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Supplement safety

There was a news article this week about a man who became very ill after taking green tea pills. This previously healthy individual now needs a liver transplant after taking the supplement. Whilst this is an isolated case, it should be pointed out that there are more cases each year of adverse events to medications (250,000 hospital admissions) than there are to vitamin supplements. A supplement is exactly that, and should supplement the food you are eating. They are not designed to take the place of a healthy diet. It is important to remember that the reason this news story hit the headlines is that it was a very rare occurrence, and supplements are generally a low risk products with possib

The apple of my eye

I love making tasty treats for when my kids have friends round, and it is even more enjoyable when the friends make positive comments about the "healthy cakes"! Here is a great recipe for apple muffins with a crumble topping. It made 9 large muffins. 225g wholemeal flour pinch of sea salt 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tbsp ground flaxseed 40g xylitol 4 tbsp olive oil 2 red apples, keep skin on, grated 160ml dairy free milk 1 tsp ground cinnamon Crumble topping 1 tbsp xylitol 30g oats ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp olive oil Line a muffin tin with paper cases Preheat the oven to 190ºC, gas mark 5 Place the flour, salt, baking powder, flaxseed and xylitol in a large bowl and mix together. Add the remai

Timing is everything

When I ask my clients to do something that they might find a bit challenging, I like to try it first myself to make sure it is reasonable to do, whether that is giving up fizzy drinks, cutting down on alcohol or reducing sugar intake. Recently, I have been learning about the evidence behind time-restricted eating. It is not something I have used yet in clinic, but I thought I would try it for one week to see how I felt while doing it, and what consequences it might have for my health. Time-restricted eating does not focus on what is being eaten but restricting the amount of time the person spends eating. A person on a time-restricted diet will only eat during specific hours of the day. There

October is National Cholesterol Month

October is National Cholesterol Month, in which funds are raised for Heart UK and the dangers of high cholesterol are publicised. Cholesterol is an important compound in the body, being a precursor of many hormones and vital for brain health. However, high blood cholesterol levels are associated with a high risk of coronary artery disease, but levels which are too low are associated with depression and personality disorders. To make matters more complicated and to dispel a diet myth, consumption of eggs (which contain dietary cholesterol) is not associated with high blood cholesterol. Cholesterol is carried in the bloodstream by a lipoprotein (a carrier molecule). Low-density lipoprotein (LD