Acne Diet Link – New Evidence

A new study has confirmed the important role that diet plays in acne. The link has been a topic of discussion since it was first noted that acne is rare in non-westernized populations such as the Inuit and tribal populations. Genetics alone does not account for this difference. Environmental factors such as diet have therefore […]

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Mediterranean style diets rich in wholegrains may help to keep us trim and healthy

There are many studies which have found that following a Mediterranean style diet is associated with a reduced risk of developing chronic diseases e.g. heart disease, dementia, diabetes.  A recent study (1) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has concluded that “promoting the MDP [Mediterranean Dietary Pattern] as a model of healthy eating […]

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Refined carbohydrates linked again with increased risk of heart disease

In February this year I wrote about the links between refined carbohydrate and heart disease and mentioned some studies which suggested that sugary carbohydrates and those which increased blood sugar levels quickly (carbohydrates with a high glycaemic index, or GI) seemed to be a greater risk for heart disease than fat. A recent study (1) published […]

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Diet, the brain and behaviour in children

Children everywhere are starting to get ready to go back to school after their long summer holidays.  Nutrition and diet can impact the body and health in many ways, the most apparent concerns for parents of school aged children are immune health and brain function/behaviour. In July I wrote about probiotics and prevention/treatment of childhood […]

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Can cinnamon affect our blood sugar levels?

Cinnamon has been a popular spice for both culinary and medicinal purposes for many hundreds of years (thousands in fact).  Over the last 20 years scientific studies with the spice have been increasing and there has been particular interest in the way that cinnamon appears to be useful in helping blood sugar control (especially in […]

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Eating to prevent heart disease

Back in September last year I wrote a two part blog post (part I, part II) about the links between coronary heart disease (CHD) and diet For many years now the associations between diet, specific nutrients and coronary heart disease has been investigated.  However, the evidence is often conflicting and sometimes the studies are weak […]

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