilst being vegan?
Read on to find out about some of the most important nutrients to be aware of whilst on a vegan diet and ways you can ensure you’re getting enough:
The Christmas season is finally upon us! And what better way to welcome it than with some nutrient facts you may not have known about your festive favourites? We used the myfood24 food and nutrient database to look at the nutritional profile of some classic Christmas eats, here are some of the most nutrient-packed holiday dishes: