Another health and beauty hype. In their radio show on FunX, Shay and Morad asked me whether apple cider vinegar is good for you. My message: enjoy it in your salad for its taste, but no need to drink it for your health.
Nederland Voedselland interviewed me about Bisphenol A (BPA) in our food and its potential health risks for pregnant women and young children. My conclusion: no need to worry as a consumer, but it’s good that in research, regulations, and industry we keep monitoring the standards and exposures.
Last month I was interviewed for the Magazine Uitzicht about the importance of nutrition for women’s health. We discussed for example the importance of exercise and of vitamin D supplementation after age 50 for bone health and specific nutritional requirements during pregnancy.
Interviews at FunX radio are so much fun. This time I talked with Shay and Morad about what to believe from all the nutrition information in the media.
I got an interesting question from a journalist this week: is it healthy to eat foods with charcoal? Apparently it’s a hype to add activated charcoal to foods to ‘detox’. My response: yes, this product works as detox if you have an acute intoxication with certain poisons, because it binds these toxins in the stomach and helps to eliminate then. But it binds not only toxins, but also certain vitamins, minerals, and medications. So if you don’t have an acute it’s not only nonsense but even potentially dangerous!
Following my presentation at the European Congress of Obesity, I got a lot of media attention for our research on protein intake in early childhood. Protein is important for child growth, but a too high protein intake in specifically early childhood stimulates growth hormones that may increase obesity risk. We observed that children who eat a lot of protein in infancy not only have a higher BMI but specifically a higher body fat mass later in childhood.
Following our publication on vitamin D deficiency in children in the Generation R Study (Journal of Nutrition, 2015), VoedingNU interviewed me about our findings. We showed that one in three school-age children suffer from vitamin D deficiency. In children with a non-Dutch ethnic background this was even 50%. Playing outside and watching television are important factors in the level of vitamin D in children.