Dangers of trans-fats

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, trans fats have been associated with increased risk of numerous diseases, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. They promote inflammation and obesity, raise LDL, or bad, cholesterol levels and lower HDL, or good, cholesterol levels.

What are Monoglycerides and Diglycerides?

Monoglycerides and Diglycerides are food additives used to combine ingredients containing fats with those containing water. Food manufacturers normally use them to extend a product’s shelf …

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10 Jul, 2017

Managing weight loss

If weight were a matter of calories in and calories out, we’d all be the weight we choose. We all know the ‘eat less’ principle, and yet, somehow it isn’t. Perhaps, therefore it’s time to consider the problem through an alternative lens.

Hunger is a motivated state of mind. We all feel hungry before dinner and full after a meal, but those moments are the tip of the iceberg. Hunger is a process that’s always present, always running …

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15 Jun, 2017

10 portions a day

What started as 5 portions, went up to between 6 and 8 portions a day, now we’re being told that we must eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, to cut our risk of early death.

The findings of a study by Imperial College London, confirm that eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is good for you, but eating 10 is much better and could prevent up to 7.8 …

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11 May, 2017

Gut bacteria & mood

We all know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain includes eating a balanced and varied diet, regular exercise, and getting a good night’s sleep.

Research now shows that our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source, called our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain …

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4 Apr, 2017

The benefits of watermelon

Although watermelon is a seasonal fruit, it is by far my favourite fruit. It’s also good for us. It contains lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient that is particularly important for cardiovascular health.

They are also packed full of goodness. With every bite, we’re also taking in significant levels of B6, Vitamin A and C, together with antioxidants, lycopene and amino acids. Watermelons also …

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7 Mar, 2017

Natural sugars & health

There has always been a sugar debate, which seems to continually be ongoing. Recently the World Health Organization has recommended taxing sugary drinks, linking them to obesity and diabetes and many now people believe that all sugars (including natural sugar found in fruit juice) are a key reason for the obesity and diabetes epidemics.

In response to the growing concern about the likely scenario that soda drinks are adding to rising obesity levels and diabetes in Europe, France has recently banned unlimited soda drink refills …

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4 Feb, 2017

Nuts for health

Nuts have always courted controversy for their fattening qualities, so we’ve always been told to avoid them, but now research has given them a little bit of a lifeline, because studies now show that healthy fats and fibre in nuts, can reduce our risk of heart disease.

An international group of researchers, publishing in the journal BMC Medicine, analysed 29 studies about nuts and health outcomes to find out if there are wider health benefits from us consuming …

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7 Jan, 2017

Hidden toxins

MSG

MSG is a huge issue across the natural products industry. Pick up almost any veggie burger or similar product, and you’ll find it’s made with yeast extract, a hidden form of MSG (monosodium glutamate). Your average takeaway foods also contain MSG.

Yeast extract is prevalent in the food industry because it looks nicer on the label than ‘MSG.’ Most people know to avoid MSG, but yeast extract slips by, so food manufacturers put it into canned soups …

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3 Nov, 2016

Turmeric study

My blogs aren’t just about my thoughts, feelings and experiences. My blogs also reflect my keen interest in all aspects of lifestyle choices and healthy living, including nutrition and alternative remedies.

Today I’m looking at Turmeric. Turmeric looks a bit like ginger root, but ground down, you get the familiar and …

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2 Oct, 2016