Dietary Timeline

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The BBC reports on the possible health benefits of coffee.

  • Coffee is 'health drink' says Italian Forget the scare stories, says dietician Chiara Trombetti, of the Humanitas Gavazzeni institute in the northern Italian town of Bergamo. There is sound scientific reason to enjoy your morning espresso without worrying about the health effects. BBC


Carbohydrates return with the latest trend being the GI diet (low glycaemic index) diet that has now seemingly taken the place of the Atkins diet.

  • Introducing the 'good carb' diet. We've had the low carb diet and the no carb diet - now it's time for the "good" carb diet. A new regime is being hailed by doctors as a healthier alternative to the controversial but highly-popular Atkins Diet. Called the GI (low glycaemic index) diet, it is designed to distinguish between "good" and "bad" carbohydrates. Daily Mail

  • Move over Atkins! Salute the GI. It's been a constant gripe of calorie-counters - they eat healthily but the waistline keeps expanding. Now a new diet could be the answer to their prayers. And unlike the Atkins plan - which advocates a high-protein food regime at the expense of carbohydrates - the GI Diet offers a balanced choice of foods. Daily Mail

The Grapefruit diet makes a re-appearance in the Telegraph.

  • Grapefruit diet really works, say scientists in US. The famous grapefruit diet espoused by women across the Western world 30 years ago really does work, according to research from America. A three-month study has shown that adults who ate half a grapefruit with each normal meal, three times a day, lost 3.6lb on average compared with people eating a similar diet without grapefruit who lost only 0.5lb. Telegraph

The BBC reports on research based on almost 12,000 women carried out at Bristol University published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

  • Fish diet 'boosts foetal growth'. A mother-to-be who eats fish during the later stages of pregnancy is less likely to have a very small baby, research suggests. BBC

UK media has reported how cod liver oil remedy may be able to defeat arthritis.

  • 'Cod liver oil is good for you' - Reports appear to be based on a press release from an unpublished study involving 31 patients recruited 10-12 weeks prior to total knee joint replacement surgery. The press release was issued by a team of researchers at Cardiff University led by Professor Bruce Caterson.

  • FSA issues new advice on oily fish consumption. The FSA has today issued new advice on eating oily fish and, for the first time, is able to recommend maximum levels at which the health benefits of preventing heart disease clearly outweigh the possible risks from dioxins. Advice sheet


UK media reported that chemicals in green and black tea can slow the growth of prostate cancer.

  • 'Tea can slow growth of prostate cancer' - Findings were reported at the conference Experimental Biology 2004. The research found that prostate cancer cells grew more slowly when exposed to the blood serum of the men who had drunk either black or green tea. The accuracy and reliability of the research is unknown as the abstract was not available.

    Henning SM, Niu Y, Lee NH, Conde F, Leung P, Hong J, et al. Bioavailability and bioactivity of tea polyphenols in human prostate tissue and serum after green and black tea consumption. Experimental Biology 2004.


The Guardian reports on the increased consumption of soya.

    They hailed it as a wonderfood. Soya not only destroys forests and small farmers - it can also be bad for your health.The Guardian


  • Oranges, bananas and turmeric prevent leukaemia. Giving infants oranges and bananas regularly may halve their risk of developing childhood leukaemia, suggest the results of a new study. And a diet containing the curry spice turmeric may also be protective - accounting for the differences in childhood leukaemia rates between east and west - says a leading scientist. New Scientist