In 2006 Britons spent £220 million on vitamin and mineral supplements, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). What's more, it found 43 per cent of UK adults had taken vitamin or mineral supplements in the past 12 months with usage highes...
Everyone needs vitamin D, which is essential for healthy
bones and teeth, but it's also known to have a protective role against a wide
range of degenerative diseases.
Known as the 'sunshine vitamin', 90 per cent of your
body's supply come...
We have all been told to stay out of the sun because harmful UV rays can cause premature ageing and skin cancer. But are we missing a trick?
Many experts now say that some sun exposure is necessary because the skin only makes vitamin D in the presenc...
Most people recognise that eating a balanced diet is important for physical health. But, what you eat can equally have a significant impact on your mental wellbeing.
A sustained poor diet can lead to depression, a leading cause of disability worldwi...
For most of us, cooking and eating outdoors is what summer is all about. But the mixture of raw and cooked foods can be a recipe for bugs and bacteria. To make your barbecue memorable for all the right reasons, use this guide to food safety.
The secret is to be careful and eat balanced meals, which contain the vitamins and nutrients the body needs.
If you thought that all vegetarians were skinny and weak little things, think again. Some of the most famous athletes of all time have...
Whatever the reason you’ve decided to become a
vegetarian, a diet without meat or fish can be healthy. Just make sure you get
all your key nutrients and don’t fall into any vegetarian traps.
In recent years, drinking large quantities of water has become
one of the mantras for healthy living. Every magazine has had its version of
'drink water and be healthy' or 'drink water and lose
weight'. But do we really need to drink the mythic...
Becoming this big might seem almost impossible, it's
surprising how easily it happens.
Picking up unhealthy habits can quickly turn into
life-threatening health problems.
At five stone overweight, your
body mass index (BMI) is n...
The other crucial factor is where your excess weight
An extra three stone is likely to push your
body mass index (BMI) above 30 and
obese category. As a
nation, we're becoming fatter.
In 1993, 16 per cent of w...
The other crucial factor is where your excess weight
Many of us have been a stone or so over our healthy weight at
some time particularly after having children. It feels unattractive and having
to squeeze into clothes is horrid...
Understanding labelling on food packaging can be confusing.
With all the labelling on food packaging, understanding what it all means can be confusing.
But getting it right can mean you can make the healthiest decisions for yo...
Sweet tooth? It could be far sweeter than you think, thanks to the increasing amount of sugar that manufacturers are quietly adding to our everyday foods. And tooth decay and weight gain aren't the only health problems we risk as a result.
Eat your way to a better sex life. The right food might
not make you a red-hot lover – but it just might
Low levels of vitamin C can also cause sperm to clump together
which can lead to infertility, so make sure he has pl...
Does bottled water contain more bacteria than tap water?
Bottled water is sold as a healthy and pure product, which is worth a premium price. Yet the latest research in Canada suggests that some brands contain more bacteria than t...
Summer dining can be a challenge for people with diabetes.
Summer is the time for alfresco dining, barbecues, ice creams and gastronomic feasts.
But, for over 3 million people in the UK who suffer from diabetes, summer dining can be a challenge.
Diabetes is a growing problem in the UK. Approximately 2.6 million people now have the disease, which is caused when the body is unable to regulate its own blood sugar levels.
A diagnosis of diabetes isn't a life sentence of boring, tasteless food....
Commit to our four-week plan of healthy eating with regular exercise and you can soon make a difference to your figure.
Our plan, devised by a registered nutritionist, will help you lose weight at a steady rate of about 1lb to 2lb per week. The good ...
Need to lose weight? Before you give up the late night munching and go on a no-fat detox frenzy to kick your sluggish metabolism into shape, read what the experts have to say about these popular dieting myths.
According to research, the average person in the UK puts on 5 pounds (2 kg) over the Christmas season – with most of us able to consume up to 6000 kcal on Christmas day alone.
But, indulging in the Christmas spirit doesn't have to mean going...
Come summer, we'd all love to look this good on the beach.
The chocolate-fest of Easter has passed, the sun is shining and it's time to start thinking about dusting off our summer wardrobe. One look at last year's strappy vests and shorts means ...
Middle-age spread is not unavoidable – there’s plenty you can
do to keep it under control.
We asked the experts for an update on the proven ways to banish
middle-aged spread – and here they are!
For most of us, the sight of our summer swimwear is enough to fill us with dread and trepidation. But don't panic, help is at hand. Follow dietician Nigel Denby's beach body plan, and you could be beach buff within weeks.
Find the right balance...
Want more than a few green leaves with your lunch?
Check out these side salads.
Waitrose Couscous and Roasted Vegetable Salad
£1.79 for 220g
Per salad: 345 cals, 11.1g fat,
A combination of couscous, roasted
Not all crisps and savoury snacks are loaded with fat
and salt. We tested ten to find the healthiest.
Love Pretz Jalapeno Chilli Skinny Baked Pretzels
45p FOR 30g
Per pack: 125 calories, 3.5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0.6g
They're the ultimate convenience food, but can often be
surprisingly high in calories, salt and fat. Here we find out how ten lunchtime
favourites measure up.
McDonald's Barbecue Pork Melt Toasted Deli Sandwich