FTFs Friday: the rise of ‘healthy’ chocolate

In collaboration with Jen Robinson- fellow foodie, medic and blogger 2017 seems to be the year of “healthy” chocolate with brands like cocoplus delivering ‘high protein’ chocolate and Ohso releasing a ‘pro biotic range’ Are these any better for you than a standard bar of dairy milk or just a pricey fad? The main problem…

FTF Friday: How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?!

A post in collaboration with Jen Robinson: With exam season rapidly approaching, I’m sure this is a question on many peoples minds. How much coffee is too much? Fight the Fads give us the low down… The thought of skipping the morning coffee makes many of us shudder, especially after a long night of studying…

FTF verdict: Can Vitamin D pills ‘stop colds and flu’?

The papers are awash with headlines suggesting that vitamin D supplements could prevent frequent colds and flu episodes. This is following a recent (2016) systematic review and meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal involving over 11,000 participants. It looked at the effects of varying doses of Vitamin D supplements on the incidences of acute…

FTF Friday: Beetroot Juice

A collaboration with Jen Robinson There has been some really interesting research recently about the uses of beetroot juice to reduce blood pressure and even claims it can enhance athletic performance. What does science say and how does it work? There is a growing body of research suggesting that drinking beetroot juice can widen our…

Should you be popping pills?! 💊💊💊💊💊💊💊

A lot of fad diets will recommend a long list of what they claim to be ‘essential’ nutritional supplements. In most cases, they are a waste of money. This is because most people can get what they need from eating a healthy, balanced diet. A word of warning Fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K) can be dangerous when consumed in excessive…

Veganuary!

As well as ‘Dry January’, a lot of you have told us that you’ve tried Veganuary too! What is Veganuary? It involves following a vegan diet for a month. People do it for lots of different reasons including benefits to personal health; animal welfare/ethical reasons; and potential environmental benefits! A vegan diet involves eating a variety…

Rooted Project: Gut Health The Key Points!

The Importance of Fibre What is fibre: chains of sugars that humans can’t digest- HOWEVER the bacteria in our bowel can digest some types of bacteria. Increasing your fibre intake by 7g/day can lead to: 8% decrease in bowel cancer 6% decrease in T2DM 9% CVD 9% heart attacks 7% reduction in strokes 7g of…

Dry January – Our Thoughts After A Month On The Wagon

So we are coming to the end of dry January and two of us decided to give it a go. The most important question is, are we still going strong?!   Yay and Nay!   One of us fell off the wagon and the other is still firmly sat on her wagon!   Why did we decide to…

FTFs weekly news update!

The clean-eating backlash: Following the BBC2 horizon documentary by Dr Giles Yeo “clean-eating: the dirty truth” last week, our petition to legally protect the title “Nutritionist” has received a lot of attention.   Our petition was picked up by the London Evening Standard on Wednesday- Read more here. Sign our petition here! FTF Fridays with Jen…