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HSIS reaffirms need for fish oil in the diet

HSIS responds to a study[1] published in the Journal of Biochemistry, which examined the long-term consumption of virgin olive, sunflower and fish oils and damage to the liver.   Dr Carrie Ruxton from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service said: “In this study[1], rats were fed an extreme high fat diet consisting of around 70% fat by weight. In comparison, the human diet is only 35-40% of daily calories from fat. “The study has no bearing whatsoever on human health,…

The Health and Food Supplements Information Service welcomes green light for folate safety

A new study published by Queen Mary University of London and the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has called for official limits on folate in the diet to be scrapped. These are currently set at 1mg daily to prevent any risk to neurological health in elderly people. The researchers also called for all white flour used in the UK to be fortified with folic acid, a form of folate, to help prevent ‘neural tube’ birth defects. Commenting on…

Taking probiotics during pregnancy linked with reduced risk of pre-eclampsia & premature birth

A new study, published in the open British Medical Journal[1], has found that pregnant women consuming probiotics in early and late pregnancy had a lower risk of premature births and developing pre-eclampsia. The research was part of the Norwegian Mother and Child (MoBa) study.  This study followed 70,000 pregnancies where mums-to-be provided dietary, lifestyle and medical information at 15, 22 and 30 weeks of their pregnancies.  Questions about intakes of different milk products and probiotic use were also asked at…

Taking vitamins during pregnancy linked with reduced risk of autism

A new study, published today in JAMA Psychiatry[1], has found that women who took multivitamins and folic acid either before or during pregnancy were significantly less likely to have a child who went on to develop autism spectrum disorder.   The study followed 45,300 Israeli children (of which around half were girls) born in 2003-2007 and checked for a diagnosis of autism up until January 2015. During this time, 572 (1.3%) children received a diagnosis of autism. Commenting on the…

Simple shadow test signals when vitamin D becomes a concern

Simple shadow test signals when vitamin D becomes a concern Six in 10 people in the UK unaware of changes in vitamin D advice more than 12 months on from announcement Simple shadow test helps to show when vitamin D supplements needed 40% of people say they eat lots of fruit and vegetables to get vitamin D, despite them containing none of this essential nutrient Less than 40% take a vitamin D supplement through autumn and winter, as advised by…

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What is an NRV and why is it important?

NRV is an abbreviation of ‘Nutrient Reference Value’. NRV’s are set for 13 vitamins and 14 minerals for the purposes of food labelling and are EU guidance levels on the daily amount of vitamin or mineral that the average healthy person needs to prevent...

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