A third of UK adults ‘underestimate calorie intake’

This headline appeared on the BBC news web-site (19/02/2018) and related headlines appeared in other media outlets (e.g. The Daily Telegraph ). These headlines were prompted by research from the Office of National Statistics ONS which claim that calorie intake measured objectively using a high-tech method (doubly labelled water, DLW) is much higher than the…

“Ultra-processed foods” and cancer risk

Today’s (16/02/2018) newspapers (e.g. The Guardian) and other media (e.g. BBC) carry headlines about eating “ultra-processed foods” being linked to higher cancer risk. These headlines are in response to a paper published in the BMJ  by a group of mainly French scientists. In my opinion this paper and the media coverage it has generated epitomizes what…

Time for an updated and rational UK food fortification policy?

Context Data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey consistently shows that many people have recorded intakes of vitamins and minerals that are classified as inadequate i.e. more than two standard deviations below the estimated average requirement. This figure is called the lower reference nutrient intake or LRNI in the UK. There are also many…