Food And Diet

Food And Diet

Red meat linked to higher chance of dying earlier

The Guardian gives us the bad news that "red and processed meat can shorten life", while The Daily Telegraph provides the good news that "swapping one portion of red meat a day for fish or nuts could cut risk of early death by almost a fifth".

Both headlines are prompted by a major new study into diet and health

Posted On June 13, 2019
Food And Diet

Claims that tomato juice is good for the heart not backed by evidence

"Drinking tomato juice can reduce your risk of heart disease," is the overenthusiastic headline in the Daily Mirror.

Japanese researchers offered people free tomato juice for a year, to see if it made a difference to their blood pressure or cholesterol levels. While it made no difference to the 481 people in

Posted On June 06, 2019
Food And Diet

Does `ultra-processed` food cause earlier death?

"Heavily processed food like ready meals and ice-cream linked to early death," reports The Guardian.

The headline comes from 2 large observational studies, which found people who ate the most "ultra-processed" food were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, or to die sooner, compared with those who ate

Posted On May 30, 2019
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Supplement used for joint pain may reduce risk of heart disease

"Glucosamine supplements `may cut heart risk`," reports BBC News.

Researchers analysed the diet and lifestyle of almost half a million adults aged 40 to 69 in the UK, and followed them up for an average of 7 years.

They found people who regularly took glucosamine, a food supplement taken to reduce symptoms

Posted On May 15, 2019
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Regularly skipping breakfast linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke

"Skipping breakfast may raise risk of heart disease by up to 87 per cent, study finds," The Sun reports. This follows a US study that looked at the breakfast habits of over 6,500 adults aged around 50. It then looked to see how many people died overall and the specific cause.

A third died over the next 18 years,

Posted On April 23, 2019
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Dietary supplements `do not help improve health outcomes`

"Taking vitamin supplements does not help you live longer but may actually cause you harm, study suggests," reports the Sun.

A US study reports that vitamin and mineral supplements do not reduce the risk of death. And there`s a suggestion that high-dose calcium supplements could actually increase the risk.

Posted On April 09, 2019
Food And Diet

Poor diet now killing more than smoking

"Bad diets killing more people globally than tobacco, study finds," reports The Guardian.

In a new analysis, researchers have estimated that 11 million deaths around the world were related to poor diet.

They found eating a diet high in salt, but low in fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, was associated

Posted On April 04, 2019
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Does eating a few squares of dark chocolate a day improve blood pressure?

"Eating a few squares of dark chocolate every day `improves your blood pressure in just one month`," is the overoptimistic headline in the Mail Online.

Unfortunately for chocoholics, the study involved just 30 people, so the results are not particularly robust.

And all 30 were young healthy adults,

Posted On April 03, 2019
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`Just one sugary drink a day` linked to health problems

"Drinking just one sugary drink a day raises your risk of dying from heart disease and even cancer, research suggests," the Mail Online reports.

This headline is prompted by new research looking at the intake of sugary and artificially sweetened drinks in 2 large groups of health professionals in the US over

Posted On March 19, 2019
Food And Diet

Do `heavily processed` foods increase the risk of an early death?

"Study links heavily processed foods to risk of earlier death," reports The Guardian.

Researchers reported that middle-aged French people who ate 10% more so-called "ultra-processed" food had a slightly increased chance of dying over a 7-year period compared with those who ate less.

The researchers describe

Posted On February 12, 2019
Food And Diet

Eating more fruit and veg `improves mental wellbeing`

"Adding more fruit and veg to your diet boosts your mood and emotional wellbeing as much as landing a new job," reports the Mail Online.

Researchers used survey results from UK families to estimate the link between how much fruit and vegetables people ate on a typical day, and their mental wellbeing. They found

Posted On February 06, 2019
Food And Diet

Blood pressure warnings about the `keto diet` may not apply to humans

"Is the trendy keto diet bad for you?" asks the Mail Online.

The headline refers to the increasingly popular ketogenic diet. This diet involves eating a combination of high-fat and low-carbohydrate foods.

As the body usually uses carbs for energy, the diet is designed to "force" the body to burn off

Posted On January 09, 2019