Anxiety Linked to Low Omega-3 Levels

Anxiety linked to low omega-3

Anxiety linked to low omega-3

Hyperactive?  Anxious?  You May be Low in Omega-3…

Teenagers may be particularly susceptible to anxiety and hyperactivity if their diets are low in Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

A study published in Biological Psychiatry found that this condition can actually worsen over generations, too. Researchers found that a low Omega-3 diet can affect adolescent behaviour, not only because their diet is deficient, but because their parents’ diet was too.

Study author Bita Moghaddam commented, “It’s remarkable that a relatively common dietary change can have generational effects. It indicates that our diet does not merely affect us in the short-term but also can affect our offspring.”

Source: www.biologicalpsychiatryjournal.com/article/S0006-3223(13)00578-7/abstract

Your Brain Needs the Right Type of Fat

Your brain needs the right type of fat

Your brain needs the right type of fat

Did you know that your brain is 70% fat, but it needs to have the right type of fat?

Brain cells need to be flexible to function properly and your brain incorporates the fats you eat into the cell membranes — this is why Omega 3 fats are so important.

It is also important to eliminate the trans fats found in hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils because these are hard fats, like a plastic; they make cells rigid so they lose their elasticity and flexibility, not good cells to have in the brain.

Make sure you are eating oily fish or taking linseed oil (flaxseed oil) if you are vegetarian as these will give you some valuable Omega 3 fatty acids.

Research has shown that by increasing your intake of fish you may be able to reduce the risk of dementia by 60%.

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How Important are Best Before Dates?

How important are best before dates

How important are best before dates

We’re all familiar with ‘best before’ dates. Along with lists of ingredients and nutritional information, they are a mainstay on food packaging in the UK.

These dates appear in many different forms. Firms such as LabelsPlus provide a host of labelling options for food manufacturers to take advantage of. Often, this information appears on sticky labels and sometimes it is printed directly onto the packaging itself. Regardless of how it is presented, this information is important. It can help you to make savvy purchasing decisions and avoid health risks. But they can also be confusing. The following guide should help you get to grips with these dates.

‘Best Before’ versus ‘Use By’

It’s important to distinguish between ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates. Use by dates are the most important source of information. The Food Standards Agency and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs note that these dates apply strictly to food safety.

As a general rule, you should avoid eating products that have gone past their use by dates or else risk making yourself sick. Bear in mind that it is an offence for firms to sell food after this date has passed. This highlights the importance of the issue.

In contrast, best before dates relate to the quality of food and drink products. In other words, if goods have gone past this point, they may not be as good in terms of their taste, appearance and texture.

A Note on Eggs

It’s worth noting that in the past, the Food Standards Agency made an exception with eggs. The organisation advised that these products should not be sold or consumed after their best before dates. This was because the items can contain salmonella bacteria. If salmonella is present in eggs, it can multiply rapidly and cause food poisoning.

However, the body has revised its guidance. It now suggests that as long as eggs are cooked thoroughly, they can be eaten a day or two after this date. According to the agency, eggs that have gone passed their best before dates by this margin should still be safe providing both the yolks and the whites are heated until solid. They can also be used in dishes where they are fully cooked, like cakes.

The Importance of Cutting Waste

When you’re referring to best before dates to determine whether or not products are still edible, it’s important to use some common sense. All too often, food is thrown away too early over unnecessary concerns about its safety. Highlighting the huge problem of food waste, a report produced by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has suggested that as much as half of all the food produced in the world ends up as waste. This amounts to around two billion tonnes each year. Over-adherence to best before dates could be contributing to this problem.

Certain products are very unlikely to cause poisoning even when they are considerably beyond their best before dates. For example, it’s easy to tell whether fresh fruit and vegetables are OK to eat by the way they look, feel and smell. Tomatoes are a good case in point. They are often at their best a week or more after their ‘best before’ date suggests.

In contrast, you have to be much more careful with certain types of meat and fish. For instance, chicken can deteriorate in condition very quickly so it’s best not to eat it much beyond its best before date. If you detect any unpleasant odour from the flesh, it isn’t worth taking the risk.

As a general rule, best before dates serve as a guide. You can’t rely solely on this information when you’re deciding whether or not to eat certain products. If you’re ever unsure about the condition of a particular food, you can get further information about its safety online.

 

Breakfast Cereals Contain More Sugar than Doughnuts

Rice Krispies

Rice Krispies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A survey carried out by mySupermarket.co.uk has found some cereals have a higher sugar content than many desserts, doughnuts and ice cream.

The main culprits were Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and Coco Pops along with Weetabix Minis Chocolate Crisp. Shreddies and Special K had more than some cakes.

This highlights the important of reading food labels before buying products that are claiming to the be healthy. Sugar is one of the major causes behind the current obesity crisis.

Sugar is a ‘fast releasing’ carbohydrate that encourages weight gain. It releases insulin into the body quickly and if this is not used up it will be stored as fat.

mySupermarket.co.uk also warned salt levels in these foods were higher than expected.

Sugar content of some popular food items

  • Kellogg’s Coco Pops – 14.8g (per 40g serving)
  • Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cornflakes – 13.6g
  • Kellogg’s Coco Rocks – 12.8g
  • Weetabix Minis Chocolate Crisp – 11.3g
  • Vienetta ice cream cake 11g per slice
  • Scoop of vanilla ice cream – 10g
  • Nestle Cheerios – 8.6g
  • Jam doughnut – 8.6g
  • Kellogg’s Special K – 6.8g
  • Nestle Shreddies – 6.2g
  • Nestle Shreddies – 6.2g
  • McVities chocolate cake – 5.4g per slice
  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies – 4g
  • Kellogg’s Cornflakes – 3.2g

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Fitness Helps Children’s Language Skills

Fitness Helps Children’s Language Skills

Fitness Helps Children’s Language Skills

Researchers in the US have found that children who are physically fit have better reading and language skills than their less fit peers. 

Electroencephalography (EEG) readouts showed pattern waves that are associated with different tasks, such as reading. These patterns, called ‘event-related potentials’ (ERPs), vary according to the person being evaluated and the nature of the task.

For example, if you hear or read a word in a sentence that makes sense, the component of the brain waveform known as the N400 is less pronounced than if you read a sentence that is nonsense.

Another waveform, the P600 is associated with the grammatical rules of a sentence.

The researchers looked at these two waveforms and found that children who were fitter had higher amplitude N400 and P600 waves than their less fit peers when reading normal or nonsensical sentences.  The readouts showed that the N400 waves were shorter in children who were fitter, suggesting that they processed the same information more quickly than their peers.

The study’s author Professor Hillman concluded: ‘Many studies conducted in the last decade, on children and older adults have repeatedly demonstrated an effect of increases in either physical activity in one’s lifestyle or improvements in aerobic fitness, and the implications of those health behaviours for brain structure, brain function and cognitive performance.’

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Dates, Minerals and Amino Acids

Dates, minerals and amino acids

Dates, minerals and amino acids

It’s a shame that dates are one of those foods that are only thought about at Christmas.

Dates contain at least 15 minerals including calcium, selenium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, and magnesium. They also contain 23 types of amino acids, some of which are not present in other fruits.

The natural fibre, including pectin, in dates helps to control high cholesterol. However, they do contain a high percentage of natural fruit sugar, so eat them in moderation when you are aiming to lose weight, but they may help to satisfy a sugar craving and are much better than going for the chocolate bar or biscuits.

And combine them with a protein like nuts to slow down the release of the sugar from the dates, lowering the Glycaemic Index.

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Health Benefits of Asparagus

nutrition and diseaseASPARAGUS is a great source of beta-carotene, vitamins B, C and E, potassium, zinc and iodine. It is also high in folate, the vitamin which helps prevent neural birth defects.

Roast Asparagus with Sesame Seeds

  • 2½ lb asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or melted butter)
  • 2 tbsp shallots
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 lemon
  • salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix the olive oil and asparagus in an ovenproof baking dish and toss asparagus to completely coat with oil. Roast for around 8 minutes, shaking the dish every couple of minutes. Add the shallots and sesame seeds, shake the dish again and bake for another minute or two.  Transfer asparagus to heated serving bowl and squeeze lemon juice all over. Season to taste with salt.

Asparagus has long been considered an aphrodisiac, possibly due to its phallic shape, but also because according to traditional Indian medicine, it increases circulation in the genito-urinary system. Chinese traditionalists believe the roots increase compassion and love, so they save the best ones for their friends and family, while in India it is used to cool fever, increase the production of mother’s milk and reduce the symptoms of menstrual cramping.