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Save our bacon!


A new study claims that a health tax on red and processed meat could prevent more than 220,000 deaths and save over $40 billion in healthcare costs worldwide every year. These bold figures have unsurprisingly generated headlines, but the study is merely part of an ongoing processed panic about red meat.

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One cheer for the diet pill


The idea of a simple and convenient treatment for obesity is a good one - it’s just that we probably haven’t found it yet.

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Hands off our Irn‑Bru


Bring on the backlash against the miserly sugar tax.

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Let kids eat cake


Public-health quangos seem oblivious to life’s sweet pleasures.

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Dutch eggs scandal: another food panic


The current scandal surrounding contaminated eggs from Dutch farms confirms, according to some commentators, that our food system is broken and dangerous - and we’re all to blame as consumers because we’re addicted to cheap food. Nonsense.

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Palmed off with dubious scare stories


The scaremongering about palm oil reveals the dangers of blending science and politics.

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Chlorinated chicken scare: where’s the meat?


The finer points of food processing have become a Brexit battleground.

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Jamie Oliver vs Theresa May


How the mockney bore politicised school meals.

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Why do we need an obesity strategy?


Our waistlines are none of the government’s business.

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The truth about the ‘diabetes epidemic’


Ignore the doomsayers. People with diabetes are living longer – and they won’t bankrupt the NHS.

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Once we worried about getting enough food. Now we seem to fret about having too much food, or about what food might do to us and the planet. This website is designed to be an antidote to food fears.

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Save our bacon!

Wednesday 7 November 2018

One cheer for the diet pill

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Hands off our Irn‑Bru

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Let kids eat cake

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Jamie Oliver vs Theresa May

Monday 22 May 2017

Why do we need an obesity strategy?

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