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Vitamin C

Vitamin C

Vitamin C became famous the moment that Linus Pauling (pictured), a US professor of chemistry, said he thought that vitamin C could reduce the risk of the common cold. By this time, in the early 1970s, he had already pocketed two Nobel Prizes in chemistry and peace. He could have got a third when he was working hard to determine the structure of DNA before Watson and Crick beat him to it. So, Paul...

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Food and gout: a brief update

Food and gout: a brief update

Recently I had to review the dietary treatment of gout for a client. Gout is a common form of arthritis, yet there is very little research on the role of food despite textbooks and the web being full of dietary advice and presumptions.

What is gout?

Gout is characterised by high levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricaemia), and is more likely to occur in men than in women. The high levels ...

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Red wine vs white wine

Red wine vs white wine

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine

It was Dr Serge Renaud who popularised the term "French Paradox" in 1992. The French eat more saturated fats than many other western nations, yet have a lower rate of heart disease. The attractive concept that wine could reverse the effects of a fatty diet has been the justification of many who enjoy a wine.

Red vs white

So begat to ongoing discuss...

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Cuppa Tea

Cuppa Tea

I'm a big fan of black tea due to my English heritage, where you weren't supposed to leave the breakfast table if there was still tea in the pot. For one of my badges in Cubs I had to prove at the age of seven that I could brew the perfect cup of tea: pre-warm the pot, add x teaspoons of leaves (x = one teaspoon per person + one for the pot), add boiling water, stir, leave to brew for five minutes...


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Food and Zits

Food and Zits

Good parent, bad teenager

Parents have long handed out dietary advice to reduce pimple production, seemingly based more on socially accepted dogma (avoid sugar, soft drinks and confectionery) rather than any good quality research. No doubt, it suited the good parent/bad teenager model of family life. Since the turn of the century there has been some, but not many, well designed studies to try an...

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