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Vegans gain some and lose some

Vegans consume fewer trans fats, sugars and salt than the rest of do but a new study indicates they get insufficient quantities of vitamins and minerals. One challenge is that their bodies are naturally incapable of metabolising all the nutrients they eat.

Blood sample can disclose your biological age

A blood sample can reveal whether you are ageing faster or slower than your date of birth would suggest. Lifestyles can make you biologically from two to six years older or younger, according to a Swedish study.

Whole grains give you a healthy gut but make you fart more

People who eat plenty of whole grains have healthy intestines but fart more than those who eat refined wheat.

Why omega-3 lowers risk of disease

Norwegian scientists have uncovered new information about how omega-3 fatty acids actually work. Proteins that are misfolded accumulate like garbage in body cells and they can lead to diseases. Omega-3 helps cells remove such harmful proteins.

Could we eat like scavengers?

Dogs eat all kinds of nasty things, and vultures eat carcasses that are long dead. Could we eat rotten food if we heat treated it beforehand?

Good cholesterol is getting even better

Cholesterol is far better than its bad reputation. Good HDL cholesterol can actually limit atherosclerosis.

Danish ban on trans fat saves two lives a day

Ban on trans fatty acids in food have caused a drop in cardiac deaths in Denmark, shows new study.

Milk is a poor preventer of osteoporosis

Elderly people with calcium-rich diets are not better protected against broken bones.

Beating high altitude sickness with beet juice

The human body isn’t made to operate at high altitude, but drinking beet juice may help the body acclimatize.

Simplified diagnosis of coeliac disease

Diagnosis of coeliac disease requires a tissue sample from the small intestine, which can be extremely unpleasant. Norwegian researchers have developed a blood test which provides a rapid, painless answer.