23 November 2015 for the Observer as "What is Healthy Eating?": It’s easy to develop a case of the latest psychiatrically acknowledged eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa – an obsession with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy. I got one for just £65. That’s the price of an introductory session at London’s Hale Clinic, an alternative therapy … Continue reading The free-from-fear diet
6 April 2014: Published in the Observer, my piece on the "5 a day" debate got an amazing 900+ comments. Some of them quite well-tempered (must be something in the diet). So now it's seven a day? Here's my easy alternative: just stop eating rubbish Nanny Britain's fruit and veg regime will never work … Continue reading Don't eat crap. Three times a day.
Update, 1 May 2014. The booze giants won a ruling yesterday allowing them to take their challenge over minimum pricing to the European Court. It's now 13 months since the law passed by the Scottish parliament should have come into effect, and started saving lives and livers. Latest briefingfrom Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems here . The challenge will … Continue reading Boycott the bullying whisky barons
An ongoing discussion of Big Sugar and its spending in academia 24 January 2016: BBC1's The Big Questions held a live debate in Edinburgh on sugar and health. During it I stated that Professor Mike Lean, chair of human nutrition at Glasgow University, was funded by Coca-Cola for some of his research. He objected. I based my assertion on a 2012 … Continue reading The sugar corps: scientists for sale?
30 December 2013: fruit sold on health promises, my story published in the UK's Daily Mail. Believe the hype and they’ll solve all your health issues. They are the natural solution for everything from cancer, heart disease and dementia through to ageing skin, poor eyesight and interrupted sleep. No wonder “superfruits” now pop up everywhere: in cereal, desserts, … Continue reading Are "superfruits" a scam? A potato might do the same job at a tenth the price…
Bakery firms are making big promises: touting premium loaves to help with everything from dieting and flatulence to memory loss and the symptoms of menopause. I enlisted some experts and we took apart 12 supermarket loaves to ask: are health breads a big gluten-loaded con? (Extended version of an investigation for the Daily Mail, published 21 … Continue reading Is "health bread" a scam?