Attention required for strong bones with a vegan diet
What is the effect of a vegan diet on bone mineral density? Researchers Iguacel et. al. have investigated the effect of different diets on bone health in a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Vitamin D and combined supplementation with calcium
Globally, the incidence and prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency is on the rise (1). Approximately more than half of the world’s population have vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency (1). Fortunately, this disorder can be easily modified with minimal cost. Recently, Wimalawansa et al (2018) published a review on the function of vitamin D and its supplementation in various populations.
The role of milk as a post-exercise drink
Milk and other dairy products are part of many nutritional guidelines worldwide. Over the past decade research has consistently shown the potential role of milk for sports performance (1). This latest review by James et al., (2018) focuses on the role of milk as a drink after exercise (2).
‘Nourish the muscles for an active life’
Muscular strength and muscle function are determining factors for elderly people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. A good diet and exercise play an important role in this. With regard to diet, protein and vitamin D can provide extra support, according to doctoral research by Sjors Verlaan. The FrieslandCampina Institute spoke to him about the results.
New FAO report: Food security and nutrition in Europe and Central Asia
On 11 December 2018, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations released a new report. This report offers an in-depth analysis of the progression of countries in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region towards food security and nutrition targets.
Nutritional differences between milk and plant-based drinks
Milk has been consumed for around 10,000 years. Milk and milk products are part of the everyday diet of many. Milk naturally contains essential nutrients like protein, calcium, potassium, phosphor, iodine and vitamins B2 and B12. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in beverages based on soy, hemp, coconut, oat, rice and nuts.
FrieslandCampina Institute survey: outcomes and prize winners
In October and November 2018, the FrieslandCampina Institute conducted a survey to gain insight into the opinion of nutrition and health professionals towards our services. With this survey, we wanted to better understand the needs and interests of professionals towards receiving nutrition and health related information.
PROMISS: Low protein intake in community-dwelling older adults
Speaking at the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) conference held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 28 and 29 September 2018, Marjolein Visser from the Department of Health Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, presented the unpublished findings of the on-going PROMISS (PRevention Of Malnutrition In Senior Subjects) trial. The PROMISS trial focuses on understanding and managing protein-energy malnutrition in community-dwelling older adults.
Gut microbiota may be potential target for better health outcome in elderly
Ageing has long been associated with decreased gastrointestinal (GI) function and adaptive capacity. It is also associated with changes in the composition of gut microbiota. A review by Ran An et al (2018) analyzed the association between age-related changes in gut microbiota and ageing.
A more sustainable food pattern: what does that look like?
Due to a growing world population and increasing prosperity, the demand for good nutrition that provides an optimal intake of nutrients with a low impact on the environment is growing (1). The science behind food sustainability is a developing area and it is important to consider both the nutritional and environmental impact of dietary advice.