kids cartoons eating habits

Bangkok, Thailand—It’s no surprise that children are easily swayed by what they see on television, but a new study published in Nutri t ion & Dietet ics found that a cartoon can influence children to eat more vegetables.

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Leicester, U.K.—A study conducted by researchers from the University of Leicester looks at the correlation between reduced risk of type-2 diabetes and eating green leafy vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are known to reduce both cancer and heart disease, but the relationship between fruits and vegetables and type-2 diabetes has not had as much attention.

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dermatitis and probiotics

Lviv, Ukraine—Data from a recent clinical trial show some promise for the use of probiotics to help those with atopic dermatitis (AD), an inflammatory skin disease.

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probiotic yogurt

Wageningen, Denmark—In a recent study conducted by Top Institute Food and Nutrition in Wageningen, researchers discovered that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt drinks change once in the intestines, thereby supporting digestive health.

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Ithaca, NY and Augusta, GA—New studies have shown that maternal intake of the nutrient choline during pregnancy can have a positive impact on the neural functions of children born with Down syndrome, as well as those whose mothers consumed alcohol during the first trimester. Choline, found in egg yolks, liver, nuts, broccoli and cauliflower, is part of several major phospholipids that are critical for normal membrane structure and function according to the Journal of Nutrition Web site. This nutrient is also present in numerous brain support supplements.

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Junk Food

King County, WA—According to a study done by a team of researchers at University of Washington, childhood obesity is often linked with socially disadvantaged neighborhoods as reported in the Social Science & Medicine journal. A study in King County was recently conducted with 8,616 children between the ages of 6-18.

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multivitamins

Northumbria, UK—A new study conducted by researchers at Northumbria University found that multivitamins can improve mood and mental performance in middle-aged men. While most multivitamin studies deal with the elderly, this study is one of few researching the effects of multivitamins on healthy men.

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Coffee

Enough of the tired excuse, I haven’t had my coffee yet. It’s common for people to blame their morning grogginess on a lack of caffeine, but a recent study suggests that the morning jolt may be nothing more than a figment of the imagination.

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Beta Carotene

Baltimore, MD—Expecting mothers should add vitamin A to their diets as a new study, published in May in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that regular intake of the vitamin at recommended dietary levels before, during and after pregnancy improve lung function in their children.

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pregnant woman

Denver, CO and Boston, MA—Most pregnant women aren’t getting enough vitamin D, even those that take prenatal supplements, according to a study carried out by researchers from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

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