Our relationship with food is broken – here’s how to fix it

The most common dietary concerns among parents of toddlers relate to quantity and quality: they fear that their children are not either eating enough or are eating the wrong things, says Sarah Almond Bushell. “Sometimes it’s volume, other times it’s variety. Some children have a limited range of accepted food and parents worry they won’t … Read more

The seven secrets of naturally skinny people

Take Hardt, who always eats breakfast, but usually muesli and fruit with oat milk “as I’m lactose-intolerant”. Lunch is a Caesar salad with shrimp or a salad nicoise, or just an apple, a handful of olives, and some hummus with carrots. “It depends on how much time I have. I never have bread in the … Read more

The everyday foods sneaking salt into your diet – and 11 easy ways to cut down

So what went wrong, and how can we fix it? In the early Noughties, a nationwide program to slowly reduce the salt content in pre-prepared food sought to gradually wean us off our insatiable taste for sodium. And it worked. The Food Standards Agency had instructed the industry to cut the amount of salt they … Read more

11 of the most common diet myths, busted by Professor Tim Spector

‘The best way to lose weight, believe me, is to eat less,’ said Boris Johnson as he defended the Government’s food strategy after proposals for a salt and sugar tax were ignored. With that “believe me”, the Prime Minister hit a nerve for serial dieters: which parts of the vast smorgasbord of advice out there … Read more

Three easy ways to eat for a longer life

Living to a ripe old age is all well and good, but what we really want is to increase our healthy years, not just our lifespan. In a new review by the University of Southern California, scientists have outlined what they are calling the “longevity diet”. These are the three key findings from the study, … Read more

The ‘healthy’ habits that are actually harmful to your gut

It is now estimated that at least 10 per cent of UK consumers are following a gluten free diet, despite only one per cent of the population being celiac. A Sheffield University study from 2016 surveyed over 10,000 people in 2012, at which point 13 per cent were following a gluten free diet. A similar … Read more

Your ‘true’ biological age – and how to reverse it

1. Switch to a plant-based diet 75 per cent of the time Protein has an ageing effect due to the impact IGF-1, a chemical involved in growth, has on the body. In a study of 3,000 Americans, at the University of Sydney, Levine and Dr Valter Longo, found that a high protein diet, with 20 … Read more

Three easy ways to eat mindfully and lose weight

Obesity is back in the headlines with a new study from Cancer Research UK finding that being overweight substantially increases the risk of women developing womb cancer. With the most recent obesity statistics by Public Health England reporting that two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese, the problem is at a crisis point. … Read more

Why time-restricted eating isn’t a magic diet trick after all

It’s the diet beloved of A-listers and Silicon Valley tech bros. One that doesn’t involve luminous green juices or cartloads of cabbage, but something simpler: spending more time each day without food. Yet time-restricted eating (TRE) – consigning your daily consumption to a six or eight-hour window – has this week been debunked as an … Read more