Archive for the ‘Health and nutrition’ Category

Are any breakfast cereals really healthy? I get Which? magazine – the consumer magazine that reviews all sorts of products independently – from electrical items to financial products to food. A while ago a little card came with the magazine to put in your handbag which has a summary of the levels of sugars, fat, saturates and salt which are the […]

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What exactly are fats? We hear a lot about fat in the diet – about how some fat is good and some fat is bad, but what are the different types of fat? Fats are part of a group of compounds known as lipids. We have already looked at one other compound in this group – cholesterol. We learnt in […]
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Is there really an obesity crisis?   We hear a lot about the obesity crisis these days, but what are the facts behind the headlines? Firstly, what is obesity? Obesity is based around the Body Mass Index, a measure of your height compared to your weight. The following are the defined weight categories: BMI 20-25 normal weight BMI 25-30 overweight BMI […]

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How much sugar should I eat?

Sugar is in so many of the foods we eat. It’s in the obvious foods like cake, chocolate and pastries, and it’s also hidden in many foods like ready meals and breakfast cereals. Sugar comes in many forms. Sucrose and glucose are types of sugar you will see on your chocolate wrappers. There is also […]

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How do you get your 5 a day?

As most of us know, “5 a day” refers to the well publicized government campaign that we should all eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day as part of a healthy diet. The intention behind this campaign was to simply get us all eating more fresh produce. A portion of fruit is one […]

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