On the origins of nutritional slogans II: Fibre

We can learn a lot about the basis for ubiquitous dietary slogans such as ‘eat more fibre’ by looking at how they became established in the first place. This is particularly true of the saturated fats slogan, as my recent post on its 50-year history summarises. That slogan started out as a campaign by a charismatic and influential individual, and went on to

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Sherbets and Shrubs

A sherbet was a cold, sweet, non-alcoholic and refreshing drink that originated in the Middle East. The name derives from the Arab word for a drink – sharâb. However, later this word came to mean an alcoholic drink, and the word sharbât was used for the non-alcoholic version (‘to drink’, rather than ‘a drink’). The word evolved into serbet (in

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