Izelle Theunissen, MRC News Mention the word 'phutu' or 'pap' and any South African would know what you mean. Scientists from the MRC's PROMEC Unit recently investigated whether the cooking process is enough to destroy naturally occurring fumonisins in this traditional South African dish.
Jane Badham There is no doubt that we live in a society that has been led to unequivocally believe that fat, any fat is bad for you and should be avoided at all costs - to the point where it has become a mantra for many!
Izelle Theunissen, MRC NEWS The early bird catches the worm - or so the saying goes. That's also true for spotting type 2 diabetes. Dr Sonia Wolfe-Coote, Director of the MRC's Diabetes Research Group, tells of the Group's research towards finding new technologies for early detection methods and for ß-cell replenishment. Epidemiological evidence suggests that the typical Western lifestyle has a price tag - as more and more people adopt the 'fatty food no exercise' way of life, so the incidence of type 2 diabetes is soaring.
Medical research council scientists have developed a novel way to address dietary deficiencies of essential micronutrients - find out about Carotino, the MRC's "Red Palm Oil" biscuit. In 1995 the Nutritional Intervention Research Unit of the Medical Research Council conducted a community survey in a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal to determine the nutritional status of the mothers and their children in the area. This survey revealed a high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies to the extent that the deficiencies of iron, iodine and vitamin A could be considered a public health problem...