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?
Coconut oil seems to have taken the gastronomy world by storm, from adding it to coffees to food bloggers and celebrities swearing by it. The interest in its health benefits has massively increased, with some even terming it as a "superfood"- but does it really live up to the hype? Sales in the UK have … Continue reading Coconut or Coconot?
This weeks rant is how breakfast cereals (and granola, muesli, cereal bars etc) can be incredibly deceiving, portraying a "healthy" image when in fact laden with sugars and hidden calories. Don't get me wrong, breakfast cereals can be a great source of fibre and nutrients such as iron and vitamin B12 if they're fortified, however … Continue reading Should we all be cereal killers?
This weeks topic is all about caffeine - some of us are totally hooked and cannot start our day without a bucket of coffee (joys of adulting) while others experience digestive discomfort such as heart burn and avoid it. Other uses are now beginning to emerge for caffeine, such as increasing sports performance and … Continue reading Spilling the beans on coffee