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Nutrition nuggets are my little pearls of wisdom in the field of health and nutrition.  Here I talk about nutrients, healthy foods and useful tips to achieve and maintain optimal health.

In my nutrition practice in London, I am always amazed to see how small changes to diet and nutrition make BIG differences to my clients' health. So let me take you back to the basics.

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should not be overlooked.  Too many of us grab something on the go or skip this meal all together.  That is the equivalent to starting a car on an empty tank... This breakfast is the perfect "all you need" breakfast to regenerate your cells, feed your brain, clear your skin and shape your body.  How is this possible?  Follow these simple steps.

Reading the label of a packaged food can at times be confusing, and at times contradictory.  I am here to explain a few key words that appear often on our everyday packaged foods.  What do terms like 'natural', 'lite', or 'use by', actually mean?

If you are the slightest bit concerned about the what is in the everyday packaged foods that occupy your shelf, you must have come across an ingredients list.  It is usually the first port of call when I want to know what is in that particular food product.  I am here to help shed some light on what these ingredients actually mean.

Ingredients lists must list all the foods and chemical additives a food product contains.  The ingredients are listed in order of weight or volume; the largest first, the smallest last.  For the most important or ‘key’ ingredients, the list gives a percentage.  This percentage is based on the weight of all ingredients before cooking (except for biscuits, cakes and cooked or cured meats).

 

The nutritional information box on food products gives the average quantity of major nutrients (also called macronutrients) in that food.   The quantity is usually described in two ways:

    •  The first is "per 100g/litre", which shows how much of a nutrient can be found in 100g (of solid food) or 100ml (of liquid food). This measure lets you compare different brands or products.  
    • The second is "per serving".  This typically specifies the serving size (‘per 60g serving’) or item (‘per biscuit’). This measure helps you identify how much of an nutrient -  lets say, fat - you would actually consume if you ate that product.  

Lets have a closer look at these macronutrients.  

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