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Foraging for Food Security

Posted by Naomi McGrath

01-Nov-2014 10:41:00

The leaves are changing colour and falling from the trees, the weather has turned wet and windy, and the nights are drawing in. Autumn is well and truly here. But while the downturn in the weather can sometimes have us feeling a little gloomy, the coming of autumn is also a time that gets many people thinking about going out into the countryside to pick fruit from heavily laden trees and explore the forest floors for curious forms of fungi.

There are estimated to be over 50,000 species of edible plants in the world and many different edible mushrooms, yet in the industrialised world almost all of our food comes from just a handful of species, picked not from the trees but from the supermarket shelves. 

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Topics: food security, antioxidants, nutrition, protein, nutrients, vegetables, fibre, magnesium, calcium, vitamins and minerals, environment and sustainability, food economics

Burn Fat!

Posted by Dave Howard

22-Apr-2014 15:29:00

Changing your diet can be difficult and frustrating. Especially if you're not sure which foods will provide the greatest boost to get your metabolism going.

If you want to achieve a certain measure of weight loss and keep it off for good, then it's important to put certain controls into play. Without an active plan to change your lifestyle, the goals you set forth just won't be attainable. For anyone trying to lose weight, regardless of the goal that is set, it always starts with food.


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Topics: processed food, antioxidants, nutrition, protein, healthy eating, cholesterol, diabetes, fruit, vegetables, obesity, soy, cardiovascular health, immune system, fatty acids, nuts, legumes, calcium, vitamins and minerals

Evaluating How Nutrition Can Optimise Immune Function

Posted by Dave Howard

27-Aug-2013 10:04:00

An optimal immune system is crucial to human health. After vaccination, nutrition is one of the major factors which modulates immune function.

Currently, there is uncertainty within the scientific community regarding what markers are available to reliably measure the impact of diet on the different aspects of immune function. In an article published in the British Journal of Nutrition, ILSI Europe's experts evaluated and prioritised more than 75 key immune markers.

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Topics: antioxidants, nutrition, allergies and allergens, healthy eating, nutrients, pathogens, immune system

Nordic Diet Vs. Mediterranean Diet

Posted by Dave Howard

26-Mar-2013 15:35:00

One of the leading eating plans for the past 20 years, the Mediterranean diet, is facing competition from the ‘Nordic diet’, which, scientists are discovering, could be significantly healthier.

The research findings have generated excitement among many nutrition experts in the UK, as the British climate is more suited to producing the kinds of foods found in Scandinavia than it is to growing the sun-ripened foods of the Mediterranean.

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Topics: omega-3, fish, cancer, antioxidants, nutrition, saturated fat, vegetables, oily fish, obesity, meat, cardiovascular health, nuts

Vitamin E and Cancer

Posted by Dave Howard

26-Nov-2012 13:51:00

Vitamin E refers to a group of eight fat-soluble compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrienols.

Vitamin E has many biological functions, the antioxidant function being the most important and/or best known, as outlined by E. F. Bell in ‘History of vitamin E in infant nutrition’.

Other functions include enzymatic activities, gene expression – the process by which information from a gene is used in the synthesis of a functional gene product – and neurological function(s).

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Topics: cancer, antioxidants, nutrition, healthy eating, vegetables

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