According to recent polling, less than one in eight visits to physicians include any counseling or discussion about nutrition and more than 75 percent of physicians feel their medical school training didn't prepare them to speak with patients about diet and nutrition.
It's a huge pain in the arse. And actually quite scary sometimes too. I have a fair few food allergies: nuts, which can set me off into an anaphylactic reaction, fish, makes my lips swell, hideous stomach cramps and vomiting, kiwi, bananas, mustard, raw eggs, milk - the list goes on. Not to mention hayfever, eczema, mild asthma.. yep, I was one of those kids.
Food is an emotional topic, which is part of the reason that the 'diet-of-the-day' story is one that returns to the media as regular as clockwork. Each time we are told that certain foods will either bring eternal health or certain damnation.
Race day nutrition can unquestionably help you to perform better. If you want to go faster, you should make nutrition a focus... There are no universal rules. Though Usain Bolt is a special case and 100m is a very different discipline to triathlon, he found what suited him as a pre-race meal and stuck to it. Though I wouldn't recommend chicken nuggets to my clients!
As a therapist that specialises in weight loss, I've heard more excuses why people can't lose weight than a secondary school teacher asking for homework. Everything from I'm allergic to healthy food, to fruit and vegetables make me fat - and the finger seems to be always pointing at everyone else...
Five-a-day has been the mantra for years - though did you know that very few people manage it? However, recent research showed that people who manage to do even better than this and eat at least 7 and ideally 10 portions a day of fruit and veg had a 25-33% less chance of early death from cancer, heart disease and other causes.
Malnutrition happens in wealthy countries in part because access to nutritious food depends on income. There are proven policies governments can embrace to eliminate nutrition inequities, improve health and increase prosperity. Food fortification is one such policy.
With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, it seems like a good time to take a look at the link between veganism- often considered a very restrictive diet- and athletic success. Can you excel as a world class athlete without meat, eggs or milk?
If you are trying to support your body in reaching your optimum level of health, always start with a clean diet. There is no amount of supplement out there that can compensate for poor eating habits. Vitamins work best when they are taken with other nutrients in foods, to help release the maximum effect.
Diets or eating plans, that restrict whole food groups or are 'heavy' in certain foods, are often unrealistic, unbalanced and difficult to stick to. Leaving people to throw their hands up in the air when it comes to preparing dinner, and got out and get something from your local take away. Take the well popularised Paleo diet...
Maintaining a healthy, youthful and vibrant body makes every other aspect of life more fulfilling and enjoyable. Age is only a number. You can be healthy and active at any age (or unhealthy and inactive as the case may be!) so it's never to late to get into shape.
Frankly, I've had a gutful of the idea that what you do - or don't - eat makes you somehow better than someone else. It doesn't. You are NOT what you eat just like you're not what you don't eat (sugar, gluten etc). Those people who loudly wear their food choices as a badge are becoming tiresome.
The type of food you eat doesn't just affect your health, your fitness and your mood. It can also change the way you look. Here we show you seven foods that can do just that. So, ditch those expensive beauty products and try to eat these nutritious foods instead...
Are food cravings rearing their ugly head and threatening to ruin your diet? There may be some unexpected causes behind your urge to snack. To help prepare yourself for weak moments and resist those cravings, check out these 10 surprising things that make you snack.
An international panel have looked at the data from 343 peer-reviewed, published studies in every possible way, and concluded that there are very significant nutritional benefits to be had from eating organic food.
A square, windowless room built from metre-thick yorkshire stone and kept at a frosty eight degrees, doesn't sound like the ideal venue for any up-and-coming food retailer, but for a cheesemonger these are ideal conditions for storing traditional stiltons and cheddar...