nutrition

supergreens

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supergreens

What are some of the most nutritious foods you can eat? If your thinking green leafy vegetables, you’d be right. Studies repeatedly show that raw green leaves lower the risk of heart disease and cancer and act as a health tonic for the brain, immune system and kidneys. The problem is that most people don’t get enough of these foods and so miss out on their incredible health promoting qualities. This is where concentrated supergreens, such as green barley grass and spirulina come to the rescue. A daily dose of these powdered green foods provides a concentrated hit of vitamins,...

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sugar highs

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sugar highs

When it comes to sugary foods, I like many people experience times where such as Christmas and Easter, when too much of the white stuff is consumed and just like a good party, overindulging feels great at the time but can leave the body feeling pretty fragile once the good times stop rolling. When our bodies have been knocked out of balance from too much sugar, we may struggle to get up in the morning and stay alert during the day. A foggy head, digestive problems, headaches and mood swings, including depression may also become issues. These health problems result from the over-acidic nature...

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can bread be healthy?

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can bread be healthy?

From Indian naan to African injera bread, Italian ciabatta, baguettes, bagels and delicious Lebanese pitta, bread is a fundamental mainstay of peoples diets the world over. Bread is deeply entwined in our daily lives, there have even been wars over it.  Millions start their day with a round of toast, fuel themselves with sandwiches and accompany an evening meal with a slice or two. Let’s face it a bowl of pasta or soup just wouldn’t be the same without a crusty loaf. Humans have been eating grains for over 15,000 years and today 50% of the world’s population rely on them to provide more than...

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low fat food

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low fat food

I mistakenly bought low-fat yoghurt the other day, which I never do, and was intrigued by the difference in texture and taste from my usual full-fat variety. I found the yoghurt to have an almost gritty texture that left an unpleasant taste in my mouth, it was also watery and quite gelatinous. I missed the creamy satisfaction that comes from fat – the robust taste, and I certainly won’t be buying low-fat again. And why would I when it’s not the healthier option anyway. For the last forty years we’ve been told that low-fat foods are the healthiest choice for our shopping baskets. That...

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grain event

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grain event

During a nutrition course I ran back in England several years ago, I handed around a selection of dried grains and asked people what their opinion was of these humble foods. Sadly most of the thoughts were rather negative, birdseed, peasant food, hippy food, foods that give you wind! It’s certainly true that whole grains such as millet, quinoa and polenta, can appear bland and difficult to cook with at first, I’m sure there are many well intentioned bags of brown rice, still sitting in cupboards a year after purchase! As human’s, we naturally crave the carbohydrates found in grain foods for...

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