The Food Additive MSG And Sugary Drinks Review


Past Week in Nutrition Science: This is an overview of interesting nutrition research published last week.

Sugary Drinks

The Food Additive MSG And Sugary Drinks Review

Research Reviews

This week, we reviewed two articles — one from the British Journal of Nutrition and the other from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Review: The Food Additive MSG May Help You Eat Fewer Calories.

Study: Monosodium l-glutamate in soup reduces subsequent energy intake from high-fat savoury food in overweight and obese women.

Summary: This randomized crossover trial examined the effects of monosodium glutamate (MSG), a food additive, on appetite and calorie intake in overweight and obese women.

The study showed that when participants ate a soup seasoned with MSG, they ate fewer calories at the lunch buffet that followed.

Review: Sugary Drinks Make You Eat More.

Study: No difference in ad libitum energy intake in healthy men and women consuming beverages sweetened with fructose, glucose, or high-fructose corn syrup: a randomized trial.

Summary: This study examined the effects of fructose-sweetened beverages on calorie intake, and compared them with beverages sweetened with glucose, high-fructose corn syrup or aspartame.

The study’s main finding was that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages promotes higher calorie intake, compared to aspartame-sweetened beverages.

New Research From Around the World

Every week, a large amount of research articles are published online.

Using feed services, we scan the headlines of over 100 nutrition and medical journals, selecting the most relevant and interesting articles.

  1. Obesity and Weight Loss
  2. Blood Sugar Control and Diabetes
  3. Heart Health
  4. Cancer
  5. Appetite and Eating
  6. Brain and Mental Health
  7. Inflammation
  8. Sports Nutrition
  9. Vegetarian Diets

1. Obesity and Weight Loss

Prawn Shell Chitosan Has Anti-Obesogenic Properties, Influencing Both Nutrient Digestibility and Microbial Populations in a Pig Model.

Chitosan is a carbohydrate processed from the shells of crustaceans, such as prawns, crabs and lobsters.

This study in pigs suggests that eating chitosan may reduce the risk of obesity. Pigs that got chitosan ate less, lost weight and had lower leptin levels. Chitosan also seemed to increase the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.

Little appetite for obesity: meta-analysis of the effects of maternal obesogenic diets on offspring food intake and body mass in rodents.

This meta-analysis of rodent studies suggests that the calorie intake of pregnant mothers does not affect appetite in their offspring, at least not when their calorie intake is adequate.

However, mothers on a weight-gain diet tended to have heavier offspring.

Perceived weight status and risk of weight gain across life in US and UK adults.

This observational study suggests that those who regard themselves as being overweight are at a greater risk of gaining weight in the future.

This association was significant, regardless of whether people were correct or incorrect about their weight status.

Adenovirus 36 infection: a role in dietary intake and response to inpatient weight management in obese girls.

Previous studies suggest that infection with adenovirus 36 (Adv36) is more common among children who are overweight or obese. This study did not find any significant differences in calorie intake between Adv36-positive and Adv36-negative girls.

However, being infected with Adv36 seemed to promote a greater decrease in abdominal obesity, but less decrease in skin fat, compared to Adv36-negative girls.

Adenovirus 36 DNA in human adipose tissue.

This study in 21 overweight or obese adults showed that 4 of them (19%) were infected with the human adenovirus 36 (Adv36).

The virus was detected in visceral fat samples. Currently, it is unclear what effects Adv36 has on fat cells. Further studies are needed.

2. Blood Sugar Control and Diabetes

Protein source in a high-protein diet modulates reductions in insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis in fa/fa Zucker rats.

This rat study compared the effects of casein, soy protein and mixed proteins on insulin resistance and liver fat. The mixed-protein diet most effectively reduced insulin resistance and liver fat, while casein had minimal effects.

These findings suggest that the type of protein may play a role. Additionally, specific amino acids may be responsible for the benefits of protein on insulin resistance and liver fat.

Effects of intraduodenal hydroxycitrate on glucose absorption, incretin release and glycemia in response to intraduodenal glucose infusion in health and type 2 diabetes – a randomised controlled trial (NUT-D-15-00649 revised version).

Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is derived from the fruit Garcinia cambogia, and is marketed as a weight loss supplement. It has beneficial effects on blood sugar control in rodents, but its effects in humans are unknown.

This clinical study showed that 2,800 mg of HCA had modest benefits for blood sugar control in healthy adults. It had no significant benefits in people with type 2 diabetes.

Serum folate levels and fatality among diabetic adults: a 15-year follow-up study of a national cohort.

This observational study showed that high levels of circulating folate were associated with a greater risk of death from diabetes, as well as all other causes.

Clinical Application of Probiotics in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study.

Dysbiosis is a term that refers to an unhealthy imbalance of the bacterial community in the digestive system. Type 2 diabetes has been associated with dysbiosis.

This randomized controlled trial of people with type 2 diabetes found that drinking 120 grams a day of fermented, probiotic milk for 6 weeks improved blood sugar control significantly. It also reduced markers of systemic inflammation.

3. Heart Health

Rice bran oil and canola oil improve blood lipids compared to sunflower oil in women with type 2 diabetes: A randomized, single-blind, controlled trial.

This was a randomized controlled trial of type 2 diabetics. It found that taking 30 grams a day of canola oil or rice bran oil, for 8 weeks, improved blood lipid levels, compared to sunflower oil. However, these oils did not affect HDL cholesterol.

Beneficial effects of Bifidobacterium lactis on lipid profile and cytokines in patients with metabolic syndrome: a randomized trial.

This randomized trial in people with metabolic syndrome showed that drinking probiotic milk containing Bifidobacterium lactis, 80 ml per day for 45 days, reduced body weight and improved levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.

Additionally, the probiotics improved markers for systemic inflammation.

Coffee and caffeine consumption and the risk of hypertension in postmenopausal women.

This observational study in postmenopausal women suggests that drinking coffee or decaffeinated coffee does not increase the risk for hypertension.

Weight loss therapy for clinical management of patients with some atherosclerotic diseases: a randomized clinical trial.

Atherosclerosis, characterized by the hardening and narrowing of arteries, is a common cause of heart attacks and strokes. This randomized controlled trial showed that an effective weight loss program may help treat atherosclerosis.

4. Cancer

Inflammatory potential of diet and all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III Study.

This observational study indicates that a pro-inflammatory diet, which scores high on the dietary inflammatory index, is associated with a higher risk of death from cancer or heart disease.

5. Appetite and Eating

The impact of sugar sweetened beverage intake on hunger and satiety in minority adolescents.

This randomized crossover study suggests that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may decrease fullness during a meal. However, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages also appeared to suppress ghrelin.

Is the timing of caloric intake associated with variation in diet-induced thermogenesis and in the metabolic pattern? A randomized cross-over study.

Eating causes a temporary increase in calories burned, sometimes called the thermic effect of food (TEF). Some studies indicate that the TEF is higher in the morning.

This trial also found that the TEF was higher after a morning meal, compared to the same meal eaten in the evening. The later meal also led to a greater increase in blood sugar.

6. Brain and Mental Health

Associations between obesity and cognition in the pre-school years.

This observational study suggests that boys who were obese when they were 3 years old were less intelligent at the age of 5, compared to normal-weight children.

25-Hydroxyvitamin D3 Deficiency Independently Predicts Cognitive Impairment in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

This observational study indicates that vitamin D deficiency may impair cognitive performance in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease.

Intakes of folate, vitamin B6 and B12 and risk of depression in community-dwelling older adults: the Quebec Longitudinal Study on Nutrition and Aging.

This observational study suggests that high intake of vitamin B6 from food may reduce the risk of depression in elderly women. Conversely, high intake of vitamin B12 appeared to reduce the risk of depression in elderly men.

7. Inflammation

Nigella sativa oil with a calorie-restricted diet can improve biomarkers of systemic inflammation in obese women: a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

Nigella sativa is a plant whose seeds are used as a spice in India and the Middle East. It is also known as nigella or kalonji.

This randomized controlled trial showed that taking 3 grams of nigella a day for 8 weeks, while on a low-calorie diet, caused greater improvements in markers of systemic inflammation, compared to a placebo.

8. Sports Nutrition

A 9-week docosahexaenoic acid-enriched supplementation improves endurance exercise capacity and skeletal muscle mitochondrial function in adult rats.

This rat study indicates that supplementation with the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid DHA may improve endurance.

Short-term creatine supplementation has no impact on upper-body anaerobic power in trained wrestlers.

This randomized controlled trial showed that supplementing with creatine for 5 days, 0.3 grams a day for each kg of body weight, had no effects on upper-body muscle power in trained wrestlers.

Effects of Pomegranate Juice in Circulating Parameters, Cytokines and Oxidative Stress Markers in Endurance-Based Athletes: A Randomised Controlled Trial.

This randomized controlled trial suggests that drinking pomegranate juice, 200 ml per day for 3 weeks, may reduce the oxidative damage caused by endurance exercise.

9. Vegetarian Diets

Mortality in vegetarians and comparable nonvegetarians in the United Kingdom.

This observational study suggests that vegetarians and non-vegetarians from the UK have a similar all-cause risk of dying.

Written by Aline Pilani

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