Saturated fat is welcomed back on the menu, and with this big fat mess behind us can we now look forward to a drop in the 4million European deaths each year that are attributable to heart disease? The answer is: not at all!
Saturated fat does not cause heart disease, but it does not stop it either. Whilst we were totally wrong to castigate it in the first place, we should not fall into the trap of allowing the pendulum to swing in the opposite direction and promote its consumption as heart healthy eating advice, when, again, not an iota of evidence exists to support it. Especially, if it heralds excuses to ‘break out the chips’ or increase our consumption of biscuits and baked goods, and chocolate – both appearing in the top five dietary sources of saturated fat in the UK diet….So the question is: what can we do to make a difference?
The hallmark of the traditional Mediterranean diet, extra virgin olive oil has long been synonymous with good health. Typically, this is put down to its predominance of ‘good’ monounsaturated fats. But what if reducing olive oil down to this was completely missing the point? In fact, there’s no way that fact alone can explain the broad range of health benefits attributed to olive oil. If we want to truly understand the health benefits of this culinary oil we need to look somewhere else altogether, at its minor components, known as polyphenols, which recent research is revealing have powerful health-giving properties.
For me, and most of my friends, the big 4-0 is inexorably closing in. One effect it’s had on me has been to make me think; what could I be doing to promote healthy ageing? And most pertinently, how can I ensure I’m capable of kicking a football around with my grandchildren? One option is Caloric Restriction, which I for one haven’t got the appetite for. But rather than starving yourself, what if there was a way to eat your way to longevity? Oh, and just to whet your appetite, this blog comes with an exclusive recipe from the legendary chef Alessandro Verdenelli, who I’ve collaborated with to come up with the world’s first longevity inducing ‘sirtmeal’…
As a pharmacist I often find myself engaged in lively debate focussed on contentious issues most pertinent to this profession. Advocating a nutritional stance I am regularly a lone voice swallowed up in a sea of conventional wisdom. So it was nice to see that on the topic of omega 3 fish oil consumption, of which I have been a staunch defender, I have received unlikely support from Big Pharma. They have been casting their nets for the next big heart cure, and fish oil is the catch of the day. Following their public endorsement of this often derided supplement analysts now suggest that as many as one third of the adult population will be prescribed fish oils by their doctors in the next few years. The question is though, what are the benefits that caused this change in heart about fish oils?
Love it or hate it, broccoli has ‘superfood’ status. Now, I’m not sure any single food is really deserving of that rather empty and pointless accolade (which is nothing more than a made-up marketing slogan, by the way), as after all, it’s whole diets, indeed whole lifestyles, which ultimately most powerfully influence our health. But what if there was a type of broccoli that had been bred to have all the benefits of broccoli, but multiplied by 3? In essence, an enhanced super broccoli. Could even I be persuaded to use the loathsome word ‘superfood’ to describe it?
Upon a recent perusal of all things nutrition on the web, I came across an article that caused me to choke on the very cashew nuts I was eating. The author, a prominent voice on the internet, was urging individuals to stop consuming nuts and other equally touted health foods such as cocoa….. I decided to perform an interesting experiment: I would search for all natural, normally deemed healthy foods , but now have groups of health conscious individuals recommending you not to eat them as they have identified toxic components, and see what I was left with.
With August upon us, summer is in full swing, and that can only mean two things – sunshine and barbecues. Huzzah!
Alas, neither of those has a glowing bill of health, with fears of skin cancer from excess sun on the one hand, and concerns about the cancer-causing effects of charred meats on the other.
But, there’s no way we’re going to let that take the shine off your summer, no sir. After all, what could be better than kicking back in the sun for an al fresco feast with family and friends? Things really don’t get much better. So here’s to good times, HealthUncut stylee.
Entering your nearest gym or fitness store you will undoubtedly be greeted, if not overwhelmed, by the shelves crammed with products all advertised as the ultimate tool to achieving sporting and health dominance. As a pharmacist who specialises in sports performance and nutrition, I am always intrigued as to whether these claims are backed by hard science or are merely the elaborate creations of a design team solely obsessed with profits. With confusion abound, this article reviews those few products which meet the rigorous assessments of science and are worthy of consideration by those interested in maximising sporting performance.
New research has emerged to suggest that when it comes to nutrition advice for thwarting cancer, one food we have erroneously overlooked is oily fish. Published this week in the British Medical Journal was a new meta-analysis of 21 studies of almost one million participants which concluded that consumption of omega 3 fatty acids, as found in fish, produces a significant reduction in the rate of breast cancer occurrence. Those women who consumed the highest levels of fish oil had a 14% lower rate of breast cancer.
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