Diet and dying: people who ate more fruit and veg were less likely to die

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This recent systematic review in the BMJ found that more fruit and veg in the diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other causes.

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Does high sugar intake affect cholesterol and blood pressure?

It’s been suggested that a high-intake of dietary sugars is a cause of increased blood pressure and poor lipid profile. A recent systematic review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition investigates further.

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Review of how (and how not) to help poorer people improve their diet and do more exercise

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We know that type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in groups with lower socioeconomic status, and we know that improving diet and taking exercise can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.  So how can we help poorer people to act on diet and exercise advice? A recent mixed methods systematic review looked at the [read the full story…]

Eat Right 4 Your Type: Is there good evidence?

In 1997, Peter D’Adamo published the book Eat Right 4 Your Type, a book that argues that in order to eat a healthy diet, different blood types need different diets. For instance, D’Adamo makes the claim that blood group O needs a different diet than blood group A. The book has seen tremendous commercial success, [read the full story…]

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Unclear evidence on the cost-effectiveness of distance lifestyle counselling for weight control in the workplace

Being overweight is bad for your health, but finding the time and resources to address this can be difficult. Using distance communication technology, such as e-mail or telephone, can help make person-to-person counselling more accessible to working adults. This isn’t the first time we’ve looked at interventions of this nature at The Lifestyle Elf, but [read the full story…]

New randomized controlled trial says omega 3s good for the young adult brain

Many people don’t consume very much fish and seafood, or at least compared to how much humans might have gotten before we shifted to an agricultural society. This has led many doctors and scientists to wonder, might we be missing out on all the omega-3 fatty acids in fish? One type of omega-3s is called [read the full story…]

Does cutting the cost of fruit and veg encourage us to eat more of them? New trial says yes

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While there is widespread agreement that people need lots of fruits and vegetables in their diets, most people fall well short of meeting daily recommendations. Studies show that people of lower socioeconomic status get the least amount of fruits and vegetables, leading many public health officials to speculate that making these foods cheaper would help [read the full story…]

A home-based program improves physical activity and nutritional behaviour in older people

What a busy morning I’ve had spending quality time with the Elders in the Woodland. We started off with a spot of tai chi in amongst the snowdrops, followed by a pot of Rosy Lee reclining on the toadstools. I’ve been nagging them all to get up and be more active since reading more about [read the full story…]

Less fat in, less fat on: good evidence that lower fat intake leads to lower body weight

In shining the spotlight on body weight and diet last week, the British Medical Journal looked not just at new research on the links with sugar intake, which I blogged on Monday, but also at fat intake. Fair dos really. A research team did a systematic review and meta-analysis  to investigate the relationship between total fat intake [read the full story…]

No such thing as just a spoonful of sugar: new research on eating too much of it and its links with weight gain

There’s been plenty of the white stuff in the news over the weekend. It’s everywhere, affecting every household. Most of us love it, a few of us hate it, and it poses risks to our health. Yes, I’m talking about sugar! It’s been discussed in the House of Commons, as the PM David Cameron fessed up [read the full story…]