4th April 2017

Are super cheap foods good for you?

Tonight a new food TV series begins on ITV called Save Money: Good Food.  The show, starring presenter Susanna Reid and chef Matt Tebbutt, aims to help families eat well for less with tips on meal planning, cooking and budgeting.  I helped compare supermarket own label value foods against the more premium, branded options with some surprising results!  So when you buy a super cheap version of a food, are you really compromising on health or taste or could you be bagging yourself a healthy bargain?   Cornflakes This breakfast staple is actually nutritionally very similar, whichever brand you buy.  All consist of mostly maize with some added sugar, salt, vitamins and minerals.  What’s really interesting though, is the value-range […]
17th March 2017
Healthy eating

I’m a nutritionist and I’m not judging you!

I’ve been a Registered Nutritionist for many years and I really love my job!  However, there are many misconceptions that the public have about nutritionists and dietitians – most revolve around our reputation as ‘the fun police’.  So I thought I’d share with you the questions and comments I experience most frequently when people find out I’m a nutritionist and also tell you what I really think!   “Oooh don’t judge me!” (while eating cake, biscuit, crisps etc.) There is really only one response to people guiltily hiding what they are eating and drinking in front of me: I’M NOT JUDGING YOU!  Seriously, unless you specifically ask my advice, I have no problem with you eating a second slice of […]
11th March 2017
Healthy diets

What is the best diet for health?

We have a long history of debating what is the best diet for health.  Certainly, there is not a dearth of information.  In fact we are assaulted from all angles with research articles, editorials, opinion pieces, diet books, press features, blogs and “just one weird tip” clickbait links.  It feels to many that all scientists do is argue about what is the best diet and the public cannot be blamed for zoning out and carrying on regardless of all the conflicting health advice out there.  However, given the growing disparity between lifespan and healthspan, is it possible to say what diet is the best for health?  I summarise an excellent review article of the most popular diets that actually have […]
2nd March 2017

Opinion – The Nanny State vs the Feckless Idiot

As a nutritionist, I am often asked “What causes obesity?”  The answer is initially simple yet becomes fiendishly complex.  Most scientists will tell you that we gain weight because we eat more calories than we need.  However, WHY we overeat or in some way fail to eat a healthy balanced diet is far more complicated.  When I explain this, I am often met with derision from seemingly intelligent individuals who consider that anyone eating a less than perfect diet is unintelligent, feckless, wilfully negligent and that they are therefore beyond help.  Why should the state intervene to make everyone’s life miserable for the sake those individuals who can’t control themselves?  Here’s why what and how much we eat is not […]