November 2017

Guest lectures in Bogota and Medellin

This week I am in Bogota and in Medellin, Colombia. I was invited to give a lecture on the global burden of non-communicable diseases at the International Days of FUCS university. I also gave seminars on the importance of nutrition in health and disease at the departments of Pediatrics, Cardiology, and Surgery at FUCS university and at CES university in Medellin. Great to meet so many new people and discuss potential collaborations!

October 2017

International Congress of Nutrition

This week I’m at the IUNS International Conference of Nutrition in Buenos Aires. Great to meet so many old and new friends and to present my research on nutrition and health in the Generation R and Rotterdam Study in three different sessions at this great conference. And honored to have been awarded an Early Career Award!

 

EASO microbiome course

I got the amazing opportunity to attend the New Investigators United course on gut microbiota from the European Association for the Study of Obesity.  Thanks all for a great meeting!

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)

 

 

 

March 2015

Vitamine D deficiency in children

Following our publication on vitamin D deficiency in children (Journal of Nutrition, 2015), journalists from several media outlets interviewed me on how big this problem is in the Netherlands. 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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