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'Shift workers should avoid steak' claim mistaken

Thursday Oct 23 2014

Nightshift workers told to avoid iron-rich foods

"Shift workers should avoid tucking into steak, brown rice or green veg at night," because these foods "disrupt the body clock," the Mail Online reports. But the research in question involved lab mice…

Exercise data signs could cut sugary drink intake

Friday Oct 17 2014

Exercise data signs help cut sugary drink intake

"Signs warning shoppers how much exercise they need to do to burn off calories in sugary drinks can encourage healthier choices," BBC News reports. Signs in shops in an area of Baltimore led to a change in shopping habits amongst teenagers…

Crash diets 'work best' claim misguided

Thursday Oct 16 2014

Crash diets 'can work' claim

“Crash diets DO work, claim experts,” the Mail Online reports. It reports on an Australian study involving 200 obese adults who were randomly assigned to either a 12-week rapid weight loss programme on a very low-calorie diet…

Warnings issued over energy drinks

Wednesday Oct 15 2014

Warnings issued over energy drink risks

"Energy drinks could cause public health problems, says WHO study," The Guardian reports. A new review discusses the potential harms of these drinks, especially when they are mixed with alcohol…

Broccoli could 'hold the key' for treating autism

Tuesday Oct 14 2014

Broccoli could 'hold the key' for treating autism

"Broccoli chemical may improve autism symptoms," The Daily Telegraph reports. A small study suggests sulforaphane, a chemical that gives broccoli its distinctive taste, may help improve some of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder…

Can we count on counting calories?

Monday Oct 13 2014

Can we count on counting calories?

It's a concept at the cornerstone of most diets: counting the calories of your food intake so you don't go over the limit. But just how accurate are calorie labels...

Fruit juice link to high blood pressure not proven

Monday Oct 13 2014

Daily diet of fruit juice 'may cause high blood pressure'

"Does drinking fruit juice give you high blood pressure?," the Mail Online asks, as an Australian study found people who reported a daily intake of fruit juice tended to have slightly higher blood pressure…

Grapefruit juice may protect against diabetes

Thursday Oct 9 2014

Grapefruit juice may protect against diabetes

"Grapefruit juice 'could be the key to weight loss','' is the misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph, as mice fed a combination of a high-fat diet and grapefruit juice still put on weight. Though their blood sugar levels were lower than controls…

Healthy food 'costs you more' claim

Thursday Oct 9 2014

Healthy food 'costs you more' claim

“Healthy food now costs three times as much as junk, study shows,” The Independent reports. It also reports a sharper rise in the cost of fruit and veg over the past decade compared to other types of foods…

Eating with a fat friend 'makes you eat more'

Monday Oct 6 2014

Eating with a fat friend 'makes you eat more' claim

"Sitting next to overweight people makes you more likely to gorge on unhealthy food," the Daily Express reports. A study involving an actress in a fat suit found that people tended to eat more when she was wearing the suit…

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