Nutrition

Healthy eating: Changing your eating habits

The food you eat can affect your health and your risk for certain diseases. To eat healthier food, you may need to change some of your daily habits. You also may need to change some things in your environment. Your environment includes everything around you, like your home or the place you work. You don’t […]

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10 foods to boost your brainpower

By Jo Lewin – Nutritional therapist Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health. The brain requires nutrients just like your heart, lungs or muscles do. But which foods are particularly important to keep our grey matter happy?   1. Opt for wholegrains Like everything else in your body, the […]

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What diet soda does to belly fat

  More evidence that diet soda contributes to weight gain, not weight loss A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda. The study analyzed data from 749 people […]

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Food for thought: Is your brain missing something?

By Bonnie Berkowitz and Laura Stanton Our brains need certain nutrients to keep us happy, focused and functioning at our best. But moderation is key, and gobbling more of a particular nutrient helps only if you’re making up for a deficiency, said neuroscience professor Gary Wenk, author of “Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control […]

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(Only) Two rules for a good diet

By Mark Bittman SAN FRANCISCO — To a large extent, you can fix the food system in your world today. Three entities are involved in creating our food choices: business (everything from farmers to PepsiCo), government (elected and appointed officials and their respective organizations) and the one with the greatest leverage, the one that you […]

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Sweet enough already?

Peter Wootton-Beard, Oxford Brookes University Are sugar-sweetened soft drinks making us fatter? Several recent high-profile reports have suggested that drinks that contain sugar contribute towards being overweight or obese [1, 2].  Our own National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) showed that 52% of us consumed carbonated soft drinks (not low calorie) and 22% of us […]

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The Mediterranean diet could help reverse metabolic syndrome

The Mediterranean diet along with supplemental extra-virgin olive oil and nuts could help reverse metabolic syndrome, Spanish researchers say in a study that was published Tuesday. Some 25% of adults suffer from metabolic syndrome, which increases their risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. The disease itself is the result of a combination of at […]

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Healthy hydration guide

Water is essential for life and it is very important to get the right amount of fluid to be healthy. However there are lots of mixed messages about how much, and what to drink and this can be confusing. Do I really need to drink 8 glasses of water on top of all my other […]

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Balancing dietary fibre and protein for a healthy gut

By Dr. Silvia W. Gratz, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen Summary Many people recognise that maintaining an appropriate body weight is very important for health. However, losing weight is not easy and so diets which are high in protein and restricted in carbohydrate are popular as they help to promote a […]

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Cooking tips for one

It can be tricky when cooking for one (or even two) to make the most of your ingredients and to minimize dishes — particularly when many recipes focus on making a meal for a family and serve four to six people. But just because you have a smaller household doesn’t mean you should abandon the […]

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Eating too much salt speeds up the aging process

Eating too much salt may speed up the ageing process, scientists have discovered for the first time. Although sodium is known to raise the blood pressure, which can lead to fatal heart attacks and strokes, it is the first time it has been linked to cellular ageing. Scientists found that overweight or obese teenagers who […]

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