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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674639/the-relationship-between-infant-facial-expressions-and-food-acceptance
#1
Catherine A Forestell, Julie A Mennella
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To highlight the range of methodological approaches used to objectively measure hedonic responses to taste stimuli during the first year of life and how these behavioral responses change with experience. Challenges inherent to this type of research are discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: Although newborns display characteristic orofacial reactivity to four of the five basic tastes, the facial expressions made and the amount of food consumed can be modified by experience: children learn to like what they are fed...
June 2017: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533940/dietary-factors-and-cognitive-function-in-poor-urban-settings
#2
Regina S Wright, Constance Gerassimakis, Desirée Bygrave, Shari R Waldstein
A significant body of evidence suggests that poor dietary intake is associated with reduced cognitive function. However, few studies have examined this relation in poor urban settings. Our brief review suggests that (a) higher overall diet quality may play a particularly important role in cognitive function among the poorest; and (b) greater vitamin E intake is related to better cognitive performance, at least in part, via fewer depressive symptoms. The broader recent literature strongly suggests the beneficial role of diet for learning and memory, and potentially synergistic influences on other cognitive domains...
March 2017: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596932/are-there-sensitive-periods-for-food-acceptance-in-infancy
#3
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Gillian Harris, Sarah Mason
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A sensitive period in development is one in which it is easier for learning to take place; the behaviour can however still be learned at a later stage, but with more difficulty. This is in contrast to a critical period, a time at which a behaviour must be learned, and if this window of opportunity is missed, then the behaviour can never be acquired. Both might determine food acceptance in childhood. RECENT FINDINGS: There is evidence to support the idea of a sensitive period for the introduction of tastes, a critical period for the introduction of textures and for the development of oral motor function, and a possible critical period for the introduction of new foods but only in children where there is an innate disposition to develop early and extreme disgust responses...
2017: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596931/a-systematic-review-of-methods-for-increasing-vegetable-consumption-in-early-childhood
#4
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Clare E Holley, Claire Farrow, Emma Haycraft
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aims to synthesise the body of research investigating methods for increasing vegetable consumption in 2- to 5-year-old children, while offering advice for practitioners. RECENT FINDINGS: Repeated exposure is a well-supported method for increasing vegetable consumption in early childhood and may be enhanced with the inclusion of non-food rewards to incentivise tasting. Peer models appear particularly effective for increasing 2-5-year-olds' vegetable consumption...
2017: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596930/baby-led-weaning-the-evidence-to-date
#5
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Amy Brown, Sara Wyn Jones, Hannah Rowan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Infants are traditionally introduced to solid foods using spoon-feeding of specially prepared infant foods. RECENT FINDINGS: However, over the last 10-15 years, an alternative approach termed 'baby-led weaning' has grown in popularity. This approach involves allowing infants to self-feed family foods, encouraging the infant to set the pace and intake of the meal. Proponents of the approach believe it promotes healthy eating behaviour and weight gain trajectories, and evidence is starting to build surrounding the method...
2017: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331770/traditional-food-items-in-ogimi-okinawa-l-serine-content-and-the-potential-for-neuroprotection
#6
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Paul Alan Cox, James S Metcalf
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ogimi village is renowned for its aging population. We sought to determine if the l-serine content of their diet could account for their neurological health. RECENT FINDINGS: The most frequently consumed food items, including tofu and seaweeds, are rich in the dietary amino acid l-serine. l-serine content of the Ogimi diet >8 grams/day for Ogimi women significantly exceeds the average American dietary intake of 2.5 grams/day for women >70 years old...
2017: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480131/a-posteriori-data-derived-dietary-patterns-and-incident-coronary-heart-disease-making-sense-of-inconsistent-findings
#7
Lyn M Steffen, Katie C Hootman
Inconsistent findings have been reported from numerous prospective studies for the relations of the 'Western' (unhealthy) and 'Prudent' (healthy) diet patterns, derived using factor, principle components, or cluster analysis methods, with incident coronary heart disease (CHD). Among contemporary prospective studies, the 'Prudent' diet pattern was inversely related to CHD risk in 7 of 12 studies, while the 'Western' diet pattern positively related to risk in only 3 of 11 studies. To explain these inconsistent findings, we compared the methods and results from these prospective studies conducted in the U...
September 2016: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27648390/the-role-of-vitamin-k-in-chronic-aging-diseases-inflammation-cardiovascular-disease-and-osteoarthritis
#8
Stephanie G Harshman, M Kyla Shea
Vitamin K is an enzyme cofactor required for the carboxylation of vitamin K dependent proteins, several of which have been implicated in diseases of aging. Inflammation is recognized as a crucial component of many chronic aging diseases and evidence suggests vitamin K has an anti-inflammatory action that is independent of its role as an enzyme co-factor. Vitamin K-dependent proteins and inflammation have been implicated in cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis, which are leading causes of disability and mortality in older adults...
June 2016: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27398264/the-effects-of-dietary-omega-3s-on-muscle-composition-and-quality-in-older-adults
#9
Gordon I Smith
This review will focus on findings from the few studies performed to date in humans to examine changes in muscle protein turnover, lean or muscle mass and physical function following fish oil-derived omega-3 fatty acid treatment. Although considerable gaps in our current knowledge exist, hypertrophic responses (e.g., improvements in the rate of muscle protein synthesis and mTOR signaling during increased amino acid availability and an increase in muscle volume) have been reported in older adults following prolonged (8 to 24 weeks) of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation...
June 2016: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882266/community-interventions-to-improve-cooking-skills-and-their-effects-on-confidence-and-eating-behaviour
#10
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Ada L Garcia, Rebecca Reardon, Matthew McDonald, Elisa J Vargas-Garcia
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Community-based interventions aiming to improve cooking skills are a popular strategy to promote healthy eating. We reviewed current evidence on the effectiveness of these interventions on different confidence aspects and fruit and vegetable intake. RECENT FINDINGS: Evaluation of cooking programmes consistently report increased confidence in cooking skills in adults across different age groups and settings. The effectiveness of these programmes on modifying eating behaviour is less consistent, but small increases in self-reported consumption of fruit and vegetables are also described...
2016: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27014505/does-a-mediterranean-type-diet-reduce-cancer-risk
#11
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Lukas Schwingshackl, Georg Hoffmann
Overall cancer incidence has been observed to be lower in Mediterranean countries compared to that in Northern countries, such as the UK, and the USA. There is increasing evidence that adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern correlates with reduced risk of several cancer types and cancer mortality. In addition, specific aspects of the Mediterranean diet, such as high consumption of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and low processed meat intake, are inversely associated with risk of tumor pathogenesis at different cancer sites...
2016: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26457232/prepregnancy-nutrition-and-early-pregnancy-outcomes
#12
Audrey J Gaskins, Thomas L Toth, Jorge E Chavarro
Implantation failure and pregnancy loss are estimated to affect up to 75% of fertilized ova; however as of yet there is limited empirical evidence, particularly at the population level, for understanding the environmental determinants of these losses. The purpose of this review is to summarize the current knowledge on prepregnancy nutrition and early pregnancy outcomes with particular focus on the outcome of spontaneous abortion among pregnancies conceived naturally and early pregnancy end points among pregnancies conceived through in vitro fertilization...
September 2015: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26779391/vitamin-d-and-age-related-health-outcomes-movement-mood-and-memory
#13
Denise K Houston
It has long been recognized that vitamin D plays an important role in calcium homeostasis and musculoskeletal health. More recent evidence supports a role of vitamin D in physical and cognitive function and depressive symptoms through direct effects on skeletal muscle and the brain as well as indirectly through its reported roles in chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, conditions that frequently lead to declines in physical and cognitive function and depressed mood. The purpose of this review is to summarize the prospective cohort and randomized controlled trial evidence for vitamin D on physical and cognitive function and depressed mood in older adults...
June 1, 2015: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26213640/caloric-restriction-for-treatment-of-geriatric-obesity-do-the-benefits-outweigh-the-risks
#14
Eve Normandin, Denise K Houston, Barbara J Nicklas
Most evidence for the health benefits of prescribing caloric restriction (CR) for weight loss is derived from randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) in young/middle-aged adults; there are very few RCTs in older adults in which the isolated effects of CR can be deciphered. The purpose of this review is to summarize the RCT evidence of the benefits (and potential risks) of CR for the treatment of obesity in older adults. We identified only 19 published papers from 10 RCTs ranging from 3 to 18 months that met the criteria of independent effects of a CR component and were conducted in adults with a mean age ≥65 yrs...
June 2015: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26167396/let-food-be-thy-medicine-diet-nutrition-and-biomarkers-risk-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Lisa Mosconi, Pauline F McHugh
Epidemiological evidence linking diet-one of the most important modifiable lifestyle factors-and risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD)-the most common cause of dementia-is rapidly increasing. However, the biological mechanisms underlying the relationship between dietary nutrients, brain aging, and risk of AD are largely unexplored. Recent studies using brain imaging and biological markers of AD have begun to clarify how diet and nutrition modulate risk of AD in cognitively normal individuals, especially those at increased genetic risk...
June 1, 2015: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26042189/nutritional-vulnerability-in-older-adults-a-continuum-of-concerns
#16
Kathryn N Porter Starr, Shelley R McDonald, Connie W Bales
A nutritionally vulnerable older adult has a reduced physical reserve that limits the ability to mount a vigorous recovery in the face of an acute health threat or stressor. Often this vulnerability contributes to more medical complications, longer hospital stays, and increased likelihood of nursing home admission. We have characterized in this review the etiology of nutritional vulnerability across the continuum of the community, hospital, and long term care settings. Frail older adults may become less vulnerable with strong, consistent, and individualized nutritional care...
June 2015: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25844273/gene-diet-interactions-and-their-impact-on-colorectal-cancer-risk
#17
Elizabeth D Kantor, Edward L Giovannucci
A number of studies have evaluated the role of gene-diet interaction in the etiology of colorectal cancer (CRC). Historically, these studies focused on established dietary risk factors and genes involved in their metabolism. However, results from these candidate gene studies were inconsistent, possibly due to multiple testing and publication bias. In recent years, genome-wide association studies have identified a number of CRC susceptibility loci, and subsequent meta-analyses have observed limited evidence that diet may modify the risk associated with these susceptibility loci...
March 2015: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25750765/dietary-risk-reduction-factors-for-the-barrett-s-esophagus-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-continuum-a-review-of-the-recent-literature
#18
Jessica L Petrick, Nan Li, Kathleen M McClain, Susan E Steck, Marilie D Gammon
Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) incidence is among the most rapidly increasing of any cancer type in the U.S., and prognosis is poor. Prevalence of the potential precursor lesion, Barrett's esophagus (BE), is also increasing. Candidates for safe and effective risk reduction strategies are needed, potentially including dietary components. In this qualitative review, we summarize recently published epidemiologic studies, in context of earlier work, on dietary intake and BE-EA outcomes. Potential cohort study/intervention trial candidates which could be increased to reduce BE-EA development include intake of: (1) fruits and vegetables; vegetables; fruit (EA only); (2) β-carotene and vitamins C and E; (3) folate (EA only); and (4) total fiber (EA only)...
March 1, 2015: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26568898/whole-blood-gene-expression-profiles-in-large-scale-epidemiological-studies-what-do-they-tell
#19
Karina Standahl Olsen, Guri Skeie, Eiliv Lund
In nutrigenomics, gene expression profiling is used to investigate transcriptional mechanisms associated with nutrients and diet. Blood samples collected in the framework of dietary interventions and epidemiological studies allow the use of humans as the model system, as opposed to using cell lines or animal models. Here, we review recent publications in the field of gene expression profiling, based on a systematic literature search focusing on studies from the last 5 years and including studies that investigated either single nutrients, foods, food groups, or dietary patterns...
2015: Current Nutrition Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26568897/is-a-cardio-protective-diet-sustainable-a-review-of-the-synergies-and-tensions-between-foods-that-promote-the-health-of-the-heart-and-the-planet
#20
Shauna M Downs, Jessica Fanzo
There are many synergies between a diet that is healthy for the heart and one that is healthy for the planet, but there may also be tensions. We examined the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition's double pyramid to describe the carbon, water, and ecological footprints of the components of a cardio-protective diet. Overall, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains all tend to have low carbon and water footprints, while nuts and olive oil have relatively higher water footprints and fish have a high ecological footprint...
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