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January 27, 2019

You can check your blood pressure at the chemist or in many GP waiting rooms in the UK. If you are 140/90 - this is defined as having hypertension or high blood pressure. 

If you have high blood pressure you need to:

- eat less processed/ultra-processed foods (see my blog on this subject)

- reduce sugar and salt consumption

- exercise more (in particular walking, cycling, swimming and avoiding higher-intensity

  exercises such as HIIT, running and heavy weights)

- include beetroots, pomegranates, avocados, bananas, kiwis and oranges to your

  diet, as these can help to keep your blood vessels healthy and help to lower blood

  pressure

- eat a high fibre diet, consuming plenty of vegetables and fruit, nuts and seeds and

  wholegrains

- consider taking an omega-3 and magnesium as a supplement in addition to improving

  your diet 

There is a great BBC Radio 4 programme covering this topic and I recommend you have a listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001xtr

October 20, 2018

The 'It' word these days is Protein. I see it dotted about all over packaging in the supermarkets right now - even in the confectionery aisle.

So does this mean that chocolate bars give you muscles and keep you fuller for longer? Unfortunately not. This is often products packaged in shiny new ways, where food manufacturers use (or abuse?) nutritional information to make their products more appealing, or adapt their recipes to adhere to UK labelling laws.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

In the UK, manufacturers have to follow certain rules in order to make health claims, such as 'source of protein' or 'high in protein'. For the former, this claim can only be made where at least 12% of the energy value (i.e. kilojoules/kilocalories) of the food is provided by protein. For a product to be high in protein, at least 20% of the kilojoules/kilocalories have to be provided by protein. 

So this is what you need to think about:

- What is the source of protein being used?

- Is it n...

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