Healthy Eating

What can we do in terms of the food we eat, and the beverages we consume, to extend our healthy years?

Legumes

Legumes are edible seeds or pods, such as black beans, chickpeas, peas, and even peanuts, that grow from certain plants. When dried they are often referred to as pulses. They make a good exchange for red meat because they contain many of the same nutrients, but fewer of the drawbacks.One of the main advantages of …

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Quorn

Quorn is a meat substitute product sold worldwide, primarily in Europe. It is sold as both a cooking ingredient and as the meat substitute used in a range of prepackaged meals.All Quorn foods contain mycoprotein as an ingredient, which is derived from the Fusarium venenatum fungus. In most Quorn products, the fungus culture is dried …

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Sugar

Sugar in its various forms is a part of our diet, and in moderate quantities provides some of the calories we need. However, the typical western diet includes far too much, and this leads to a range of problems, the most common of which are obesity and type 2 diabetes. The National Health Service says:“Eating …

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Salt

Salt

Salt is a widely occurring mineral, and a natural part of our diet. However, many people nowadays consume far too much of it, and this leads to a range of risks for older people. The British Heart Foundation says that “Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure, and having high blood pressure increases …

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Soya

Since I went vegan (more or less) over a year ago, my consumption of soya (or soy) beans in their various forms has skyrocketed from rarely eaten to a major part of my diet. I’m happy with that, as everything I’ve read about soya indicates that it’s one of nature’s superfoods. A Harvard University article …

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Eggs

Eggs

We all know that eggs are packed with protein and other good things, but what about the not-so-good things? Are we in fact better off by not eating eggs, and getting our nutrients elsewhere? The Good Things about Eggs WebMD.com is typical of advice on the benefits of eating eggs: • They offer “complete protein”. …

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Cruciferous

We’ve all heard that cruciferous vegetables (eg. Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Rocket) are good for us, but what do the experts say? In “How Not to Die” Dr Michael Greger includes a serving of Cruciferous vegetable as part of his “Daily Dozen” diet plan for a longer healthy life. His rationale is that …

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Alcohol

The general health viewpoint is that alcohol should be consumed in moderation or not at all. But then we hear that red wine might be good for you. So, where does the truth lie? The Recommendations US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that if alcohol is consumed, it should …

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Sandwich

Sandwich

For most of my working life I had a sandwich for lunch. Ham, beef, chicken, turkey, tuna, cheese, cream cheese, peanut butter, tomatoes, eggs, banana, … and many combinations of these. When I retired, it was a habit I continued, having more or less the same fillings. But when I went vegan at the start …

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