What counts as five-a-day? The conclusions were made by pooling data on 95 separate studies, involving two million people’s eating habits. Lower risks of cancer were linked to eating: green veg (eg spinach) yellow veg (eg peppers) cruciferous vegetables (eg cauliflower). Lower risks of heart disease and strokes were linked to eating: apples pears citrus fruits salads green leafy vegetables (eg lettuce) cruciferous veg The researchers do not know if eating even more fruit and veg would have even greater health benefits as there is little evidence out there to review. Dr Dagfinn Aune, one of the researchers, said: “Fruit and vegetables have been shownRead More →

There are many ways to improve the chance of you living to a ripe old age, and some are fairly obvious. Refraining from smoking and drinking, doing moderate-intensity exercise, and eating a relatively healthy diet are some of the more obvious ones, but a new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine also concludes that those who regularly read books add years to their lives too. In fact, in a long-term study of 3,635 people, they found that those thatindulged in a bit of novel perusing specifically, for more than 3.5 hours per week live on averagetwo years longer than non-readers. This appeared toRead More →

A universe of organisms living inside you may affect every part of your body, from your brain to your bones, and even your thoughts, feelings and your attempts to lose weight. This is a universe of trillions of microorganisms or what we biologists call microbiota that live in your gut, the part of your body responsible for digestion of the food you eat and the liquids you drink. As researchers, we have been looking increasingly into the effect these bacteria have on their hosts body, from obesity to mental illness and heart disease. With obesity, for example, these tiny organisms may play a big roleRead More →