Diet & Fitness

broccoli

‘Broccoli cuts sugar cravings’: why fruit and vegetables need more hype

They don’t hold back, those scientists, do they? One minute it’s five a day and then, instead of a small…

marathons

Small study suggests marathons can damage your kidneys

The physical stress of running a marathon can cause short-term kidney injury, according to research published in the American Journal…

If we want to benefit from Brexit, the first thing we should do is make snus legal

In Sweden, the smoking rate has fallen to a mere nine per cent, as the New Scientist reports… Sweden is…

salt

Salt is not the enemy. It’s time authorities stopped demonising it

Forty years ago, the United States senate undertook the near-impossible task of reviewing all existing evidence on nutrition in order…

exercise

Exercise wards off heart disease whatever your weight

Overweight or obese people with low levels of physical activity are a third more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, according…

healthy diet

You can eat a healthy diet for next to nothing. Here’s the proof

It is a common belief in some circles that a healthy diet is unaffordable. Last year, the chair of the…

egg

Breakfast isn’t a ‘dangerous meal’. It’s bad science to say it is

The weirdest dietary advice offered up so far this year has to be the fear-mongering about breakfast. One writer on…

10 a day

Ten a day of fruit and veg: how good is the evidence?

Eating more than five portions of fruit and vegetables a day greatly reduces the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer…

Stub out the fags, pour away the booze. Britain has succumbed to the nanny state

The nanny state has spoken and we, the people, have listened. Worse still, we’ve obeyed. Figures released by the Office…

breakfast

Why eating breakfast is bad for your health

Breakfast is a dangerous meal. This might sound provocative, so let me explain. It’s dangerous because it’s eaten soon after…

exercise

Exercise may protect against depression, but this study doesn’t show it

Children who get enough exercise aren’t just more physically fit, but also have better mental health in adulthood, according to…

protein

The protein myth: why high-protein diets are utterly pointless

Nonsensical nutritional claims have been with us for years. Stanley Green, the Protein Man, paraded up and down Oxford Street…

clean eating

Clean eating has a dark side. Its gurus can no longer ignore it

‘There’s a slight irony to the whole thing, having never described myself as “clean”,’ Ella Mills says to Dr Giles…

diet

Permanent diet ‘extends life of monkeys by a tenth’

Reducing daily calorie intake by a fifth has been shown to extend the lives of monkeys by 10 per cent,…

breakfast

Some of us are better off skipping breakfast, a study suggests

It is often claimed that skipping breakfast makes you more likely to gain weight. The theory is that you will…

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow’s clean living cult is a danger to your brain

This year I’ve been trying so hard not to be fat that I completely overlooked the new health trend: clean…

Evidence suggests running might (possibly) be good for your knees

Running could, contrary to popular belief, be good for the knees. A new study at Brigham Young University in Utah…

sugar

All that worry about sugar is working: children are now eating less of it

The trouble with reasonable voices — as current global politics are neatly illustrating for us — is that they tend…