Food And Diet

Food And Diet

Reports that dark chocolate `improves eyesight` are unconfirmed

"Dark chocolate improves your eyesight," is the unusual headline from the Mail Online following a small trial comparing the effects of dark and milk chocolate on vision. The theory is that dark chocolate is high in antioxidant flavanols, which are touted as having many potential health benefits, including effects on

Posted On April 27, 2018
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No evidence that `friendly bacteria` will help with osteoarthritis

The Mail Online reports that "junk food-loving bacteria" in your gut, rather than excess weight, could be linked with osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis, often referred to as "wear and tear arthritis", can cause joint pain and stiffness, and has been linked to both ageing

Posted On April 20, 2018
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Media reports about high levels of zinc in tinned tuna are based on flawed data

"Tinned tuna could wreck your guts as it has up to 100 times more zinc than is safe," is the headline from The Sun. The report was prompted by a laboratory experiment that aimed to test whether the levels of zinc found in the linings of some food containers were leaking into the contents and causing digestion problems.

Posted On April 13, 2018
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Broccoli and sprouts linked to healthier arteries for older women

"Research has shown eating broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts to be particularly beneficial for the hearts of elderly women," The Guardian reports.

Australian researchers investigated the potential benefits of a vegetable diet in general, as well as specific types of vegetables, on artery health.

Posted On April 05, 2018
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Pasta unlikely to cause weight gain as part of a healthy diet

"Eating pasta may help with weight loss," The Independent reports.

But what the headline fails to make clear is that researchers were looking at pasta in the wider context of people following a low glycaemic index (GI) diet.

A low-GI diet involves eating foods that don`t release a large amount of sugar

Posted On April 04, 2018
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No evidence the 5:2 diet prevents heart disease

"Eat your heart out" and "5:2 dieters lose weight `quicker` and may have healthier hearts," are the misleading headlines from The Sun and The Daily Telegraph this morning. These reports are based on a very small trial comparing the 5:2 diet with a standard low-calorie diet.

The researchers also took blood samples

Posted On March 19, 2018
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`Eat like a Victorian farm-hand` may not be the best advice

"Researchers have found the eating habits of Victorian peasants were perhaps the best," is the misleading headline from the Mail Online.

The Mail, as well as many other UK media outlets, presents a distorted version of a study exploring regional variations in diet among Victorian people, using surveys carried

Posted On March 09, 2018
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Healthy eating may not offset harmful effects of a high-salt diet

"An apple a day cannot offset the damage done by eating too much salt in items such as crisps, a study has found," the Daily Mirror reports.

Eating a high-salt diet can increase your blood pressure, which in turn increases your risk of serious conditions,

Posted On March 06, 2018
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Could drinking fruit tea be bad for your teeth?

"Sipping acidic fruit teas can wear away teeth, says study," reports BBC News on a new review on the role of diet in tooth erosion – where the tooth`s enamel coating is worn down by acid.

Two researchers from King`s College London looked at a number of existing studies on the topic of dietary causes of tooth e

Posted On February 26, 2018
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Low-carb or low-fat diet? Both work well

"Increasingly trendy low-carbohydrate diets are no more effective than traditional low-fat diets," reports The Daily Telegraph.

Researchers in California found people lost an average 5 to 6kg (11 to 13lbs) over 12 months, whether they were assigned to a low-fat or low-carb diet.

The researchers found

Posted On February 21, 2018
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Bacteria found in milk and beef linked to rheumatoid arthritis

"Drinking milk or eating beef could cause rheumatoid arthritis, scientists warn," reports the Mail Online. However, the story is more complicated than the headline suggests.

Researchers investigated genetic mutations in the blood cells of people with rheumatoid arthritis

Posted On February 01, 2018
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Having more `sweet dreams` may help with your `sweet tooth`

"The key to stopping yourself snacking could be as simple as getting into bed," reports the Mail Online. Researchers found that people who usually sleep less than 7 hours a night can increase their sleep time, and this may be linked to them eating less sugary food.

Previous studies linked insufficient sleep to

Posted On January 10, 2018