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Glycemic Index Updated
Wednesday, 02 July 2008

I attended a lecture at my old college last week where Professor Jennie Brand-Miller gave a systematic review of the evidence supporting the use of low GI diets to improve health.  15 years ago the GI scheme was seens as a rather novel concept but the situation has now  changed and a growing amount of clinical evidence suggests that low GI diets can improve glycaemic control in people with diabetes ( NIDDM and IDDM ), insulin sensitivity, PCOS and even acne. 

Post-prandial glycaemia ( the amount of glucose remaining in the blood following a meal ) is now classed as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, with high levels of glucose being associated with an increased risk of atheroscleroma, heart disease and stroke.  

In conclusion, there is much evidence supporting the use of low GI diets in a therapeutic role  for certain medical conditions and  food labelling should ideally include a GI rating, rather than just the current carbohydrate and sugar contents.  

For more information about personalised dietary advice, including the low GI diet, then please contact Emma at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or on 01623 882853.

Posted: July 2008

Source:  Lecture at Oxford Brookes University on 26th June 2008 by Professor Brand-Miller from the University of Sydney


A1 and A2 Milk and Health
Monday, 30 June 2008

Emerging evidence is showing an association between a particular protein ( A1beta-casein ) found in cows milk and an increased risk of  developing heart disease and insulin-dependant diabetes.  It may also aggravate neurological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.

Most cows in the British dairy herd produce milk containing 70% A1but Jersey and Guernsey milk have a lower A1 content of 50% and 4%, respectively, whilst sheep's milk and goat's milk do not contain any A1 beta-casein. 

These research findings are very interesting but are not conclusive and any dietary modification should be taken under the guidance of a Registered Dietitian.

If you would like to talk to the Registered Dietitian at Brain & Body Nutrition please contact  Emma at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or 01623 882853. 

Check out the Channel 5 News report on this item by going to http://news.five.tv/news.php?news=1275  

Posted: June 2008


Birgisdottir & Hill, 2006  ' Lower consumption of cow milk protein A1 beta casein at 2 years of age may explain the lower incidence of type 1 diabetes in Iceland than in Scandinavia'  Annals of Nutritional Metabolism 50 p177-183

Reichelt & Knivsberg, 2003  ' Can the pathophysiology of autism be explained by the nature of the discovered urine peptides ?' Nutritional Neuroscience p19-28

Laugesen & Elliott, 2003 ' IHD, type 1 diabetes and cows' milk A1 beta casein' New Zealand Medical Journal 116 (1168) U295

Knivsberg et al, 2001 ' Reports on dietary intervention in autistic disorders' Nutritional Neuroscience 4 p23-37

MacLachlan, 2001 ' Beta casein A1, IHD mortality and other illnesses' Medical Hypotheses 56 (2) p262-272

Cade et al, 2000 ' Autism and schizophrenia: Intestinal Disorders'  Nutritional Neuroscience 3 p57-72



Food Additives and Hyperactivity
Thursday, 06 September 2007

The Food Standards Agency have reviewed their advice to parents of children who exhibit hyperactive behaviour, following on from the findings of a research trial at Southampton University.  It is now suggests that eliminating certain food colourings along with the preservative, sodium benzoate, could have beneficial effects.

The food additives used in the study were:

  • E102 tartrazine
  • E104 quinoline yellow
  • E110 sunset yellow
  • E122 carmoisine
  • E124 ponceau 4Red
  • E129 allura red
  • E211 sodium benzoate

If you are concerned about how your child's behaviour, mood or learning potential can be affected by diet, then contact Emma at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or on 01623 882853 for more information.

Posted: 6th September 2007

Reference: Food Standards Agency press release 

Probiotics to combat C.difficile infection
Tuesday, 07 August 2007

A study published in the medical journal BMJ, has indicated that giving hospital patients (50 years +) a probiotic drink containing specific strains of bacteria, could help tackle the problem of Clostrdium difficile infections.  The drink, containing Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, reduced the incidence of diarrhoea by keeping levels of  beneficial bacteria in the gut high , providing a natural defence against opportunistic infections.

This research gives huge support to the role that gut bacteria ( microflora) have in maintaining good health.

If you are interested in finding out more about promoting good gastrointestinal health, then why not contact Emma on 01623 882853 or at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it



Use of probiotic Lactobacillus preparation to prevent diarrhoea associated with antiobiotics: randomised double blind placebo controlled trial

Hickson et al, 2007  BMJ 335 p80-83 


Posted: August 2007 


Nutrition Policy for Autism Carers
Thursday, 14 June 2007

The brain & body Nutrition Policy is designed to provide carers with balanced information and practical advice about diet and autism spectrum disorder.

It is easy to read and provides details of the latest research findings, along with simple food choices charts which can be used to implement dietary change, where needed.  It can also be used for audit purposes.

Advice is given for when dealing with dietary exclusions, whilst addressing the need for all individuals to maximise their intake of key nutrients through a broad choice of foods.

How does it help ?

Eating a specifically designed diet can significantly improve nutritional health which in turn supports improved physical and mental health.  This policy helps you to provide excellent nutritional care and gives extra advice for those individuals who require special dietary modification.

What does the policy cover ? 

 The list of contents are as follows:

Nutrition and ASD

  • polyunsaturated fats
  • trans fats
  • iron
  • zinc
  • antioxidants

Food Hypersensitivity and ASD

  • gluten & casein
  • food additives
  • sulphate-deficit
  • gut microflora

Faddy Eating and ASD

Best Food Choices & Foods Not Recommended Charts

  • carbohydrates
  • milk
  • dairy foods
  • fruits, vegetables and salad
  • pulses
  • fish and seafood
  • meat and eggs
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • spreading fats
  • cooking oils
  • snacks
  • drinks
  • treats


  • Testing Suspected Food Intolerance
  • Ingredients checklist for gluten-free diet
  • Ingredients checklist for cows milk-free diet
  • Trans Fats and Health Fact Sheet
  • Fatty Acid Composition Chart ( spreading fats & cooking oils )
  • EPA & DHA Content Chart ( fish and seafood )
  • Interesting ideas with fruit, vegetables, salad and fish
  • Recipes                                                                                               

How can I get a copy ? 

A full colour copy of the policy is available for £50 from brain & body nutrition.  Please contact Emma at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it for more details.

What about on-going support ? 

There is a telephone and on-line Q&A service included should you have any questions about implementing the policy into your establishment.  Individual Nutritional Health Assessments are also available for any clients who have particularly challenging problems with eating.  Just call Emma on 01623 882853 if you have any particular questions. 

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