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Jenny Arthur

Jenny is a member of the Nutrition Society, Association of Nutrition, Association for the Study of Obesity, Nutritionists in Industry, and SENSE Professional Nutrition Consultants. She is an experienced and well-respected nutritionist and marketer with over 20 years’ experience, working with some of the UK’s leading food retailers and manufacturers to help make food healthier.
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Top Tips on Developing Healthier Products

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22-May-2014 10:28:00

Post from guest blogger, Jenny Arthur BA (Hons) MSc RNutr, Nutrition and Marketing Consultant

I started off writing this blog about healthier ingredients, which I had promised in my last blog. However, I have since decided I needed to offer some of my experience of developing healthier products, before I get onto ingredients. So the healthier ingredients blog is coming next… honestly!

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Topics: nutrition, healthy eating, retail and marketing, food production

Confused About Sugar?

Posted by Jenny Arthur

12-May-2014 11:08:00

Post from guest blogger, Jenny Arthur BA (Hons) MSc RNutr, Nutrition and Marketing Consultant

Sugary foods are close to most people’s hearts, including mine, and maybe we are all psychologically addicted to sugar? Babies are born to like sweet tastes, so are we pre-disposed to liking sugary foods? When you think about it most people will usually indulge on chocolate, sweets or alcohol, though I have a crisp muncher in my house!

Following the almost constant media attention on sugar over the last few months and with little or no distinction between sugars added to foods and naturally occurring sugars. In addition to little reference to realistic portion sizes when comparing the sugar content of foods. Only last week, the repeated call for a sugar tax in the UK and the World Health Organisation’s draft recommendation to ideally halve the current 10% guideline for sugar to about 25g or 6 teaspoons of sugar/day. It is no wonder people are confused about what they should be eating!

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Topics: processed food, nutrition, healthy eating, retail and marketing, sugar and substitutes, confectionery

What are the Superheroes of a Healthy Diet?

Posted by Jenny Arthur

07-Apr-2014 11:32:00

Post from guest blogger, Jenny Arthur BA (Hons) MSc RNutr, Nutrition and Marketing Consultant

There has been a lot in the press recently about how many portions of fruit and vegetables we really should be eating. The latest data shows just over 30% of adults are eating their 5 a day and amongst teenagers it’s only about 10%, in other words we could do better.

If there is one step you take towards making your diet healthier, make it fruit and veg as it’s a big step! Fruit and vegetables are the powerhouses of the diet, containing a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients which help to combat the onset of diseases like coronary heart disease and cancers and optimise health.

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Topics: nutrition, healthy eating, fibre, legumes, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates, dieting

What is the Best Diet for Losing Weight?

Posted by Jenny Arthur

01-Apr-2014 11:16:00

Post from guest blogger, Jenny Arthur BA (Hons) MSc RNutr, Nutrition and Marketing Consultant

Having spent the last week or so reading the plethora of diets to try for the New Year, some of which I was very pleased to see were based on sound scientific evidence I was still a bit confused and slightly overwhelmed! I was keen to find out what was the scientific evidence behind all the different diets.

Instead of spending weeks trying to piece the information together I headed into London last Wednesday to the British Nutrition Foundation’s half day symposium on 'Popular diets – what is the evidence?' They had a great line up of speakers covering all the different diets currently in vogue and some less in vogue. To find out the real facts about what is the best diet for losing weight. I had my suspicions but wanted to hear it from the experts in each of their fields.

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Topics: nutrition, protein, healthy eating, nutrients, fibre, carbohydrates, dieting

How Do You Make a Healthier Product?

Posted by Jenny Arthur

24-Mar-2014 09:14:00

Post from guest blogger, Jenny Arthur BA (Hons) MSc RNutr, Nutrition and Marketing Consultant

One of the questions I am often asked by clients is how can we make our products healthier and by friends, what can I eat that’s healthy? With a new or existing product range I love starting with a blank sheet of paper and letting my creative juices flow… a bit like writing this blog.

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Topics: nutrition, healthy eating, nutrients, retail and marketing, food production

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