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Med diet best for heart disease (but some junk food won’t hurt)

Monday Apr 25 2016

"People with heart disease have a lower risk of heart attack and strokes if they eat a Mediterranean-style diet," The Guardian reports. The study it reports on also suggests that the occasional Western-style treat probably doesn't pose much of a risk…

Study argues ditching butter for veg oil won’t prevent heart disease

Wednesday Apr 13 2016

"Ditching butter for veg oil may not be better for heart," the Daily Mail reports. A new analysis of previously unpublished data from the 1960’s and 70s found no benefit in replacing sources of saturated fats with vegetable oils…

Anti-smoking drug may also help combat sugar cravings

Monday Apr 11 2016

"Anti-smoking drugs could stub out your sugar cravings," the Daily Mail reports. A study in rats suggests that varenicline (Champix), used to relieve nicotine cravings, could also help reduce the desire to consume sugar…

Fruit may be good for you, but don’t ditch the statins

Thursday Apr 7 2016

"Daily fresh fruit lowers heart death risk as much as statins," The Daily Telegraph reports. A study of over a half a million Chinese people found that a diet rich in fresh fruit was linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases…

'Exercise labels' should be added to food packets, expert argues

Thursday Apr 7 2016

"Food and drinks should carry labels showing how long it would take to walk or run off the calories, a leading health expert suggests," the Daily Mail reports. In an opinion piece in the British Medical Journal, Shirley Cramer…

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

Friday Apr 1 2016

"One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025," The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the "UK's population to be fattest in Europe" by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major…

Sugar levels in children's fruit juices 'unacceptably high'

Tuesday Mar 29 2016

"Fruit juices and smoothies contain 'unacceptably high' levels of sugar," reports The Guardian. That was the stark conclusion of a new study looking at the sugar content of fruit juices and smoothies marketed at kids in the UK…

Could a very low calorie diet 'cure' type 2 diabetes?

Tuesday Mar 22 2016

"Dieting for just eight weeks can reverse your diabetes," the Daily Mail reports. A small study of 30 people with type 2 diabetes found eight weeks on a very low calorie diet of around 600 to 700 calories a day, followed…

Can chocolate make you smarter?

Wednesday Mar 9 2016

"Chocolate makes you smarter, proves 40-year study," claims the Daily Express. The news is based on research which found that people who ate chocolate at least once a week performed better in brain tests...

'Carbs linked to lung cancer,' study finds

Tuesday Mar 8 2016

"White bread, bagels and rice 'increase the risk of lung cancer by 49%','' the Mail Online reports after a US study found a link between lung cancer and eating a diet with a high glycaemic index (GI), a measure of carbohydrate content…

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