The reason I’m bringing you these links is to highlight the constant stream of confusing information about health matters that appears in the media.

Every week a new medical study or survey arrives with the results reported as being both good and bad for your health. With so much confusion around, how is one expected to change anything for the better?

My aim is to improve this situation by helping you to obtain the knowledge that you need to achieve your own health and fitness goals.

Probiotic yoghurts DO work – they help your gut to break down carbs

After wolfing down a pizza you may want to reach for a probiotic yoghurt, after researchers at Washington University found the live bacteria helps break down carbohydrates.

Fish oil good for brain health

A positive association between fish oil supplements and cognitive functioning as well as differences in brain structure between users and non-users of fish oil supplements has been found.

The personality diet: Knowing your weaknesses is key to weight loss, says neuroscientist

Slimmers are wasting time and energy trying diet plans which will never work because they are not genetically capable of sticking to them, says Daniel Amen.

Potato diet for lower blood pressure… and no weight gain

Long maligned as fattening and shunned by those following the Dukan and other low-carb diets, potatoes could be the latest superfood. Eating a portion twice a day can lower blood pressure.–weight-gain.html

Why eating a lighter lunch can help you lose weight WITHOUT making you hungry

Slimmers desperate to lose weight without rumbling stomachs or expensive protein shakes, should simply eat a smaller lunch, say scientists at Cornell University in New York.

The cancer risk in your ‘healthy’ glass of fruit juice which has so much sugar it could bring on tumours

Scientists claim fruit juice contains so much sugar it actually increases the risk of certain cancers, rather than preventing them.

How mulberries have as much iron as a sirloin steak

A wet, warm autumn means a bumper crop of nuts and berries, packed with nutrients. ANNABEL VENNING speaks to Sarah Wilson, specialist dietician at London’s Princess Grace Hospital, about their health benefits.

Green tea can slow down weight gain – even if you’re already fat

Drinking green tea may help stop you piling on the pounds by limiting how much fat is absorbed by the body, scientists from Penn State university say.–youre-fat.html

The rotten truth: Why ‘fruit sugar’ is one of the most damaging ingredients in our food

Scientists are discovering that fructose appears to be linked to serious modern epidemics such as cancers, heart disease, kidney damage and even dementia.

‘Healthier’ McDonald’s low-fat blueberry muffin is saltier than a burger

Health campaigners say that the fast-food chain’s low-fat blueberry muffin has 1.7g of salt – more than in three packets of ready-salted crisps.

Eat your vegetables! Supplements ‘far less beneficial than eating the real thing’

Scientists at Oregon State University have found that a key cancer-fighting chemical in broccoli and cabbage is far more easily absorbed if you eat the real thing.

‘Eating is our most basic instinct’: Hunger-inducing hormones linked to weight regain

A team from the University of Melbourne have discovered that dieting can boost the appetite and slow down the metabolism, increasing the likelihood of weight regain.

Here are some benefits of Avocado

Mothers who want their children to like vegetables ‘should eat them during pregnancy’

Many a parent has struggled to get their children to eat their greens. Now scientists in Philadelphia think mothers can make a difference by starting them early – very early.

Pick of the superfruits: There’s more fibre in a handful of blackberries than in two shredded wheat

Not only are they tasty and free – if you live near a hedgerow – they also contain nutrients that provide a host of health-giving properties.

Early diet ‘shapes heart health’

Women growing up starved of calories are more likely to develop heart disease in later life, a study suggests.

How trying to lose weight can cost you the chance of having children

Like Chantelle Houghton, LUCY ELKINS risked her fertility through extreme dieting.

Eating disorders delay pregnancy

Women with a history of eating disorders may struggle to fall pregnant quickly, research suggests.

Snacking clue to obesity epidemic

Weight loss efforts should focus on stopping snacking and eating smaller meals rather than calorie counting, say US researchers.

Tired? Feeling ratty? You could be running low on vital nutrients

A recent study revealed that you will recover from a cold 40 per cent quicker if you take zinc supplements. So, what other symptoms and ailments indicate a nutritional deficiency?

How light options ‘have as many calories as ordinary foods’

Supermarkets and big brands have spent millions of pounds on formulating lower fat, sugar or salt versions of their most popular products.

A third of breads contain more salt than recommended under guidelines being introduced next year, a survey found.

It’s official… chocolate IS good for you: Treats ‘cut’ diabetes, heart disease and stroke risk

The biggest review ever carried out into the subject found that eating at least two pieces of chocolate a week is linked to a drop in the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.–chocolate-IS-good-health-Treats-cut-heart-disease-diabetes-stroke-risk.html

Fish could cut risk of dementia as it boosts blood flow to the brain

The health benefits of a diet rich in omega-3 and the findings of two studies into its effects on young people suggest that it can improve reaction times in 18 to 35-year-olds.

Want to cure that snack habit? Eat more protein as too little makes you hungry

Eating more than the average amount of foods such as meat, fish, eggs and nuts can stop you gaining two pounds a month, say researchers from Cambridge University.

Low-fat yoghurt ‘pregnancy risk’

Pregnant women who eat low-fat yoghurt daily can increase the risk of their child developing asthma and hay fever, a study says.

Diets fail ‘because advice is wrong’

The reason most diets fail could be because the advice given is at best misleading and, at worse, completely wrong, say researchers.

A Low-Calorie Meal Is Shown to Pay Off

Some dieters say that eating less at one meal is ineffective, because people compensate by eating more at other meals. Not so, according to a new study.

How mothers ‘eating for two’ can put babies at risk from eating disorders and a low IQ

Doctors have long known that obese pregnant women are more likely to suffer blood clots, but the long-term effects of a mother’s overeating on her child’s health are not well understood.