Recent events, presentations, and interviews
EASD diabetes meeting
This week, Zhangling Chen and I attended the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Lisbon. Over 20,000 scientists from all over the world came together to hear about the latest research on diabetes! At this event, Zhangling presented her work on protein intake in type 2 diabetes and I presented our work on serum fatty acids.
Interview FunX radio on nutrition info in the media
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.
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!
Volkskrant Magazine – Does soy cause man boobs?
Following our publication on phytoestrogens and menopausal complaints (JAMA, 2016), Volkskrant Magazine asked me what consequences soy food may have for men.
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.
Presentation on the importance of nutrition to the Board of Directors of Erasmus MC
Today the board of directors of Erasmus Medical Center visited our department where I had the opportunity to present the importance of nutrition, lifestyle and prevention for our medical institute.
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.
TIME Magazine asked me ‘Should I eat potatoes?’
Spoiler alert: I said yes. Potatoes fit very well in a healthy diet. Just watch the way you prepare them and enjoy French fries in moderation.
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.