Category Archives: Healthy eating

Categories Healthy eating, In the news, Latest Research, Soya

Cut Your Risk of Cancer by Reducing Red Meat Consumption

An independent report by the Scientific Advisory Committee reviewed the links between meat consumption and bowel cancer. It suggested those who eat at least 90g of red or processed meat a day faced higher levels of the disease. This is significant as bowel cancer kills around 16,500 people in the UK every year.

The DoH has now recommended that consumers cut their consumption to eat  2.5 oz (70g) of red or processed meat a day – the equivalent of three rashers of bacon. The weekly recommended limit is likely to be 1.1 lb (500g), the same as eating a large pack of minced beef, two 8oz steaks or four 4oz pork chops.

With the British classic ‘meat and 2 veg’ dinner plate it can be easy to forget that there is a whole variety of protein sources to choose from to obtain a balanced diet, limiting reliance on red meat.

Lean White meat
Chicken, turkey and game are great sources of protein. When you can opt for organic meat to reduce your exposure to pesticides and to help keep your intake of saturated fat low don’t eat the skin and remove this before cooking. Eating more turkey is also good for the waist line as it is so low in fat plus it can boost mood as it contains the amino acid tryptophan which is needed by the body to make serotonin which hep to lift mood.

Organ meat
These  include liver, kidney and heart. As well as a protein source liver also contains iron, copper, B vitamins, Vitamin A & C. Pregnant women should avoid too much Vitamin A and therefore should avoid Liver unless advised to eat this by their GP.

Eggs
A great source of very digestible and absorbable protein along with being a great source of Iron and B vitamins.  Eggs make great breakfasts, scrambled or poached, easy snacks when boiled and great lunches when added to quiche or as a simple quick and nutritious dinner  stuffed with veggies of your choice an omelette is a winner.

Beans & Pulses
Beans and pulses are good sources of vegetable protein as well as providing plenty of fibre and being rich in the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and folic acid. Add any of the following to soups, stews, curries or salads – lentils, chickpeas, aduki beans, pinto beans, haricot beans, butter beans, kidney beans, mung beans, cannellini beans, soya beans and split peas.

Quinoa
Although this is classed as a grain Quinoa is also a good complete protein source. You can sue quinoa grain like couscous or rice or quinoa flakes make a great porridge of savoury crumble topping.

Tofu
Tofu (Soya bean curd) also contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin K as well as being a complete protein. It works well if you marinade it with strong flavours and add it to stews, curries, soups and personally I like it grilled until a little bit crispy and then and added to salad.

Categories Healthy eating, Healthy recipe, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Weight management

Struggling to keep weight on then a daily healthy nutritious build up drink may be what you need.

If you’ve recently been ill and lost some weight and need to gain it back or if you have difficulty keeping weight on why not opt for the Smart Nutrition build up drink…

Blueberry and Avocado Build-up drink

Sesame seeds            1 tsp (about 4g)
Whole almonds            1 tsp (about 4g)
Hemp seeds (shelled)            1 tsp (about 4g)
Silken tofu            35g
Large avocado (half of one) 75g
Blueberries            100g
Cloudy apple juice            100ml
Rice Milk            125ml
Honey            1 tbs (about 20g)
Coconut oil             75ml

This makes approximately 570ml

Grind the sesame seeds, almonds and hemp seeds to a fine powder in a blender or seed grinder.  Then combine with the other ingredients and blend until smooth in a blender.

Total calorie content:  A 200ml glass contains approximately 388.0 kcal

Do drink this straight away otherwise the avocado may brown slightly.

Categories Healthy eating, Latest Research, Mental health, Uncategorized

Trans and saturated fats linked to depression in a new study

Statistics show that 150 million people suffer from depression worldwide and this may be due in part to dietary changes away from unprocessed polyunsaturated fats towards a higher intake of saturated and trans fats.

Researchers from the Universities of Navarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have found that there is a link between eating trans and saturated fats and an increased risk of depression whereas olive oil is protective against it.

Saturated fats are found in red meat, dairy such as cheese, milk, cream, ice cream and butter as well as being found in many packaged and processed foods. Trans fats are processed fats and oils and have been found in the past in margarines (although these days much less so), fried food like crisps and chips and foods like samosas and spring rolls.

Results showed that despite the fact that none of the volunteers suffered from depression at the beginning of the study, at the end of the study, 657 new cases had been detected.

For those in the study that are higher amounts of trans fats they “presented up to a 48% increase in the risk of depression when they were compared to participants who did not consume these fats” said Almudena Sanchez-Villegas, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.  He added that, “the more trans-fats were consumed, the greater the harmful effect they produced in the volunteers”.

The researchers also looked at the effects of polyunsaturated fats found in fish and vegetable oils on the occurrence of depression.  Professor Sanchez-Villegas , “In fact, we discovered that this type of healthier fats, together with olive oil, are associated with a lower risk of suffering depression”.

healthy eating tips would be to eat more polyunsaturated fats found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and also seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, linseed and sesame seeds.

Try this delicious and easy seed mix

Seed Mix
It is useful to have a coffee grinder to grind nuts and seeds. Have a mix of one part each of sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds (these should be organic when posssible)) with two parts linseeds (flax) kept in an airtight container in the fridge. Take a good handful of this a day, grind in the coffee grinder and add to cereal, top onto yoghurt or add to salads. Delicious, packed full of good fats and has the added bonus of minerals and some protein too.


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Categories Children, Elderly, Healthy eating, In the news, Nutrient deficiencies, Nutrition, Uncategorized

Nutrient deficiencies are sweeping across Britain

Millions of adults and children in the UK are risking poor health and even serious illness because of major shortfalls in their nutrition, according to an important new report out today

The researchers found that a quarter of women have inadequate intakes of iron, more than 50% lack the antioxidant selenium and nearly one in 10 men are low in magnesium. Intakes of iron, magnesium, zinc, iodine and selenium are woefully low in adolescent girls and one in five pre-school children have abnormally low iron stores. A significant number of elderly people are also iron deficient. The team discovered that blood levels of vitamin D are too low to sustain normal bone health in a quarter of adults while fish intakes have declined in the last decade and are now too low to meet recommendations for omega-3 essential fatty acids.

The new report- ‘Towards a Healthier Britain 2010’ – reviewed the key areas where nutrition could be improved, with independent nutrition experts Dr Carrie Ruxton and Dr Pamela Mason examining the evidence from national dietary surveys. In addition, more than 70 scientific papers were explored looking at the potential role of vitamin supplementation.

Time to think about a multivitamin?

Categories Healthy eating, Nutrition, Spa News, Uncategorized

Smart Nutrition attends the Viva Mayr Xmas Party at the Austrian Embassy, London.

A great evening at the Viva Mayr Xmas party

Smart Nutrition spent an amazing evening last night with the team from Viva Mayr from the beautiful medical spa which is nestled amongst the hills and sits on the edges of a glorious lake in Austria.

We were lucky enough to sample some of the Viva culinary delights prepared by the head chef ‘Florian Klinger’. We chose from avocado spread a delicious smooth and creamy dip, artichoke hearts filled with artichoke and shrimp puree – pure heaven, pumpkin and parsnip soups…mmm,  steamed trout and vegetables which were exquisitely presented and finished off with some Austrian strudel cookies.

The Viva philosophy is all about eating well, a visit to the spa will help you to retrain your eating habits paying particular attention to chewing your food and supporting your digestion.

Still saving for a Viva trip then start putting the philosophy into practice at home.

Eat at a table and not crunched up on the sofa to give your digestive juices room to work.

Chew you food thoroughly – if you’re a fast eater and always finish first aim to finish after you partner.

Don’t drink lots of fluid with you meals as this dilutes stomach acid.

Don’t eat when you’re angry or upset as the hormone adrenaline that you produce at these times shuts down digestion.

Don’t eat on the go as again the energy needed for your digestion will be going to your muscles..

Chew chew chew chew  and chew…. this begins the whole digestive process and helps the body to start producing digestive juices.

Categories Healthy eating, In the news, Latest Research, Nutrition, Save money, Uncategorized, Weight management

Save money, Ditch the credit card and eat more healthily

A study published this week showed that when we pay for food with cash we make healthier choices and steer clear of junk food and impulse purchases. Cash should also keep your weight down as researchers suggested that there is a link between rising obesity and the use of cash cards in America. Great news for those of us worried about the recent cuts and for those wanting to cut their waist line down too!