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August 2017

Interview AD – Can charcoal foods help you detox?

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!

 Link to audio fragment (in Dutch)

 Link to video  fragment (in Dutch)




July 2017

May 2017

High protein intake in infancy leads to adiposity

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.


March 2015

Voeding NU – Vitamine D deficiency in children

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.

 Link to the article (in Dutch)

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