By: Dr. Larissa Niemeyer
On: 7 September 2021

How your morning coffee might save you from skin cancer

Every few years a new group of scientists publishes their recent study results on “bad” and “healthy” food and gives new dietary advice. As “superfoods” like avocado, chia seeds and goji berries come and go and fill the pockets of marketing experts, the question remains which nutrients and aliments are really helping to live a longer, healthier life. Especially interesting for many people is the question of food-related risk factors for cancer. There are aliments that have been connected to a higher risk of developing cancer types like lung, skin or liver cancer. However, these results aren’t always consistent and...

By: Johanne Telnes Instanes
On: 7 September 2021

Why you should limit added sugar in your diet

There are many sources of sugar in our diet.  So-called natural present sugar naturally occurs in food. One example is milk sugar (lactose) found in milk and yoghurt. Sugars in fruits are another example of natural sugar. In addition to sugar, these foods also contain important nutrients like vitamins and minerals. There are also a lot of foods that contain additional, added sugar. Added sugar is usually understood as sugar added to food during food preparation or processing [1]. There are several reasons for adding sugars to food. Commonly they are used as sweeteners and to preserve food. They are...

zinc By: Dr. Manuel Schlipf
On: 3 September 2021

The importance of traces

You might know zinc as part of metal objects, batteries or as anti-corrosion agent. But did you know that very small amounts of zinc are essential for our bodies (and mind) to function well? Zinc is an essential trace element for humans (as well as animals, plants and microorganisms). Second only to iron, zinc is one of the most abundant trace elements in our body, which typically contains about 2-4 mg of zinc. There is a great number of zinc-dependent biological processes as hundreds of enzymes and thousands of protein domains require zinc. Zinc is essential for growth and development...

children learning By: Lisa Reijmers
On: 15 August 2021

Differences in lifestyle habits between children with and without ADHD

There is an increasing interest in lifestyle factors and their impact on mental health. Lifestyle factors refer to behaviors that have an impact on your health and quality of life [1]. Examples of lifestyle factors are physical activity, diet, sleep behavior and use of tobacco and alcohol. Different lifestyle factors have been proposed as precursors or consequences of ADHD [2]. Therefore one might wonder: how do children and adolescents with ADHD differ from children and adolescents without ADHD on several lifestyle factors? In one study [3] parents were asked to fill out a lifestyle questionnaire about, among other things, the...

On: 9 August 2021

Importance of Infant Nutrition and Childhood Diet in the Development of Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as ADHD

Neurodevelopmental disorders are a heterogeneous group of conditions characterized by developmental deficits of the central nervous system that usually start early in life (1). These disorders, which can manifest themselves from mild to severe forms, lead to impairments in personal, social, academic and/or occupational functioning (1). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of those neurodevelopmental disorders listed in the diagnostic guidelines, and is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of hyperactivity, impulsivity and/or attention problems (1). Its prevalence is not negligible, in fact ADHD is currently the most common neurodevelopmental and neurodevelopmental disorder in childhood, affecting approximately 5% of children...

Environment, gut, immune system and brain – a finely tuned gear system By: Leona Jacobsen
On: 8 August 2021

Environment, gut, immune system and brain – a finely tuned gear system

Gut feeling – just a feeling or an important voice?  We all know the feeling of having “butterflies in our stomach”, “making decisions based on our gut”, or negative emotions that “turn our stomach”. For a long time, however, these feelings were not taken as a serious basis for decisions and people preferred to rely on their intellect instead. Because our intestines can’t know more than our brain, right? But wouldn´t it be surprising if our largest inner organ had no function other than the digestion of food? It is now known that the gut is an important gateway between...

Dr. Berit Skretting Solberg
By: Dr. Berit Skretting Solberg
On: 25 July 2021

How Genetics and Maternal Diet Effect ADHD in Children

The development of ADHD in children has a strong genetic component. It also has an environmental component as well. Part of that environment is the effect of nutrition. NOTE: Consult your doctor before trying any diet discussed in this study. Berit Skretting Solberg MD PhD is conducting a large population study (95,000 mothers, 113,000 children, 70,000 fathers) to see how big the effects are of both genetics and nutrition. This video is a Research Update. Analysis and conclusions are expected to be published by the middle of 2022...

Gut bacteria and behaviors By: Yangwenshan Ou
On: 21 July 2021

How do we learn if disturbances in gut microbiota cause behavioral problems?

“Can disturbances in the gut microbiota composition cause behavioral problems?” That is the question frequently asked when I present my studies. In the past several years, I have been looking into the correlations of the gut microbiota composition with problem behavior in healthy children. But correlation is not the same as causation. In this blog, I will explain what is needed to answer the above question about causation. First, to explain the difference between correlation and causation, think about this example: on a warm summer day, there is a high correlation between the number of ice creams sold, and the...

Alea Ruf mobile food app By: Alea Ruf
On: 19 July 2021

Mobile App tracks food intake, physical activity, and behavior successfully

As part of Work Package 3 of the Eat2beNICE Project we conduct the “APPetite-study: Effects of physical activity and exercise in interaction with diet”. The main goal of the study is to assess short-term effects of physical activity, diet and their interaction on impulsivity in daily life. For example, we want to find out whether eating foods high in fat or sugar leads to increases in impulsivity and whether physical activity plays a role in this context. To answer this question – and many more, we developed the APPetite-mobile-app. The APPetite-mobile-app captures short-term associations between diet, physical activity and impulsivity...

By: Serena Galiè
On: 30 June 2021

We are what our bacteria eat

Today, on July 1, I will defend my doctoral thesis. This thesis is about my research on the effects of nuts and the Mediterranean diet on gut microbiota, BMI and blood sugar levels. In this blog I will highlight some of my research and how this may help you to improve your diet. A long time ago, Hippocrates said “We are what we eat”. But a new revolutionary idea in medicine is pointing out the major role of gut microbiota in our health status and, more importantly, how diet influences its overall wellbeing. During the last decade, there has been...