Diet & Fitness

Dark chocolate strengthens the heart

Dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile, according to a new…

Don’t blame Brexit – Public Health England is shrinking our chocolate bars

Brexiteers have been forced to shoulder a lot of blame in recent months. Slower growth forecasts. Jamie Oliver’s restaurant closures.…

8 Aug 2017

Nutrient found in spinach, kale and avocado ‘keeps the brain young’

People with higher levels of lutein – a nutrient found in vegetables such as spinach, kale and avocado – have…

Is too much sugar causing anxiety in men?

Men with high sugar intakes have an increased likelihood of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, according to new research…

Struggling to lose weight? ‘Maintain, don’t gain’ to avoid heart failure

Gaining weight – even a small amount – may alter the structure and function of heart muscle, according to a…

Juicing? You’re just drinking sugar

Do you juice? Do you start your day with the roar of a Vitamix, the howl of a Nutribullet, the…

14 Jul 2017

The Pioppi Diet is a superficial lifestyle guide based on distorted evidence

Pioppi is a very small village in southern Italy. It is one of those places where people are reputed to…

7 Jul 2017

Imaginary intolerances and stupid food fads: the world needs The Angry Chef

Two books were published on the same day last week about the science of food. You can read my review of The…

6 Jul 2017

Running in the summer sun? Have a hot bath first, researchers say

A long soak in a hot bath is the best way to prepare to exercise in the summer heat, according…

Cryotherapy is a pointless fad: there are no short cuts to weight loss

Celebrities are plunging themselves into vats of vaporised nitrogen, exposing their bronzed flesh to temperatures as low as five degrees…

19 Jun 2017

Ignore the lazy headlines. Chips don’t ‘double your chances of death’

You can increase your chances of living forever by avoiding french fries, according to the Telegraph. Eating chips ‘doubles your…

16 Jun 2017

Exercise is more effective on an empty stomach, but proceed with caution

There’s no such thing as the perfect exercise regime for people trying to get in shape. No magic formula that…

15 Jun 2017

Career women don’t have time to eat healthily. Did feminism make me fat?

Was it the prosecco that did it? Or was it the cheesy chips that made me fat? I often ask myself…

13 Jun 2017

Later meal times ‘make us more likely to put on weight’

Eating meals late in the day makes you more likely to gain weight, and susceptible to conditions including diabetes and…

A handful of nuts a day wards off major diseases

People who eat a handful of nuts a day have a lower risk of cancer and heart disease, according to…

How healthy is it to be ‘fat but fit’?

‘No such thing as “fat but fit”, major study finds,’ ran the headline in the Guardian. The BBC report was…

Can having a stroke turn you into an alcoholic?

Changes in the brain following stroke could make patients more prone to alcoholism, according to research published in the journal…

Can oily fish protect the brain from dementia?

‘Oily fish can beat dementia,’ read the front page of yesterday’s Daily Express. The headline was widely mocked. ‘Great news…

There is one aspect of your physique that can ruin your sex life

Many men and women develop a little ‘tummy’ after the age of 30. And, if they’re not careful, this accumulation…

Exercise appears to slow the rate at which our cells age

Cell ageing appears to slow down if we keep fit and active, according to research at Brigham Young University in…

Is red meat bad for you? The evidence is far from clear

Eating red meat may raise the risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, a study in the…

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Is a two-week beach holiday really that bad for your health?

Just two weeks of inactivity in healthy young people can reduce muscle mass and lead to an increased risk of…

Can having your DNA tested lead you to live a healthier life?

From a blood test to a stool analysis, measuring biochemical markers is a time-honoured way to assess health and enable…

17 May 2017

Sound science backs fasting. Calorie counting can’t compete

Fasting is no longer merely the domain of religion — more and more people are fasting for the sake of…

12 May 2017

Were all the horror stories about dairy products and heart disease wrong after all?

Consuming full-fat cheese, milk and yoghurt does not increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new…

Sorry, but drinking tequila probably won’t help your bones, after all

At Spectator Health we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but tequila probably isn’t good for your bones,…