We need fat in order to live. It serves many vital functions, providing energy for the body and helping with the absorption of vitamins and minerals. However some fats are better for the body than others…
A balanced diet is not just about calories; the source of those calories will influence the overall quality of your diet and the true nutritional value.
Ideally we should be aiming for 50% of our calories being provided by carbohydrates, 35% by fats and 15% by protein. That really isn’t very helpful, when we can’t visualise those calories to start with but there’s a useful Public Health England graphic known as the eatwell plate …
Do you ever crave specific foods when you’re having a bad day? Do you get snappy when you miss meals and make do with snacks, or you ‘go on a diet’? Do certain foods (or drinks) make you feel mellow?
Yes, there certainly seem to be some strong links between mood and food.
Many people will ‘go on a diet’ each and every January. Their willpower and self control will last for a while, maybe long enough to shed the extra pounds, but maybe not. Most successful weight loss regimes…
Good news: the Food Standards Agency has announced that an extended allergen labelling system is to be introduced in the UK by mid December. It will apply to both pre-packed and non pre-packed (loose) foods, i.e. both grocery and restaurant offerings. Whether the allergens are included or added to the foods they must be referenced on the labelling.
We already have allergen labelling on most pre-packed foods but this will be extended to include these 14 allergens.
Mail Online: ‘Two hearty meals each day better for you than 6 snacks: Eating a big breakfast and lunch helps control weight and blood sugar levels.’
Should everyone switch to just two meals a day?
How many do you have in your kitchen?
Chia seeds, goji berries, wheatgrass, white tea… the list seems to get longer every week as another ‘superfood’ hits the headlines. Some less exotic everyday foods fit the bill, some may have even more antioxidants than the superfoods and many may already be in your fridge, freezer or cupboard.
If you pay attention to the popular press and to some of the government’s healthy eating messages you may be thinking that fats are universally bad for us. Does fat have any real value to us? It’s OK to eat ‘good fats’ isn’t it?
Bacteria are just about everywhere in the environment as well as in, and on, us. They live throughout the human gut but the greatest concentrations are in the large intestine (bowel) where up to 1000 species of bacteria can be found.
We should aim to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria within the gut. This balance can be disturbed by a number of factors including antibiotics, stress, poor diet and living conditions, concurrent diseases and allergic reactions. Probiotics and prebiotics are agents employed in restoring the balance and/or protecting against disruption.
Food safety and good food hygiene are important in the home as well as in restaurants and other food outlets.
Illnesses that are caused by ‘something I ate’ are all too common. Micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses and moulds found in food can cause food poisoning, leading to the well-known symptoms of stomach pains, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Contaminated foods will usually look, smell and taste normal, so following a few simple guidelines can help prevent food poisoning affecting you and your family.