SUPERMARKETS should remove junk food from store entrances, aisle ends and checkouts so it is harder to find, health campaigners say. They claim placing chocolate, crisps and doughnuts in high-profile areas encourages people to buy more and is fuelling the obesity crisis. But critics warn it will not be long before junk food is treated like fags and porn mags and only sold over the counter or from top shelves. The Obesity Health Alliance, which represents charities and medical groups, found 70% of food and drink in these areas was high in fat, sugar or salt. And their survey of Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores revealed an average of just 1% was healthier fruit and vegetables. Public Health England guidelines suggest eating five portions of fruit and veg a day, which should make up over a third of our diet. More than one in three children leaves primary school too fat, increasing their risk of cancer, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease in later life. The Government is … [Read more...] about High street stores should ‘move junk food away from the checkouts’ so it is harder to find, experts claim
Junk food is not good for health
IT sounds like it's too good to be true, there's a diet that allows you to eat junk food three times a day. The "dirty keto" diet follows the same rules as the original keto diet - low carbs, high fat - but pays more attention from where the macros in the food come from. Macros are essentially the macro nutrients in food, so rather than counting calories you can make sure your body is getting all it needs by eating the right macros. The "dirty" keto diet still says you need 60-75 per cent of your daily calories from fat, 15-30 per cent from protein and 5-10 per cent from carbs. As long as you meet these percentages that's all that matters. So that means instead of focusing on healthier high-fat foods you can go mad on junk foods like cheese and low-carb burgers. But that's not a good choice for your long-term health and could cause life-threatening conditions like heart disease. "If you are replacing carbs with junk food you are going to be increasing the amount of free sugars, … [Read more...] about What is the ‘dirty keto diet’ that LETS you gorge on junk food as much as you like?
Diet & Fitness, News & Analysis by Christopher Snowdon 6th June 2018 Share This Twitter Facebook Google+ Email We are being sold a pig in a poke by obesity campaigners. When Action on Sugar started complaining about added sugar in pasta sauces in 2014, there was no reason to think that it would soon become government policy to remove sugar from chocolate, confectionery and puddings. When Public Health England began its food reformulation scheme, the agency said that it would be focusing on the ‘food categories that contribute the most to children’s sugar intakes’. Adults could rest easy. It was, after all, a Childhood Obesity Strategy. But then came the bait-and-switch. Earlier this year, Public Health England suddenly noticed that ‘Our children don’t eat special children’s food. We buy the same food for our entire family.’ It is now open season on the whole food supply. Next up is a ban on ‘junk food’ … [Read more...] about The proposed ‘junk food’ advertising ban is aimed at you, not your children
Will blocking junk food ads on social media help to tackle childhood obesity? Caroline Cerny, alliance lead at the Obesity Health Alliance, says YES. Advertising works. The food industry wouldn’t spend millions of pounds a year on advertising if it wasn’t effective. When it comes to children, there is clear evidence that shows the food adverts children see influence the foods they choose and how much food they eat. There are already some restrictions on junk food advertising around TV programmes specifically designed for children, and we are pushing for this to be extended to all family shows. But even with these limits, there is a clear gap: online content and social media. This is clearly an area that needs to be tackled. Currently, nearly one in five children start primary school with a weight classified as overweight or obese, rising to one in three when they leave. If the obesity epidemic isn’t stopped, millions of children will be storing up future health … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Will blocking junk food ads on social media help to tackle childhood obesity?
YOU'D be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't enjoy tucking into a bar of chocolate. But while it's a firm favourite, many of us feel guilty about chowing down on the sweet treat. But it turns out there is some good news about gorging on chocolate - as nutritionist Cassandra Barns reveals the benefits of eating raw cacao - an unprocessed, healthier chocolate superfood. While it's not exactly the same as your everyday bar of chocolate, raw cacao can be added to puddings and smoothies - and its incredible health benefits make the switch totally worth a go. 1. It's good for your heart Raw cacao is packed with flavanols - plant compounds believed to improve circulation to the heart, lower blood pressure and inflammation and even improve cholesterol levels. Cassandra explains: "Flavanol levels can be greatly reduced when cacao is roasted to make conventional chocolate. "Cacao is also rich in potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure, and magnesium, which is vital for muscle … [Read more...] about Eating chocolate IS good for you – 5 ways it can boost your health AND your skin