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  • Banishing the Winter Blues: How food can impact mood Banishing the Winter Blues: How food can impact mood

    Banishing the Winter Blues: How food can impact mood

Banishing the Winter Blues: How food can impact mood

Winter can make even the most sprightly of us feel down in the dumps. Bleak weather, lack of sleep and too much comfort eating can leave us feeling low in energy. Food can have an immense influence on our mood and if our diet is right we can help ourselves have more energetic days. But what should we be including in our diet? Let’s start with carbohydrates. Our bodies think about carbohydrates like a car engine thinks about fuel. The simplest carbohydrate is glucose which is transported through the bloodstream to […]
By |January 31st, 2017|nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Banishing the Winter Blues: How food can impact mood
  • Children’s Screen Time: A Grim Truth Children’s Screen Time: A Grim Truth

    Children’s Screen Time: A Grim Truth

Children’s Screen Time: A Grim Truth

We are becoming increasingly dependent on electronic devices for virtually everything: televisions, laptops, computers, tablets and mobile phones. We have got to a point in time where our baby monitor is connected to our smartphones and our home lights and thermostats can be controlled with a few taps on our tablets (the list goes on). In short, we have made smart devices indispensable in our daily life. And naturally, this trend is catching up to our kids too. Whether they are watching cartoons on TV, surfing the web on their tablets or smartphones or playing games on their PlayStation, […]
By |January 26th, 2017|child obesity|Comments Off on Children’s Screen Time: A Grim Truth
  • The Truth about Diet Fizzy Drinks The Truth about Diet Fizzy Drinks

    The Truth about Diet Fizzy Drinks

The Truth about Diet Fizzy Drinks

Everyone knows that sugary pop is terrible for our health; added sugar and acid combines to cause tooth decay, contribute to childhood obesity and may increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes. They are the best example of what’s known as “empty” calories – lots of energy offered with no additional nutritional benefit. But what about diet fizzy beverages, made with artificial sweeteners? 12.5% of US children are now drinking artificially sweetened drinks daily, but are they better are than the full sugar version? Artificial Sweeteners Research into artificial sweeteners and the […]
By |January 19th, 2017|child obesity, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on The Truth about Diet Fizzy Drinks
  • Can you have your cake and eat it? Can you have your cake and eat it?

    Can you have your cake and eat it?

Can you have your cake and eat it?

Dentists have recently called for an end to the office ‘cake culture’ – not only for optimal oral health but also to combat the obesity culture. As an avid baker and cake-eating lover, I am here to defend the rights of the office workers to indulge in a slice of Victoria sponge or a biscuit or two*. A dietitian defending the right to eat cake?! Yes, you did hear me correctly. Allow me to elaborate. *caveat: please note, conditions apply – read on! Sugary foods and oral health: It is well-established that foods and drinks high in readily available sugar (mainly […]
By |January 10th, 2017|Nutrition fads, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Can you have your cake and eat it?
  • Unhealthy Snacking: How much is too much for kids? Unhealthy Snacking: How much is too much for kids?

    Unhealthy Snacking: How much is too much for kids?

Unhealthy Snacking: How much is too much for kids?

Sometimes it can feel much easier to grab a chocolate bar or a packet of crisps for your kid’s snacks instead of a healthier alternative. However, these foods can contain a lot of saturated fat, salt and sugar and, over a period of time, too much unhealthy snacking can lead to diseases like obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes – to name a few. Recent childhood obesity figures are shocking. Did you know that in 2015/16, a third of 10-11 year olds and over a fifth of 4-5 year olds were overweight or obese? An important […]
By |January 5th, 2017|child obesity, nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on Unhealthy Snacking: How much is too much for kids?
  • 7 Tips for a Healthier Winter! 7 Tips for a Healthier Winter!

    7 Tips for a Healthier Winter!

7 Tips for a Healthier Winter!

As the winter season hits peak cheer, households across the U.K. are gearing up for a multitude of winter festivals, whether that be News Year’s Eve, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Boxing Day, Christmas or another multinational celebration! Whilst everyone spends the holidays differently, we can all agree that we are all in the thrall of family get togethers, magical light shows, work parties, ice skating, winter wonderlands, the infamous Santa’s grotto, and yes, the novelty Christmas jumper. This is the season characterised by overabundance of everything, from alcohol, chocolate and party snacks to overspending! Research by Treated shows the […]
By |December 22nd, 2016|nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on 7 Tips for a Healthier Winter!
  • The Price Tag of Organic Food The Price Tag of Organic Food

    The Price Tag of Organic Food

The Price Tag of Organic Food

There are those who preach the miraculous benefits of organic foods, then there are many others who think such claims are rubbish – a part of the ‘fad diet’ craze going on these days. But organic is such a delicious word, it even sounds healthy! So where does organic food stand in terms of superiority over conventional foods? It is certainly true; you are likely to pay almost double the price for the organic compared to conventional foodstuff. For instance, Sainsbury’s will charge you £1.00 for 750g of organically grown carrots but £0.45 for the same amount of conventionally […]
By |December 19th, 2016|Nutrition fads|Comments Off on The Price Tag of Organic Food
  • We all need a bit of sunshine in our lives… We all need a bit of sunshine in our lives…

    We all need a bit of sunshine in our lives…

We all need a bit of sunshine in our lives…

In recent years, vitamin D has become somewhat illustrious in the vitamin world. It is, or at least should be, high on the priority list of health professionals and the general public alike. Recommendations have been updated a number of times and, as with many things in life, this can get pretty confusing. Cue a handy summary of what’s what in in the sunshine vitamin world, circa 2016-17. Following the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report in July 2016, Public Health England recommended that everyone >4 years of age should consider taking a supplement containing 10micrograms(mcg)/day vitamin […]
By |December 9th, 2016|nutrition recommendations|Comments Off on We all need a bit of sunshine in our lives…
  • The Gluten Free Diet CRAZE! The Gluten Free Diet CRAZE!

    The Gluten Free Diet CRAZE!

The Gluten Free Diet CRAZE!

The gluten-free diet craze has been going strong for a few years now. This somewhat restrictive diet has been led by the media, implying that you can ‘shed the kilos’ or ‘cure medical conditions’ by cutting out gluten. But what is this ‘unhealthy’ gluten? Gluten is quite simply a protein that is naturally found in the cereals wheat, barley and rye. It is imperative that people with coeliac disease avoid gluten in their diet. Coeliac disease is a lifelong condition, caused by the immune system reacting to gluten. When someone with coeliac disease eats […]
By |December 6th, 2016|Nutrition fads|Comments Off on The Gluten Free Diet CRAZE!
  • Impact of Healthy School Meals Impact of Healthy School Meals

    Impact of Healthy School Meals

Impact of Healthy School Meals

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver helped stir attention towards the appallingly inadequate quality of school meals in the UK. Before that, the infamous Turkey Twizzlers were an ordinary, and even favoured, item served in children’s lunches across many schools. Turkey Twizzlers are highly processed foods containing more than 40 different ingredients including pork fat, hydrogenated vegetable oils, colourings, flavourings, wheat starch, rusk, and even sweeteners including aspartame. Shockingly (or not), Turkey Twizzlers contain just 34% turkey. The school lunches contained many such highly processed items. Jamie Oliver first attempted to improve the quality of meals in Kidbrooke Park Primary School, […]
By |November 24th, 2016|child obesity|Comments Off on Impact of Healthy School Meals