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Processed but not unprocessed red meat consumption is assoicated with increased risk of hypertension in French cohort

Although red meat is often considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), evidence from observational studies suggests that processed but not unprocessed red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of CVD. Some processed meats are higher in saturated fat compared to (lean) unprocessed meat, which is likely to explain some of the … Continue reading

Does fructose cause liver disease?

Sugar and in particular fructose, a type of sugar naturally present in foods such as fruit and grains, has been in the firing line in recent years as the suggested culprit responsible for health issues including obesity and type 2 diabetes. It also has been suggested that fructose is linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease … Continue reading

Diet and health in schoolchildren

The British Nutrition Foundation has published an update of a briefing paper on nutrition and health in schoolchildren. The paper features statistics on the diet, lifestyle and health situation in UK schoolchildren, as well as the latest evidence on the association between dietary behaviours and health in children of schoolage. Topics discussed include the role of … Continue reading

Macronutrient composition of the diet and risk of type 2 diabetes

Diet and other lifestyle factors play an important role in the development of type 2 diabetes, with excessive body weight, and therefore excessive energy intake, being major risk factors. Two recent studies investigated whether the macronutrient composition of the diet is associated with risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers from the University of Newcastle, Australia, … Continue reading

Study confirms benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption

Consumption of fruit and vegetables has long been associated with lower risk of disease, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Various public health authorities throughout the world recommend that people should eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day to reduce their risk of disease and premature death. The latest data from two … Continue reading