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GETTING JUICY WITH IT

Posted June 1, 2017

Vegetables and fruit are good for you: fact. However, is shoving them into a machine to extract their juice good for you? Should we be running out to buy the latest juicer or will a handful of berries suffice? And what’s the deal with cold-pressed juice? Is it really better for you? If you do have a juice, what’s the best juice to have?

Eating more fruit and vegetables is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. They're packed with vitamins and minerals, and rich in fibre and other vital plant nutrients called phytochemicals. Time and time again research has shown that a diet high in vegetables and fruit protects against a multitude of diseases such as heart disease, cancer and obesity. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and current UK guidelines encourage eating at least five portions (around 80g in weight) of fruit and vegetables a day.

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IS IT TIME FOR AN OIL CHANGE?

Posted June 1, 2017
Coconut oil.

People are using it in everything from stir-fries to smoothies. Considered a staple ingredient of the popular clean eating and Paleo diet trends, and hailed as the latest superfood that aids fat loss, boosts heart health, cures Alzheimer's and dementia – coconut oil has ignited a controversial debate. Are the touted promises true? Should you be signing up for an oil change? Let’s investigate.

Coconut oil is made by pressing the fat from the white flesh inside the giant nut. The extracted oil is pure fat. Despite its name, coconut oil is a fat that is solid at room temperature. This is due to the fact that it contains 92% saturated fat – a higher percentage than found in butter. Historically, the belief has been that all saturated fats are bad fats – however, it’s not quite as simple as that. I'll save you the complicated biochemistry, but it is important to know that there are different types of saturated fats that seem to make a difference in terms of their health properties.

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NUTRITION TRUTHS: YOUR MOST POPULAR MYTHS BUSTED

Posted June 1, 2017

Your best friend insists on eating everything raw. Your gym buddy is loading up on chicken and whey protein to build muscle. Your dad swears the glass of red wine he drinks every day keeps his heart in tip-top condition.

From your office colleague to the team leader at your running club everyone has an opinion on what makes a good diet. Couple this with the stream of food related headlines and instagram posts touting the latest superfood and supplements, and separating fact from fiction can be a challenge.

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GOLDEN RULES OF POST-WORKOUT NUTRITION

Posted June 1, 2017

One of my mantras as a Sports Dietitian is that “you don’t get fitter during training, you get fitter after”.  This is because the physiological changes from training happen mainly post-exercise. So if you’re thinking about rewarding yourself after a hard cycle or run with a slice of carrot cake, or burger, fries and beer…. you need to think again!

What you eat after training sessions really matters. Luckily, good nutrition doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Follow these key rules of recovery nutrition to boost your energy levels, help you recover quicker and perform at your best for your sport.

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