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Choosing Tools To Answer Your Research Questions In Nutritional Neuroscience

Dietary factors have the ability to benefit or impair multiple aspects of our health. There is an abundance of literature analyzing relationships between diet and body mass, cardiovascular function, glucose regulation, and other health measures. As we put the pieces together, interest in diet and brain has developed into its own sub-field within the study of nutrition. For those of …

All for one and one for all: Prebiotic blends and anxiety

Forget competition, it’s about cooperation. We previously wrote about how prebiotics improve memory, reduce anxiety, and can even promote recovery from stroke. That was just about individual prebiotics. Here, we want to demonstrate that it isn’t necessarily about one prebiotic performing better than another. In fact, the goal of most research has not been to make direct comparisons. Rather, there’s …

What’s the FDA regulatory definition of dietary fiber?

I know there’s a regulation for dietary fiber, but it’s so complicated I don’t know how to apply it. It’s not surprising that the recently enacted regulatory definition of fiber is difficult for non-experts to understand. Dietary fiber has long been associated with health and the concept is simple enough. Eating fiber-rich foods promotes digestive health, which most of us …

Probiotics: What are they?

I’ve heard of probiotics, but what are they? Probiotics are living bacteria in a food or supplement designed to seed the gastrointestinal tract (GI) with bacteria. While any bacterium added to food could theoretically fall under this category, the term is typically reserved for bacteria considered beneficial in the colon. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and …