• Gene shows sugar is not always a villain

    People with two copies of the FGF21 gene can be quite slim.

    A variant gene may give carriers a sweet tooth but protect them from some of the effects of carbs. John Lamb / Getty ...

    Nutrition April 10, 2018
  • Eating out increases exposure to phthalates

    Restaurants as well as fast food joints up the risk.

    Eating too much fast food is bad for us, in many ways, not least of which is exposure to phthalates, a class of indus...

    Nutrition March 29, 2018
  • The pursuit of hoppiness

    Is it possible to brew good beer without using hops? A US-led team certainly thinks so. Andrew Ma...

    In 1487, the German duchy of Munich adopted a law that insisted the only permissible ingredients for making beer were...

    Nutrition March 20, 2018
  • Saffron may help tense kids

    Cooking spice might do more than make food taste good.

    It sounds at first blush like a bit of dubious homespun hippy wisdom, but a small university-conducted trial has foun...

    Nutrition March 8, 2018
  • Can bananas kill you?

    Does the potassium in bananas mean they’re a hazard?

    On the Internet there is a subset of websites called “mum blogs”, or more often “mommy blogs”, written by people conv...

    Nutrition February 11, 2018
  • Are the health claims of kombucha true?

    The jury is still out on whether it’s any healthier than tea.

    The drink kombucha was previously only popular in hipster cafes, but is now vying for space on the supermarket shelve...

    Nutrition January 28, 2018
  • Med diet may protect against frailty in old age

    Cutting down on red meat might keep you strong in the winter of life.

    Following a so-called Mediterranean diet is frequently attributed to a range of health benefits, from reducing the ri...

    Nutrition January 11, 2018
  • Conversation

    Got high cholesterol? Here are five eating tips

    When it comes to managing high cholesterol, confusion reigns.

    High fat, low fat, no carb, more carb: when it comes to getting information on eating to manage high blood cholestero...

    Nutrition January 5, 2017
  • Why are some people lactose intolerant?

    Where you are born is the big influencer.

    Food can bring people together. But some foods can be a problem for dinner guests. A good example is milk, and the c...

    Nutrition March 3, 2016
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