A recent study funded by the American Cocoa Research Institute indicated that where coffee is consumed in high quatities it may be responsible for realtively high levels of antioxidants in the diet. The study conducted by Professor Vinson, was described by the American Chemical Society in Washington.
- Coffee 'gives more antioxidants than fruit and veg' Coffee is likely to contribute far more antioxidants to the British diet than fruit and vegetables. Telegraph
- Coffee found to be high in health-giving antioxidants. Coffee might soon be considered a health drink following a study showing it is a surprisingly rich source of anti-cancer agents. Independant
Cover-up charge over 'cancer-risk' milk - The scare arose during the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth, when slaughtered animals were burned in large numbers on open funeral pyres across the country. Substances known as dioxins, which are potentially carcinogenic, were being emitted by the fires and carried across pasture where animals grazed, raising fears that they would be absorbed into the food chain and thus taint dairy products. The Guardian
The GI diet has now been superseded by a more sophisticated version: the glycaemic load (GL), which shows that some "bad" GI foods could actually be beneficial. Two more variations of the low-carb diet follow; Dr Fedon Alexander Lindberg - author of The Greek Doctor's Diet and the Montignac Diet from Michael Montignac, the founding father of GI dieting.
Finally, 'You are when you eat', the latest fashion in diets focussing on what time of day you eat. Advocates: Dr Mark Mattson, cheif of the laboratory of neurosciences at America's National Institute of Ageing.
- Say goodbye GI and hello GL - the new, improved diet for savvy slimmers. You've probably already heard about the GI diet. It came hot on the heels of Atkins and now eight of the ten bestselling diet books are GI related. It's recognised as being a healthier, less restrictive diet than the Atkins regimen that had dieters gorging on high-fat, high-protein foods. The Times
Diet another day: the Montignac Diet. This is a low glycaemic-index (GI) diet for people who love their food, and is the latest offering from Michael Montignac - the founding father of GI dieting. The plans take inspiration from French cuisine, so the good news is that the foods that are blacklisted by calorie-counting diets - such as red wine, cheese and chocolate - are all allowed. Telegraph
The Greek Doctor's Diet. He advocates a low-carb diet but hates comparisons with Atkins, has singlehandedly changed the eating habits - and probably life expectancy - of a whole nation, and his eating plan could reverse Britain's obesity crisis. Dr Fedon Alexander Lindberg - author of The Greek Doctor's Diet which (somewhat confusingly) has changed the way Norwegians eat - is on his way here. He doesn't advocate any new, faddy way of eating. It's solid, sensible advice based on the way the Mediterraneans - in particular, the Greeks - have been eating for years. Daily Mail
You are when you eat. The latest fashion in diets is to focus on what time of day you eat. But does it make any difference? You are when you eat is the latest catchphrase among healthy eaters. Instead of obsessing about what's on your plate, a new strategy to stay trim is to focus on what time of day you eat it. Advocates: Dr Mark Mattson, chief of the laboratory of neurosciences at America's National Institute of Ageing. The so-called warrior diet mirrors the eating habits of our cave-dwelling ancestors who consumed their daily intake between 4pm and 7pm, when, Mattson says, we "are at our hungriest". Telegraph
The BBC reported on the adverse health consequences of 'Orthorexia' (a term originally coined by a Californian doctor Steve Bratman in 1997 to describe a "fixation on righteous eating").
'I am an orthorexic'. An obsession with healthy eating could be dangerous, doctors have warned. BBC
The Observer reports on preliminary results of the Durham-based study.
Fish oil diet feeds brains of toddlers. The behaviour of pre-school children improves dramatically when given a daily dose of fish oils, according to the first study made into dietary supplements for young people under the age of three. The Guardian
The Guardian and Telegraph report on the beneficial properties of tumeric and how it may help protect against cancer
Curry spice may protect against cancer: Scientists hope they are unravelling the secrets of how a prime curry ingredient helps protect against cancer. They have found the active agent in turmeric, the spice that colours and flavours many Asian meals, can block a cancer-promoting protein. The Guardian
Does it work? Curry. Earlier this month, scientists in Swansea announced that turmeric, a spice used in curry, might help to prevent cancer of the gullet. Telegraph