Behind the Headlines

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Study discovers secret of the Mediterranean diet

Tuesday May 20 2014

Why a Mediterranean diet is healthy for us

“The combination of olive oil and leafy salad or vegetables is what gives the Mediterranean diet its healthy edge,” BBC News reports. The Mediterranean diet – a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, olive oil and fish…

Could a single booze binge harm your health?

Monday May 19 2014

Could a single booze binge harm your health?

“Four glasses of wine is enough to harm your health, scientists say,” reports The Independent. A study has found that just a small amount of alcohol can cause harmful bacteria to leak from the gut into the blood.

Two big meals 'better' than six snacks for diabetics

Friday May 16 2014

Two big meals 'better' than six snacks for diabetics

“Only eating breakfast and lunch may be more effective at managing type 2 diabetes than eating smaller, more regular meals,” BBC News reports. The report focuses on a small study which found that when people with type 2 diabetes ate two meals…

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.

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