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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 »

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 »

Private Dietitian Launches the New Website

Private Dietitian has been serving its clients for over 6 years. We are proud to announce that we are launching a new website for Private Dietitian. As the number and variety of our clients have increased in the last few years, so has our needs for a bigger website and wider range of services, products and information, to ensure our ... Read More »

10 Week Challenge to the Healthy Weight Week 2013

Obesity and overweight are a global problem. According to WHO (Obesity and Overweight Fact sheet, dated May 2012),   “Overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for global deaths. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic heart disease burden and ... Read More »

“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 »

East Meets West: Meet the Experts Symposium on Depression and Diabetes

The Hong Kong Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk Factors – East Meets West: Meet the Experts Symposium will be jointly organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity (HKIDO), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Foundation for Research and Development in Diabetes (HKFRDD), the Hong Kong Association for the Study of Obesity (HKASO), the Hong Kong ... Read More »