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Replacing, not lowering, cholesterol would be more accurate

You Magazine, Mail on Sunday (18 & 25/5/14), featured a new book by Ian Marber and Dr Laura Corr, with recipes by Dr Sarah Schenker, called “Eat your way to lower cholesterol: Recipes to reduce cholesterol by up to 20% in under 3 months”. My first thought, upon seeing the

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We cannot eat less sugar & more carbohydrate

Introduction The World Health Organisation announced that “sugars should be less than 10% of total energy intake per day.” It further advised that “a reduction to below 5% of total energy intake per day would have additional benefits.”[i] This announcement follows much “Action on Sugar” in 2014 – this being

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Low-fat dairy foods & diabetes risk

I woke up on the morning of Thursday 6th February 2014 to a number of tweets informing me that headlines were claiming “yoghurt is key to beating diabetes.” The on-line version of the Express moderated the headline to “How low-fat dairy food can help to cut your diabetes risk” but

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The Honey Diet

There are a number of new diet books out this New Year, as would be expected. The Honey Diet has already been the subject of a feature in the Daily Mail. I was particularly curious about this one, as I’m often asked “Can I have honey?” and my reply is

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The Australian Heart Foundation & more fat ignorance

A super woman called Jessie has been taking on the Australian Heart Foundation just as I have taken on the British Heart Foundation and so has Dr John Briffa. If you want to keep up with these terrific two – they are on twitter as @jessiereimers and @drbriffa. Jessie started

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Red meat, iron and Alzheimer’s

On 23 August 2013 news headlines were “Red meat could raise Alzheimer’s risk.” “Iron in red meat could raise the risk of Alzheimer’s” said the Daily Mail actual newspaper. On line we had a fuller headline: “Eating too much red meat could increase the risk of Alzheimer’s: Scientists warn build-up

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WeightWatchers Rich Toffee Bars

In November 2012 Patsy Kensit was revealed as a new promoter of WeightWatchers®. In the January 8th issue of OK magazine we learned that Patsy used to eat chocolate and now eats WeightWatchers® Rich Toffee Bars. If Patsy had previously eaten what I call chocolate – 85% or 90% cocoa

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Meat consumption and mortality

An article entitled “Meat consumption and mortality – results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer [EPIC] and Nutrition” was published on 7 March 2013 in the BMC Medicine Journal. The full PDF is available here. The article led to the usual sensational headlines across the world – the BBC;

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Salt Awareness Week – 10 things to be aware of

March 11-17 2013 is “Salt Awareness Week” in the UK – what exactly might we like to be aware of? Let’s get some definitions out of the way first. Salt can be unrefined or refined. Unrefined salt is also known as sea salt. Unrefined (sea) salt comes with many valuable

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The Mediterranean Diet and heart disease

The last week in February (2013) saw headlines all over the world: “Mediterranean diet shown to ward off heart attack and stroke.” The Guardian ran with “Mediterranean diet ‘cuts strokes and heart attacks in at-risk groups‘.”  The Sydney Morning Herald announced “Mediterranean diet cuts risk of first heart attack by

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