Insights on food, diet and nutrition – October 2017

New Year's

Why New Year is no time to diet

Kick weight loss fads into touch this New Year and ask our nutritionist Emma about sensible weight loss tips and advice, meal plans, recipes and anything food and nutrition related.

Ask Emma

Coffee shop upselling

Coffee shop upselling

How ‘extending the spend’ can double calorie intake. Skip the add-ons!

The price of extras

Easy curries

5 easy curries for less cals

Curries can be healthy, if you pick the right one – here’s how.

Cracking curries

Halloween peppers

Yummy Hallowe’en and bonfire night recipes

Easy, warming recipes for Hallowe’en and autumn nights.

Banshees & bonfires

Tech update

Tim Talks: Tech insights into weight loss

Tech entrepreneur shares insights into how high tech could change how we diet in the future.

Tech trends

Cold weather weight gain

69% of us put weight on in cold weather

We look at why autumn can be a bleak time for dieters.

Cold comfort

Nutracheck for pets

Check out Nutracheck for pets: video

Teach your pets to count calories easily in their very own online food diary

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – August 2017

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming…

We know you need to plan ahead – so ask us for Christmas food ideas & nutrition tips, reader give-aways and advice from nutritionist Emma.

All things Christmas

Super spud knockout

Super spud knockout

White potatoes v sweet potatoes: each packs a powerful nutritional punch. Can you guess which is the champ?

Same but different

Small & delicate

Afternoon Tea calorie splurge

It’s a magical world of finery and excess – just keep on top of the calorie count.

Anyone for tea?

Burger bun calorie swaps

5 burger bun calorie swaps

From sushi rice to sliced avocado – how many calories will you save if you swap your bread bun?

Hold the bun!

Simple wine savers

5 easy ways to earn your wine

A 175ml glass of wine – red or white – contains around 140 cals – here’s how to earn that glass!

Simple savers

Maintain, don't gain

“My life after weight loss” – by Carolyn

Carolyn – aka Sprog – talks about life after weight loss with easy tips to keep the weight off.

Maintain, don’t gain

Caribbean cuisine

Easy, exotic Caribbean cuisine

Caribbean recipes so delicious, all that’s missing is a beach and a drink with a tiny umbrella.

Caribbean recipes

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – July 2017

7 ways to avoid excess

7 behaviours to beat excess (body) baggage

If you’re watching your weight, going on holiday can pose a major challenge. Here’s how to rethink how you eat.

7 holiday habits


Cocktail calorie bombs

Cocktails are a tipple of choice – but how many calories lurk within…? Find out here.

Cocktails uncovered


Chips: not always a nutritional sin

We’re a nation of chip lovers – and it’s OK to include chips in your diet when you know you the friendliest fat choices.


Don't splurge - swap!

Don’t splurge – swap!

Nutritionist Emma’s quick and easy holiday food swaps – no need to feel deprived when you’re away.

5 simple swaps

Game, set & stats

Game, set & stats

Wimbledon fever’s in full swing as the tournament kicks off today. We take a look at some of the numbers.

Wimbledon fever

Maria's 13 stone loss

“I can fit in 1 leg of my old gym trousers!”

When Maria could no longer squeeze into the seats in her local cafe, she knew something had to change.

Maria’s 13 stone loss

Fish in your dish

Put some fish on your dish

For an island nation, we don’t always go overboard about eating fish – so try our simple fish dishes.

Fish recipes

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – June 2017

Protein swaps

12 foods to help mix up your protein choices

Getting protein into your diet isn’t all about eating meat – here are some simple food swaps to boost your protein intake.

Protein swaps

Cheers to beer

National Beer Day

It’s the tipple of choice for millions. We take a light hearted look at beer around the globe.

Cheers to beer

Milky alternatives

Milk: which one is right for you?

Goats? Soya? Nut? Around 40% of British households now use milk alternatives – which one’s right for you?

Milky alternatives

Milky alternatives

5 easy ways with lentils

We’re told to eat more pulses but for many of us, they’re not an everyday ingredient. Try our easy lentil recipes.

Lentils 6 ways

Lorraine's story

“I went from a size 22 to a 12″

When Lorraine couldn’t fit into an XXL T-shirt she knew it was time to do something about it.

Lorraine’s story

Bugs in hiding

How hidden bugs can harm your health

Sometimes it’s hard to tell when food isn’t safe to eat, so check out our quick tips on what to look out for.

Bugs in hiding

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – May 2017

60 years of diets fads

60 years of diet fads

Stop looking for ‘the next big thing’. All diets are just ways of eating fewer calories.

Diet myths debunked

Bin the BBQ bun

How one BBQ can cost you 3,000 calories

Be BBQ savvy and save calories without really trying.

Bin the BBQ bun

Hummus taste test

Is low(er) fat always a better option?

Houmous Taste Test: full fat v reduced fat. Which came out on top?

The verdict

Red, ripe & raw

6 tomato teasers

On or off the vine? Store in fridge or fruit bowl? Things to know about the tomato.

Red, ripe & raw

"A role model for my son"

“A role model for my son”

Why Jo’s son was her motivation for losing weight.

Jo’s story

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – April 2017

6 foods for lower stress levels

6 foods you can eat to lower your stress levels

Next time you feel het up, opt for these 6 foods to help keep you calm and boost your mood.

Stress busters

Calories in Easter eggs

Calories in your favourite Easter eggs

With 100′s of Easter treats in our database – which should you choose?

Too egg-stravagent?

6 ways to manage your IBS

6 ways to manage IBS

Managing the unpleasant condition affecting the digestive system.

Eat mindfully

Digging deeper

Digging deep: your garden workout calorie burn

66% of adult Brits choose to exercise more to lose weight – pick gardening and burn 250 calories an hour.

Dig deep

The clothes diet

The Clothes Diet

“Fattening” clothes to avoid: look half a stone thinner just by changing what you wear.

Clothes to ditch

Hazel's story

Hazel’s happy ever after

How Hazel lost 5 stone.

Hazel’s story

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – March 2017

Cereal killers

Cereal killers?

How cereal serving sizes really measure up – and why bowl size can matter most!

How much is 40g?

Meat free protein

Going meat free this March?

Proteins can help you feel fuller for longer and on fewer calories – great if you’re trying to lose weight. Try some meat free options for Veggie month.

9 meat free proteins

Mid morning snack

Lunchbox low-down

Making your own lunch can save money and calories. Nutritionist Emma shares her lunch box tips. #PackYourLunchDay

Emma’s pack up

Mid morning snack

Salt shockers

Less than 6g a day is the goal. See how easily it adds up. Time to try some salt swaps?

Shockers & swaps

Mid morning snack

Mum’s day out?

Mums trump sweethearts when it comes to eating out. If you’re taking mum out on March 26, check out our calorie counts for 50 popular eateries.

From Ask to Zizzi

Mid morning snack

Coffee: friend or foe?

Lots of us rely on a cup of coffee to kick start our day, but if you’ve ever wondered whether coffee is doing you more harm than good, you’re not alone.

The verdict

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – February 2017

Not on the label

When ‘traffic lights’ confuse

18% of us use the front of pack ‘traffic lights’ to figure out what we’re eating. But interpreting food labels can be tricky.

Information overload?

Dine in here

Cupid calling

Valentine’s ‘Dine in’ deals hit the supermarkets this week – ask us to calorie count the (un)healthiest combos.

‘Dine in’ here

10 ticker tips

Celebrating heart month

Some small changes can help everyone stay ‘heart healthy’.

10 ticker tips

Chris's story

“Effortless yet powerful”

Hear from Chris how counting calories and tracking nutrients has changed his life.

Chris’s story

Let's cook!

Hotting up breakfast time

“What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?” – Anthony Bourdain.

Breakfast ideas

7 Canny facts

Tinned food under the spotlight

Everyday nutrition – and very much part of your 5 a day: how cans can get you cooking.

6 Canny facts

Check your calories

From Aldi’s antipasti to Zizzi’s zucca pizzas

Get nutrition data for 200,000 UK foods – and counting – including supermarket meal deals.

Check your calories

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – January 2017

Spotlight on

Dieting is out – food insight is in

Nutracheck now tracks 6 key nutrients plus calories. Change the way you eat forever.

“Really helps to know for certain that I am eating a good healthy balanced diet. Before I could only hope!”

The magnificent 7

Let's talk sugar

Sugar – public enemy #1

We’re eating twice as much as we should be – and it’s hidden in foods you wouldn’t expect. Tracking can be a real eye opener.

Hiding in plain sight

7 top tips for a healthier lower carb diet

Carbs – dieters’ favourite obsession

Carbs get bad press – but it’s the type you eat that matters. Track your diet to get the right amount.

7 top carb tips

Protein – how much is too much?

Protein – more is great, right?

Protein is being added to unlikely food products – from chocolate bars to ice cream. So what’s the big deal?

How much is good?

Is fat a 4 letter word?

Fat – still a 4 letter word?

The ‘bad boy’ of nutrients – but is saturated fat really bad? New research has raised eyebrows…

Think fats – not fat!

How to manage your salt intake

Salt – the silent killer

Sodium v salt still confuses. Levels in food have reduced – but what about in your diet?

Steps to less salt

Insights on food, diet and nutrition – December 2016

Spotlight on

Festive indulgence: worth the burn time?

See how long it takes to burn off your Christmas food favourites.

Burn off Christmas


Quick poll: what’s the hottest nutrient?

Carbs, sugar, protein, fat, sat fats and salt: Which nutrient is on your hit list?

Vote now


Life changing weight loss

Fabulous at 40: Fiona after 5.5 stone weight loss.

Fiona’s story

Christmas party swaps

Paying the price of ‘over-blinged’ party food

Fancy twists and luxurious extras can be costly to our waistlines and wallets.

Savvy food swaps

5,000 calorie Christmas

A 5,000 calorie Christmas Day

How will your day stack up? It’s surprisingly easy how the calories tot up.

Here’s how

Calorie counter

Coffee shop Christmas drink extraganzas

We’ve got the nutrition data for 200,000 foods and counting… including High Street coffee shop Christmas specials.

Check your calories

Fetive recipes

Christmas party recipes

Our easy entertaining recipes will make sure your party goes with a bang.

Let’s cook