Tag Archives: Diet

Sugar detox? Cutting carbs? A doctor explains why you should keep fruit on the menu

Ripe berries and sugar crystals are both sweet, but one offers much more than just calories. Chris George/PhotoPlus Magazine/Future via Getty Images Jennifer Rooke, Morehouse School of Medicine One of my patients – who had been struggling with obesity, uncontrolled diabetes and the cost of her medications – agreed in June 2019 to adopt a more whole-food plant-based diet. Excited …

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Vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets could save you money – new research

Going plant-based doesn’t have to mean spending more. marilyn barbone/ Shutterstock Marco Springmann, University of Oxford Many people are choosing to make the switch to plant-based diets for many reasons – including as a way of cutting their climate footprint or to be healthier. Yet there’s long been the notion that plant-based diets are inherently more expensive than following a …

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A diet consisting mainly of fruit is bad for you

Fruitarianism is one of the most restrictive diet choices available. Julia Zolotova/unsplash James Brown, Aston University Plant-based diets have become increasingly popular in recent years, both for health and ethical reasons. One extreme form of plant-based diet is “fruitarianism”, a diet based largely on consumption of raw fruit. At first glance, this may sound healthy, but what effect will this …

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Pescatarians are right – why I say eating fish is more ethical than eating meat

Andreea Tudor/Shutterstock Martin Cohen, University of Hertfordshire Forget veggie burgers, fake bacon and cheese made from oats. For vegans at least, plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products have long since gone mainstream. Alt-fish – food made from plants that mimics the taste and texture of fish, or real fish tissue grown from stem cells – is the next big …

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Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?

Dejan Dundjerski/Shutterstock Duane Mellor, Aston University Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable? A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health sought to test this hypothesis. It found that health professionals who reported following diets that are vegetarian, vegan …

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A healthy microbiome builds a strong immune system that could help defeat COVID-19

The microbes living in the gut are key to good health. Dr_Microbe/iStock/Getty Images Plus Ana Maldonado-Contreras, University of Massachusetts Medical School You may not know it, but you have an army of microbes living inside of you that are essential for fighting off threats, including the virus that causes COVID-19. In the past two decades scientists have learned our bodies …

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The sun goes down on vitamin D: why I changed my mind about this celebrated supplement

Supplementary benefits? Vitamin D by Shutterstock Tim Spector, King’s College London Everyone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamoured with vitamin D supplements for decades. As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines hail their magical ability to reduce a vast range of conditions from dementia to cancer. …

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Low carb, Paleo or fasting – which diet is best?

Ekaterina Markelova/Shutterstock Duane Mellor, Coventry University and Paul D McArdle, University of Birmingham At this time of year, we are bombarded with books and TV shows telling us what we should be eating and how best to lose weight. Particularly in vogue are low-carb diets, Paleo diets and intermittent fasting diets. But which diet is the most effective for sustained …

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