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Meat Substitute Salt Warning

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 by
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Meat Substitiute WarningsThis time of year sees many people looking to change their diets and adopt a ‘healthier lifestyle’, for some that can mean looking for alternatives to meat. As a result, there is growing interest and development in the creation of meat style alternatives.  Currently only 4% of the UK population are #vegan or #vegetarian, however 70% of buyers of #plant-based meat alternatives are meat-eaters, proving just how mainstream the products have become. People are choosing plant-based diets for a variety of reasons, including concern for the treatment of animals, health reasons, environmental concerns or taste, and if they are well planned, they can support healthy living throughout life. For those reaching for meat alternatives for their perceived health benefits, worrying news has been published by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics regarding the #salt content of many of the products.

Motivating Behaviour Changes

Friday, 27 September 2019 by
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Using-Language-to-Motivate-Behaviour-ChangesOne of the greatest challenges for nutritional therapists is finding ways in which to help and encourage people to change their behaviours. The science behind a healthy lifestyle is clearly not enough, if it were as simple as making people aware of facts the current obesity crisis would be simple to solve. World Resources Institute’s Better Buying Lab have written an in depth article into how language and descriptors have been successfully used to motivate people to try a more plant based diet, much of what they have highlighted can be harnessed and used to aid us in nutritional therapy clinics.

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th_Crit_Rev_Food_Sci_NutrThere are of course many challenges in compiling data sets around eating profiles and then translating this into meaning full approaches to health management. This meta-analysis, of observational studies concludes that a diet high in vegetables reduces risk of cancer and heart disease.[1]

Background: Beneficial effects of vegetarian and vegan diets on health outcomes have been supposed in previous studies.

Objectives: Aim of this study was to clarify the association between vegetarian, vegan diets, risk factors for chronic diseases, risk of all-cause mortality, incidence, and mortality from cardio-cerebrovascular diseases, total cancer and specific type of cancer (colorectal, breast, prostate and lung), through meta-analysis.

Methods: A comprehensive search of Medline, EMBASE, Scopus, The Cochrane Library, and Google Scholar was conducted.

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In previous posts I have discussed the progressive emergence of a subset of patients with problems induced by foods driving immune changes in their oesophagus. Eosinophilic oesophagitis (EoE) is a chronic inflammatory disease with isolated eosinophils in the oesophagus predominantly triggered by foods.

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is characterised by an isolated infiltration of the oesophagus with eosinophil’s without infiltration in other parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The symptoms of EoE are similar to those of gastrointestinal reflux disease and include vomiting, abdominal pain, regurgitation, and dysphagia. The number of oesophageal eosinophils per high-power field (hpf) is required as part of the clinicopathologic diagnosis, which is defined as 15 or more eosinophils per hpf in a patient receiving a proton pump inhibitor.

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