Healthy Eating

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

Fish

Fish

The National Health Service suggests that “A healthy, balanced diet should include at least 2 portions of fish a week, including 1 of oily fish.” This is because fish and shellfish are good sources of many vitamins and minerals. Oily fish (like herring, pilchards, salmon, sardines, sprats, trout and mackerel) are high in long-chain Omega-3 …

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Benefits of Alcohol on Cognition

A study published in June 2020 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, produced what to many may be a startling conclusion.That low to moderate alcohol consumption can actually be beneficial.This is quite a separate issue from the widely accepted benefits of red wine, as it relates to alcohol itself, in whatever form consumed. …

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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. A Harvard article notes that they make a good exchange for red meat because they contain many of the same nutrients, but fewer of the drawbacks. …

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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

Everything about soya indicates that it’s one of nature’s superfoods. A Harvard University article “Straight Talk About Soy” sums up that most studies have shown soy to be beneficial, although there are some studies that raise questions about possible negative aspects. “Part of the uncertainty is due to the intricacy of soy’s effects on the …

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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 National Health ServiceRegularly drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week risks damaging your health. That’s equivalent to …

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