Diet & Fitness

How drugs make us fat: why alcohol, caffeine and chocolate are a menace to your waistline

We know that calorie-dense, seductive foods like chips, ice cream, and cookies tend to push us to eat too much…

4 May 2017

Vegetarians may live longer — but not because they are vegetarian

Vegetarians may live longer, but not necessarily because they have given up meat, according to a study in Preventive Medicine.…

Each hour of running ‘adds seven hours to your life’

For every hour spent running, your lifespan increases by an average of seven hours, up to a maximum of about…

Just one minute of intense exercise is enough to improve your health

An exercise regime known as the ‘one-minute workout’ has recently caught the attention of the media. The claim, which sounds…

30 Mar 2017
broccoli

‘Broccoli cuts sugar cravings’: why fruit and vegetables need more hype

They don’t hold back, those scientists, do they? One minute it’s five a day and then, instead of a small…

29 Mar 2017
marathons

Small study suggests marathons can damage your kidneys

The physical stress of running a marathon can cause short-term kidney injury, according to research published in the American Journal…

If we want to benefit from Brexit, the first thing we should do is make snus legal

In Sweden, the smoking rate has fallen to a mere nine per cent, as the New Scientist reports… Sweden is…

16 Mar 2017
salt

Salt is not the enemy. It’s time authorities stopped demonising it

Forty years ago, the United States senate undertook the near-impossible task of reviewing all existing evidence on nutrition in order…

9 Mar 2017
exercise

Exercise wards off heart disease whatever your weight

Overweight or obese people with low levels of physical activity are a third more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, according…

healthy diet

You can eat a healthy diet for next to nothing. Here’s the proof

It is a common belief in some circles that a healthy diet is unaffordable. Last year, the chair of the…

2 Mar 2017
egg

Breakfast isn’t a ‘dangerous meal’. It’s bad science to say it is

The weirdest dietary advice offered up so far this year has to be the fear-mongering about breakfast. One writer on…

28 Feb 2017
10 a day

Ten a day of fruit and veg: how good is the evidence?

Eating more than five portions of fruit and vegetables a day greatly reduces the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer…

Stub out the fags, pour away the booze. Britain has succumbed to the nanny state

The nanny state has spoken and we, the people, have listened. Worse still, we’ve obeyed. Figures released by the Office…

21 Feb 2017
breakfast

Why eating breakfast is bad for your health

Breakfast is a dangerous meal. This might sound provocative, so let me explain. It’s dangerous because it’s eaten soon after…

exercise

Exercise may protect against depression, but this study doesn’t show it

Children who get enough exercise aren’t just more physically fit, but also have better mental health in adulthood, according to…

protein

The protein myth: why high-protein diets are utterly pointless

Nonsensical nutritional claims have been with us for years. Stanley Green, the Protein Man, paraded up and down Oxford Street…

31 Jan 2017
clean eating

Clean eating has a dark side. Its gurus can no longer ignore it

‘There’s a slight irony to the whole thing, having never described myself as “clean”,’ Ella Mills says to Dr Giles…

30 Jan 2017
diet

Permanent diet ‘extends life of monkeys by a tenth’

Reducing daily calorie intake by a fifth has been shown to extend the lives of monkeys by 10 per cent,…

breakfast

Some of us are better off skipping breakfast, a study suggests

It is often claimed that skipping breakfast makes you more likely to gain weight. The theory is that you will…

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow’s clean living cult is a danger to your brain

This year I’ve been trying so hard not to be fat that I completely overlooked the new health trend: clean…

24 Jan 2017

Evidence suggests running might (possibly) be good for your knees

Running could, contrary to popular belief, be good for the knees. A new study at Brigham Young University in Utah…

sugar

All that worry about sugar is working: children are now eating less of it

The trouble with reasonable voices — as current global politics are neatly illustrating for us — is that they tend…

19 Jan 2017
yoga

Robust evidence is in: yoga helps to ease chronic back pain

Doing yoga can relieve chronic back pain, according to a major review published by the Cochrane Library. The ancient practice,…

exercise

The less exercise you do, the more it matters

‘Weekend warriors’ — or people who get all their exercise in one session at the weekend — get almost as…

January 19: the day New Year’s resolutions die. Here’s how to keep yours alive

‘New year, new you!’ I, for one, buy into this mantra on an annual basis, mentally and monetarily. Last January,…

10 Jan 2017
Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet ‘reduces brain shrinkage’? The study didn’t prove any such thing

New research has claimed that a Mediterranean diet can protect the brain from shrinking in old age (however, see our…