• Origins of ‘5-a-day’

    I’ve heard the 5-a-day campaign touted as nothing more than an elaborate marketing ploy. That the recommendations to consume 5 fruit and veg a day come from a 1991 collaboration between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Produce for Better Health Foundation to increase fruit and veg sales....
  • True Paleo Diets, and the Problem with Modern Paleo

    The premise of the paleo diet is that our genetics have not changed since we lived as hunter gatherers, and so our diet should not have changed. We are not genetically programmed to eat an agricultural diet, and a truly healthy diet is one which we had for the...
  • The Red Meat, L-Carnitine & TMAO Connection

    Red meats such as beef or lamb are high in a number of nutrients such as zinc, B vitamins, healthy fats and high quality protein. The protein in red meats contains large amounts of an amino acid called L-carnitine, which gets converted into a chemical called TMAO (Trimethylamine N-oxide)...
  • 5 Reasons why ‘5-a-day’ Isn’t Enough

    The ‘5-a-day’ campaign is possibly one of the biggest public health messages, but it is flawed, and here are 5 reasons why.   1. Original studies showed 7-8 was best The 5-a-day campaign was based on a review of a large number of studies which investigated how to reduce...
  • How Much Does Basic Nutrition Cost?

    With the rising food prices and stunted wage rises, it has become a regular claim by many that a healthy diet is just too expensive. This is highlighted regularly in the news, where it is often claimed that “basic nutrition is too expensive for many”. However, I am concerned that...
  • I’m Hungry! – unlimited snack foods

    Bored silly, or sat at a desk all day? Chances are you will look for something to eat sooner or later to break the monotony. You might not even really want to eat, but you do anyway. You think ‘something small, something quick – just a snack’, but these...
  • How sugar damages your teeth

    Sugar doesn’t actually do any damage to your teeth. The damage is done by a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans, which is a natural resident of our mouth, and produces acid. Streptococcus mutans will feed off anything it can find in our mouth – generally food which is in-between your teeth....
  • Manuka vs Raw Honey

    Honey, particularly manuka honey and raw honey is often praised for its health benefits. This had lead to many people using honey as a sugar alternative on foods, in drinks and as a natural treatment for wounds. This article will explain the differences between manuka, raw and regular honey,...
  • Is Fruit Juice Healthy?

    A common assumption by the public is that fruit juices are healthy because they are derived from fruits. This idea is further enforced by fruit juice manufacturers with statements like ‘each glass is the equivalent of  ‘X’ fruits’, which implies having a glass of fruit juice is the same...

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