You can ignore what's on the label22nd May 2009
When eating your way to health, nutritionist Jane Clarke offers some advice.
In recent years there’s been a boom in functional foods which have added ingredients that claim to have additional health benefits.
Breakfast cereals have been fortified with minerals and vitamins for some time but now that is being extended to everything from baked beans to eggs.
However, despite suggestions these products have some “extra-special” there is growing scepticism about this “wonder-food” status.
Which? questioned the validity of adding omega-3 to foods such as baked beans when just one portion of oily fish a week gives you all you need of omega-3.
To actually gain that from beans – or omega-3 added to eggs or bread - you would have to eat them in such quantities that you could put on weight and have little room for fresh fruit and vegetables.
New Nutrition Business notes one benefit of the credit crunch is that sales of these enriched products are falling as people count their pennies.
But diet-wise, people want instant results rather than long-term benefits.
The future can seem far off, but a few simple steps can make a difference today and for years to come: eat less saturated fat; increase intake of omega-3 fats by eating oily fish like salmon or mackerel once a week; limit salt and sugar intake; and stick to five portions of fruits and vegetables each day.
This will keep your daily health in check and offer a better chance of staving off those diseases that seem such a long way off.
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Title: You can ignore what's on the label
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 11468
Date Added: 22nd May 2009