Are frozen fruit and vegetables as good for you as fresh?

When you are shopping for juicy strawberries or fresh greens, you may not stop at the frozen food aisle. Frozen fruit and vegetables often don’t look the part once defrosted, and you may think that the freezing process depletes them of some nutritious value. Nothing is as good for you as fresh – right? On the [...]

Should we give up eating red meat?

I went out to eat last week and gobbled down a steak. Do not judge me: it was medium-rare and delicious. But just before my steak supper, the British Medical Journal published a study of half a million Americans showing that the risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, infections, kidney disease, [...]

Is running the best exercise?

According to a review of evidence in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Disease, runners live three years longer than non-runners. You don’t even have to run fast, or for long, to see a benefit. You can drink, smoke, be overweight and still reduce your risk of dying early by running – by between 25% and 40%. [...]

Is yo-yo dieting bad for you?

Trying to lose weight is like giving up smoking: you try, you fail, you try again. But yo-yo dieting has been thought to cause problems. Weight cycling – defined as losing and regaining at least 5lb-10lb per cycle – has been linked to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and even cancer. Some research suggests [...]

Want to live twice as long? Meditation might help

In his new book The Science Of Enlightenment, the meditation teacher Shinzen Young claims that if you meditate for a few minutes a day, you’ll double your lifespan. There are two obvious possibilities here. One is that he’s a charlatan. The other is that he’s talking in an annoyingly metaphorical way, as when [...]
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