Fruit is nature’s bounty. Packed with vitamins, naturally sweet, high in fibre and low in calories and something I always advise my clients to include in their diet. While the benefits of fresh fruit are readily acknowledged, dried fruit isn’t always viewed in the same light. However, dried fruit possesses the same nutritional benefits as fresh fruit and is just as healthy. Furthermore, the World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress has called for the benefits of dried fruits to be recognised as equal to fresh fruit in worldwide dietary guidelines.
As a Nutritional Therapist, my job involves helping clients find the root cause of their health concerns, then guiding and supporting them towards taking control of their own health. This includes a detailed investigation into their previous and current health history as well as their lifestyle and other factors.
You may have read some alarming news stories recently declaring that dairy alternatives such as soya and almond milk may be putting people's health at risk.
According to researchers at the University of Surrey(1), non-dairy milks don't contain nearly enough iodine. After testing 47 alternative milk drinks including hazelnut, coconut, oat, hemp, rice and soy milks, they found that on average they contained around 2 percent of the iodine found in dairy milk.
There are more than 2 million allergy sufferers in the UK and an estimated 600,000 with coeliac disease. For them, eating out can be a minefield. All it takes is one small ingredient to cause a potentially life threatening reaction.
Since December 2014, those who eat out, whether it’s a takeaway or in a restaurant, will no doubt have noticed the increasing availability of allergen information appearing on menus and notice boards. This is due to new legislation from the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC), changing the way food business provide allergen information to their customers.