Tax Sugar!

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The consumption of sugar has trebled worldwide over the past 50 years, closely tracking the obesity curve and significantly increasing the risk of liver damage, pancreatic cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Researchers at Oxford University have calculated that a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks would cut obesity levels by around 400,000.

Health is a bowl of cherries

Cherries are a rich source of quercetin, hydroxycinnamates, vit C, anthocyanins, potassium, carotenoids and melatonin. This potent mix has antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. In some people, regular consumption may reduce inflammation, ease arthritic pain and gout, protect against heart disease, reduce risk of diabetes and insulin resistance, improve sleep patterns and cognitive function and speed recovery after training. More research is needed.

McCune LM. et al (2011). Cherries and health: a review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 51(1):1-12

Ginger

Confucius, born around 551 BC, shaped Chinese political and moral thinking for centuries. During his time, success was measured in terms of an individual’s inner development rather than his outer position or accomplishments. Confucius was a great believer in the healing properties of ginger and was said to have eaten ginger at every meal. In China, ginger has traditionally been used to help treat stomach upset, diarrhoea, nausea, colic, arthritis and heart conditions. Ginger’s antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory potential is attributed to the interaction of a large number and variety of constituents, including volatile oils and phenol compounds (such as gingerols and shogaols).

ODE TO THE ARTICHOKE – a poem by Pablo Neruda

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The artichoke With a tender heart Dressed up like a warrior, Standing at attention, it built A small helmet Under its scales It remained Unshakeable, By its side The crazy vegetables Uncurled Their tendrills and leaf-crowns, Throbbing bulbs, In the sub-soil The carrot With its red mustaches Was sleeping, The grapevine Hung out to dry […]

Waiter, there’s a free radical in my soup!

Colourful Organic Fruit

Whilst many people have been contemplating their navels on the beach, I have spent most of this summer indoors, hunched over my computer. I have also been watching the lines on my face and counting the white hairs on my head with increasing anxiety. Something can be done about the unhealthy lifestyle but what about […]

Chocolate, you are simply divine

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If God had wanted women to be perfect, he wouldn’t have invented chocolate. Creating a food as sumptuously soothing, as voluptuously velvety as chocolate was a rotten trick to play, especially on us nutritionists who are supposed to abstain at all times – apart from Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Unbirthdays and er… I’m […]

Fish Oil Controversy

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Is Something Fishy Going On? If you find yourself thoroughly confused about the recent fishoil controversy, you are not alone. One minute we are told to eat oily fish, then media headlines scream essential fats offer no health benefits at all. Let’s sort out fact from fiction. Omega 3 is an “essential” fat, our bodies […]

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