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Diet: healthy food, nutrition for wellbeing


Dietary research and news for all people, especially children; focus on eating healthy food to optimise health and avoid obesity and diabetes. Beware the food corporations' advertising.




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diet myths and common sense

It's good to find a fellow blogger that is on the same wavelength about quality food (particularly on a tight budget) and unhelpful food advertising whose prime objective is profits.    Quill.com publishes an informative image which can serve as a reminder of the pitfalls to avoid. Click on the image for larger print! I recommend reading the full article on Dieting myths to avoid The

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advertising, diet, nutrition, obesity, popular science,
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healthy diet and poverty

Unplugged from food corporations I've heard some alarming tales from friends who work with people trapped in poverty and debt. The worst cases, due to the tax and benefits nightmare orchestrated by successive governments, are all people working full-time. Usually, they are working so many hours that they find it difficult to make the best decisions about what to eat. Understandably, when

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advertising, corporations, diet, documentary, education, fast food, freedom, health, matrix, poverty, video, wellbeing,
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Olympics junk food taste test - learn to (enjoy) cooking!

There's an entertaining article about food corporations attempting to cash in on the 2016 Olympics, maybe because they believe we're daft enough to think eating advertised, processed, devitalised 'food' in front of the TV will turn US into Olympic athletes by some mysterious process of induction. The author is less scathing than me about fast 'food' outlets, probably because they aren't old

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advertising, cooking, diet, junk food, nutrition, self-sufficiency,
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Beyond wheatgrass: vegan junk food trending

As more people become vegan, either for political reasons (snubbing agribusiness corporations) or animal welfare concerns, the market for vegan junk food is growing. According to a Harris Interactive study, between seven and eight million Americans identify as vegan, especially in the US epicenter of clean eating, California. Personally, I like some soya and quorn products, but

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diet, junk food, Quorn, soya, trending, vegan, wheatgrass,
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Soylent, but not green

 Today's news:  Soylent Is Healthier Than the Average North American Diet in other words, the average American diet is worse than a rehydrated chemical mix.  Read the article, Marty. I'm sure you will be inspired ... soylent-is-healthier-than-our-diet tags: diet, fast food, health, miscellany 1, Soylent

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eating disorder psychology triggered by fad diet

The ever-growing (and conflicting) 'expert' advice about what to eat, and what not to eat, is now creating problems for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond. In 18 years specialising in “body dissatisfaction” psychology, clinical psychologist Louise Adams has never seen as many women of all ages with food issues; food anxiety is at epidemic proportions, thanks to the ubiquitous influence of

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advertising, corporations, diet, education, psychology, superfoods,
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eating healthy on a budget

Recent shopping trips have made two facts very plain:  1. Many customers, much younger than I, look extremely physically unfit/unwell.  2. Many customers look and sound bewildered when deciding what to buy  They would be less vulnerable to the mischief of food corporations' TV advertising and packaging if they had a list. Even better if it is a " food for wellbeing on a budget" list !

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advertising, diet, education, food, poverty, wellbeing,
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gluten-free diet only recommended for the few

There have been many reports today highlighting the fad of serving gluten-free foods to children, as though gluten is a poison. It isn't, unless you have coeliac disease. More common is wheat intolerance, and people with this condition may have to rely on 'gluten free' flour, because 'wheat free' doesn't advertise! All flours and processed foods carry risks of elevated glycemic index, especially

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children, diet, freefrom, gluten free, health,
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what NOT to eat for health

There have been lots of stories in the news about the recent health wellbeing news benefits of certain foods, a recent example being the  anthocyanin content in sweet potatoes. The good news for Brits, where sweet potatoes are difficult to grow, is that, if you believe the chart on a recent BBC documentary (it is so informative, they really ought to post them to YouTube) Strawberries have about

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diet, documentary, health, Mediterranean diet, wellbeing,
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beware dietary misinformation

 It is really important to find source materials rather than 'blogging for profit' articles when planning a healthy diet ... Quote: "vegetarian foods are not a great source of protein." source: http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/low-protein-diet-plan-for-people-suffering-from-gout-f0416/ I'm not a vegetarian, but the 2 most concentrated forms of protein in my kitchen  are both

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diet, education, freefrom, internet, popular science, Social media,
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arthritis, ageing and diet

18 months ago I had to stop jogging, and since then have been struggling with stairs - left knee very bad. Two weeks ago I decided to try eliminating red meat from my diet - now there is no sign of arthritic problems in my knees. White meat (chicken and turkey), free range eggs and white fish don't seem to aggravate arthritis at all. I'm publishing this in the hope that other people will

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ageing, arthritis, diet, health, wellbeing,
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walnuts and bananas beat advertised 'health' food

Some interesting health-related news today. Business as usual, really, in so far as the best foods don't advertise. In a (wal)nutshell, the message is - the best use for your multi-mineral and vitamin tablets is probably added to a compost heap, and walnuts, in moderation, are very healthy: Bananas Take One A Day VitaCraves Adult Gummy Multivitamins, for example. Right now, they’re on

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advertising, ageing, compost, diet, nutrition, superfoods, wellbeing,
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Debt Valley - and the route to escape

tags: advice, diet, poverty, support, wellbeing, debt There is an excellent documentary on the BBC about the debt trap aimed at very poor people, and the burgeoning loans / pawn shop "industry" that profits from it. Debt Valley video Succumbing to such problems tends to run in families, because the children learn what they see, and lack role models that would be helpful. FOOD BILLS

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advice, debt, diet, documentary, education, fast food, poverty, support, video, wellbeing,
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caffeine, salt and sugar

In today's news, a scientific study of an exceptionally long-lived area in Italy (Silanus) highlights healthy alternatives to salt herbs and spices beat salt , and sugar and caffeine continue to get a bad press. (Silanus is located on the sloping fringes of the Gennargentu Mountains in central Sardinia). I recall a pal describing Barley Cup as being as tasty as cardboard! I've never drunk (

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diet, health, herbs, Mediterranean diet, salt, sugar, wellbeing,
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oils healthier than solid fat

There's an article here healthy oils which helps to remind us that oils are more easily digested than fats; especially fats that are ~solid at room temperature or (worse) at body temperature.  Many oils have some specific benefits - omega 3 ... Canola Oil This type of oil can be used in frying, baking, and sauteing. It is made out of rapeseeds and is considered healthy as it contains many

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diet, fats, food, health, nutrition, obesity, wellbeing,
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gluten and wheat free pancakes

If you have problems digesting wheat, intolerance or Coeliac disease, this pancake recipe is for you. If you have access to free range hens' eggs, so much the better. http://www.foodnetwork.co.uk/video/flourless-2-ingredient-pancake.html Alternatives to wheat include oatmeal, 'gluten free flour' (mostly potato flour), ground almonds, ... related: diet, eggs, gluten free, health, wheat,

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allergy, diet, eggs, food, freefrom, gluten free, health, wheat,
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Obesity and Arithmetic

An acquaintance of mine drinks semi-skimmed cows' milk rather than unsweetened soya "because of the fat"!! She believes that she is making a choice that improves her health. I've tried to start a fact-based conversation, several times, but her response is patronising, overbearing and admits no discussion (power complex, bullying, denial, ... ?). A sad state of affairs, but not uncommon. An

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bullying, diet, health, hope, obesity, psychology, wellbeing,
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diets don't work - bar one

Painless diet that works It is sad to see people stressing themselves with arduous diet plans for years (decades) and seeing no permanent change for the better. I don't have the funds for 'research' but several observations clearly mean something. Overeating often implies comfort eating or boredom. Very often the two go together. I have seen many people lose several stone and achieve their

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creativity, diet, exercise, health, hobbies, obesity, wellbeing,
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peanut allergy in children

(diet, children, allergy, peanuts, wellbeing) Further research reported today has supported previous findings that early exposure to peanuts reduces the risk of developing an allergy to peanuts. Part of the problem is that parents live in a state of  'food fear' and may be over protective. If a child lives for the first several years of its life without ever consuming 'suspect' foods, then it

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allergy, children, diet, peanuts, wellbeing,
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UK over 40s health campaign

(health, wellbeing, obesity, alcohol, smoking, diet) Today's news on the BBC highlights a new campaign to improve the health of Britain's men and women as they age. People in the UK are living longer, but not being fit and healthy any longer. The necessary changes to habits are simple and cost nothing - in fact they generally involve spending less on consumables that are damaging to health:

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alcohol, diet, health, nutrition, obesity, smoking, wellbeing,
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climate change threatens healthy diet

Environment degradation due to climate change has serious implications for the wellbeing of the world due to poorer  diet and food shortages over the next 35 years: Climate change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by making their diets less healthy, according to new research published in the Lancet. The research is the first to assess how the impacts of global

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climate change, diet, environment, food, wellbeing,
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grape enriched diet linked to better eyesight

grape enriched diet linked to better eyesight. Phytochemicals reducing oxidative stress! Eating grapes may be associated with improved eye health, according to a study conducted at the University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. via wellbeing news     The study, published in the journal Nutrition, showed natural components in grapes that help promote antioxidant activity preserved

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diet, eyesight, grapes, health, phytochemicals, popular science, wellbeing,
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healthy lifestyle campaign in Peterborough

healthy lifestyle campaign in Peterborough - wellbeing through educated choices in diet and exercise.  via wellbeing news ‘Peterborough: Creating a Healthy City’ will see Peterborough City Council offer residents medically proven information and advice on how to kick poor health into touch by making simple lifestyle changes.  Read more:

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diet, exercise, health, lifestyle, nutrition, Peterborough, wellbeing,
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sugar tax and corporations

Apparently, corporations are treated as 'individuals' - a ploy devised by corporate lawyers to gain the same protection by law as individuals are supposed to have. Like many laws, once it has been passed it is hard reverse, because the corporations are protected by that law from having it changed. In the news this week those people and institutions that want to save the vulnerable from life

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advertising, corporations, diabetes, diet, obesity, sugar, wellbeing,
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MIND diet combats Alzheimers

Rush University develops and test diet to help Alzheimer's sufferers  Fortunately, new research is now providing hope in preventing its onset and reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if the diet is not meticulously followed, according to a paper

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Alzheimers, diet, health, Mediterranean diet, popular science, wellbeing,
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organic food for childrens health

A new scientific study from UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health, shows that organic food can substantially lower pesticide exposure in children from low-income families in both urban and rural areas. But traces of pesticides are higher than in previous studies involving middle-income, suburban children, suggesting that kids from cities and farming communities

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agriculture, children, diet, food, health, nutrition, organic, wellbeing,
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eggs for health

For decades, eggs have had a bad press due to insufficient understanding of cholesterol. There has been more research in today's news praising the merits of hens eggs, and the over zealous fears of cholesterol. The body makes cholesterol, and manages its concentration. Eggs have many health benefit - especially well-fed and free range (weather permitting!) hens. Eggs are in fact an

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cholesterol, diet, eggs, nutrition, self-sufficiency, vitamins,
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Grow Your Own Fruit - Carol Klein

Grow Your Own Fruit is published by the RHS (Royal Horticultural society), and covers all aspects of choosing, propagating and protecting your fruit garden. # Hardcover: 224 pages # Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 1st Edition edition (5 Jan 2009) # Language English # ISBN-10: 1845334345 # ISBN-13: 978-1845334345 Nearly every purchaser has given the book 5 stars, so there! I have a

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supermarket luxury lies

Recently I was in a 'super'market to buy food, and looking through the muesli, to see if any of it was fit to eat. A fellow customer praised the item I was looking at, and the packaging did paint a rosy picture: Raisin, almond and Honey muesli. I read the ingredients and the analysis (I.e. the small print), and here are the facts: Contents: oats 55%, sugar unspecified, but more than 9%

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advertising, corporations, diet, health, honey, nutrition, nuts, oats, sugar, wellbeing,
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Nutrition in Essence - food education book

This book covers all the basics, but is quite wordy with relatively few facts, and doesn't have a condensed summary of dietary guidelines for frequent reference. For anyone with bowel-related problems caused by a permeable intestinal wall (irritable bowel, food sensitivities, ...) both lack of fibre and too much (e.g. fibre removed from its wholefood source, such as bran flakes) cause problems.

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diet, dreams, mental health, nutrition, popular science, video, wellbeing,
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optimum excercise for middle age

optimum excercise for middle age Excercise increases arthritis in excess A US study of more than 200 people aged 45 to 55 and of "normal" weight found those doing the most exercise were the most likely to suffer knee damage.Running and jumping may also do more damage to cartilage and ligaments than swimming and cycling, researchers said. One arthritis charity said it was important to keep

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ageing, arthritis, corporations, diet, exercise, matrix, wellbeing,
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Vitamins and diet for busy people

The food and nutrition research detailed in Superfoods - antioxidants shows that fruit with higher levels of antioxidants (e.g. blackberries) add the same level of antioxidants to the blood of the consumer as fruit with lower levels (e.g. raspberries). This being the case, presumably taking ten times the amount of antioxidants (e.g. the CRONIES, who have a huge bowl full of fresh berries and

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antioxidants, diet, fast food, fat, health, internet, nutrition, vitamins, wellbeing,
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longevity in Sicily

There was a very good documentary on ITV about the high number of centenarians, in good health, in a small town in Sicily. Their Mediterranean diet has had a good press for some time, but this video also focussed on their activity levels. Most families seemed to have the ground to grow lots of their own food, including small livestock. One thing they didn't mention, which was hidden in plain

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diabetes, diet, documentary, exercise, longevity, Mediterranean diet, Sicily,
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Resveratrol for health

There have been many reports today of red wine and peanuts benefiting memory and mood in an ageing population, all from a study at University of Texas. The antioxidant resveratrol is the compound present in these foods that has sparked the interest. From their study on rodents: "Resveratrol has been widely touted for its potential to prevent heart disease, but Shetty and a team that includes

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ageing, antioxidants, diet, health, nutrition, resveratrol, wellbeing,
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diet and brain health

Healthy diet for brain health, for over 60s  "Adults who eat more nutrient-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits and fish, have larger left hippocampi." says a report from Deakin University in Australia. The popular science study focussed on adults aged 60-64 years, and used magnetic resonance imaging to measure the size of hippocampi. “Recent research has established that diet and

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ageing, dementia, depression, diet, health, mental health, popular science, protein, wellbeing,
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creating healthy eating habits for children

The site eatright.org has a section dedicated to childrens eating habits resources/for-kids They have identified a 3 part strategy to help children develop good habits and knowledge of healthy nutrition. This involves being with the parent(s) during all 3 stages of food from the shop (or garden) to the table. 1. Involving the children in the decisions one makes at the food store. What is a

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children, diet, education, gardens, health, lifestyle, wellbeing,
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the diet rules that don't waver with fashion

We seem to be bombarded with information and 'research' on healthy diets, and the narrowly focussed research can be particularly confusing - especially when it is funded by vested interests. There are some guidelines that experienced nutritionists always advocate, and they are relatively easy to follow. Fat: The best fats are not saturated, and are naturally occurring. Examples are nuts, oats (

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cholesterol, diet, insulin, lycopene, sugar, vitamins, wellbeing,
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healthy diet versus corporate fast food advertising

Yesterday, there was a report published, based on a single study from the University of East Anglia, relating high protein diet to improved cardiovascular health. The World Health Authority was quoted in the report, which raises the interesting question: who funds them, and what are their interests in business and the stock markets? In the most recent report, WHO funding was 80% from voluntary

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advertising, corporations, diet, GMO, matrix, popular, protein, wellbeing, WHO,
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Diet and obesity

Research reported by cell.com: http://bit.ly/1MrvqJy shows that not all types of calorie restriction are equal. Cutting fat intake resulted in greater fat reduction in the participants than cutting carbohydrates. In the reduced fat intake diet, calories were metabolised by both fat and carbohydrate sources in equal measure. This is interesting research, but hardly prescribes a full solution for

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diet, exercise, gardens, health, obesity, wellbeing,
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diet, insulin resistance and Alzheimers

Interesting and alarming research published by experimental neurologists demonstrates a link between insulin resistance (typically increased by Western diet and insufficient exercise) and memory impairment. The study's authors conclude: Our results show that insulin resistance, a prevalent and increasingly common condition in developed countries, is associated with significantly lower regional

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Alzheimers, diet, exercise, health, insulin, mental health, wellbeing,
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exercise, diet, sleep, relaxation for a healthy body and soul

Personalised exercise for each individualSome good ideas for designing the exercise that suits you, rather than suits what others tell you!Have you tried jump roping, rollerblading, using resistance bands, running stairs, biking around downtown or the park, playing tennis or recreation league soccer, hiking, swimming, kayaking, or dancing?Also recommended: yoga, tai chi, pilates, any rhythmic

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diet, exercise, health, individual, nutrition, relaxation, wellbeing,
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Social media beats corporations advertising at supporting diet health

Social media beats corporate advertising at supporting a healthy diet Healthy diet requires ongoing affirmations and support to combat the onslaught of advertising from food corporations. Cheap ingredients in fancy presentation and packaging make more profit. Marty says - diet fads don't work. Many of them have people doing ridiculous things. Pete says - Some diets, and 'food facts' are

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advertising, corporations, diet, health, matrix, reinventing slavery, Social media, wellbeing,
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Sugar tax to fund healthy diet promotion v obesity

In this week's news the BMA (British Medical Council), representing Britain's GPs, called for a 20% tax on sugary drinks to limit the damage caused, especially to children, by heavily advertised low-nutrition drinks.  They made a case for using that income to subsidise fresh fruit and vegetables. However, fresh (and rapidly frozen) fruit and veg aren't expensive compared to even 'bargain'

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advertising, BMA, diet, health, nutrition, obesity, pathological wealth, sugar, wellbeing,
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Healthy, unprocessed diet includes natural fats for wellbeing

1. Many interesting research findings published today, linking diet and health: A diet high in healthy fats, fruit and vegetables and fish (Mediterranean diet) linked to lessening of depression, according to Prof Miguel A Martínez-González of the University of Navarra, Spain. Also, the risk of developing depression is 42 per cent higher in people who have a high intake of trans fatty acids

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diet, health, monounsaturates, polyunsaturates, popular, wellbeing,
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Superfoods don't advertise (wellbeing, nutrition v corporations)

Abstract: Evidence based dietary guidelines contrasted with corporate funded science and corporate funded advertising. It is a scientifically tested fact that - other factors such as exercise, genetics, habits being equal - people eating a diet rich in antioxidants suffer less from heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and the degenerative diseases associated with ageing. This has led to

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advertising, corporations, diet, freefrom, health, longevity, matrix, nutrition, popular, popular science, superfoods, vitamins, wellbeing,
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Get yer hands on some yams!

I never thought that I could change from eating the common white potato. But after reading about how little nutrition they provide..plus..there is heavy chemical use in their production...I switched to eating yams. They're very tasty and healthy as follows: Health benefits of yams Yam is a good source of energy; 100 g provides 118 calories. Its crunchy edible part chiefly composed of complex

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diabetes, diet, health, minerals, vitamins, wellbeing, yams,
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