Fructose Rich Drinks & Risk of Obesity

If you feed fructose ad libitum to non-human primates, they get fatty livers within six weeks (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2013,doi:10.3945/ajcn.112.057331). The effect of fructose rich beverages on human adolescents is a lot harder to judge, given that you cannot cage teenagers and feed them a controlled diet – however much you may sometimes… Read More


Article: Cardiovascular Risk, Diabetes & Weight Loss

Cardiovascular risk can be improved in people with type 2 diabetes by reducing blood glucose concentrations and lipid profiles and by weight loss. A systematic review of dietary interventions included 20 randomised controlled trials. Glycaemic control improved more with low carbohydrate, low glycaemic index, Mediterranean, and high protein diets than with control diets; the Mediterranean… Read More

Research: Multi-vitamin Use & Risk of Death

In the wake of epidemiological findings suggesting that multi-vitamin use increases the risk of death, a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials of supplements – used for the primary or secondary prevention of a range of diseases – reports more positive news. Among independently living adults (average age 62 years; average duration of supplementation 43 months),… Read More

Research: Sugar, Coffee & Type 2 Diabetes

There are some amongst you who believe that adding sugar to tea and coffee does not influence the risk of type 2 diabetes. However, a large US study conducted over 24 years proves this is wrong. Irrespective of the coffeine content in hot drinks, it is the sugar intake that counts. But coffee intake – whether caffeinated… Read More