Aspartame and Acesulfame-K Intake and Cancer Risk

The food industry extensively uses artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, acesulfame-K and sucralose to sweeten foods. They are added to flavoured yoghurts, low-sugar snacks, ready-to-go meals, and many more processed foods. It is estimated that aspartame is found in about 6000 food products worldwide. The widespread use of these low-calorie or no-calorie sweeteners and mixed […]

The “Everywhere Chemical” and risk of childhood cancer

A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute links phthalates, commonly called the “everywhere chemical”, to an increased incidence of specific childhood cancers. Phthalates are chemical additives that are used to make plastics more durable and are used in hundreds of consumer products such as shampoos, detergents, cosmetics, building materials, and […]

Decoding Food Additives

Ponceau 4R, Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, Butylated hydroxyanisole, Polydimethylsiloxane, Propyl gallate, Sunset Yellow, liquid glucose, high fructose corn syrup, microcrystalline cellulose…..and so on. If you happen to be a label reader, these names will ring a bell. While they may sound like labels on laboratory chemicals, they are in fact names found on food boxes and […]

Nutritional Status in Paediatric Cancers: A Review

This review paper aimed to identify alterations in NS that occur during the management of childhood cancer. The purpose of the study was to investigate how neoplastic diseases affect the NS of children and how the nutritional profile affects treatment response, clinical outcome and long-term growth and health of survivors. The authors conducted detailed searches […]

Festival Food Traditions: Nutritious at Heart

The moment we hear the word ‘festival’, our mouths start watering – #YummyFoodAlert! You can almost smell all those festive special lip-smacking goodies! The world over, food is at the heart of any celebration and families get started on the preparations months before the special day arrives. Here in India, every festival goes hand in […]

What’s on my plate?

It’s that time of the year – holiday mood and parties around every corner. Foodwise, caution is thrown to the wind and plates end up packed with food that is lower on the nutritional ladder. So the most important question this festive season is “What’s on my plate?”. Festival, party and ‘fun-foods’ are usually colourful, […]

7 winter foods that help keep your child safe and healthy

When we think of winter, we usually think of fixing the heater that has been down for the whole year or wearing warm clothes all the time. But did you know, there are other ways to keep your child safe during winter?  Most children are low on energy and catch a cold or flu during […]

Including Good Fats in your Child’s Diet

Nourishing our family and ourselves with nutritious foods and staying healthy has always been important, but its significance has skyrocketed during this pandemic. As parents, we want to do the best and provide our little ones with the right foods to keep them safe, shield them from diseases, support their growth and help them reach […]

Packing more protein into your child’s diet

Protein is the primary building block of the human body and therefore should comprise an essential part of a growing child’s diet. It plays so many important roles in a child’s development. It is involved in pretty much every physiological process that makes them into strong young adults, such as building muscle, aiding brain development, […]

Late Effects facing the Childhood Cancer Survivor: Screening and Management

With continued advances and improvement in paediatric cancer treatments, the population of children surviving cancers is growing. However, many of these childhood cancer survivors are at life-long risk of developing ‘Late Effects’ of treatment – consequences of the various therapies used to cure them of cancer. Life altering and sometimes, life threatening, these complications take […]