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Saturated fat link with heart disease questioned

(NHS Choices) – “The risk from saturated fat in foods such as butter, cakes and fatty meat is being overstated and demonised, according to a cardiologist,” BBC News reports. In an opinion piece, a doctor specialising in heart disease writes that warnings oversaturated fats are misguided. Writing in the British Medical Journal, Dr Aseem Malhotra argues that advice to avoid saturated fats ... Read More »

New Zealand Gives Fonterra Milk Products All Clear in Botulism Contamination Tests

(Reuters) – Dairy giant Fonterra’s products at the center of a global contamination scare this month did not contain a bacteria that could cause botulism, and posed no food safety threat, New Zealand officials said on Wednesday. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said tests showed that whey protein concentrate manufactured by the world’s largest dairy processor contained clostridium sporogenes, ... Read More »

Heart health: Is When You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

Men in middle age and beyond who skip breakfast or eat late at night may be at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease, researchers found. Male health professionals who said they regularly skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to die during 16 years of follow-up, according to Leah Cahill, PhD, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, ... Read More »

Aboriginal Nutritional Experiments had Ottawa’s Approval

Nutritional experiments were carried out on malnourished aboriginal people in the 1940s and ’50s with the federal government’s knowledge, according to documents obtained by CBC News. Minutes from a House of Commons committee show it approved a request from researchers to continue their experiments on aboriginal people in Norway House in northern Manitoba in 1944. The experiments started when an ... Read More »

Ham and Vegetable Pasta

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French Beans Stir Fry with Garlic

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“Diet or No Diet?” in HK Magazine

On 8th November 2012, Carrie-Anne Hau of HK Magazine wrote an article on weight loss diets in their circulation, titled “Diet or No Diet”. Our dietitian Vivien Yiu was interviewed. Vivien’s comments on the different weight loss diets are extracted from the article and listed below. Atkins Diet or Low carbohydrate diets –  “Low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins diet ... Read More »

“Sports Performance Going Vegetarian, Down the Garden Path” in SCMP

On 3rd April 2012, Sasha Gonzales of South China Morning Post wrote an article on vegetarianism in the Fitness section of their circulation, titled “Sports Performance Going Vegetarian, Down the Garden Path”. Our member dietitian Sally Poon gave her opinions in the article about the diet of vegetarian athletes. She comments “If they do not include suitable meat alternatives in ... Read More »

“When it Comes to Vitamin Pills, Some People Just Don’t Know When to Pop” in SCMP

On 20th December 2011, Sasha Gonzales of South China Morning Post wrote an article on supplements in the Health section of their circulation, titled “When it comes to vitamin pills, some people just don’t know when to pop”. Our dietitian Vivien Yiu was interviewed. Vivien comments that supplements are not always necessary and they are not for everyone. Vivien says ... Read More »

WCRF Criticises Meat Industry Over Misleading Public Statement

World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has accused the British meat industry of misleading the public by making factually inaccurate and potentially defamatory comments. In a coordinated attack, the National Beef Association (NBA), the British Pig Executive (BPEX), the National Sheep Association (NSA) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) have issued statements suggesting that WCRF has misled the public with its ... Read More »