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Diet and Health

Even where individuals have access to sufficient food, the composition of their diet can have considerable and wide-ranging impacts on health and longevity. This may be through direct effects on human metabolic pathways or indirectly, e.g. through relationships between diet and the structure and function of the microbial community in the human gut.
Researchers in the School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School are working in collaboration to expand this area of research.


  • Mediterranean diet during pregnancy reduces gestational diabetes and weight gain. A new academic paper has been published in the journal PLOS Medicine. Full details are available in the press release.
  • Moving the location of fruit and vegetables in shops can lead to a 15% sales increase. The research has been published by BMC Public Health. Full details are available in the press release.


  • Dietary Activators of antioxidant response element-linked gene expression for good vascular health (Lead by Paul Thornalley)

Recent Publications Relevant to Food:

Cappuccio, F. (2018) 'The 'scent' and 'flavour' of hypertension' Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 28 (9) pp. 884-886 doi:10.1016/j.numecd.2018.07.001

Cappuccio, F.P., Beer, M. and Strazzullo, P. (2019) 'Population dietary salt reduction and the risk of cardiovascular disease. A scientific statement from the European Salt Action Network' Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 29 (2). pp. 107-114. doi:10.1016/j.numecd.2018.11.010

Cappuccio, F. and Sever, P. S. (2019) The importance of a valid assessment of salt intake in individuals and populations. A scientific statement of the British and Irish Hypertension Society Journal of Human Hypertension (In Press).

Carstairs, S. A., Marais, D., Craig, L. C. A. and Kiezebrink, K. (2016) 'Something fishy about home-cooked infant feeding recipes' Community practitioner: the Journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association, 89.4: 36-41, View

Johnson, R. E., Oyebode, O., Walker, S., Knowles, E. and Robertson, W. (2018) 'The difficult conversation: a qualitative evaluation of the 'Eat Well Move More' family weight management service' BMC Research Notes, 11.1, View

Murphy, M., Boardman, F., Johnson, R. and Robertson, W. (2018) 'Parental beliefs of family health, diet, physical activity and weight: findings from a qualitative study in an ethnically diverse population in the UK' European Journal of Public Health, 28:1, View

Murphy, M., Robertson, W. and Oyebode, O. (2017) 'Obesity in international migrant populations' Current Obesity Reports, 6.3: 314-323 View

Scantlebury, R. J., Moody, A., Oyebode, O. and Mindell, J. S. (2018) 'Has the UK Healthy Start voucher scheme been associated with an increased fruit and vegetable intake among target families? Analysis of Health Survey for England data 2001-2014' Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, View

Thornalley, P. J., Xue, M., and Rabbani, N. (2011) 'Methodologies for evaluating in vitro and in vivo activities of bioactive compounds' in Health promoting properties of fruit and vegetables, Editors: Terry, L. (9781845935283), CABI.

Traka, M. H., Saha, S., Huseby, S., Kopriva, S., Walley, P. G., Barker, G., Moore, J., Mero, G., van den Bosch, F., Constant, H., Kelly, L., Schepers, H., Boddupalli, S., and Mithen, R. F. (2013). Genetic regulation of glucoraphanin accumulation in Beneforté® broccoli. New Phytologist, doi: 10.1111/nph.12232.

Walley, P. G. and Buchanan-Wollaston, V. (2011) 'Brassicas' in Health promoting properties of fruit and vegetables, Editors: Terry, L. (9781845935283), CABI.