Reportedly, a new and objective method of calculating flavanol intake has been designed, which can aid nutritional experts in assessing the association amid these compounds and their health benefits on a large scale. The study findings were published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports and scientists from the UC (University of California Davis), the UOR (University of Reading), and US-based company Mars, Incorporated developed and approved the first biomarkers for flavanol-intake and procyanidin-intake at large scale. Recently, this research was presented at the ICPH-2019 (International Conference on Polyphenols and Health 2019).
Researchers validated the use of particular biomarkers to accurately and objectively determine the intake of flavanols and procyanidins. Many studies have been issued in the midst of a rising accord that several nutritional epidemiological reviews have significant limitations owing to their reliance on subjective self-reporting, vagueness around food content data, and the methods of food preparation on nutrient content. To cope with these restrictions, there is an insistent need for innovative methods that objectively calculate the intake of particular nutrients in large populations. By using these newly-designed biomarkers, scientists can now study the links amid dietary intake of flavanols and procyanidins.
Similarly, the UOR was in news for its study that stated that two apples a day help in keeping cholesterol at bay and fight heart disease risk. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and a team of researchers from the UOR in group effort with the FEM (Fondazione Edmund Mach) Institute, Italy discovered that eating apples that were rich in fibers and compounds—such as polyphenols—decreased the amount of total & LDL (low-density lipoproteins) cholesterol and enhanced markers linked to blood vessel health in people who had raised blood cholesterol levels. Professor Julie Lovegrove—from the UOR—said, “This recent study showed that the impact of simple to execute dietary change can have a major change on key measures of heart disease menace.”