Even if you’re following the strictest of diet plans, there’s no point having dessert if it’s not going to be a treat. Ersatz versions of brownies and cakes that strip out all the good stuff aren’t going to satisfy a sweet tooth – if anything they’ll just make...
Cutting sugar from your hot drink routine might seem like a small change to your diet, but the overall effect it can have on your calorie intake is tremendous. Consider this – a teaspoon contains about 5g of sugar, which contains 20 calories. So having three hot drinks a...
Giving up alcohol completely is no easy task. After all, cracking open a frosty one or pouring out a dram of your favourite whisky at the end of a hard day’s work is one of life’s great pleasures. It is, however, a pleasure that can hit your health...
Nippy mornings require a warming brekkie, and porridge is the definitive warming brekkie. Sure, you might have experimented with muesli or some other fanciful cereal during the summer, but come September it’s time to turn back to porridge. This is Britain after all – you can expect a...

Is Garlic Good For You?

There’s much more to garlic than vampire-vanquishing flavour – it’s has been used by humans for tens of thousands of years as both an ingredient and medicine. Indeed, it may have become part of our diet many years after it was first identified as a topical remedy for...
If you’re serious about changing your physique, you know you need to train and eat in the right manner to build new lean muscle mass while burning unwanted fat. But training hard can deplete your body of vitamins, nutrients and other compounds essential for muscle gain and fat...
Can you eat your way to a long life? People in a handful of regions across the globe apparently do. Author Dan Buettner identified seven so-called “blue zones” – places where residents often live past 100 – and analysed the factors that may explain it. Here are the...
Exercising for just an hour a week, regardless of the intensity, can help prevent depression, according to new research on 33,908 people who were tracked for 11 years. The study – led by scientists from the Black Dog Institute, which conducts research into mental health issues – concluded that...
The most vital part of any healthy diet is nailing the nutritional make-up of your main meals, but the importance of snacking should never be underestimated. All the chicken-breast-and-broccoli dinners in the world won’t bring your weight down if you stuff your face with cake and biscuits in...

Is Cheese Good For You?

Legend has it that an Arabian merchant discovered cheese by storing milk in a container made from a sheep’s stomach for a journey across the desert. The heat of the desert caused the milk to react with the rennet in the stomach and separate into curds and whey....