Diet & Fitness

baby talk

‘Yummy veggies’? ‘Fun-size’ snacks? On healthy eating, let’s stop the baby talk

January is an odd time for nutrition professionals. Having been ignored and uninvited for most of December we find ourselves…

5 Jan 2017
diet drinks

Ignore the headlines. Diet drinks don’t make you fat

The front pages of yesterday’s newspapers had some sensational news for the yo-yo dieters and temporary gym members of post-festive…

5 Jan 2017
specific carbohydrate diet

Inflammatory bowel disease can be hell. New evidence suggests a diet can fix it

Diet alone can cure the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease in children, according to research published in the…

Cutting back on carbs is probably the most effective way to lose weight

Reducing carbohydrate intake is the most effective way to diet for weight loss, according to a review article by the…

father christmas

Dear Father Christmas: your work life is harming your health

Dear Father Christmas, I was pleased to see you again at your annual health check, which we always do prior…

23 Dec 2016

Five things I’ve learned about dieting at Christmas

The most common advice we get about dieting at Christmas can be summed up in two words: don’t bother. It…

22 Dec 2016

Fewer illnesses, less stress: how cold water swimming can change your life

I have always swum regularly but, one summer when the pool was closed for a couple of weeks, a friend…

20 Dec 2016

No, a regular sauna probably doesn’t protect against dementia

Regular sauna visits may reduce the risk of dementia, according to a study at the University of Eastern Finland (however,…

gut microbes Christmas

How to keep your gut microbes happy at Christmas

Christmas is a time of excess — swigging mulled wine, unbuttoning bursting buttons and wishing in hindsight that you hadn’t…

19 Dec 2016
running brain

Regular running builds stronger connections in the brain, scans suggest

Runners’ brains have greater ‘functional connectivity’ than those of more sedentary people, according to research at the University of Arizona.…

eggs

Free-range eggs offer bigger dose of vitamin D

‘Free-range’ eggs contain up to 30 per cent more vitamin D than those from factory farms, according to research at…

Physically active boys ‘do better at reading and maths’

A sedentary lifestyle is linked to poorer academic performance in boys, according to research published in the Journal of Science…

yo-yo dieting

Why diets don’t work: ‘obesity-causing’ bacteria linger in the gut

New research published in the journal Nature suggests that intestinal microbes play an unexpectedly important role in recurrent obesity —…

The rise of the food fads: how plain old healthy eating got left behind

Change underpins fashion, rejecting what was then and replacing it with what is now. This is especially true in the…

30 Nov 2016
butter

To help your heart, don’t ban butter — just embrace the Mediterranean diet

Reducing saturated fat intake very slightly can lower your risk of developing heart disease, according to a study at Harvard…

Bulging biceps, tiny legs: why gym bunnies turn into sparrows below the waist

Men who work out at the gym love to show off their six-packs — and, even more, their pumped-up biceps,…

25 Nov 2016
diet

‘Diet’ sweetener isn’t great for a diet. A new study suggests why

The sugar substitute aspartame, used in many diet drinks, encourages weight gain — at least in mice. A new study,…

cola

Teenagers ‘drink a bathtub of cola a year’? This gimmick helps no one

As any fool knows, height is measured in double-decker buses and land is measured in football pitches. If you are…

23 Nov 2016
bagged salad

Why your old bagged salad is a health menace

Damaged leaves could be harbouring salmonella in bagged salads, according to research at the University of Leicester. The study, published…

milk

Children who drink full-fat milk are skinnier, finds study

Children who drink full-fat milk weigh less than those who drank semi-skimmed milk, a study at the University of Toronto…

sugary drinks

Does being deprived of sleep make you crave sugary drinks?

People who get five or fewer hours of sleep a night are likely to drink significantly more caffeinated sugary drinks,…

Hard water: bad for your kettle, great for your health

The business of bottled water is booming. And not just plain water: coconut water, birch water, watermelon water. Some brands…

3 Nov 2016

Public Health England: you probably won’t notice as we reduce sugar in food

Last week, a post on this website about our sugar reduction and food reformulation programme (‘Why should Public Health England…

1 Nov 2016

Why should Public Health England be allowed to stop us choosing between taste and fewer calories?

You would think that people who support sugar taxes would be pleased to find that high-sugar ice cream is more…

26 Oct 2016

Could mice teach us about the best time of day to exercise?

Scientists have discovered that muscles can be more or less amenable to exercise depending on the time of day, according…

The urge to purge

‘Ooh, don’t you feel better after a good clear-out?’ my mother Zelma would ask, rhetorically, after leaning on me heavily…

20 Oct 2016