This weeks’ article is written by our guest blogger, Miguel Toribio-Mateas, who provides a light-hearted look at Christmas meals and his top five functional festive foods. Christmas can often be a time of overindulgence and we tend to be spoilt for choice at the dinner table. With an abundance of roasted vegetables, dark chocolate and steamed sprouts on offer, Miguel explores the nourishment which is found on many dinner plates during the festive season. Continue reading
Due to medical advancements, death rates from heart disease are falling. Nevertheless, it was reported in 2014 that cardiovascular disease accounted for 27% of all deaths in the United Kingdom, which was only 2% less than cancer. However, the WHO (World Health Organisation) have estimated that more than ‘80% of premature heart attacks and strokes are preventable’, with a healthy diet and other lifestyle factors being central to this.
In the past 30 or so years researchers and food manufacturers have become increasingly interested in a certain type of antioxidant, known as polyphenols, and the role that they play in the body. The main reason for this interest stems from the antioxidant properties of polyphenols, their great abundance in our diet, and their probable role, backed up by much research, in the prevention of various diseases associated with oxidative stress, such as cancer and cardiovascular and neuro-degenerative diseases.
Will you be indulging in a little red wine and chocolate this Christmas time? Or perhaps you like a little of either, or both, throughout the year. Let’s face, it both these are foods and drinks that carry some pretty hefty health warnings – so consume in moderation and occasionally is typically the refrain. However both have been in the health news regularly of late with a raft of research projects exploring the potential health benefits related to these foods and drinks. Continue reading