The focal point of discussions at this year’s Food Vision Asia, a three-day leadership forum for Asia’s food and nutrition industry, centered around how the region is tackling the growing diabetes epidemic it is facing.
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Vitamins have many functions and sources. A common function is to be part of an enzyme involved in a metabolic reaction. The brain is particularly metabolically active. In 2002, the Institute of Medicine estimated that 130 grams of carbohydrate were needed daily to provide sufficient glucose for the brain to function. Thinking requires energy. So it is not surprising to read that increasing one’s intake of vitamins and minerals might impact metabolism and the brain.
In a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-groups study of 97 healthy females, Kennedy and colleagues studied the effect of increasing doses of multivitamins/minerals
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in North America. Yesterday, I discussed the prevalence of suboptimal vitamin E status and its role in maintaining normal liver function. With more and more people being overweight and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the prevalence of NAFLD is increasing
Good news! Nationally representative data collected between 1999 and 2012 finds a reduction in the severity of metabolic syndrome among US adolescents. It was a linear trend. Interestingly, increasing unsaturated fat intake was beneficial. You may ask why.
Vitamin E is found in many foods (in small quantities) but most often in association with unsaturated fats – vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds – to protect them from oxidation. In brief, people eating more unsaturated fat will likely be consuming more vitamin E.
How does one know if they are eating properly? A common approach involves maintaining a food diary and using food databases. To be meaningful, accurate reporting of serving sizes is required. How much butter was on my sandwich? Was it combined with full-fat mayonnaise or a low-fat alternative? Was I physically active today? How many steps did I take today? How many flights of stairs? It can be done, successfully.
Tracking micronutrient status is even more difficult. Why? When it comes to monitoring our balance between physical activity and calorie intake, we have bathroom scales. Similarly, we need something that measures micronutrient concentrations in blood to have an accurate assessment of micronutrient status.