In light of the new sugar tax that has been proposed in Ireland and the UK, I've decided to base this weeks rant on the topic of sugar and weight gain, is it enough to just tax sugary drinks to combat the alarming rates of obesity? Firstly, it's important to know where the proposed tax … Continue reading Lets not sugar coat the new sugar tax
We've all been told how important sleep is, not only for energy and mood levels but now it seems that sleep deprivation is linked with higher risks of being overweight by having a larger waist circumference. A large study conducted among UK adults found that those who have shorter lengths of sleep (~6 hours a … Continue reading Manage your weight with your eyes closed
I want to address the area of fruit and weight gain this week as multiple sources say to watch how much fruit you eat and at what times because sugars from fruit can cause weight gain. On the other hand we are now being told that 10 servings of fruit and veg is better than … Continue reading Why is bashing fruit so apeeling?
Time and time again, we're told by magazine headlines, bloggers and celebrities that dairy causes outbreaks of spots and acne so we should cut it out if we have regular outbreaks. What is the science behind these claims though? Acne or "acne vulgaris" is the most common skin disease in Western countries and has evolved to … Continue reading Acne and dairy: the truth
This week I decided to focus in on Vitamin D or the "sunshine" vitamin as the colder weather has me wishing of warmer summery days. In the past few decades, Vitamin D has become a hot research topic for a wide range of conditions but today I'm going to highlight why it is such an … Continue reading Sunsational importance of Vitamin D
Faced with two food products that cost the same amount, one organic and one not, most of us would probably choose organic because of the perception that it tastes better and is less contaminated, but you might be surprised to discover otherwise. Analysis of over 200 studies (Smith-Spangler et al. 2012) tells us that: No clinical … Continue reading Is buying “organic” worth it?