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Norwich researchers say eating fruit could prevent weight gain

Eating fruit could help prevent people putting on weight, UEA research has found. Credit: PA

New research carried out by the University of East Anglia in Norwich has found that eating a small serving of certain fruits each day can stop people putting on weight as they get older.

The UEA has been working with the American University Harvard on the study.

It found that fruits such as apples, pears, blueberries and strawberries which are high in something called flavonoids help people keep a healthy weight.

The plant compounds can also be found in vegetables, tea, chocolate and wine.

The study looked at 124,000 people as they entered middle age into old age over a period of 24 years.

"We found that an increased consumption of most flavonoids was associated with weight maintenance, and even a modest weight loss.

The results were found to be consistent across men and women, and different ages.

However losing even small amounts of weight, or preventing weight gain, can improve health and these modest effects were seen with a small, readily achievable increase in intake of many of these fruits.

Just a single portion of some of these fruits per day would have an important impact on health at a population level."

– Professor Aedin Cassidy, UEA

Research could help stamp out genetic diseases in pedigree dogs

New research is being carried out in Newmarket that could help stamp out genetic diseases in pedigree dogs.

The Animal Health Trust charity is mapping DNA of 50 different breeds that will help to devise more efficient tests to spot carriers of inherited conditions.

It means breeders will be able to breed healthier dogs in the future.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer.


Fancy a cool job at the South Pole?

The Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey is recruiting tradespeople to work at the South Pole.

It may be mid-winter in the East of England but try working in temperatures that can dip to minus 50.

The British Antarctic Survey based in Cambridge is looking for tradespeople to work at its research stations in the South Pole.

For the more adventurous the prospect of working in the Antarctic could be the experience of a lifetime.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Bronze Age homes unearthed in East Anglian Fens

Archaeologists working in the Cambridgeshire Fens have uncovered what could the best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain.

The large, circular houses at Must Farm at Whittlesey near Peterborough stood on stilts over a river 3,000 years ago.

Bronze Age homes which have been buried for 3,000 years have been unearthed near Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's not the first time archaeological finds of world importance have been unearthed in the Anglia region, which has provided rich pickings for history hunters.

  • In the 1930s the famous Sutton Hoo burial ground was unearthed, it's now believed that it could have been the last resting place of the Anglo Saxon King Raedwald.
  • In 1998 the Sea Henge site was uncovered in Holme next the Sea in North Norfolk, it was an important ceremonial site during the bronze age.
  • In 2014 fossilised footprints were found on the Norfolk coast. They are around 900,000 years old and belong to the first humans to settle in northern Europe.

Click below to watch a report on what's been dubbed Britain's Pompeii from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley


Announcement expected on Chinese involvement in nuclear power

Sizewell nuclear power station in Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Government is expected to announce a multibillion pound deal later which will secure Chinese backing for a nuclear power plant at Sizewell C in Suffolk.

The deal could also allow Chinese state-owned companies to design and build a nuclear reactor using their own technology at Bradwell in Essex.

Those in support say it's a huge boost for the region, but concerns have been raised about national security as well as ecological and environmental concerns.

Professor Steffen Boeh, Director of Essex Sustainability Unit Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's too much of a gamble to be honest. It' a new Chinese reactor that will be built here, the first one in the western world and there's no track record of the Chinese being able to build safe and to cost reactors."

– Professor Steffen Boehm Director, Essex Sustainability Unit
Bradwell in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia
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