Gluten-free diets have long been recommended for those with coeliac disease, but why are so many other people avoiding gluten? Is it an affectation adopted by the middle class worried well consumer, or is there a scientific basis to gluten avoidance, even for people who are not suffering from coeliac disease?
Thought for Food Blog
Owners have always given their pets treats. Traditionally, these were human foods – scraps dropped onto the floor at mealtimes, bones buried in gardens and strings of sausages stolen from butchers’ shops, at least in cartoons. I once saw a border collie wolf down an entire kilogram of Cheddar cheese that had been thrown out of a window during a drunken party – perhaps that was more gastrointestinal breeze block than treat, though -- I don’t know what happened to the dog afterwards.
Dog biscuits in various shapes and colours have been around for a long time, as have specially formulated chocolate drops that don’t contain theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs. But in recent times, commercial treats for cats and dogs have become increasingly popular.
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Obesity and related syndromes
Italian culture places high value on food; Italy is renowned for its cuisine, and meals are important and lengthy events for many Italian families.
Additionally, in their article published in the journal Tumori, Pala et al highlight that the Italian diet typically consists of a high proportion of fatty foods – butter, cheese, cakes, meat, etc. As a result, a problem in the Italian community is the presence of overweight and obese individuals.
It’s a well-known fact that poor diet and nutrition are major contributory risk factors for ill health.
Obesity is a significant health problem due to its association with serious chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and hyperlipidaemia (high levels of fats in the blood that can lead to narrowing and blockages of blood vessels), which are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular related mortality.
Obesity is also associated with cancer, disability, reduced quality of life, and can lead to premature death.