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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

20 March 2018 - Children born to mothers with low vitamin D levels may develop autism-like behaviors

  • 20 Mar 2018

Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy and breast feeding may be related to an unusual pattern of brain development that can lead to differences in social behaviour of children in later life, according to a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology.

19 March 2018 - Artificial Sweeteners May Make You Fat

  • 19 Mar 2018

With nearly 40% of the world’s population now classified as obese, and increasing evidence pointing to sugar as the culprit, people are turning to foods that contain low-calorie sweeteners to give them the sweet taste they enjoy, without the risk of gaining weight. However, new research from George Washington University in the US suggests that artificial sweeteners may actually increase a person’s risk of becoming obese.

15 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Obesity risk doubles for teens bombarded with junk food adverts

  • 15 Mar 2018

Teenagers are more than twice as likely to be obese if they can remember seeing a junk food advert every day compared to those who couldn't recall any over a month, according to a report by Cancer Research UK.

15 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Artificial sweetener Splenda could intensify symptoms in those with Crohn's disease

  • 15 Mar 2018

In a study that has implications for humans with inflammatory diseases, researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and colleagues have found that, given over a six-week period, the artificial sweetener sucralose, known by the brand name Splenda, worsens gut inflammation in mice with Crohn's-like disease, but had no substantive effect on those without the condition.

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