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Facts behind the headlines

In this section we provide comments on some of the latest nutrition issues in the headlines.

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Still 5 A DAY?

Friday 4th April 2014 A number of news reports this week have suggested that the current recommendation of five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables...

Controversy on diets high in animal protein

5th March 2014 High protein diets, particularly those high in animal protein, have featured in the media today with headlines suggesting that diets...

Is sugar the new tobacco?

Despite the widespread recognition that many people in the UK need to cut down intake of added sugar to meet current recommendations, the recent...

Responsibility Deal Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge

BNF response to the Responsibility Deal Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge Diets high in saturated fat are associated with increased levels of blood...

Saturated fat and heart disease

Stories in the media today (Wednesday 23rd October) have been debating the evidence for the association between intakes of saturated fat in the diet...

Concerns over excessive fluoride intakes from tea

25th July 2013 Concerns over high levels of fluoride consumption from drinking certain brands of tea have appeared in the media today. The...

L-carnitine – study suggests an association with heart disease risk.

A paper by Robert A. Koeth and colleagues was published in the Journal Nature Medicine on the 7th April 20131.  The authors reported on a series of...

Confusion on fats and heart health

6th February 2013. Headlines such as 'swapping the butter for margarine may be bad for your health' (Daily Mail), 'Heart attack risk in healthy...

Nutritionists and their qualifications

In January this year Which? published a report entitled Nutritional therapists - gambling with your health?  that uncovered examples of dangerous...

Is sugar really toxic?

27th March 2012Recently, headlines including "Tax and regulate sugar like alcohol and tobacco, urge scientists" (Guardian, 1 February 2012), "Sugar...

Myths about bread

A recent article (22nd March 2012) in the Daily Mirror, entitled Just how unhealthy is our daily bread? contained a number of inaccuracies...

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