Diet & Fitness

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…

yoga

Robust evidence is in: yoga helps to ease chronic back pain

Doing yoga can relieve chronic back pain, according to a major review published by the Cochrane Library. The ancient practice,…

exercise

The less exercise you do, the more it matters

‘Weekend warriors’ — or people who get all their exercise in one session at the weekend — get almost as…

January 19: the day New Year’s resolutions die. Here’s how to keep yours alive

‘New year, new you!’ I, for one, buy into this mantra on an annual basis, mentally and monetarily. Last January,…

Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet ‘reduces brain shrinkage’? The study didn’t prove any such thing

New research has claimed that a Mediterranean diet can protect the brain from shrinking in old age (however, see our…

baby talk

‘Yummy veggies’? ‘Fun-size’ snacks? On healthy eating, let’s stop the baby talk

January is an odd time for nutrition professionals. Having been ignored and uninvited for most of December we find ourselves…

diet drinks

Ignore the headlines. Diet drinks don’t make you fat

The front pages of yesterday’s newspapers had some sensational news for the yo-yo dieters and temporary gym members of post-festive…

specific carbohydrate diet

Inflammatory bowel disease can be hell. New evidence suggests a diet can fix it

Diet alone can cure the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease in children, according to research published in the…