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Cut Your Risk of Cancer by Reducing Red Meat Consumption

Posted: Monday, March 14th, 2011

An independent report by the Scientific Advisory Committee reviewed the links between meat consumption and bowel cancer. It suggested those who eat at least 90g of red or processed meat a day faced higher levels of the disease. This is significant as bowel cancer kills around 16,500 people in the UK every year. The DoH […]

Study shows raised homocysteine levels are linked to dementia

Posted: Thursday, February 17th, 2011

An article in Nature Journal confirms previous evidence that raised homocysteine levels are a likely primary predictor and potential cause of the brain damage that identifies Alzheimer’s.  ‘homocysteine is associated with an increase in the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia’ Levels of Homocysteine area associated with a lack of Vitamin B6, B12 and Folic acid. […]

Nutrient deficiencies are sweeping across Britain

Posted: Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Millions of adults and children in the UK are risking poor health and even serious illness because of major shortfalls in their nutrition, according to an important new report out today The researchers found that a quarter of women have inadequate intakes of iron, more than 50% lack the antioxidant selenium and nearly one in […]

Save money, Ditch the credit card and eat more healthily

Posted: Thursday, October 21st, 2010

A study published this week showed that when we pay for food with cash we make healthier choices and steer clear of junk food and impulse purchases. Cash should also keep your weight down as researchers suggested that there is a link between rising obesity and the use of cash cards in America. Great news […]

Chilli may be hot news for blood pressure?

Posted: Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Research carried out in China has demonstrated that rats fed capsaicin (the chemical that makes chillis hot) had more relaxed blood vessels and lower blood pressure than mice given a diet without capsaicin. The researchers suggest that eating chillis may be a promising lifestyle intervention for people with hypertension. Until further research is done, people […]

Flavonoids in chocolate cut heart risks

Posted: Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Recent research carried out in Sweden has been widely reported in the media because it claims that chocolate can reduce the risk of heart failure in elderly and middle-aged women. The researchers asked thousands of people to complete questionnaires listing which foods they commonly eat and found that older women who eat one to two […]

Coco pops now just under one third sugar!

Posted: Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Kellogg’s announced yesterday that they had invested millions of pounds to reduce the sugar content of Coco pops in order to meet the needs of mums who want a lower sugar cereal that their children will eat. In so doing they have reduced the sugar content from 35 per 100 grammes to 29.75 per 100 grammes. […]

Balance blood sugar to keep aggression at bay

Posted: Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Research published this week suggests that  a sweet drink allowed students to remain calmer under stressful provocation than their counterparts who had been given an artificially sweetened drink. Student volunteers performed tasks such as preparing a speech to be read to a stranger; this speech was then criticised as boring and disappointing. Those who had […]

High fat diets may cause emotional disturbance

Posted: Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour (SSIB) has found that a prolonged high fat diet is associated with changing levels of a brain chemical called dopamine. This chemical conducts signals in the brain that control movement, emotional responses and the ability to feel pleasure […]

Nitrate content of beetroot juice lowers blood pressure

Posted: Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Researchers at the Queen Mary University of London and UCL have published a study that found that the high nitrate content of beetroot causes blood vessels to dilate, lowering blood pressure. Healthy volunteers who were given beetroot juice or nitrate tablets had their blood pressure reduced within 24 hours. Beetroot is a good source of […]