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Cara Cunningham, MINDI, Community Dietitian
Acrylamide is a compound that is produced when many foods, particularly starchy foods, are cooked – or more importantly ‘browned’. Acrylamide has been found both in processed foods and also in foods cooked at home. The acrylamide forms when a food is roasted, toasted, grilled, or fried. Foods implicated would be toasted bread; potatoes, whether fried (chips or crisps) or roasted; vegetables (roasted or fried as veggie crisps); or other starchy foods like biscuits or crackers. All these foods develop acrylamide during the cooking process due to the ‘Maillard reaction’ which is the reason these foods go brown.
Research has shown that children who eat too fast, eat more, and therefore are more prone to obesity. It is believed that eating too fast interferes with the body’s signalling system that tells the brain that you are full, and to stop eating when the stomach becomes full.
After all the excess of Christmas, the new year can be a good time to take stock of your lifestyle. Instead of cutting things out, why not think about what you can do more of to improve your health and wellbeing.
The Christmas party season can be tiring, but many people are unaware that if they are feeling tired it might be because of something they are, or are not, eating. If you are feeling constantly tired it is important to talk to your GP to ensure there is no underlying cause. But you can also check your diet to make sure it doesn’t include any ‘energy robbers’, such as the following:
The Mediterranean diet strikes again! The latest research on people with heart disease suggests that by following this way of eating they can reduce their risk of dying early from heart disease by 37 per cent. So what is it that is so special?
Research done in the UK has shown that having your recommended five-plus fruit and vegetable portions a day is not just good for your physical health, it also improves your mental health.
Nothing is quite as good as a BBQ on a summer’s evening; they can be a good social occasion for family or friends to sit down for a chat together. There is always the tendency with a BBQ to eat more than you planned for, but with a bit of pre-planning you can ensure that you can balance the ‘meat-fest’ out with healthier foods that are tasty and good for you. Here are a few tips to get you going in the right direction.
Coconut oil used to be the preserve of face and body lotions but in the last year it has become popular, hailed as the latest health food. But what is the evidence to support these health claims – it seems it might not be as black and white as you might think!
The ideal fruit for Valentine’s Day is definitely the strawberry. Not only is a strawberry the colour of love, in the shape of a heart - it is also good for your heart. Researchers in the US discovered that people who ate strawberries (and other fruits coloured red, purple, or blue) had a lower risk of heart disease. So what has the humble strawberry got that can have this positive effect?