Health in the media
The UK inflation basket is a virtual “shopping basket” made up of items that are representative of consumer spending patterns used to measure UK inflation.
The story is based on a report, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which reveals that the purchase of meat has been falling since the turn of the century and dropped by 4.2 per cent in the last year.
Viva!Health warns against egg consumption - as featured in The Daily Express
This March, ovarian and prostate cancer awareness month, the health charity Viva!Health are warning people against egg consumption. Research shows that eating more than just two eggs a week increases the risk of these cancers by a shocking 80 per cent1,2! Even one egg weekly increases the risk by as much as 70 per cent1.
Veronika Powell, Viva!Health Senior Campaigner, says: “Eggs can put your health at serious risk, especially when it comes to hormone-sensitive cancers. The research is clear – if you don’t eat eggs, your chances of these cancers plummet. So why take the risk?”
Every year, tens of thousands of Brits are diagnosed with prostate or ovarian cancer, thousands of which do not survive.
Regular egg consumption has been linked to these hormone-sensitive cancers in two ways1,3. Eggs are a rich source of cholesterol, which is involved in the synthesis of sex hormones such as testosterone and oestrogens that promote cell growth1,4. High levels of these can contribute to cancerous growths in hormone-sensitive tissues such as ovary and or prostate.
Eggs also contain a substance called choline – in fact, they are the richest dietary source of it. High choline intakes are directly linked to a serious risk of lethal prostate cancer and it is highly concentrated in prostate cancer cells3.
Both cholesterol and choline are also essential components of cell membranes and a plentiful supply might help cancerous cells to grow4.
Don’t fear, it’s not all doom and gloom! You can easily adapt most of your favourite recipes traditionally made with eggs to be egg-free and delicious, such as scrambled eggs, omelettes and meringues.
There are also many foods that have been shown to be able to help prevent certain cancers. Regular consumption of fruit, vegetables, soya foods and pumpkin seeds can lower your risk of prostate cancer. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables (particularly dark green leafy ones - kale, broccoli, cabbage, watercress, Brussels sprouts) and wholegrains can help prevent ovarian cancer.
Viva!Health are offering a FREE download of their guide on eggs and your health: vivahealth.org.uk/eggs to help people make informed choices when it comes to their diet.
Further research into a plant-based diet and its impact on health can be found here.
1 Pirozzo S, Purdie D, Kuiper-Linley M, Webb P, Harvey P, Green A and Bain C. 2002. Ovarian cancer, cholesterol, and eggs: a case-control analysis. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 11 (10 Pt 1) 1112-1114.
2 Richman EL, Kenfield SA, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci EL and Chan JM. 2011. Egg, red meat, and poultry intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer in the prostate specific antigen-era: incidence and survival. Cancer Prevention Research. 4 (12) 2110-2121.
3 Richman EL, Kenfield SA, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci EL, Zeisel SH, Willett WC and Chan JM. 2012. Choline intake and risk of lethal prostate cancer: incidence and survival. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 96 (4) 855-863.
4 Keum N, Lee DH, Marchand N, Oh H, Liu H, Aune D, Greenwood DC and Giovannucci EL. 2015. Egg intake and cancers of the breast, ovary and prostate: a dose-response meta-analysis of prospective observational studies. British Journal of Nutrition. 21: 1-9.
After insulting vegans in general, Vine goes on to say that only celebrities can be healthy vegans because only they can afford nutritionists and chefs and that ordinary people can’t possibly get it right.
It’s the worst kind of journalism; a tiny bit of truth expanded into some ludicrous scare-story. These days it seems, the word ‘vegan’ inserted into any story will guarantee you a headline.
The article describes how vegans are missing out on… wait for it… protein, B12 and omega-3 fats. Nutritionist, Shona Wilkinson, told the Express: There are a few nutrients that may fall short in even the healthiest vegan diet.
They say the march of the vegans is triggering a radical change to menus at high street chains and in household brand foods.
This week, protein supplement company P-fit released the results of their survey of 2,498 vegetarians saying that most of them believed their diet was lacking in – you’ve guessed it – protein! Apparently, around 600 of them reckoned their diet was lacking in protein, iron and B12.
However, the widespread warnings don’t seem to translate into action.
The scientists analysed data from 170 countries with regards to differences in lifestyle, physical activity and calorie intake and found that the availability of meat accounted for 13 per cent of obesity rates. Sugar contributed another 13 per cent.