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Foods to be aware of.

Well, there are a few food groups in our diet that we just need to be careful of, which, in excess, can be quite damaging for our health.

And the first food to avoid would probably be sugar.

Sugar

You know, it's really tempting, when energy levels are running low, and you're also feeling a bit miserable, to just reach out for the biscuit tin.

We read a lot already about high-sugar diets being responsible for things like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and, of course, cancers as well.

So, to really encourage people to focus on fresh food instead.

Dairy and Soya

Dairy products can be a bit of a concern for people. Many breast cancers are hormone receptive, and so it's importance to reduce your exposure to those particular hormones, especially oestrogen.

And, of course, dairy products is quite a high source of oestrogen in our food. I'm talking, obviously, cow, sheep, and goat products here.

What I encourage people to do is rotate their products, their dairy intake, with other alternatives.

There's loads out there from your supermarket or health food shop.

There's a lot of confusion about soya, and we would just encourage people, really, to keep their intake reasonably low. Because we are getting a lot of research through now that suggests soya can affect our hormone levels.

Alcohol

We do know alcohol can affect the absorption of many nutrients. Calcium is one which is really important for your nervous system and your bones.

Folate is another. Very important for memory and concentration.

And then there's zinc. Really good for healthy skin and a good immune system.

Also now we're seeing a lot of research coming through that suggests if a woman has two or more units of alcohol on a daily basis, her increased risk of breast cancer goes up significantly.

So, I really encourage people, you know, go through the week alcohol-free, maybe enjoy a few glasses over the weekend, but really keep alcohol for special occasions.

Fats

There are some fats that we need to be careful about, particularly saturated fats. And you're gonna find those in animals products, so, that's really your meat and dairy.

And then also I encourage people to check out the labels on all the processed foods, particularly things like spreads and ready sauces and ready meals.

Because there you can often find fats that are called hydrogenated fats, or something called palm oil, and the body just doesn't know how to deal with these.

So, they can compete with the really good omega-3 fatty acids.

So, I think, just become a label detective when it comes to look at what fats you're using in the kitchen.

Salt

We find it in a lot of confectionary, convenience foods, and all those lovely snacks as well.

Salt can really affect hydration. And when it does that, it can often also affect high energy levels, too.

We know that high salt can also deplete calcium in the body, and that can lead to things like osteoporosis.

Foods to be aware of. . .

Sugar

Dairy

Alcohol

Fats

Salt

 

10642 Edited November 2012

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