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Food and Behaviour Research

Nutrition can play an important role in behaviour, learning and mood. Scientific evidence shows that diet is important not only for physical health, but also for optimal mental development and functioning.

The FAB website offers information on a wide range of conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, anxiety, depression and many other physical and mental issues.

The site presents clear and reliable information on the latest research for people who are interested in its practical applications.

As well as our own published papers and factsheets, we regularly trawl through the scientific press to bring you up to date information on the subject of nutrition and behavioural disorders.

FAB Research also aims to promote, support and carry out further scientific research in this area.

Latest News and Events

16 October 2017 - The Conversation - Sugar in the diet may increase risks of opioid addiction

  • 16 Oct 2017

Could a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research suggests it could.

16 October 2017 - Medical News Bulletin - Can Vitamin D Exposure In Utero Alter Children’s Metabolic Profiles?

  • 16 Oct 2017

Vitamin D deficiency is known to play a role in the development of many diseases. Researchers determine if vitamin D exposure in utero could affect the risk for inflammatory diseases later in life.

16 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Many pregnant women not getting message about boosting iodine and folic acid

  • 16 Oct 2017

Just over a third of New Zealand mothers follow recommendations to take in additional iodine and folic acid before and during pregnancy, and iodine when breastfeeding.

16 October 2017 - Nutraingredients - Call for “monumental” rethink of food systems that “make people sick”

  • 16 Oct 2017

Industrial food and farming systems are “making people sick” and fuelling the obesity crisis, according to research published by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

Keep Kids Healthy

kids on bridge
Did You Know?

Calories and protein help build muscle mass, but to build brains, fats matter more - and particularly the long-chain omega-3 fats found in fish and seafood. No child’s diet is complete without these.

There’s a huge, cynical marketing machine out there determined to lose your kids in a labyrinth of sugar and nutrient-poor junk foods. Acquiring a taste for healthy food early on is a lifeline through the maze.

Related Reading

Detoxing Childhood: What parents need to know to raise happy, successful children
Sue Palmer

Immunity Foods for Healthy Kids: More Than 250 Natural Foods and Recipes to Keep Your Child's Immune System Fighting Fit
Lucy Burney

Take A Look At Related Research

02 Feb 2016 - Parents and teachers unaware of mental benefits of good childhood nutrition

03 February 2015 - American Academy of Pediatrics - Many Pre-Packaged Toddler Meals and Snack Foods Contain Too Much Salt or Sugar

New publication

Nutrition and Addiction

Nutrition and Addiction
- a handbook

Supporting recovery from food and substance misuse with nutritional and lifestyle interventions

by Martina Watts

Feeding the Brain for Life

Ageing tree
Did You Know?

You’d be forgiven for assuming that dementia was simply a flick-of-the-coin hazard of old age. But you can stack the odds in your favour by feeding your brain well.

Passing retirement age doesn’t mean retiring the brain. Keep it nourished as the years roll by, and you’ll maximise your chances of staying mentally sharp into old age.

Related Reading

Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia - 
Margaret Rayman, Katie Sharpe, Vanessa Ridland, Patsy Westcott

Smart Fats: How Dietary Fats and Oils affect Mental, Physical and Emotional Intelligence
Michael A Schmidt

Take A Look At Related Research

Jernerén et al 2015 - Brain atrophy in cognitively impaired elderly: the importance of long-chain ω-3 fatty acids and B vitamin status in a randomized controlled trial.

Mohajeri et al, 2014 - Inadequate supply of vitamins and DHA in the elderly: implications for brain aging and Alzheimer's type dementia