Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Brits eating too much salt, sugar and fat

Thursday May 15 2014

Brits eating too much salt, sugar and fats

“Too much sugar, salt and fat: healthy eating still eluding many Britons,” The Guardian reports, while the Daily Mail rather bizarrely warns of a “fruit juice timebomb”.

Resveratrol's health benefits ‘overstated’

Tuesday May 13 2014

Resveratrol: red wine chemical ‘overhyped’

"Red wine health benefits 'overhyped'," BBC News reports. The BBC has reported on a study about a chemical called resveratrol, which is found in red wine and chocolate...

Could a carbohydrate curb calorific cravings?

Wednesday Apr 30 2014

Appetite suppressing molecule identified

“Pill to switch off hunger possible as 'anti-appetite' molecule discovered,” The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers studied the brains of mice given inulin and acetate, and discovered they affected areas of the brain involved in appetite suppression.

Heart attack survivors 'gain from high-fibre diet'

Wednesday Apr 30 2014

Heart attacks survivors benefit from high-fibre diet

"If you have had a heart attack, eat plenty of fibre," is the advice on the BBC News website. A US study has found that in a group of people who'd had heart attacks, those who ate a high-fibre diet were less likely to die than those who didn't…

Upping coffee intake may reduce diabetes risk

Friday Apr 25 2014

Upping coffee intake may reduce diabetes risk

"Three cups of coffee a day could help keep diabetes away," The Independent reports. A US study has found a link between increased coffee intake and a small – but significant – reduction in type 2 diabetes risk…

Edible flowers not proven to prevent cancer

Wednesday Apr 23 2014

Eating flowers unproven as cancer preventer

“Eating flowers grown in British gardens could help to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a new study,” The Daily Telegraph reports. However, the study the news is based on did not actually involve any humans…

Eating chocolate probably won’t save your marriage

Tuesday Apr 15 2014

Eating chocolate probably won’t save your marriage

“As blood glucose levels plummet, aggression levels rise, and people take it out on those closest to them,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

Salt cuts have 'saved lives,' says study

Tuesday Apr 15 2014

'Salt cuts have saved lives,' says study

"Cutting back on salt does save lives," is the good news on the front page of the Daily Mail. The headline is based on a study of data obtained from the Health Survey for England, the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, and the Office for National…

Milk may slow progression of knee osteoarthritis

Monday Apr 7 2014

Milk may slow progression of arthritis

"Milk could be the key to beating crippling arthritis," reports the Daily Express, while the Daily Mail adds that, "A glass of milk a day keeps arthritis at bay". Both headlines are potentially misleading. The study the…

Vegetarians have 'poorer quality of life' study claims

Friday Apr 4 2014

Vegetarians have 'poorer quality of life' study claims

“Vegetarians are 'less healthy and have a lower quality of life than meat-eaters’,'' The Independent reports. A study from Austria suggests there is an association between a vegetarian diet and an increased risk of certain chronic diseases…

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