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Healthy food combats obesity, diabetes

Healthy food. News and research on food and dietary guidelines to maintain health. Fresh fruit and veg; antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, healthy fats. Nutritional education to combat obesity, diabetes, age -related illness.


Themes related to Healthy food combats obesity, diabetes include Diet / nutrition, education, the Psychology of advertising aimed at consumerism, and understanding the best coping strategies for alleviating poverty.



recent Healthy food combats obesity, diabetes posts

alcohol damaging children in UK

300,000 children in the UK severely affected by parental alcohol problems. 3,000,000 live with some alcohol problems. And it never makes the news or the political agenda. I wonder why ... denial? http://www.nacoa.org.uk/ #URNotAlone tags: children, alcohol, health, education, denial

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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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The Firm: Ultimate Fat Burning Workout

Specially recommended for LD as he limbers up for Spring planting; also for anyone with a weight problem: There is a series of these exercise videos - a must for anyone living in remote areas or cultural deserts. Visible Results in ten workouts, it says; emphasising the visible and maybe superficial. But the genuine health benefits are likely to come even sooner than that. From an Amazon

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butter is better - whole foods beat profitable processed pap

The food corporation adverts would have us believe that margarine is cheaper than butter, and you can't taste the difference! Well I can taste the difference, and decided to do some simple arithmetic to test the truth of their claims: Facts: Maragarine ingredients: 1. WATER 2. sunflower oil 26% 3. Palm oil 4. linseed oil 5. reconstituted milk 6. salt 7. emulsifier 8. lecithin 9. sodium

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advertising, corporations, food, health, nutrition,
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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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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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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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plant-based diet, health and climate change

An academic study has analysed the benefits to the environment and the population of the world that are possible through dietary change. food study Their conclusions: The food system is responsible for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions while unhealthy diets and high body weight are among the greatest contributors to premature mortality.

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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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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, denial, 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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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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rainbow of fruit and veg for perfect diet - phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals

rainbow of fruit and veg for perfect diet - phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals.  Eating a rainbow of colour is an energizing way to add more vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals to our diets.  While supplements and energy drinks can add vitamins and minerals, we cannot come close to getting the thousands of phytochemicals found in colourful fruits and vegetables. via wellbeing news

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education, fast food, fruit, health, minerals, phytochemicals, poverty, vegetables, vitamins,
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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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Essential Guide to Yoga

Essential Guide to Yoga by Penny Smith; with Howard Napper. A fine health and exercise DVD to use at home. A nicely paced DVD (a bit of a gallop the first time, not so slow that the 500th view leaves you bored!).  Having 'forgotten' about yoga for years, it's amazed me rediscover that a whole hour can be spent 'exercising' and leave you feeling less tired.  An hour with no phone calls, no

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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, featured, health, internet, nutrition, vitamins, 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, featured, gardens, health, lifestyle, wellbeing,
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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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Herbs for health

Forget the adverts telling you to buy so and so for your health. There are many health benefits in ordinary herbs and spices (not to mention ordinary foods). A few examples: Turmeric: Reputedly Turmeric can help lower cholesterol and event prevent bad cholesterol from building up in the future. Cayenne Pepper: can help stimulate your metabolism, circulation and digestion. For your

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environment, food, gardens, health, herbs, self-sufficiency, wellbeing,
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nutrition, poverty, solutions

today's post: scurvy and rickets! Very bad 'health' news from the poor districts in South Wales. Following on from our article on the 'superfoods' that aren't widely promoted by the food 'industry', here is very sad news ... Scurvy and rickets are both reappearing in children; deficiency diseases that were thought to be permanently eradicated. Fast food and children don't belong together.

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children, fast food, featured, health, nutrition, popular, 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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