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Sciprofile linkRebecca K Campbell, Marcela Tamayo-Ortiz, Alejandra Cantoral, Lourdes Schnaas, Erika Osorio-Valencia, Rosalind J Wright, Martha M Téllez-Rojo, Robert O Wright
Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 4; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzaa018

Abstract:Background Iron accrued in utero is critical for fetal and infant neurocognitive development. Psychosocial stress and obesity can each suppress fetal iron accrual. Their combined effects and differences by fetal sex are not known. In an observational pregnancy cohort study in Mexico City, we investigated associations of maternal prenatal life stressors, psychological dysfunction, and prepregnancy BMI with fetal iron status at delivery. Objectives We hypothesized that greater maternal prenatal psychosocial stress and prepregnancy overweight and obesity are associated with lower cord blood ferritin and hemoglobin (Hb), with stronger associations in boys than girls. Methods Psychosocial stress in multiple domains of life stress (negative life events, perceived stress, exposure to violence) and psychological dysfunction symptoms (depression, generalized anxiety, and pregnancy-specific anxiety) were assessed with validated questionnaires during pregnancy. Prepregnancy BMI was predicted with a validated equation and categorized as normal/overweight/obese. Cord blood ferritin and Hb associations with prenatal psychosocial stress and BMI were modeled in multivariable linear regressions adjusted for maternal age, socioeconomic status, child sex, and prenatal iron supplementation. Interactions with child sex and 3-way stress-overweight/obesity-sex interactions were tested with product terms and likelihood ratio tests. Results In 493 dyads, median (IQR) cord blood ferritin and Hb concentrations were 185 µg/L (126–263 g/dL) and 16 g/dL (14.7–17.1 g/dL), respectively. Ferritin was lower in infants of mothers with higher prenatal perceived stress (−23%; 95% CI: −35%, −9%), violence exposure (−28%; 95% CI: −42%, −12%), anxiety symptoms (−16%; 95% CI: −27%, −4%), and obesity (−17%; 95% CI: −31%, 0.2%). Interaction models suggested sex differences and synergism between maternal stress and overweight/obesity. No associations were observed between stress or BMI and Hb. Conclusions Multiple prenatal psychosocial stressors and excess prepregnancy BMI were each inversely associated with fetal iron status at birth. Pregnancies and infants at elevated risk of impaired fetal iron accrual may be identifiable according to observed synergism between maternal stress and obesity and differential associations with fetal iron status by infant sex.
Linda Van Horn, Aaron K Aragaki, Barbara V Howard, Matthew A Allison, Carmen R Isasi, Joann E Manson, Marian L Neuhouser, Sciprofile linkYasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Cynthia A Thomson, Mara Z Vitolin, et al.
Current Developments in Nutrition; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzaa021

Abstract:Background Women without cardiovascular disease (CVD) or hypertension at baseline assigned to intervention in the Women's Health Initiative Dietary Modification (DM) trial experienced 30% lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), while results among women with hypertension or prior CVD may have been confounded by post-randomization use of statins. Objective Intervention participants reported various self-selected changes to achieve the 20% total fat goals. Reviewed are intervention versus comparison group hazard ratios for CHD, stroke, and total CVD in relation to specific dietary changes among normotensive participants. Methods Dietary change was assessed by comparing baseline to year 1 food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) data among women (n = 10,371) without hypertension or CVD at baseline with intake of total fat above the median to minimize biases due to use of the FFQ in trial eligibility screening. Results Intervention participants self-reported compensating reduced energy intake from total fat by increasing carbohydrate and protein. Specifically they increased plant protein, with those in the upper quartile (increased total protein by 3.3% of energy or more) having CHD hazard ratio (95% confidence interval) of 0.39 (0.22, 0.71), compared to 0.92(0.57, 1.48) for those in the smallest quartile of change (decreased total protein 0.6% or more of energy), with trend p-value of 0.04. CHD hazard ratio did not vary significantly with change in % energy from carbohydrate, and stroke hazard ratio did not vary significantly with any macronutrient changes. Scores reflecting adherence to recommended dietary patterns including the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) and the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) showed favorable changes in the intervention group. Conclusions Intervention group total fat reduction replaced with increased carbohydrate and some protein, especially plant-based protein, was related to lower CHD risk among normotensive women without CVD who reported high baseline total fat intake. This trial was registered at as NCT00000611. Link to the WHI trial protocol:
Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 4; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzaa008

Abstract:Elevated plasma methylmalonic acid (MMA) is a functional biomarker of vitamin B-12 status but limited information is available on its prevalence in US vegetarians. The study examines the prevalence of plasma MMA ≥0.27 µmol/L in those consuming vegetarian diets, its associations with vitamin B-12 intake and biomarkers, and the modifying effect of vegetarian patterns on these associations. In this cross-sectional study (n = 785), concentrations of MMA, vitamin B-12, holotranscobalamin (holoTC), and homocysteine (Hcy) were determined in participants of the calibration substudy of the Adventist Health Study 2 (AHS-2). Vitamin B-12 intake from food, fortified food, and supplements was assessed by six 24-h recalls. Regression models were used to estimate ORs of having high MMA as related to vitamin B-12 status biomarkers, vitamin B-12 intake, and dietary pattern. The prevalence of low vitamin B-12 status defined by serum vitamin B-12 <148 pmol/L, holoTC <35 pmol/L, MMA ≥0.27 and ≥0.37 μmol/L, or Hcy ≥15 μmol/L, and the OR of having high MMA did not differ by dietary pattern, possibly due to intake from fortified food and supplements. Total daily vitamin B-12 intake in the second tertile range of 4.4-14.5 μg/d reduced the likelihood of elevated MMA by 69%; and a doubling of vitamin B-12 intake was associated with a 4.3% decrease in plasma MMA. The association between log plasma MMA and biomarkers was modified by diet, with the vegan pattern showing an ∼3-fold stronger association with log serum vitamin B-12 and Hcy than did the nonvegetarian pattern. The prevalence of vitamin B-12 intake <2.0 μg/d was 15.2% in vegans, 10.6% in lacto-ovo-vegetarians, and 6.5% in nonvegetarians. Given the irreversible neurological consequences of vitamin B-12 inadequacy, the importance of regular supplemental vitamin B-12 intake in adult and elderly individuals is stressed.
Ilana R Cliffer, Laetitia Nikiema, Breanne K Langlois, Augustin N Zeba, Ye Shen, Hermann B Lanou, Devika J Suri, Franck Garanet, Kenneth Chui, Stephen Vosti, et al.
Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 4; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzaa006

Abstract:There is a variety of specialized nutritious foods available for use in programs targeting undernutrition, but evidence supporting the choice of product is limited. We compared the cost-effectiveness of 4 specialized nutritious foods to prevent stunting and wasting in children aged 6-23 mo in Burkina Faso. Four geographic regions were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 intervention arms: Corn-Soy Blend Plus (CSB+) programmed with separate fortified vegetable oil (the reference food), Corn-Soy-Whey Blend (CSWB; a new formulation) with oil, SuperCereal Plus (SC+), and ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF). We compared the effects of each intervention arm on growth (length-for-age z score (LAZ), weight-for-length z score (WLZ), end-line stunting (LAZ < -2), and total monthly measurements of wasting (WLZ < -2). Rations were ∼500 kcal/d, distributed monthly. Children were enrolled in the blanket supplementary feeding program at age ∼6 mo and measured monthly for ∼18 mo. Average costs per child reached were linked with effectiveness to compare the cost-effectiveness of each arm with CSB+ with oil. In our sample of 6112 children (CSB+, n = 1519; CSWB, n = 1503; SC+, n = 1564; RUSF, n = 1526), none of the foods prevented declines in growth. Children in the SC+ and RUSF arms were not significantly different than those in the CSB+ with oil arm. Children in the CSWB with oil arm experienced higher end-line (measurement at age 22.9-23.9 mo) stunting (OR: 2.07; 95% CI: 1.46, 2.94) and more months of wasting (incidence rate ratio: 1.29; 95% CI: 1.09, 1.51). CSB+ with oil was the least-expensive ration in all costing scenarios ($113-131 2018 US dollars/enrolled child) and similar in effectiveness to SC+ and RUSF, and thus the most cost-effective product for the defined purposes. CSB+ with oil was the most cost-effective ration in the prevention of wasting and stunting in this trial. This trial was registered at as NCT02071563.
Aubree L Hawley, Edward Gbur, Angela M Tacinelli, Sam Walker, Allie Murphy, Regan Burgess, Sciprofile linkJamie I Baum
Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 4; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzaa009

Abstract:Diets higher in protein have been reported to improve age-related changes in body composition via increased energy expenditure, shifts in substrate oxidation (SO), and decreased appetite. However, how protein source (e.g., animal compared with plant protein) affects energy expenditure, appetite, and food intake as we age is unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of protein source as part of a high-protein breakfast on appetite, food intake, energy expenditure, and fat oxidation in young men (YM) compared with older men (OM). This study used a randomized, single-blinded crossover design, with a 1-wk washout period between testing days. Fifteen YM (mean ± SD age: 25.2 ± 2.8 y) and 15 OM (67.7 ± 4.5 y), healthy adults, participated in the study. Participants arrived fasted and consumed an isocaloric, volume-matched, high-protein (40-g) test beverage made with either an animal [whey protein isolate (WPI)] or plant [pea protein isolate (PPI)] protein isolate source. Markers of appetite and energy expenditure were determined at baseline and over 4 h postprandial. There was a significant effect of time, age, and protein source on appetite (P < 0.05). There was no effect of protein source on plasma markers of appetite, food intake, energy expenditure, and SO. After controlling for body weight, OM had decreased energy expenditure (P < 0.05) and lower fat oxidation (P < 0.001) compared with YM. This study indicates that a high-protein breakfast containing WPI or PPI exerts comparable effects on appetite, energy expenditure, and 24-h energy intake in both young and older healthy adult men.This trial was registered at as NCT03399812.
Marie Van Der Merwe, Sunita Sharma, Jade L Caldwell, Nicholas J Smith, Charles K Gomes, Richard J Bloomer, Randal K Buddington, Sciprofile linkJoseph F Pierre
Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 4; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzz145

Abstract:Background Fasting and timed feeding strategies normalize obesity parameters even under high-fat dietary intake. Although previous work demonstrated that these dietary strategies reduce adiposity and improve metabolic health, limited work has examined intestinal microbial communities. Objectives We determined whether timed feeding modifies the composition of the intestinal microbiome and mycobiome (yeast and fungi). Methods Male C57BL/6 mice were fed a high-fat diet (HF) for 6 wk. Animals were then randomly assigned to the following groups (n = 8–10/group): 1) HF ad libitum; 2) purified high-fiber diet (Daniel Fast, DF); 3) HF–time-restricted feeding (TRF) (6 h); 4) HF–alternate-day fasting (ADF); or 5) HF at 80% total caloric restriction (CR). After 8 wk, obesity and gut parameters were characterized. We also examined changes to the gut microbiome and mycobiome before, during, and following dietary interventions. Results Body mass gain was reduced with all restricted dietary groups. HF-fed microbiota displayed lower α-diversity along with reduced phylum levels of Bacteroidetes and increased Firmicutes. Animals switched from HF to DF demonstrated a rapid transition in bacterial taxonomic composition, α-, and β-diversity that initially resembled HF, but was distinct after 4 and 8 wk of DF feeding. Time-or calorie-restricted HF-fed groups did not show changes at the phylum level, but α-diversity was increased, with specific genera altered. Six weeks of HF feeding reduced various fungal populations, particularly Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Talaromyces, and increased Candida, Hanseniaspora, and Kurtzmaniella. However, 8 wk of intervention did not change the fungal populations, with the most abundant genera being Candida, Penicillium, and Hanseniaspora. Conclusions These data suggest that timed-feeding protocols and diet composition do not significantly affect the gut fungal community, despite inducing measurable shifts in the bacterial population that coincide with improvements in metabolism.
Lynda M O'neill, Johanna T Dwyer, Regan L Bailey, Kathleen C Reidy, Jose M Saavedra
Current Developments in Nutrition; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzaa017

Abstract:There are no published harmonized nutrient reference values for the complementary feeding period. The aim of the study was to develop proposals on adequate and safe intake ranges of micronutrients that can be applied to dietary guidance and menu planning. Dietary intake surveys from six populous countries were selected as pertinent to the study, and reviewed for data on micronutrients. The most frequently under-consumed micronutrients were identified as iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate. Key published reference values for these micronutrients were identified, compared, and reconciled. World Health Organization/Food and Agricultural Organization (WHO/FAO) values were generally identified as initial nutrient targets and reconciled with nutrient reference values from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA). A final set of harmonized reference nutrient intake ranges for the complementary feeding period is proposed.
Edwina A Wambogo, Hala Ghattas, Kenneth L Leonard, Sciprofile linkNadine Sahyoun
Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 2; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzy062

Abstract:The Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) is a UN FAO-Voices of the Hungry project (FAO-VoH) metric of food insecurity (FI). The FAO-VoH tested the psychometric properties of FIES with the use of global 2014 Gallup World Poll (GWP) data. However, similarities in its psychometric structure in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to allow aggregation of SSA results were untested. We aimed to 1) assess the validity of FIES for use in SSA, 2) determine the prevalence of FI by country, age group, and gender, and 3) examine the sociodemographic and economic characteristics of individuals with FI. The Rasch modeling procedure was applied to data collected by GWP in 2014 and 2015 on 57,792 respondents aged ≥19 y in SSA. FIES largely met the Rasch model assumptions of equal discrimination and conditional independence. However, 34.3% of countries had high outfits (≥2.0) for the item "went without eating for a whole day." Four countries had significant correlations for the items "were hungry but did not eat" and "ran out of food." The overall prevalence of severe FI (SFI) was 36.4%, ranging from 6.0% in Mauritius to 87.3% in South Sudan. Older adults were at significantly higher risk of SFI than younger adults (38.6% and 35.8%, respectively, P < 0.0001), and women more than men (37.3% and 35.4%, respectively, P < 0.0001). Higher proportions of individuals with SFI were rural residents, less educated, lower income, unemployed, and lived in households with many children under the age of 15 y. FIES has acceptable levels of internal validity for use in SSA. However, the item "went without eating for a whole day" may need cognitive testing in a few SSA countries. For countries with correlated items, 1 of the items may be excluded.
Eileen Kennedy, Meghan Kershaw, Jennifer Coates
Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 2; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzy027

Karin E Sandoval, Joshua S Wooten, Mathew P Harris, Megan L Schaller, David S Umbaugh, Sciprofile linkKen Witt
Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 2; doi:10.1093/cdn/nzy065

Abstract:Diet-mediated alterations of critical brain nutrient transporters, major facilitator super family domain-containing 2a (Mfsd2a) and glucose transporter 1 (Glut1), have wide reaching implications in brain health and disease. The aim of the study was to examine the impact of long-term low- and high-fat diets with lard or fish oil on critical brain nutrient transporters, Mfsd2a and Glut1. Eight-week-old male C57BL/6 mice were fed 1 of the following 4 diets for 32 wk: 10% of kcal from lard, 10% of kcal from fish oil, 41% of kcal from lard, or 41% of kcal from fish oil. Body weight and blood chemistries delineated dietary effects. Cortical and subcortical Mfsd2a and Glut1 mRNA and protein expression were evaluated, with other supportive nutrient-sensitive targets also assessed for mRNA expression changes. Fish-oil diets increased cortical Mfsd2a mRNA expression compared with lard diets. Subcortical Mfsd2a mRNA expression decreased as the percentage of fat in the diet increased. There was an interaction between the type and percentage of fat with cortical and subcortical Mfsd2a and cortical Glut1 protein expression. In the lard diet groups, protein expression of cortical and subcortical Mfsd2a and cortical Glut1 significantly increased as fat percentage increased. As the fat percentage increased in the fish-oil diet groups, protein expression of cortical and subcortical Mfsd2a and cortical Glut1 did not change. When comparing the fish-oil groups with 10% lard, cortical Mfsd2a protein expression was significantly higher in the 10% and 41% fish-oil groups, whereas cortical Glut1 protein expression was significantly higher in only the 10% fish-oil group. A positive correlation between cortical peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ mRNA expression and Mfsd2a protein expression was shown. Corresponding to chronic dietary treatment, an interaction between the type of fat and the percentage of fat exists respective to changes in brain expression of the key nutrient transporters Mfsd2a and Glut1.
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