Media reckons science now proves ‘carbs’ are fine again

“Eat more ‘good’ carbohydrates and less protein for a longer life,” reports the Mirror. It seems like only last week that the media was advising us to eat less carbohydrates. The reality is that neither today’s “pro-carbs” or recent “anti-carbs” news stories have changed government food advice. Today’s news refers to a short study of different diets on a relatively small number of mice – not people. It’s always a fairly safe bet that studies in mice have few implications for the British human public – and today’s news is…

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Half a handful of nuts a day ‘reduces early death risk’

“A handful of nuts can save your life, says new study,” The Daily Telegraph reports after a Dutch study found a link between daily nut consumption and a reduced chance of dying from a number of chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease. The study assessed the dietary and lifestyle habits of middle-aged to elderly adults from the Netherlands and followed them up over the next 10 years. Overall, researchers found people who ate nuts had a decreased risk of death from any cause as well as various specific causes,…

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Could eating spicy food help you live longer?

“Curry really could be the spice of life,” says The Daily Telegraph, reporting on a study looking at the link between regularly eating foods that contain capsaicin – found in chilli peppers – and the risk of dying early. The study of nearly 500,000 people in China found those who ate spicy food once a week or more were about 10% less likely to die during the seven-year follow-up period than people who ate spicy food less than once a week. However, the researchers say their work cannot prove that spicy…

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New brain diet ‘slows mental decline’

“Eating food rich in vitamins and minerals keeps the brain younger,” reports the Daily Express. The headline was prompted by a US study of a new diet called MIND, which appeared to slow down ageing of the brain. The MIND diet was developed specifically to help improve brain function and reduce dementia, and is a combination of the Mediterranean diet and the blood pressure-lowering DASH diet. Both of these diets have previously shown positive effects on cognitive decline. The researchers wanted to see if they could narrow down which elements…

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Low-fat diets ‘not the best way to lose weight’

“Low-fat diets are not the best way to lose weight,” the Daily Mail reports. The findings come from a new review that analysed data from more than 50 previous studies on low-fat dietary interventions involving almost 70,000 adults. The study aimed to see how low-fat diets measured up to comparison diets for achieving long-term weight loss, defined as a year or more. The findings were mixed. There was evidence from a large number of trials that low-carb diets were better for weight loss than low fat – helping to achieve 1.15kg more weight…

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Do potatoes reduce stomach cancer risk?

“Eating lots of potatoes will reduce your risk of getting stomach cancer,” according to enthusiastic media reports that seized on the UK’s love affair with the spud. The mouth-watering headline followed the publication of a large Chinese review into the link between diet and stomach cancer, which involved 76 studies and 6.3 million people across several countries. However, the news reports were perhaps a little hasty in their conclusions – the study didn’t find any specific link between eating potatoes and a lower risk of stomach cancer. Stomach cancer is one of…

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