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  • Peanut and Pregnancy Peanut and Pregnancy

    Peanut and Pregnancy

Peanut 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 Peanut 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”!

                                                                                    With the festive season coming to an end many of us are feeling the after effects of too much alcohol, chocolate and the other indulgences that make December great. But waking up in the cold […]
By |January 8th, 2018|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations, Obesity|Comments Off on New Year, “New Diet”!
  • Am I Overweight? Am I Overweight?

    Am I Overweight?

Am I Overweight?

We all know that being overweight has a huge impact on our health, whether by increasing the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, or even contributing to 1 in 20 cancers. We may even be aware that carrying excess weight can make us feel tired, run down or breathless, as well as resulting in joint pain, digestive problems or even changes in everyday mood. But we have a problem; the majority of us are unable to identify if we and others are overweight. This […]
By |December 2nd, 2017|Obesity|Comments Off on Am I Overweight?
  • Staying on Top of your Exercise Game Staying on Top of your Exercise Game

    Staying on Top of your Exercise Game

Staying on Top of your Exercise Game

Lots of us enjoy that pumped-up, supercharged feeling of breaking a good sweat in the gym, and for some, nothing beats that sense of accomplishment when we’ve finished a good exercise session. I personally love to break a good sweat, and if my daily schedule gets too busy to fit in some exercise, I start itching to go back to the gym and burn some calories! While each one of us has our own favourite workout, drill or fitness class, all of us share one thing in common (to a certain extent): nutrition before, during and after exercise. How do […]
By |September 11th, 2017|nutrition recommendations, sports nutrition|Comments Off on Staying on Top of your Exercise Game
  • Why is it so hard to lose weight? Why is it so hard to lose weight?

    Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Being overweight is often seen to have a simple cause – eating too much and moving too little. It comes as no surprise then that individual weight has now become a “moral” issue in society, where those of us who are carrying a little too much around the middle are blamed for being “greedy”, “lazy” and “lacking willpower”.  While estimates vary, it’s likely that only around 20% of people successfully lose and maintain weight loss, while around 80% of individuals who intentionally lose weight regain it. Clearly 80% of us cannot all be making “bad choices”, so what […]
By |August 8th, 2017|child obesity, Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Why is it so hard to lose weight?