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Gluten-Free Diets. Are They a Fad?

Posted by Chris Cattini

02-Nov-2015 09:00:00

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?

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Topics: allergies and allergens, coeliac, gluten free, intolerances, grains, nutrients, wheat, immune system, retail and marketing, carbohydrates

Reducing Meat Consumption for Sustainability

Posted by Naomi McGrath

05-May-2015 16:30:00

What changes could we make to “meat” the need for more sustainable food choices?

Meat often dominates the dinner plate. Whether it’s a juicy steak, a roast on a Sunday, or some sizzling sausages served up with a mountain of mash, meat regularly forms the central part of the meal, and for many people it is something they would certainly not want to go without. Unfortunately, though, while our enthusiasm for digging into meat-filled meals might leave our stomachs satisfied, it is having rather less positive consequences for the environment.

Meat production and the environment

Meat production is one of the main sources of human pressure on the environment, and its consumption accounts for a significant proportion of the ecological footprint of those who eat it. As well as being a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (it is claimed that the global livestock industry generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trains, ships and planes put together), raising animals for food is inefficient. It requires vast areas of land – not just for grazing, but for growing crops for feeds too, as well as large amounts of energy and water, all to produce only a relatively small amount of meat.

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Topics: food security, cancer, animal welfare, protein, diabetes, grains, obesity, agriculture, meat, cardiovascular health, food production, environment and sustainability, consumer behaviour, plant-based diets

Nordic and Mediterranean Approach

Posted by Jenny Arthur

11-Mar-2014 08:00:00

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

I like to keep an eye on what is happening in the Nordic countries as they are a good barometer of potential future activity in the UK.

The Nordic countries review their dietary guidelines every eight years, through the Nordic Co-operation, involving Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Aland. This is one of the world's most extensive regional collaborations and not an easy task I imagine!

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Topics: nutrition, healthy eating, grains, fruit, vegetables, oily fish

Hot Food Topics: The New Year Round-Up

Posted by Jenny Arthur

19-Feb-2014 08:00:00

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

Diets, sugar, fats, smart swaps, portion size, what your friends are eating, insects, Body Mass Index, flexatarianism, low fat food smells, omega 3, children's diets, polyphenols… You name it, it’s been in the headlines in January. (If you want to know more about these areas, take a look at my Twitter page JennyANutrition).

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Topics: nutrition, protein, healthy eating, gluten free, grains, sugar and substitutes

Healthy Eating: 10 Nutrition Tips for Eating Right

Posted by Dave Howard

06-Jan-2014 10:17:00

  • Choose good carbs, not no carbs. Whole grains are your best bet
  • Pay attention to the protein package. Fish, poultry, nuts, and beans are the best choices
  • Choose foods with healthy fats, limit foods high in saturated fat, and avoid foods with trans fat. Plant oils, nuts, and fish are the healthiest sources.
  • Choose a fiber-filled diet, rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
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Topics: milk and milk substitutes, fish, processed food, nutrition, saturated fat, protein, salt, healthy eating, grains, vegetables, fibre, nuts, calcium, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates

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