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Types of fat

There are three different types of natural fat. The chemical structure of fat is shown below with three examples of the different types of fat. Fatty acids are made up of chains of Carbon atoms (C) bonded with Hydrogen (H) atoms. At one of the ends of a fatty acid is a carboxyl

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Sugar the evidence

Just as this page documents recent academic articles questioning current dietary advice, so this page documents recent academic articles about sugar. All the papers are from 2015 onwards except the first two position papers, which are important to capture: Position statement on Sugar & cardiovascular health: Johnson RK, Lustig RH,

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Sugar in fruit

Five a day is not an evidence based nutrition message. In this post I ask the question – is it still a good message – even though it’s not evidence based? I give five reasons as to why it is not a good message: the lost opportunity of making “eat

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Butter or margarine?

Another paper has been produced by the Harvard team, which likes to analyse data for associations between food and health. This one is entitled “Saturated Fats Compared With Unsaturated Fats and Sources of Carbohydrates in Relation to Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: A Prospective Cohort Study”. The researchers have looked

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Chocolate & cardiovascular disease

On Tuesday 16th June 2015 we woke up to the news: “Two chocolate bars a day ‘reduce risks of heart disease and stroke‘”. The claim for stroke and coronary heart disease together (what is termed cardiovascular disease – CVD) was a 14% risk reduction. Here’s the full study (not sure

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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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