Why are whole grains good for your health?

Importance of whole grains Healthy dietary recommendations worldwide advise including starchy carbohydrates into your food choices, particularly higher fibre whole grain varieties. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram they contain less than half the calories of fat. Whole grains are a good source of fibre and provide our body with […]

Can eating potatoes increase risk of type 2 diabetes?

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Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a common condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high. There are a number of factors that can affect the risk of developing T2D including: age, family history of T2D, ethnicity, high blood pressure and being overweight. Key lifestyle recommendations to reduce risk of T2D […]

Dairy health benefits through the life stages

Infant feeding For millions of years mammals, which includes humans, have fed their young with the milk they secrete. Today the experts at the British Nutrition Foundation say “breastfeeding is the optimal method of infant feeding” first 6 months to ensure babies have the best start in life. This is supported by the NHS which says, “Breast […]

Nutrients in beef, lamb and pork

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Pork, beef and lamb are naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provide vitamins and minerals that contribute towards good health. Here we tell you more about the nutrients contained in red meat and how this may benefit your health when eaten as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Red meat is also […]

What would happen if the world converted to veganism?

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Well-balanced vegan diets can provide the nutrients the body needs to be healthy. However, animal-derived foods contribute to intakes of vitamin B12, iron and zinc in our UK diet. So, if they are avoided it’s important to ensure that these nutrients are provided by other dietary sources, such as supplements or fortified foods. We need […]

Is red meat only important to help with your iron intake?

Red meat is a good source of iron and it is in a form that our bodies can easily absorb. Iron supports the formation of red blood cells, normal immune function and contributes to normal cognitive function. Currently, a quarter of females aged 19 to 64 years in the UK have average iron intakes below […]

Is red meat high in fat?

Red meat is a source of protein, iron, vitamin B12, and zinc, making it a nutritious food. Nowadays, the fat and saturated fat content of some lean cuts of red meat is lower than we may think. UK composition data shows that the average fat content of lean lamb is 8%, while lean beef is […]

Is switching towards a more plant-based diet healthier for you?

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Well-balanced plant-based diets can provide the nutrients the body needs to be healthy. There is some evidence that dietary patterns that include plenty of plant-based foods (but don’t necessarily exclude meat/animal foods) have health benefits. A plant-based diet is typically high in fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and dietary fibre while, being low in saturated fat […]

Is red meat a cancer risk?

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Red meat and cancer risk You may have seen conflicting headlines in the media with regards red meat and cancer risk. In this blog we look at the evidence and ask what can it tell us. What do the experts say about red meat and cancer risk? Comprehensive reviews of the evidence with regards cancer […]