This is not my field but, late at night, when I can’t sleep, I sometimes look at articles dealing with nutrition and here are two that piqued my curiosity.
One is that high protein maternal diets may predispose infants (at least rats anyway) to greater risk of obesity later in life. Maternal consumption of high-prebiotic fibre or -protein diets during pregnancy and lactation differentially influences satiety hormones and expression of genes involved in glucose and lipid metabolism in offspring in rats, British Journal of Nutrition. Of course there are lots of questions. The young rats were switched to a “normal” diet after weaning. What if they had stayed on the same diet their mothers had been on? For review of fetal programming see Godfrey et al. 2007. Is the problem when diet changes after an infant as been “programmed” to a particular nutritional condition? i.e. is it mismatch between fetal expectation and the reality of later life, or is it a problem created by a high protein diet?
The other is that creatine supplements appear to increase cognitive function in vegetarians: The influence of creatine supplementation on the cognitive functioning of vegetarians and omnivores also just out in the British Journal of Nutrition. I’m a vegetarian with ADHD-like traits. Time to try a supplement? Opposed on principle, but what the hey, I can use all the cognitive function I can get.
Godfrey KM, Lillycrop KA, Burdge GC, Gluckman PD, & Hanson MA (2007). Epigenetic mechanisms and the mismatch concept of the developmental origins of health and disease. Pediatric research, 61 (5 Pt 2) PMID: 17413851