As the government rolls
out a programme of
diet shakes and soups
to tackle obesity, the
Institute for Optimum
Nutrition (ION) is urging people to eat
a diet of real food to keep well this
winter. The first step, they say, is to
reduce the quantity of sugar, white
carbs, ready meals, processed meat
and processed seed oils, and increase
the intake of good-quality sources of
protein, unprocessed fats, colourful
veg and whole fruit - not juices - and
whole grains. Not only could this help
with weight loss or maintenance but
can also support our immune system
- something we could all benefit from
during the current pandemic.
Heather Rosa, Dean of the ION, says,
"What is really needed is better education
so that people can make the right
choices for themselves and their families.
With Covid-19 putting more pressure
on us than ever and impacting the way
people live, strong immune systems and
optimal metabolic health are key, and
these are achieved by eating nutritious,
real food - not something that has been
ultra-processed and requires a degree in
chemistry to read the ingredients label."
Edgy eggs from Harwood Arms (top) and House of Darwin.
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