As 2021 begins, we took a look back at nutrition in the news during 2020. The most popular diet search according to Google was intermittent fasting, which we can attest was a popular search term in American Society for Nutrition’s content as well. But there’s much more to nutrition than trending diets and many more areas in the field of nutrition were researched and discussed this past year. Below we share 10 articles from ASN’s four peer reviewed journals that received high levels of attention in the news and social media
Effects of red meat, white meat, and nonmeat protein sources on atherogenic lipoprotein measures in the context of low compared with high saturated fat intake: a randomized controlled trial
Authors of this study tested whether levels of atherogenic lipids and lipoproteins differed significantly following consumption of diets with high red meat content compared with diets with similar amounts of protein derived from white meat or nonmeat sources, and whether these effects were modified by concomitant intake of high compared with low saturated fatty acids.
The Ketogenic Diet: Evidence for Optimism but High-Quality Research Needed
The author of the article says that “Based on available evidence, a well-formulated ketogenic diet does not appear to have major safety concerns for the general public and can be considered a first-line approach for obesity and diabetes. High-quality clinical trials of ketogenic diets will be needed to assess important questions about their long-term effects and full potential in clinical medicine”
Just published in December of 2020, this article has already received nearly 1,000 tweets mentioning it.
Meal Frequency and Timing Are Associated with Changes in Body Mass Index in Adventist Health Study 2
Scientific evidence for the optimal number, timing, and size of meals is lacking. The authors of this study investigated the relation between meal frequency and timing and changes in body mass index (BMI). Their results suggest that in relatively healthy adults, eating less frequently, no snacking, consuming breakfast, and eating the largest meal in the morning may be effective methods for preventing long-term weight gain. Eating breakfast and lunch 5–6 h apart and making the overnight fast last 18–19 h may be a useful practical strategy.