There is no shortage of quick-fix weight-loss approaches these days. Even at this time of year you can flick through any glossy magazine and find cele(...)

In the mix: the cost of a basket of goods for a person with coeliac disease may be up to 87 per cent dearer than normal goods. Photograph: Thinkstock

Avoiding certain foods can be expensive. Allergies, food intolerance and coeliac disease – a severe reaction to gluten – can add hundreds, if not t(...)

Eat the whole fruit as nature intended rather than consuming large volumes of fruit juice.

The National Weight Control Registry is a longitudinal, prospective study of thousands of American adults aged 18 or older. It has a dual purpose. (...)

Studies suggest that avoiding certain foods altogether often makes them irresistible. Photograph: Getty Images

Most of us know what it’s like to have a hankering or a longing for a food we love, and simply must have. Cravings appear to be broadly linked to feel(...)

Children are often fed up with sandwich bread and the same old fillings that remind them of school days. Think about colour to entice them, with their lunch boxes and the food you put in them. Photograph: Thinkstock

Last month Michelle Obama undertook yet again to fight attempts to delay enforcement of US school lunch nutrition standards. The Washington Post repor(...)

Cholesterol testing: A high HDL is protective because HDL carries cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, protecting against its accumulation on artery walls. A low HDL can put you at risk of heart disease. Photograph: Getty Images

Occasionally I see people who are upset, even distressed, about an elevated cholesterol test result. Interpreting the results can be difficult, partic(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has been accused of behaving in a ‘sleeveen’ manner over the abolition of the diet supplement scheme.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has been accused of behaving in a ‘sleeveen’ manner over the abolition of the diet supplement scheme(...)

Tropical summer fruit salad.

The least scary part of Halloween should be the treats, but for many they are a nightmare. It’s a good idea to think ahead this mid-term break and hav(...)

Mixed Beans, beetroot and chilli marinated chicken escalapes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Despite the cultural differences between Moroccans, French, Greek and others living around the Mediterranean basin, they shared a traditional diet wit(...)

Herb and lemon fish and prawn casserole.

There’s an old saying that fish is good for the brain. This was not based on scientific evidence but presumably on “wise observation” over generations(...)