With new research regularly being carried out, the case against sugar as "the baddie" of the food industry is growing. For a country that is hoping to return to growing sugar beet in 2017, marking 90 years since it was first grown & marketed here, one wonders how the story of sugar will pan out in the future.
Links of high sugar intake with obesity and increasing the risk of diabetes, the reduce sugar campaign is gaining volume for the introduction of a sugar tax. The world is watching Mexico who introduced the sugar tax in the last few years to see what progress we should take in this regard. With the term 'fake news' lately making the news, an article in the Irish Times (Prof. Donal O' Shea, August 2016) refuted the Mexican claims to date and highlighted the importance of ring-fencing any monies raised through such a tax to improve children's health from sugar related conditions.
The lesson on sugar is changing in Home Economics classes. The question: What is sugar?, is no longer just a classification of carbohydrates with different colours and consistencies used in baking, but a lesson towards the future health of our nation. (click on the highlighted above to read more)
Delicious magazine illustrates with a step by step video on how to apply marzipan to your Christmas cake. Also step by step to apply a smooth layer of fondant icing.
A revised food pyramid was launched today by healthyireland.ie under the auspices of the Department of Health. Studies indicated that only 9% used the previous food pyramid to guide their food choices. Changes to the food pyramid are clearly visible by bread & cereal group no longer playing premium support to the pyramid - this role now goes to vegetables, salad and fruit; other specific changes are that foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt have no serving recommendations, as they are to be avoided as much as possible. For further information, safefood.eu explain and give suggestions of meal planning ideas for different age groups and dietary requirements.
Every food/ beverage we consume has either a positive or negative impact on good bacteria in the gut/ digestive system. More and more the search for truly safe food' is top of each individual's food shopping journey; the urge to GIY (grow it yourself), know the origin of the food - locally sourced as much as possible; to be label literate - be aware of and understand what ingredients, allergens, nutritional information is included before you purchase any pre-packed food/beverage - all key steps to being safe-food aware.
Food/ beverages are there to be enjoyed in moderation; if you know something doesn't agree with you, perhaps it is time to avoid rather than negatively impact further on your digestive/ immune system. Some foods/ beverages that benefit your digestive system are included here.