Why I’ll still be cracking into eggs for breakfast

Is there another food that has had such a hard time from headlines and more health scares than eggs? The original ‘Go to work on an egg’ headlines encouraged us to swap our cornflakes for a boiled egg as a nourishing way to start the day. Then along came the fear of high cholesterol and the […]

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What to eat or not eat if you have high blood pressure

It is estimated that about one in eight people in Northern Ireland have high blood pressure, although many of us may be symptom-free and don’t even realise it is affecting us. If left untreated, high blood pressure or hypertension is a risk factor for heart attacks and stroke.   So what is high blood pressure?  As […]

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Eat your heart out – nutrition for a healthy ticker

Northern Ireland has one of the highest rates of heart disease in the world, with heart attacks and strokes remaining our biggest killer. There are several risk factors thought to be linked to an increased risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stress, poor eating habits, genetics, smoking and being overweight. […]

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Nutrition is about much more than the sum of calories in food

Recent news reports have been all over the idea that there should be a calorie count on menus in cafes, restaurants and your favourite takeaway in a bid to help control the obesity epidemic. While I am all for helping people to make healthier choices, I am not entirely in agreement that calorie counting is a […]

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Fats and oils for cooking, spreading, drizzling

If there is one nutritional issue that tends to confuse people, it’s the question of fats. What are the best oils to cook with, spread on and drizzle over your food? Before we go any further, though, let’s talk about saturated fats. For years we have been told to eat ‘low fat’, avoid saturated fat and […]

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Does diet affect cholesterol?
Does diet affect cholesterol?

Does diet affect cholesterol? In a recent BBC documentary, Michael Mosley went on a mission to find out how effective dietary changes could be in reducing cholesterol balance, trying to answer the regularly asked question, does diet affect cholesterol? For many people, statins are the last resort and I often see people in my clinic […]

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Unscrambling the egg myth!

Eggs and Easter – you can’t have one without the other, right? Instead of the sugary sweet chocolate eggs, the subject of this blog is the humble hen’s egg. Healthy folk used to love eggs. In the 1980’s we were told to ‘go to work on an egg’, then the cholesterol myth took hold and […]

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