Category Archive: Sugar

Feb 15

Sugar Free February (2 of 3)

sugar-content-of-fruit

In my last post, I talked about what Sugar Free February is about, and the benefits of taking part.  Today, I’m going to answer some of the questions I see most often on the Internet, and discuss some of the unwanted symptoms you may experience.  If you have a question of your own, please comment, …

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Feb 08

Sugar Free February (1 of 3)

keep-calm-it-s-only-sugar-free-february

Have you jumped on the Sugar Free February bandwagon?  If so, congratulations.  I do believe that being as free from sugar as you can is a fine thing to do to support your overall health, and much of the evidence tends to agree with me which, in the end, is what matters.  If you have …

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Jan 16

100-Calorie Snacks for Kids?

Sugar in snacks

Recently, Public Health England launched a campaign encouraging parents to limit children’s snacks to no more than 2 a day, with a maximum of 100 calories per snack.  If you’re in the UK, you may have seen the adverts. The data behind this campaign are alarming.  According to PHE, children aged 4-10 get over half …

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Jan 12

National Obesity Awareness Week

obesity statistics uk

This week is National Obesity Awareness Week, so it seemed appropriate to talk a little about obesity and separate fact from fiction.  I’m probably going to be a little controversial here; as an obese person myself I’ve certainly had time and opportunity to formulate my own views. What is Obesity? The NHS defines an obese …

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Feb 08

The ‘Clean Eating’ Debate – My Penny’s Worth

'clean eating' on a post-it note

I’m writing today’s post at my husband’s request.  He doesn’t normally take an interest in nutrition, but even he hasn’t failed to notice the current debate on ‘clean eating’.  It seems that everyone from the Hemsley sisters to former ‘Bakeoff’ constestant Ruby Tandoh, has an opinion.  My husband reckons it’s time I added my voice …

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Feb 01

Top 8 Reasons to join Sugar Free February

The red line shows non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; sugar is a key contributor

Sugar Free February has arrived.  Will you be taking on the challenge this month?  If you are on the fence, perhaps today’s article will help you decide. Here are my top reasons for staying Stronger Without Sugar this month and beyond. 1. It feels great!  I know that going without sugar seems like a real …

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Aug 25

Childhood Obesity Strategy: Not a magic bullet; may be missing a trick

Childhood obesity infographic

Last week the Government launched its long-awaited Childhood Obesity Strategy.  Cue MPs on both sides of the house dismissing the strategy as ineffective, and social media trolls decrying the role of the nanny state and demanding that parents take responsibility for removing junk from their child’s diet, or risk their offspring being taken into care. I …

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Jul 22

Cut the Sugar in Children’s Diets to Prevent Heart Attacks?

Heart made of sugar

A study published in the journal ‘Atherosclerosis’ is making headlines this week (1).  According to press articles (the original article isn’t available for public viewing yet), substituting starchy carbohydrates for sweet ones can improve some of the key markers for heart disease in children in just 9 days (2). As someone who makes a living from …

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Jul 07

Celebrate World Chocolate Day!

Cacao powder

Today, 7 July is World Chocolate Day.  In honour of this, today’s post gives you a few fun facts about chocolate, takes a look at its potential effect on health, and signposts some guiltless chocolaty recipes to enjoy. In researching this article, I have discovered that there is a chocolate museum right here in London, …

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Jun 23

Children’s Sugar Intake Soars; is there an Alternative? (Part 2)

Deer Of Tomatoes, Parsley And Olives

In last week’s article, I discussed the amount of sugar children in this country consume on a daily basis.  I also suggested how parents might encourage the development of a healthier relationship with food, and indeed with oneself. I am well aware that general statements are not enough, and that they don’t apply to every person in every …

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