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Did you know… that there is overwhelming evidence that people who eat a diet that is naturally rich in dietary fibre have less risk of developing some cancers, especially bowel cancer, less risk of heart disease and other serious problems like obesity and adult onset diabetes. A diet that is naturally rich in fibre contains…

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Did you know… that around 80% of us eat less than the recommended amounts of dietary fibre. Most people have got the message that they should eat more fibre but many are less clear about what it is, where it comes from and why we should eat more of it. ———- Dr Geoff will discussing…

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Did you know… that up until the mid 1970s, protein deficiency was regarded as the most important nutritional problem in the world and most children in developing countries were thought to be protein deficient to some extent. Billions of pounds at today’s prices were spent by the United Nations, governments, commercial organisations and charities in…

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Did you know… that scientific interest in fish oils was sparked off by studies in the 1970s with traditional Greenland Eskimos who had much lower rates of heart disease and arthritis than even their geographical neighbours in Denmark; they also ate much more seafood than Danes. Since then very convincing studies have shown that in…

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Did you know… that, according to your ethic group, due to a genetic sensitivity to salt you could be prone to high blood pressure. For example, people of Afro-Caribbean origin seem to be genetically more sensitive to the effects of salt. Afro-Caribbean people are very prone to hypertension and are much more likely to have…

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Did you know… that throughout history salt has been highly prized and valued for its ability to flavour and to preserve food. Roman soldiers were partly paid in salt (their “salarium”) which is the origin of the English word salary and of the phrase “to be worth one’s salt”. Salt has also been used as…

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Did you know… a typical man’s body contains over 250 grams of salt. That’s half a pound of salt you carry around with you each day! Is all salt bad for you? There is no doubt that the components of salt (sodium and chloride) are essential nutrients. However, there are populations that manage to lead…

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Did you know… that in the USA and Canada flour has been fortified with folic acid since 1998. In total fifty countries have fortified their flour, except for the UK. An expert report published by the Department of Health recommended the UK follow suit – but this was eight years ago! ————— The debate is…

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Did you know… that Saccharin was the first artificial sweetener? Saccharin was first made from coal tar in 1879 but its use has declined recently as it has been replaced by newer sweeteners. Like all of these calorie free sweeteners, saccharin is several hundred times sweeter than sugar but unfortunately it has a bitter after…