5th December 2016
Nutrition courses

What will be trending in nutrition in 2017?

I was at Food Matters Live recently which was a perfect opportunity to catch up with nutrition friends, attend a huge range of seminars and debates and of course, see what’s happening in the wonderful world of new product development.  Food Matters Live is the perfect place for small brands to launch their products and it also provides a great insight into what nutrition trends will emerge in the coming year.  So strap yourselves in: from the sensible to the downright bonkers, here’s what I think will be trending next year!   Fibre The latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey data show that we don’t eat anywhere near enough fibre (23g a day vs a target of 30g).  Ideally, we […]
17th November 2016

The lowdown on dairy-free milks

If you have a lactose intolerance or cows’ milk protein allergy or you’re vegan, then dairy (or maybe lactose) free milks are undoubtedly for you. However, many people choose to avoid cows’ milk for other reasons.  What are the alternatives and how do they compare nutritionally?   First things first: cows’ milk is great!  It provides protein and calcium which help support bone and muscle health and it’s also a valuable source of iodine, which contributes to the growth of young children as well as supporting thyroid function.  Given that there are few sources of iodine in the diet, if you can consume milk products, it would be advisable to do so regularly, particularly for young children.  There is no […]
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) […]
26th October 2015

The taxing matter of sugar reduction

“We are eating too much sugar and it is bad for our health.”  And so begins Public Health England’s much publicised report on how to reduce the nation’s sugar consumption.  Their recommendations are welcome: nutritionists and dietitians have known for some time that foods high in free sugars (refined sugars added to food and those naturally present in honey, fruit juices and the many natural sweeteners like agave, maple syrup and malt extract) contribute to weight gain and should therefore be consumed in moderation.   The more difficult question is how we go about reducing sugar intake across the population.  The debate has been largely overtaken by the focus on the sugar tax, not least because of the support from […]