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.
Proud of Anh Nhi Nguyen, who presented her work on diet quality in childhood at the WEVO meeting today in Amsterdam. She presented our finding that none of the over 4000 children we studied in Rotterdam meet all Dutch dietary guidelines. Most eat enough fruit but also too many sugar-containing beverages.
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!
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.
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!
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.