The average Briton is three stone or 19kg heavier today than in the 60s. And not because they're eating more or exercising less – they just unwittingly became sugar addicts, argues this lengthy article in The Guardian. It is written by Jacques Peretti to coincide with his three-part documentary currently being aired on BBC2: .
Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets - like the Atkins diet - have been popular among dieters for years. For just as long, experts have worried that such diets might be harmful to the kidneys. A study appearing in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) looks into these safety concerns and has found that this popular weight-loss strategy unharmful for the kidneys of obese individuals without kidney disease.
We're all familiar now with the idea of "good fats" and "bad fats", with fish oils in the role of "good" and saturated animal fats the "bad”. The progress of nutrition science is now taking this idea a step further. It's not only challenging the scientific basis of the idea that "low-fat diets are best" but providing evidence for the idea (a heresy to health professionals) that fat is, in fact, good for you. Comment by New Nutrition Business's Julian Mellentin.
Tim Noakes has moved from advocating carbo-loading to suggesting that carbohydrates are an addiction posing severe health risks. But while his revised recommendations are couched in the language of science, does the science support them? [Excellent opinion piece from the Daily Maverick].
Low carb, high protein, low fat...? Sports science fundi, Prof Tim Noakes' recent advocacy of a high protein-low carb eating regimen has put diet high on SA middle-class agendas in recent weeks. The GI Foundation of SA (GIFSA) has released this advice in reaction to the debate...