Clean eating

The younger generation are being warned that faddy diets are putting their health at risk. We must consider things in moderation.

The National Osteoporosis Society survey in the UK found that a fifth of under-25s were cutting out or reducing dairy in their diet, which can affect their bones. The diet that in its extreme form …

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19 Dec, 2017

Pesticides & food

None of us would choose to eat dangerous pesticides with our fruit and vegetables every day and yet that is what we do.

Sadly, much of the produce we eat, which is grown around the world is treated with chemicals, primarily to kill off bugs and disease and to maximise crop yields. Some of that is left behind as residue in our fruit and vegetables and why we are advised to wash food thoroughly before eating.

Of course, there are certain fruits and vegetables that contain more residue than others. Often the thickness of the skin protecting the …

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17 Nov, 2017

White or wholegrain bread?

I’ve always been told and gone with the fact that wholegrain has to be better than white bread. For those of us interested in health, the results of a recent new study comparing the health effects of white bread versus wholegrain sourdough bread are very interesting indeed.

The study compared the effects of consuming white bread for one week, followed after a break by consuming wholegrain sourdough for one week, or vice versa. Those taking part in the study …

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19 Oct, 2017

Healthy snacking

Snacking between meals can contribute to maintaining a healthy, balanced diet as long as those snacks are healthy; so it’s equally as important when considering snacks to make sure we also think about the right overall energy intake as part of a varied diet.

Although there isn’t much research out there on the effects of what we eat between meals, particularly when we snack, how we snack and why we snack; it’s important we think about the snacks …

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13 Sep, 2017

Foods containing trans-fats

Trans fats, known as (‘Trans Fatty Acids’) made through the chemical process of hydrogenation of oils, is bad for us. Hydrogenation as it’s known, solidifies liquid oils, increases the flavour stability of oils and foods that contain them and also increases the shelf life of foods. It’s important to avoid trans-fats.

Foods that contain Trans Fatty Acids

In recent years, we have all heard a lot about trans fats, a type of fat that has been shown to lower levels of HDL, or good …

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15 Aug, 2017

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