Recommendations for future studies on benefits of psychobiotics
In this review, the term psychobiotics was defined as pre- and probiotics that stimulate the growth and/or activity of indigenous beneficial intestinal bacteria, which can improve brain function.
Recent review paper on the prevalence of functional gastrointestinal disorders
Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) are common in infants and young children, especially in the first few years of life. In 2016, the diagnostic criteria were changed from ROME III to ROME IV. The review of Muhardi et al. (2021) assessed the prevalence of the most frequent FGIDs in children aged 0-5 years after the introduction of the ROME IV criteria in 2016.
Systematic review on microbiota and functional gastrointestinal disorders
Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) refer to a wide range of gastrointestinal tract disorders that lack clear structural or biochemical causes. Although their pathophysiology is unclear, alterations in gut microbiota with potential functional consequences have been described. A systemic review of Hofman et al. (2022) provides an overview of the faecal microbiota of infants and young children with FGIDs compared to healthy children.
Malnutrition is still a huge challenge among children in Southeast Asia
A recently completed study of nearly 14,000 children, aged six months to 12 years, highlights an important issue known as the ‘triple burden’ of malnutrition. This is the coexistence of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight/obesity. These three burdens often coexist in the same country and can even occur in the same family.
Happy World Milk Day!
Today is World Milk Day, the day that people all over the world celebrate the role of milk in a healthy diet. Dairy products, like milk and cheese, deliver essential nutrients such as protein, calcium and vitamine B2 and B12.
Winners of the Dairy Matrix Challenge
FrieslandCampina Institute wishes a hearty congratulations to the 4 winners of the Dairy Matrix Challenge!
Animal source foods, rich in essential amino acids, are important for linear growth and development of young children in low-…
In this review, Parikh et al (2021) considered the evidence for the role of protein and more specifically essential amino acids (EAAs) for linear growth and neurocognitive development in children below 5 years in LMICs.
Recent review paper on the impact of stunting and overweight on cognitive development in children 0-59 months
The findings presented in the paper show that underweight/stunting and overweight/obesity are both negatively associated with cognitive neurodevelopment. It appears likely that the period in which neurocognitive deficits can recover following appropriate nutritional interventions extends beyond the first 1000 days of life, up to 8 years of age, which is in agreement with prefrontal cortex development and ongoing synaptogenesis at that age.
FrieslandCampina Institute Dairy Matrix Challenge
FrieslandCampina Institute organizes a Dairy Matrix Challenge for professionals with an interest in the role of dairy in nutrition and health. By participating in this challenge, you will have a chance to win a sponsorship to the online Summer School on Dairy Nutrition and Health 2022, which is organized by Wageningen University and Research (together with FrieslandCampina Institute).
Dairy’s place in food-based dietary guidelines worldwide
A recent review published in Frontier in Nutrition analyzed dairy-based messaging from 94 national food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs). The authors found that the dairy messages are primarily focused on basic information such as type of dairy products, serving sizes and consumption frequency. The table below summarizes the dairy messages.