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Burning off calories (& food labels)

On 15 January 2016, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) called for the introduction of ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labelling on food and drink. Such labelling would show how much activity would be required to burn off the calories contained in the food or drink. But would it?! The press

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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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World Health Organisation, meat & cancer

Today, 26th October 2015, the World Health Organisation declared the consumption of red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans, based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans” and declared processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans, based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption

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National cholesterol month

I was at a dinner party recently when the subject of cholesterol came up. Every (lay) person around the table turned out to be an expert: “Cholesterol is bad”, said one. “Well actually there’s good and bad cholesterol”, clarified another. “Our cholesterol shouldn’t be higher than five”, volunteered one sage.

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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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The British Nutrition Foundation, Food Giants and our Children

We had dinner with friends recently – the proud parents of 11 and 13 year old boys. Mum could not wait to share her outrage that she was being ‘told off’ by school staff for not putting bread or snacks in the boys’ lunch boxes. Both boys are the picture

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High protein diets, weight & death

On May 8th 2015, The Independent, and a few other newspapers, reported “High-protein diets increase risk of weight gain, study finds”. The abstract can be found here. Sadly the full article is not on open view, but I’ve got a copy to dissect it for you below. The PREDIMED study

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Being overweight reduces dementia risk?

The headline on Friday 10th April 2015 was “Being overweight ‘reduces dementia risk’”. The original article is here. Sadly on pay per view only, so it cost me $31.50 for 6 pages. I tweeted early on Friday morning “Being overweight may be associated with reduced incidence of dementia but ‘reduces

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Competing interest?

After the success of this paper and the huge media interest it generated, a backlash was inevitable. It came in the form of a personal attack on me that I had not declared a ‘competing interest’. What competing interest? I was accused of “the advice on this web site [the

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