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March 29, 2021

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March is the national nutrition month according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The commemoration began as a week-long event in 1973, but as public interest in nutrition increased it eventually turned into a month-long event in 1980.

A recent FDA survey found that only 44% of US adults “strongly agree” that they can choose healthy foods, and only 29% said their general eating habits were either “excellent” or “very good” are.

In recognition of the National Nutrition Month, Healio Primary Care has compiled 10 stories that discuss the benefits and effects of food consumption. Photo source: Adobe Stock

To mark the occasion, Healio Primary Care has compiled 10 cutting-edge articles that discuss key developments in nutrition – including new insights into the role of vitamin D in COVID-19 and an ongoing debate among experts about the best overall diet.

“Carbohydrate quality is important” in lowering the risk of diabetes

High quality carbohydrates, especially whole grains, have lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to Nutrition 2020 Live Online. Continue reading.

Study challenges report that Mediterranean is the best overall diet

US News & World Report recently named Mediterranean Best Overall Diet. However, one study found that a vegan diet improves lipid levels, body weight, and insulin sensitivity better than the Mediterranean diet. Continue reading.

Egg, cholesterol consumption linked to higher mortality from CVD, cancer

Whole egg and cholesterol intake has been linked to CVD, cancer, and all-cause mortality, data from a cohort of more than half a million people showed. Continue reading.

Fussy eating starts early and can protect against higher BMI values

According to a study in pediatrics, picky eating starts early in a child’s life and is linked to parental tactics to counter fussy and lower BMI scores. Continue reading.

Vitamin D deficiency can increase your risk of COVID-19

People with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to develop COVID-19 than people with adequate vitamin D levels. This is evident from a retrospective single-center cohort study published in JAMA Network Open. Continue reading.

Eating fish can offset the effects of air pollution on women’s brains

Eating more fish can help women offset the negative effects of air pollution on brain health. This comes from a study published in Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology’s medical journal. Continue reading.

A high protein diet that is associated with a lower risk of death

Diets high in protein were associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, according to a study published in the BMJ. Continue reading.

Intake of vitamins A, E, D related to lower prevalence of respiratory diseases

Consuming more vitamins A, E, and D can help reduce respiratory discomfort, according to a study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Continue reading.

Bleeding gums can indicate a vitamin C deficiency

Bleeding gums can indicate a low intake of vitamin C or ascorbic acid, according to a study published in Nutritional Reviews. Continue reading.

References:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. About the National Nutrition Month. https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/about-national-nutrition-month. Accessed March 23, 2021.

FDA. The FDA celebrates National Nutrition Month in March. https://www.prnewswire.com/newsreleases/fda-celebrates-national-nutrition-month-in-march-2021-301249705.html. Accessed March 23, 2021.

FDA. FDA Food Safety and Nutrition Survey. https://www.fda.gov/media/146532/download. Accessed March 23, 2021.

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