Sweets. Fix or treat?

We’ve just gone past the ‘trick or treat’ All Hallows’ Eve. That and Clive Pearce’s comment on this post got me thinking about ‘sweets’ and ‘sweeties’: are they the treat they once were, or a ubiquitous nuisance?

So, can we still eat bacon?

What’s the truth behind the headlines? Can we eat bacon or not? Today the WHO issued a news release announcing ‘the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A), based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes [colorectal in the main] cancer in humans…’

Why eating carbs is a BAD idea for diabetics

Do you have diabetes? Search the internet, including many health sites (even the NHS’s) and you’ll see them advising carbohydrate-based meals for you. This is the worst possible thing you can do for your condition, even if you eat the oft-touted ‘healthy whole grains’. Why? 

Nitrates [Glossary]

When we talk about nitrate in terms of food, it’s the salt potassium nitrate (saltpetre or saltpeter) we are referring to; potassium nitrate is commonly used to cure ham, bacon, sausages and salami. This stops the highly toxic Clostridium botulinum (the bacterium that can cause the rare but deadly botulism) and other nasties from developing.

Fats [Glossary]

Many fats are good for us and we need them in our diet. The term includes ‘oils’ which are fats that are runny at room temperature. It may surprise you to find out which fats are ‘good’ and which are ‘bad’. Read on!

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