This is not an excuse for a hobnob sardine sandwich!

Nutrition plays a significant role in the increasing prevalence of metabolic disorders such as blood pressure, heart/stroke disease, blood fats, obesity, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes, and brain disorders such as schizophrenia, addictive behaviour, attention and vigilance disorders and early-onset Parkinson’s disease.

In a fascinating study which caught considerable attention last week in certain sectors, researchers at UCLA found that fructose which is commonly consumed as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), isoglucose, maize syrup, or glucose-fructose syrup, causes damage to over 900 genes in the brain. Although this syrup can be found in many of our processed foods and drinks, this varies enormously from country to country. It is not a huge problem in the UK but it is commonly used in biscuits, ice-cream and energy drinks. According to the study the good news is that the damage can be reversed by adequate intake of the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid DHA. Essentially, fructose causes (negative) epigenetic changes which can be modified by increasing dietary DHA intake. DHA is in found in products such as ‘wild’ oily fish, walnuts and milled flaxseed. But as we know, fish is a better source.  Failing that then Omegs 3 supplementation is an option. Phew!

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