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  • How many a day? How many a day?

    How many a day?

How many a day?

5, 7, or 10 portions of fruit and veg a day?

In the UK it is recommended that we should be eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Fruit and vegetables are a wonderful source of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. Their consumption has been shown to have great benefit to our health. These benefits include reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers. The fibre content of fruit and vegetables also helps to keep our digestive system healthy and prevent constipation.

The […]

By |November 1st, 2018|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on How many a day?
  • What’s the Buzz around Honey? What’s the Buzz around Honey?

    What’s the Buzz around Honey?

What’s the Buzz around Honey?

You may have noticed that honey has made the headlines this week, ‘Use honey first for a cough, new guidelines say’ was the title of an article posted by the BBC. This is because new, draft guidelines have been released by Public Health England (PHE) which advise doctors on how to treat coughs in their patients. Let’s delve a little deeper into this headline and look at how much truth is behind it.

Why have the guidelines changed?

One of the reasons why the guidelines mentioned above have recently been reviewed and changed is […]

By |September 7th, 2018|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on What’s the Buzz around Honey?
  • Peanuts and Pregnancy Peanuts and Pregnancy

    Peanuts and Pregnancy

Peanuts and Pregnancy

Can eating peanuts during pregnancy cause peanut allergy in children?

Peanut allergy is one of the most common allergies in the UK. In England in 2005, it was estimated that around 1 in 2,000 people had a diagnosed peanut allergy. Peanut allergy is known as an IgE-mediated allergy. This means that prior exposure and sensitisation peanuts is required before an allergic reaction is seen. The first time an individual is exposed to peanut, their immune system makes antibodies specific to peanut. This means that if they are exposed to peanut a second time and immune response will occur, […]

By |August 11th, 2018|Pregnancy|Comments Off on Peanuts and Pregnancy
  • Cartoon Characters to Advertise Junk Food? Cartoon Characters to Advertise Junk Food?

    Cartoon Characters to Advertise Junk Food?

Cartoon Characters to Advertise Junk Food?

Is it responsible to use cartoon characters to target advertisement of unhealthy foods at children?

We’re all very familiar with the likes of the Milky Bar Kid and Tony the Tiger, the characters who have been promoting some of the most popular chocolate and cereal products for years. Recently, these guys have had some pretty bad press.

It is well established that marketing has a huge influence on food choice. Evidence shows that children are particularly vulnerable to marketing strategies as they ‘lack an adult’s understanding of advertising intent.’ Additionally, children have […]

By |June 25th, 2018|child obesity|Comments Off on Cartoon Characters to Advertise Junk Food?
  • Healthy Eating for Gestational Diabetes Healthy Eating for Gestational Diabetes

    Healthy Eating for Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Eating for Gestational Diabetes

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is much like Type 2 Diabetes and is a disease of insulin resistance. This means that insulin, the hormone that controls glucose in the blood, doesn’t function as it should leading to too much glucose in the bloodstream.

 During pregnancyour body requires more insulin however some women may not be able to produce enough to cope with increased demand or may have become insulin resilient.  This can lead to gestational diabetes.

This can cause several increased risks such as; premature birth, respiratory problems, and low blood sugar for the infant after birth.

Gestational Diabetes  is diagnosedby […]

By |June 19th, 2018|nutrition recommendations, Pregnancy|Comments Off on Healthy Eating for Gestational Diabetes
  • Vegetarianism and Pregnancy Vegetarianism and Pregnancy

    Vegetarianism and Pregnancy

Vegetarianism and Pregnancy


Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important throughout life but is particularly important during pregnancy. This will benefit not just the health, growth and development of your baby, but also your own health too.

One of the most important diet-related recommendations during pregnancy is to eat a wide variety of foods each day to ensure that you and your baby are getting all of the nutrients you need. In the UK it is also recommended that vitamin D and folic acid supplements are taken. Further information about supplements during pregnancy can be found […]

By |May 15th, 2018|Infant feeding, nutrition recommendations, Pregnancy|Comments Off on Vegetarianism and Pregnancy
  • The Newest “Diet” in Town The Newest “Diet” in Town

    The Newest “Diet” in Town

The Newest “Diet” in Town

Public health England unveiled their new OneYou “diet plan”for adults last month – widely reported in the media as Britons being “put on a diet” by the government! Recommended calorie (energy) intake for men is 2500 calories a day and for women 2000, so the plan consisted of a 400-600-600 calorie split for breakfast lunch and dinner, leaving room left for snacks.

But why are we being recommended to divide up our calories this way – and should we all be doing it?

By |April 23rd, 2018|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations, Obesity|Comments Off on The Newest “Diet” in Town
  • Is Snacking Good for Kids? Is Snacking Good for Kids?

    Is Snacking Good for Kids?

Is Snacking Good for Kids?

Is snacking good for kids?

We all know kids love snacks, and as parents, guardians or carers, whether your dishing out food on the run, during a major hunger meltdown or as a good old-fashioned bribe for good behaviour, it can be difficult to say no. Our snacking habits are reflected in national food intake, with the average child eating 3 “unhealthy” snacks or sugared drinks a day. This partly contributes to the extremely high sugar intake of the average child, with snacks contributing around 50% of added sugar intake, or the equivalent of around 3.5 sugar cubes […]

By |February 28th, 2018|child obesity, Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Is Snacking Good for Kids?
  • New Year, “New Diet”! New Year, “New Diet”!

    New Year, “New Diet”!

New Year, “New Diet”!