Additives aren't all artificial
Do you automatically return a product to the shelves when you see E numbers on the label? If so, you could be missing out on some good buys. Not all additives are synthetic; in fact many are natural substances, and a product which is free of artificial extras could still list E numbers on its label. The trick is to know whether you're looking at friend or foe:
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SIMPLE WAYS TO SLIM
Work with your body
Treat it well, and your body will be an ally in the fight against fat.
Regular exercise can increase metabolic rate (the rate at which you burn up energy) and help you to stay slim.
Crash diets have the opposite effect: the body protects itself from starvation by conserving as much energy (and hence fat) as possible, and your metabolic rate could actually Read more ...
TIPS FOR VEGETARIANS
If not all the family is vegetarian, keep a supply of bought -or homemade if you prefer - vegetable burgers and sausages to serve when others have hamburgers or meat dishes. Put them in a bun, or dish up with salads or vegetables.
Ensuring a good supply of vitamin B12
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Who needs them?
The answer is: anyone who has difficulty digesting a protein called gluten, found in some grains. The problem is known medically as coeliac disease, and symptoms may start before the age of three, with diarrhoea, wind, and occasionally even weakness or malnutrition if the victim can't absorb enough protein.
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WHEN YOU CAN'T DRINK MILK
If you're allergic to cow's milk or you find it hard to digest, try soya milk or goat's milk, which rarely cause problems. Most supermarkets and health food shops keep both, as well as products such as goat's-milk yoghurt and cheese. Buy the milks in liquid or powder form, and use them in exactly the same way as ordinary milk.
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Diabetics need to avoid sugar, both by itself and in sugary foods, although some diabetics can take very small amounts.
Fresh or dried fruit and fruit sugar (fructose) can be useful substitutes for sugar in cooking, but they are still high in calories, so it's best not to use them in very large quantities.
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FOOD FOR THE ELDERLY
Eat less fat
Most people become less active as they grow older, and their energy requirements from food drop as a result. So cut down on fats if you're worried about putting on weight.
You don't have to cook every day
Stock up on some handy convenience meals for days when you don't feel like cooking. Long-life ones are particularly useful as you can store them without a fridge Read more ...
Because they are growing fast and keeping active, children need more nutrients in relation to body size than adults. Their diets should contain plenty of nourishing protein foods such as meat, fish and cheese, and fresh fruit and vegetables for vitamins and minerals.
The value of milk Calcium and vitamin D are important for strong bones and teeth, and milk is one of the best Read more ...
What is a balanced meal?
Any meal that gives you carbohydrate, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals in the right amounts without too much salt, fat or sugar will be well-balanced. Here's how to plan such a meal quickly:
Choose a high-fibre carbohydrate food such as potatoes or bread.
Select a variety of vegetables or salads that will go well with the carbohydrate food you've Read more ...
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