Grapes overtake apples to become top selling fruit. The increasing popularity of snack packs has seen grapes overtake apples to become Britain's best selling fruit for the first time. A record £604m was spent on grapes in the last 12 months, while just £600m was splashed on apples and £551m on bananas. Metro
One muffin could exceed the daily sugar limit. Analysis by health groups has found some supermarket American muffins contain more than the recommended adult daily dose of sugar. The daily limit is seven teaspoons of sugar – and some of the cakes were found to contain as much as eight teaspoons. Among the most sugary were McDonalds, Pret A Manger and Tesco. Metro
Life expectancy for men set to equalise with women. Men could have the same life expectancy as women by 2032 for the first time since records began. Variations in lifespans have swung over the past 150 years. The gap was biggest in 1969, when women lived on average five years and eight months longer than men. It is now two and a half years but that is expected to change in the coming decades. The Independent
Austerity ‘will put 1.5 million children in poverty’. The Government’s austerity drive will have sent an extra 1.5 million children into poverty by 2021, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The nondepartmental public body says benefits cuts will adversely affect children living in single-parent and ethnic minority households – and will hit low-income families hardest. The Independent
Navratilova: McEnroe earns ten times my wage. Former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has complained of sexism at the BBC after discovering she earns ten times less than fellow tennis pundit John McEnroe. The 61-year-old says that she is paid £15,000 for her role as a commentator and that it was “a shock” to learn the former men’s #1 makes at least £150,000. Daily Mail
Flip bell peppers over to find their gender. The ones with four bumps are females and those with three bumps male. The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw, and males are better for cooking. I didn’t know this until my daughter informed me. Ed.
Boots 'exploits cancer victims' with overcharged medication. Boots has been accused of "exploiting cancer patients" by charging the NHS £3,220 for pain-relieving mouthwash that can cost £93. The owner of the chemist chain exploited a loophole in rules that enables suppliers to set their own prices for certain unlicensed medicines. As well as cancer patients, autistic children are also being denied medications because they are so expensive. The Times
Dementia exercise programmes ‘don’t work’. Researchers at Oxford University have concluded that NHS exercise programmes for people with mild to moderate dementia “don’t work”. Exercise is thought to be one of the best ways of stopping healthy adults contracting dementia - but the study suggests it does not improve thinking skills or behaviour once the disease has taken hold. BBC