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New portion size guidance published

Jan 16, 2019 3:43:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson

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This week the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) launched some new resources aimed to help individuals ‘get portion wise’. 

The resources developed by the BNF are designed to complement the Eatwell Guide, they split foods into 5 categories and suggest a range of servings that individuals should aim to consume daily: 3-4 portions of starchy carbohydrates, 2-3 portions of proteins, 2-3 portions of dairy and alternatives, 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables and small amounts of unsaturated oils and spreads. The guide also puts foods high in fat, salt and/or sugar into a ‘Treats’ category suggesting to keep portion sizes small and not to consume these foods too often.

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Recent findings published by NHS Digital

Dec 6, 2018 4:18:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson

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NHS Digital have published findings from their Health Survey for England 2017

This week the findings from NHS Digital’s Health Survey for England 2017 were published and reported on by various news outlets. Here we summarise just some of the findings:

Obesity and Diabetes

In 2017, 64% of adults were overweight or obese in England, men were more commonly overweight than women (40% vs 31%, respectively) while more women were obese than men (30% vs 27%, respectively). 12% of men and 9% of women with a very high waist circumference had either diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.

In 2017, 30% of children aged 2-15 years old were overweight or obese (17% obese). Those children with obese parents were 3 times more likely to be obese than children with healthy weight parents.

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Prevention is key to tacking obesity-related illnesses

Dec 5, 2018 3:07:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson posted in obesity

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UK Government has announced that an extra £20.5 billion a year will be given to the NHS, one of the key priorities being the prevention of ill health.  

Currently the UK spends £97 billion treating diseases but only £8 billion preventing them.

In the UK alone, nearly two thirds of adults and a quarter of children are overweight or obese increasing the risk of a variety of diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Obesity-related ill health is costing the NHS £6 billion a year and £27 billion to the wider society, while the total cost of type 2 diabetes currently sits at £24 billion a year.

Yet many of the diseases putting a significant strain on our NHS are not inevitable. They can and should be prevented.

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7,000 under 25's with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales

Nov 28, 2018 3:13:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson posted in Diabetes

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GPs are already under considerable pressure. And now, according to Diabetes UK, they are also dealing with a huge increase in type 2 diabetes in children and young adults under 25.

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Calls for stronger national diet surveys

Nov 20, 2018 3:23:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson posted in Events, Research

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We need to "strengthen and expand nationally representative diet and nutrition surveys" 

Prof Janet Cade emphasised this statement from the WHO European Food and Nutrition Action Plan (2014) at the IV World Congress of Public Health Nutrition and XII Congress of the Spanish Society for Community Nutrition - NUTRIMAD 2018, held in Madrid in October 2018. 

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Folic acid fortification consultation

Oct 31, 2018 3:45:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson

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The Government has announced that it will consult on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid in a bid to reduce pregnancies effected by neural tube defects (NTD).

Adequate levels of folic acid are required during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy to ensure the proper formation of the foetal neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord. Inadequate levels of folic acid before and during pregnancy have been linked to an increased risk of foetal neural tube defects (NTDs) such as anencephaly, spina bifida and encephalocele.

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myfood24 for use in gestational diabetes

Oct 24, 2018 3:53:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson posted in Diabetes, Research

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A recent study published aimed to improve the dietary habits of women with gestational diabetes using myfood24

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) occurs in 1 in 20 pregnancies and typically affects women in their third trimester. Many hormonal changes occur in pregnancy, in particular insulin-resistant hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone increase, causing elevated blood glucose levels. In order to deal with increased blood glucose, the body needs to produce more insulin.

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Congratulations, Neil!

Oct 5, 2018 4:05:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson

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We’re very proud that our Technical Consultant, Neil Hancock, has just been announced as the Data Manager for the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds!

Neil has worked at the school alongside Prof Janet Cade for almost 7 years on various research projects including: developing and validating myfood24, Nutritools – an interactive website designed to support dietary assessment, My Meal Mate – a weight loss app, CADET – a paper based food checklist designed for children 3-11 years old and the UK Women’s Cohort Study - one of the largest cohort studies investigating associations between diet and cancer in the UK.

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High sugar content of UK yogurts revealed

Sep 26, 2018 4:11:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson posted in Research

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Researchers at the University of Leeds and Surrey have recently found that many yogurts, particularly those aimed towards children, contain high levels of sugar.

The team analysed the nutritional value of 921 products sold in 5 of the major UK supermarkets. Products were split into 8 categories: children’s (n=101), dairy alternatives (n=38), dessert (n= 161), drinks (n=70), flavoured (n=79), fruit (n=317), natural/Greek (n=61) or organic (n=71).

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Increasing the quality of calories

Sep 21, 2018 4:22:00 PM / by Lauren Gibson

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A new concept called ‘The Quality Calorie’ has launched, focusing on the nutritional quality of diets as well as the number of calories being consumed.

The British Nutrition Foundation's (BNF) concept encourages the importance of overall diet quality, ensuring that individuals are consuming the right kinds of calories – those that offer good nutritional value over those with little or none – as well as the number being consumed.

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