Increasing the diversity of your diet

The 5 A Day message has been around for a long time and it has been shown that the number of vegetable and fruit portions consumed per day is directly correlated to health and inversely with risk of chronic diseases.

So, it’s great if your clients are getting 5 or more portions per day (6-8 of vegetables and 1-2 fruit is even better!!) however, even if reaching that goal, many people are consuming the same types of food every day and therefore lack diversity in their diet.

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The charitable activity of Cytoplan & The AIM Foundation in 2018

Charity is right at the heart of the day to day running of Cytoplan. Since conception in 1980, the philosophy of the company has been built on the foundations of helping others and ‘improving the health of the nation’. This ethos emanates from our charitable owners The AIM Foundation, who have been supporting nutrition, health and well-being projects for close to 30 years.

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A low carb Christmas

Low-carb diets are low in carbohydrates, the food group that you find in ultra-processed sugary foods, pasta and bread. Those who are stuck on the “low fat” way of thinking have demonised low carb diets as unhealthy;  the reality is that there’s nothing unhealthy about eating a variety of fresh foods rich in protein and nutrients, a diversity of brightly coloured vegetables, natural fats from nuts, seeds and olive oil, and some fruit.

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In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, four items comprising:

  • Definitive link? Cochrane review finds omega-3 intake in pregnancy slashes risk of preterm birth
  • Sugar tax on soft drinks raises £154m
  • Benefits of exercise-boosted gut dependent on weight and regimen: Study
  • Type 2 diabetes affects 7,000 under-25s in England and Wales

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Boosting immune health with beta glucan

A report from Public Health England13 has said that the overuse of antibiotics is putting lives at risk. Studies have concluded that millions of routine operations could become life-threatening and experts have warned that a rise in drug-resistant bacterial infections risks pushing medicine “back to the dark ages”. The incidence of septicaemia, in which bacteria are resistant to at least one major antibiotic group, has risen by 35 per cent in four years. For vulnerable people, such as children, the elderly or people with compromised immune systems, antibiotic resistance can be life-threatening. It also significantly increases the risk of routine surgery, organ transplantations and childbirth.

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