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Dr Carrie Ruxton

Dr Carrie Ruxton, PhD, Child Nutrition

Dietitian and Health Writer

PhD, Child Nutrition

Dr Carrie Ruxton qualified as a Dietitian at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, before gaining a PhD in Child Nutrition.

Her work has been published widely in academic and health professional literature but she loves to write for the general public to bring to life the hugely interesting topics of diet and nutrition science.

Since 2003, Carrie has worked in a freelance capacity as a health writer and consultant to the food industry. Her specialist topics are functional foods, weight management, children’s diets, dietary advice and supplements, despite cooking not being one of her stronger skills!

Carrie contributes regularly to TV, print media and radio, most recently on BBC’s Food Detectives.

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Dietary fat has received its share of bad press, but not all fat is bad for us. We delve into this important food group, separating the healthy from the unhealthy, and fact from fiction.

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A Mediterranean diet conjures up an image of fresh fish and colourful salads doused in olive oil, washed down with a glass of red wine - all while sitting in the sun of course. While we may not have reliable sunshine in the UK, we can certainly tap into the wide-ranging health benefits offered by the Mediterranean diet.

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Your body doesn't make vitamin B12. That means you need to get it from food or supplements. We'll explore why this nutrient is needed, the best sources and the signs you're not getting enough.

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Low-carbohydrate plans are becoming more established in the nutrition world, but what about their more extreme cousin, the ketogenic diet? Touted by Hollywood celebs for burning fat, reducing appetite and managing blood sugar, is it really everything it's claimed to be? And what about the risks?

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For many people, enjoying a meal has a sting in the tail - heartburn. According to surveys, one in three adults have some heartburn every few days, while nearly one adult in ten experiences heartburn at least once a day. But can simple dietary changes reduce your risk of this uncomfortable symptom?

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