10th November 2016
Nutrition courses

What does “evidence-based” actually mean?

There has been a glut of articles online and in magazines recently telling us that vegetables are actually bad for us and even that negative thoughts can be converted into fat!  Clearly, most sensible people will ignore this nonsense but with the media and many ‘diet experts’ citing that “new evidence shows…” that X is bad/good/a superfood, who do we believe?   You can usually trust registered dietitians and registered nutritionists to give you evidence-based advice but you’ll also find many unregistered, unregulated nutrition ‘experts’ claiming to use the latest evidence.  What actually IS evidence and how do we tell good from bad?   You’ll be familiar with studies published in the media linking food and health.  These are usually […]
5th November 2016

Opinion – What DO we do about obesity?

I attended the Childhood Obesity Summit at which the great and the good of the nutrition, medical and behavioural science worlds collided to share their views on what is a global problem.  Obesity is inextricably linked to GDP yet is also associated with societal deprivation.  The UK is ‘the fat man of Europe’ spending more on treating obesity and type 2 diabetes than collectively on policing, the fire service and judiciary, to quote Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer.  With the latest Childhood Obesity Plan from the Government seen as a missed opportunity, particularly in early years settings, what should we be doing to combat obesity?   First things first, if I had a pound for every time I […]
27th October 2016

The Truth About Almond Milk

I recently worked on a recipe book that included a homemade almond milk recipe.  I decided to try it out and was shocked at how much of the almonds I actually wasted, as most were left over as dried up meal.  Thinking that shop-bought almond milks must be able to ensure that more of the nutritious almonds make their way into the final product, I took out my calculator and looked at some labels.  Prepare to be shocked at the results!   Making almond milk is pretty easy, if a little messy and time consuming.  You take some almonds (100g in this case) and soak them in water overnight.  You then stick them in a blender with some water (400ml) […]
20th October 2016

Is your office cake culture taking the biscuit?

With a birthday, engagement, wedding, promotion or a return from holiday being virtually a weekly occurrence across the country’s offices, is our traditional way of celebrating, with sweet treats, harming our health?   I visit many offices as part of my work as a freelance nutrition consultant and while many provide fruit bowls, virtually all of them have a ready supply of cakes, biscuits or sweets, often on several days of the week because there has been a reason for someone to bring them in.  When running health workshops, many employees tell me that while they know it’s bad for them, when unhealthy snacks are sitting next to the fruit bowl in the office, they find it almost impossible to […]