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Brits eat most fruit and veg in Europe!

March 27, 2013 2 comments
English: veggies

English: veggies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It’s not often that, as a nation, us Brits top the healthy eating polls! But it seems we’re much better than our European counterparts at eating our recommended 5 a day fruit and veg

 

One in five of us is eating the RDA – it’s not great, let’s be honest, so it’s even more suprising it’s the highest intake in Europe, where the average is fewer than one in 10.

 

But it’s not all great news, the consumption is lower in lower income groups, and while adults seem to be good at eating healthily we’re not encouraging our children to do the same, consumption is down for them too.

 

So come on, substitute sweets for fruit, swap a sandwich for soup, swap crisps for baked fruit pieces – it’s yummy, healthy and cheap!

 

 

 

 

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Smoking now linked to memory loss

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

As if the list of diseases and conditions caused by smoking wasn’t enough – lung cancer, mouth cancer, skin aging, teeth rotting, COPD, lung disease, heart disease etc etc etc.

Now, it’s been linked to memory loss too.

Researchers from King’s College London conducted a study of nearly 9,000 people over 50 years old and showed that smoking affected the brain more than high blood pressure and being overweight.

As reported in the Journal of Age and Ageing their research linked smoking to damage to memory, learning and reasoning.

And it wasn’t just a one-off, the research was conducted over a number of years and participants were tested at the start and again after four and then eight years.

Seriously, if you still smoke, you are in my opinion either suicidal or very very stupid. Oh wait, if you’re smoking research shows you probably are the latter!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20463363