Diet & Fitness

Moving goalposts – a government-approved lifestyle is always out of reach

Something dramatic happened twenty years ago that has been all but forgotten. On June 17th 1998, 25 million Americans suddenly…

Eating lentils ‘lowers type 2 diabetes risk’

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to…

The proposed ‘junk food’ advertising ban is aimed at you, not your children

We are being sold a pig in a poke by obesity campaigners. When Action on Sugar started complaining about added…

High protein diet ‘increases heart failure risk’

For middle-aged men, eating higher amounts of protein is associated with a slightly elevated risk of heart failure, according to…

Good news for vegetarians – plants can be made to absorb B12

Researchers at the University of Kent have discovered that some plants can absorb vitamin B12. The study has been published…

Dark chocolate ‘reduces stress and inflammation’

Consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao (a minimum of 70 per cent) has positive effects on stress…

Eating more fish ‘could prevent Parkinson’s’

Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, prevents the formation of protein structures closely associated…

A high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss in type 2 diabetes patients

Eating a high-energy breakfast promotes weight loss, improves diabetes and decreases the need for insulin, according to new research by…

Beetroot supplements increase exercise capacity after heart failure

Beetroot juice supplements may help enhance exercise capacity in patients with heart failure, according to a new study published in…

Smaller portions, higher prices, fewer choices; public health puritans are ruining everything

January is a bleak month for many of us. I shall be glad to see the back of it, but…

Le Grand Bellevue’s spa: the jewel in Gstaad’s crown

Gstaad is known as the playground of the superrich. Its famous inhabitants include Bernie Ecclestone, and the Spectator’s own Taki.…

In memoriam: Irn-Bru (1898 – 2018)

As Mark Renton famously said, it’s shite being Scottish. And it’s about to get considerably worse; this month the sugar…

Regular fish consumption linked to higher IQ in children

Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQ scores than those who consume…

Don’t call my book a ‘celeb diet’ – it’s a lifestyle medicine plan

One of the first surgical procedures I observed and assisted in as a qualified doctor was the amputation of a patient’s…

Low-salt diet ‘as effective as drugs’ for hypertension

A low-salt diet combined with the DASH diet (The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) substantially lowers systolic blood pressure –…

Drinking tea and red wine ‘reduces type 2 diabetes risk’

People who consume foods and drinks that are rich in antioxidants have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes,…

Eating cereal fibre increases chances of surviving colon cancer

People who eat a diet high in cereal fibre or increase their fibre intake after a colon cancer diagnosis may…

Weight training ‘more effective than cardio’ for older adults

A new study suggests combining weight training with a low-calorie diet preserves much needed lean muscle mass that can be…