Eating processed comfort foods can briefly make you feel better about yourself. The sugar fat and salt they contain can affect the brain's mesolymbic reward system, giving you a nice sensation. But the mood improvement is only brief because your body will quickly release insulin, which takes sugar out of your bloodstream, and causes a … [Read more...] about Why comfort eating doesn’t make you happy
Public Lecture: NEWtritional Year’s Resolutions
I was invited to give a public lecture at The Storey in Lancaster as part of Lancaster University's Science and Technology Lecture Series. My talk was about the effects of different dietary choices on our health, and the New Year’s Resolutions we can make to start off 2020 as a healthy year for body and brain. … [Read more...] about Public Lecture: NEWtritional Year’s Resolutions
Dietary Influences on Neurocognition (ISNPR 2019)
Down to London to the ISNPR 2019 conference on Nutrition for Mental and Brain Health, organised by the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research. I presented my paper as part of the Symposium on Dietary Influences on Neurocognition Across the Lifespan, organized by Andrew Scholey, with participants Lauren Owen, Alison … [Read more...] about Dietary Influences on Neurocognition (ISNPR 2019)
UnDisciplined: my Interview alongside a Political Scientist
I was interviewed by Mathew LaPlante for the UnDisciplined Show on Utah Public Radio, about our recent meta-analysis. Each week, UnDisciplined introduces its audience to two scientists, working in different fields – and then introduces them to each other, to discuss points of overlap – making for a lively and unpredictable … [Read more...] about UnDisciplined: my Interview alongside a Political Scientist
Effects of sugar on health: Interview on Poland’s TVN24
Following our meta analysis paper "Sugar rush or sugar crash? on the effects of carbohydrate on mood, led by Dr Konstantinos Mantantzis at Humboldt University of Berlin, with Dr Friederike Schlaghecken and Professor Elizabeth Maylor, I was interviewed for Poland's Polska Swiat TV News 24 about the effects of sugar on health and the human … [Read more...] about Effects of sugar on health: Interview on Poland’s TVN24
No such thing as a ‘sugar rush’ – Our meta analysis findings
Sugar does not improve any aspect of mood and it can even worsen it, according to data gathered from 31 studies. Instead, sugar increases tiredness and lowers alertness within an hour after its consumption. Led by Dr Konstantinos Mantantzis at Humboldt University of Berlin, Dr Sandra Sünram- Lea at Lancaster University, Dr Friederike … [Read more...] about No such thing as a ‘sugar rush’ – Our meta analysis findings
Does eating nuts really boost your brain function by 60%?
Here's a short article I wrote for The Conversation in response to a story in the Daily Mirror which claims that eating just two teaspoons of nuts a day “boosts brain function by 60%”. If the claim is true, we should all be rushing out to buy a bag of nuts, but is this what the study actually says? The story is based on a recent … [Read more...] about Does eating nuts really boost your brain function by 60%?
The Brain Adventure: Talk for International Women’s Day
For International Women's Day I gave a talk to pre-schoolers at Lancaster University Pre-school Centre entitled "Going On A Brain Adventure". The children spent the afternoon learning all about their brain. Going on a brain adventure with Dr Sandra-Ilona Sunram-Lea. The children had a great afternoon learning all about how their brains … [Read more...] about The Brain Adventure: Talk for International Women’s Day
Dean’s Award: Teacher of the Year
I am delighted to share some photographs from the Dean's Awards celebratory dinner which was held last week. The Award winners in nine categories were announced last December to coincide with the Christmas Conference, and I was surprised and thrilled to be among them. Last week we were invited to celebrate our success at an evening dinner … [Read more...] about Dean’s Award: Teacher of the Year
Why Do We Eat Comfort Food in Winter?
I spoke to @BBC_Cumbria's Mike Zeller about why we eat comfort food in winter - and why we should eat porridge with a mackerel on top (even if I never have). Listen to the audio transcript (5 mins). https://twitter.com/LancasterPress/status/1065919135429914624 Listen to the interview (5 … [Read more...] about Why Do We Eat Comfort Food in Winter?
Nestle Nutrition Workshop: Nurturing a Healthy Generation of Children
I was an invited participant at the 91st Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop: Nurturing a Healthy Generation of Children, held in Manilla, Republic of Philippines, on March 19-21 2018. I talked about Breakfast Glycaemic Index and Cognitive Function in School Children. Brief interview https://vimeo.com/265711832 Full talk Breakfast … [Read more...] about Nestle Nutrition Workshop: Nurturing a Healthy Generation of Children
The Interaction between nutrition and mental health
I attended the Nutrition Society Winter Conference held at the Royal Society of Medicine to discuss the interaction between nutrition and mental health. I presented a paper entitled "The impact of diet-based glycaemic response and glucose regulation on cognition: Evidence across the lifespan" and took part in a Q and A discussion panel on … [Read more...] about The Interaction between nutrition and mental health