Our ‘Best of 2019’ Spotlight makes available the six most popular papers of 2019. We have used two metrics to assess popularity – the three papers published last year with the highest Altmetric score and the three papers, published at any time, which were the most downloaded. These papers illustrate both the new and emerging areas of research and the topics which are of enduring interest. The three papers published last year which caused the biggest buzz reflect areas of nutrition research where knowledge is expanding rapidly – the benefits of exercise, the role of the gut microbiota and the benefits of rapid weight loss – and these papers give an easily accessible overview of recent advances in knowledge. On the other hand, the three most downloaded papers last year were similar to the most downloaded papers of 2018 and reflect topics of perennial interest to Nutrition Bulletin readers such as the impact of caffeine and the effects of resistant starch, as well as a topic which entered the top 3 downloads last year and is bound to become increasingly relevant – the use of insects as food and feed.

The Nutrition Bulletin Spotlight 'Best of 2019' can be accessed for free here and includes the following papers: 

  • The impact of caffeine on mood, cognitive function, performance and hydration: a review of benefits and risks (2008) Ruxton, C. H. S. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-3010.2007.00665.x
  • Opportunities and hurdles of edible insects for food and feed (2017) Dobermann, D. , Swift, J. A. and Field, L. M. https://doi.org/10.1111/nbu.12291
  • Health effects of resistant starch (2017) Lockyer, S. and Nugent, A. P. https://doi.org/10.1111/nbu.12244
  • Mobilising vitamin D from adipose tissue: The potential impact of exercise (2019) Hengist, A., Perkin, O., Gonzalez, J. T., Betts, J. A., Hewison, M., Manolopoulos, K. N., Jones K. S., Koulman A., Thompson, D. https://doi.org/10.1111/nbu.12369
  • Diet‐derived microbial metabolites in health and disease (2019) Roager, H. M. and Dragsted, L. O. https://doi.org/10.1111/nbu.12396
  • Very low‐energy and low‐energy formula diets: Effects on weight loss, obesity co‐morbidities and type 2 diabetes remission – an update on the evidence for their use in clinical practice (2019) Brown, A. and Leeds, A. R. https://doi.org/10.1111/nbu.12372

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