We’ve all heard a lot about the Glycemic Index (GI) – an index that ranks carbohydrates according to their immediate effect on your blood sugar levels. But what about the term “Glycemic Load”? What is it? How is it different to GI? And which one am I supposed to refer to?
All very good questions. Read on, and all will be revealed… Continue reading »
I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath, so here are some hints on how to get more whole grain in your life!
At least 5 servings a day are recommended from this food group, which comprises bread, cereal, rice, pasta and potatoes. Each whole grain alternative below counts as 1 serving. Continue reading »
So, is white bread ready that bad for you? Unfortunately, there’s just no beating around the bush… the answer is a resounding yes.
Bread, rice, pasta and potatoes are important sources of starchy carbohydrates that our bodies store as sources of energy and dietary fibre. The Food Standards Agency recommends a third of the food we eat comes from starchy (or complex) carbohydrates to form the basis of a healthy diet. But, and this is the important bit, not all starchy foods are created equal. Continue reading »
Your “metabolic rate” refers to the amount of energy that your body needs just to stay alive. That is, to keep your heart beating, lungs breathing, blood circulating, etc.
A higher metabolic rate means that these processes happen faster and that they use more energy – in fact, up to 70% of your daily calorie intake! There plenty of simple ways to boost your metabolism today: Continue reading »
A UTI develops when part of your urinary system – that’s your bladder, urethra, kidneys and ureters – becomes infected. Bacteria enter through the urethra or bloodstream (this is less common) and then multiply in the urine. While there’s usually no obvious reason for the infection, some women find they develop after sex. Continue reading »
Following my earlier post about the importance of B-Vitamins for anyone who exercises regularly, there are lots of quick and simple ways to boost your intake. Try one of these today!
Why do we need food? What a great place to start a nutrition blog!
Most people know, generally speaking, why they need food. But take a moment to answer this question for yourself. Your answer might include “to stay alive”, “to stay healthy” or “to give me energy to do things”. And you’re absolutely right… Continue reading »