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January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

We all know that alcohol is hardly one of the major food groups, and certainly something to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight and be healthy.

But, we all like a glass of wine to relax after a hard week at work, or with a meal out with our friends or partner.

Shocking stats from the World Cancer Research Fund show that alcohol makes up nearly 10% of all calories consumed by drinkers.

Consider that large glass of wine you could well be enjoying while you’re reading this – it has about 178 calories, empty, un-nutritious calories, the same as 2 digestive biscuits. And to burn it off? You’ll have to go for a brisk walk for about 30 minutes.

So, if you’re watching your calorie intake and trying to be healthy….lay off the alcohol. And if you’re going to have the odd cheeky glass of wine? Include it in your calorie counting. Reduce your intake by going for smaller glasses, adding soda water or a low-cal soft drink.

Check out the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Alcohol Calorie Calculator – which shows how much exercise you’d need to do to burn off the calories.

 

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Reduce salt and reduce risk of cancer

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Everyone knows that high intake of salt is bad for you, linking it predominantly to heart disease and high blood pressure.

But now research is also linking it to stomach cancer.

The research comes from the World Cancer Research Fund which has shown that people are eating around 8g of salt a day, but reducing it to the recommended daily intake of 6g per day also reduces the risk of stomach cancer.

It’s not just about the salt you add to foods though. Take a closer look at the packets of the food you are eating and you’ll find surprisingly high levels of salt in places where you wouldn’t expect it.

Of course you’ll know it’ll be in crisps, bacon and sauces, but what about bread and breakfast cereals too? Low fat foods also high high salt contents, as well as high sugar contents, to add flavour to an otherwise bland product.

Every year in the UK there are around 6,000 cases of stomach cancer and WCRF reckons that one in seven could be prevented by sticking to the daily guidelines. Cancer Research UK reckon the reduction could be even higher.

So, my advice, try to avoid all packet / pre-made foods and create your own, then you know what’s going in to it. Plus, it’s fresher, tastier, and healthier too. And, for all you people who say it takes too long – ok it takes about an extra few minutes, but what’s an extra few minutes everyday to give you an extra few years of healthy live? Put the packet down and head to the grocers.

Read more about it at BBC Health