- You can blame your FATHER too! In the past the focus has been on mother’s nutrition and infant health; but it turns out a father’s diet pre-conception can affect the health of his child. It is well established that a folate(or folic acid) deficiency in the mother’s diet can increase the chances of birth defects; AND the same goes for the father. In mice, a folate deficiency in the father’s diet increased the risk of birth defects by almost 30%. The researchers theorize that dietary folate can affect the sperm and influence how genes are turned on and off.
- And the parental blame doesn’t stop there! Stressed out parents have kids that are heavier and gain weight more rapidly then kids in low stress households.
- The final ruling on aspartame is out – at least, according to the European Food Safety Authority. They reinforce that there is no evidence that aspartame is harmful at the current Acceptable Daily Intake level of 40 mg/kg body weight/day. The exception; however, is for people with phenylketonuria (PKU). Don’t take this as a sign that diet pop is healthy though! There are links to artificial sweeteners and obesity and it has no nutritional value whatsoever.
- Celiac disease vs. gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease is a well defined disorder than can be diagnosed with a blood test and can be further confirmed by a biopsy. Gluten sensitivity is more of a grey area with some debate as to whether it is even a condition at all – or if the problems is gluten or some other component of wheat. Individuals with “gluten sensitivity” report GI problems when consuming gluten containing products such as wheat, barely, and rye.
- Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck answers the question “Does using olive oil for frying create trans fats?” and gives out lots of other great tips on cooking with and storing oils.
- Finding the right partner may be key to better self-esteem and body image in women. Women who report feeling satisfied by their romantic relationship are more satisfied with their body weight, have higher self-esteem and lower self-consciousness, regardless of their body weight.