February News Round-Up

Last Updated on June 9, 2019 by Afifah Hamilton
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It’s our news-round-up anniversary!

We first started blogging about nutrition in the news 12 months ago and have kept it up every month since. Something we really are proud of! It is interesting to look back at the topics we have covered – they have been very diverse indeed. And this month’s round-up is no exception…

Kicking off with New Scientist magazine (Feb 24th) which had a two-page article looking at the use of a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet in cancer. We have previously blogged about this approach – see here.

Again in New Scientist (Feb 19th) – an opinion piece arguing for a sugar tax of between 20% to 50% on fizzy drinks. Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health at the University of Oxford, says a sugar tax is a “no-brainer”.

Linked to concerns about sugar came the revelation that many high street coffee shops’ are serving hot drinks laced with the stuff. The Guardian (Feb 17th) provides a good set of data, showing that some options have 10 to 20 teaspoons of sugar. Have a read and you can avoid the worst offenders.

Carriers of the APOE4 gene – a fat metabolism gene that is included in the genetic testing I offer – are known to be at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. There has been some debate about what diet may best suit carriers of this gene. So it is good to see MedPage Today (Feb 2nd) report on a study that found seafood protective against Alzheimer’s disease but only for people carrying the APOE4 gene.

In a recent trial, Vitamin-D supplementation reduced prostate cancer aggressiveness. MedPage Today (Feb 25th) provides good coverage.

boiled egg and keto-bread soldiers
Boiled eggs with keto-bread soldiers (recipe here)

Eggs got a lot of attention this month, with pregnant UK mums being told it is safe to eat runny egg yolks after all (TV3 Feb 1st). The diet doctor twins tell us ‘Here’s why the data don’t back those trying to vilify eggs’ (MedPage Today, 8th Feb). If you really want to try something different the Mail Online (14th Feb) tells us that Waitrose is now selling Emu eggs for £23 per pop (ouch!). The emu eggs are bright blue, take 90 minutes to boil, and are each as large as a dozen hens eggs. Not sure I’ll be rushing out to buy them, but I do get duck eggs now and then, and goose eggs once or twice a year.

Finally, Crossbush farm shop (nr Arundel) is now offering gluten-free scotch eggs (of the hen, not emu variety) – drop in and give them a try. We found them very satisfying as a travelling lunch when we went away recently. Not fully grain free – but they only use rice and potato flour which, once in a blue moon, won’t bust the physiology of most people.

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