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Vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin. FotoHelin/Shutterstock.com

Why you need more Vitamin D in the winter

Vitamin D is essential for good health and particularly for fighting infections and keeping the microbes in the human gut healthy. But in winter it can be difficult to get enough.
The teenage brain has a voracious drive for reward, diminished behavioural control and a susceptibility to be shaped by experience. This often manifests as a reduced ability to resist high-calorie junk foods. (Shutterstock)

How junk food shapes the developing teenage brain

Excessively eating junk foods during adolescence could alter brain development, leading to lasting poor diet habits. But, like a muscle, the brain can be exercised to improve willpower.
Tens of millions of people worldwide suffer from migraines, according to the World Health Organization. Maridav/Shutterstock.com

How does a piece of bread cause a migraine?

Many migraine headaches are triggered by certain foods. Recently, a lot of attention has focused on gluten. An expert explains how a piece of bread can cause pain in your head.
If you’re a male who enjoys dairy, there’s no reason to stop having it. From shutterstock.com

Does eating dairy foods increase your risk of prostate cancer?

A recent study reported a high consumption of dairy products was associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. But breaking down the results shows there's no reason for men to give up dairy.
From food to friend. WathanyuSowong/Shutterstock

Nudging meat off the menu

The world is coming round to meat alternatives, but we need to speed the process up for the sake of the environment.
There’s currently no peer-reviewed research published in any major scientific journals backing up the hormone diet’s claims. Shutterstock/Gts

Hormone diets are all the rage, but do they actually work?

Expert looks at latest diet trend which claims 'resetting' your hormones is the key to losing stubborn weight.
Have you been told by your doctor to consider dropping a few kilos? The good news is that often even a small amount of weight loss can improve your health outlook. shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: what science says about how to lose weight and whether you really need to

What science says about how to lose weight and whether you really need to. The Conversation, CC BY49.3 MB (download)
A professor in nutrition and dietetics explains.
One of the lesser-known effects of a poor diet: blindness. Tracy Spohn/Shutterstock

Poor diet can lead to blindness

Most people know that a poor diet can lead to heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Few are aware that it can also cause blindness.

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