Fats forwards – exploring the use of fats in our foods, today and beyond.

A report published by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on the role of saturated fats in health concluded there's no need to change current advice; we should be following dietary patterns that are lower in saturated fats, and opting for foods that have a higher proportion of  unsaturated fats.

Food manufacturers, suppliers and caterers have a particular responsibility in helping people to do this, but how can they lower saturated fats within the food chain, and what implications may this have for health?

SACN report on Lower Carbohydrate Diets for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

A new report, by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and co-badged with Diabetes UK, has reviewed the evidence on lower carbohydrate for adults with type 2 diabetes. The report compares the effects of lower with higher carbohydrate diets on weight, blood sugar management, blood fats and medication use. The conclusions and recommendations of the report are based on a robust assessment of the evidence from randomised controlled trials.

SACN has concluded that:

The metabolic and molecular regulation of physical activity and nutrition in skeletal muscle, in relation to ageing

Increases in muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and decreases in muscle protein breakdown (MPB) associated with food-intake are fundamental processes underlying day-to-day skeletal muscle maintenance. Increasing circulatory essential amino acids (EAA) through oral intake/I.V infusions of free-amino acids, or ingestion of dietary proteins, stimulates skeletal muscle anabolism. Yet, crucially, while physical activity enhances anabolic responses to nutrition; inactivity and chronological ageing impair them.

Nutrition and Inflammatory Skin Disease- current understanding and future perspectives

This webinar will cover the evidence basis for the role of nutrition in inflammatory skin disease. From epidemiological studies to interventional trials, what is the evidence for and against dietary modifications in the treatment of Acne, Psoriasis and Atopic Eczema. We will also explore our current understanding of the role of the gut microbiome and its contribution to inflammatory skin disease and its potential as a therapeutic target.

 

Obesity and influenza vaccinations: Lessons learned for COVID-19

Individuals with obesity are at increased risk of morbidity and mortality from both influenza virus infections and COVID-19. Both influenza and SARS-CoV-2, the viral agent of COVID-19, are respiratory viruses, and the immune response to the infection is similar for both viruses. Using both pre-clinical animal models and clinical research studies with influenza vaccination, we have found significant influenza-specific immune dysfunction with obesity. This immune impairment results in adults with obesity being 2X more likely to develop influenza, despite vaccination.

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