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Vitamin D: Time to Get Savvy With Sunshine

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Can there be hotter property in the field of nutrition right now than vitamin D - the 'sunshine vitamin'? There's been an explosion of vitamin D research over the last decade and it's completely revolutionised our view of this previously unremarkable vitamin. We've long since known that vitamin D is...

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Paleo Diet? Or Paleo Delusion?

(15) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Can there be a diet more of the moment than the 'Paleo Diet' (OK, the 5:2 diet excepted...)? For the uninitiated (and I don't suppose there can be that many of you by now), it's a dietary (and lifestyle) dictum that encourages us to go back in time and adopt...

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Sugar vs fat? Know your poison

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 10:29 AM

Despite living in the 'low-fat' era, many of us have been implicating sugar (and refined and processed starchy foods generally), not fat, as the dietary driving force behind many of our twenty first century health woes. Of course, the 'low-fat' paradigm remains a virtually impregnable stronghold, propped up by official...

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Organic = Healthy: Who Are You Kidding?

(22) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Ok, before we get started, I'm all for the environment, I'm totally against the abhorrent treatment of animals, and as my profession would suggest, I'm very much up for people eating healthy and wholesome foods. 'Organic' should embody all of this stuff, and as long as it does, I'm pro-organic.

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Food Prices Soar and Incomes Shrink - My Top Healthy Foods on the Cheap

(28) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 7:00 PM

As reported by the Guardian, austerity Britain is facing a nutritional crisis as escalating food prices and diminishing incomes are leading inexorably to unhealthier diets. With food prices up 32% over the last five years, it is inevitably the least well-off who are experiencing the tightest squeeze, resorting...

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Cancer Costs the UK Over £15bn a Year - 10 Things You Can Do Now to Reduce Your Risk

(52) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 7:00 PM

As reported recently by the BBC, a study by Oxford University has revealed that the cost of cancer exceeds £15bn a year in the UK. This is comprised of £7.6bn in economic costs, £5.6bn in health costs and £2.6bn for unpaid care (care provided by friends and family)....

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Five Reasons to Drink Coffee

(8) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 7:00 PM

There's nothing unusual about so-called 'holistic' nutritionists embarrassing themselves by spouting spurious dietary advice. All too often this exposes their sheer inability to comprehend, or in fact even acknowledge the existence of, actual nutritional research. Coffee drinking is a prime example, which the holistic soothsayers have been merrily castigating long...

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Multivitamins - Don't Believe the Hype

(22) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 8:00 PM

A major study published last week found that taking a standard multivitamin pill lowered the risk of developing cancer. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, this large-scale, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 14,641 male physicians in the US aged 50 years or older, found that...

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Cases of Depression Soar - Is it What We're (Not) Eating?

(22) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 8:00 PM

An analysis of NHS figures, released this week by data experts SSentif, revealed that the number of people living with depression in England has soared by nearly half a million in the last three years, with the total number standing at almost 5 million.

Inevitably, this has...

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Five Tips to Bullet-Proof Your Immune System This Winter

(5) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 8:00 PM

With memories of the Olympic summer fading fast, and the spectre of the cold and flu season looming, can anything be done to avoid the long winter months being punctuated by predictably periodic bouts of sneezes, sniffles and days off work cradling a Lemsip? Rather than lurching from one virus...

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Don't Leave Vitamin D Out in the Cold This Winter

(8) Comments | Posted October 7, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Vitamin D has rapidly become the de rigueur nutrient for anyone exercising a keen interest in their health. I'm sure many reading this will be well versed in the vitamin D story by now. By way of synopsis, our levels of vitamin D are in crisis, with great swathes of...

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Brain Food...What About Brain Drinks?

(7) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Is there anything us Brits cherish as dearly as a cuppa? According to the UK Tea Council, the British are the largest per capita tea consumers in the world, and as a nation we get through a staggering 165 million cups a day. As such, tea is enshrined in our...

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Is Alzheimer's Disease the New Diabetes?

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2012 | 8:12 PM

Across the globe, the incidence of diabetes is undergoing exponential growth. According to the WHO, more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. In the US alone, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is expected to more than double in the next few decades from 6% of the population in...

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MP Urges Action on Rickets Epidemic but Misses the Point

(6) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 8:00 PM

As reported by the BBC, Labour MP Kate Green has this week proclaimed that the government is not doing enough to tackle a "shocking rise" in the cases of rickets, which has risen from 184 cases in 1996 to 762 in 2011. She called for raised public awareness...

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Has Five-a-Day Had Its Day?

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Lest the message be misconstrued, I'm not out to knock the 5-a-day concept. The rep of fruit and veg as a virtuous food is totally justified, with a plentiful intake linked to less heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, lower cancer risk, less diabetes, and even stronger bones. In...

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