Food Politics: Should Meat be Taxed like Sugar?

You’ve probably seen the news that researchers from the University of Oxford are proposing a tax on red and processed meat. But this isn’t the first time that a tax on food items has been proposed. In April 2018, a sugar tax was introduced in the UK, on drinks containing more than 5 grams of sugar…

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5 Dangerous Foods from Around the World

So far in this InstaHealth series, we’ve been breaking down food labels, and giving you the low-down on what they mean and how they differ between nations. But it’s not just different labels that you might see when you visit different countries around the world. Foods around the world You’ll see all kinds of weird…

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Is Salt the Same as Sodium?

Throughout these InstaHealth posts, we’ve covered food labels from top to bottom. In this issue, it’s time for the very last item on the list: Salt. Why is it important to know the salt content of your food? There is convincing evidence that eating too much salt can raise blood pressure and increase the risk…

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What’s in Your Food?

Do you travel to other countries for work? Or maybe for pleasure? Ever go to the local store to pick up a bite to eat? You pick up a product, look at the label and thought “huh? I haven’t seen that before.” or “why doesn’t this label make any sense?”. We can´t help with the…

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Fat: Good, Bad, or Both?

When you look at a food label, you’ll notice that fat is the first macronutrient to appear on the list, such as in the UK label below:     With high rates of obesity across much of the world, fat has been put in the spotlight as one of the causative agents. But is fat as bad…

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Protein: Just for Musclemen?

In our previous issue of this InstaHealth series, you were introduced to carbohydrates. In this segment, we will unveil the world of proteins. Many folks out there hear the word protein and immediately associate this macronutrient with big tough muscles. But as you can see below, protein has a number of other roles: Have a…

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Carbohydrates: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em?

In part 1 of this InstaHealth series, you learned that all nutrition labels list these three macronutrients: Carbohydrates Proteins Fats In this post, you’ll learn about the first of these: Carbohydrates (often just called “carbs”). Take a look at the Nutrition Label from the UK (on the right). Can you spot where the carbohydrates are…

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Does Reading Nutrition Labels Improve Health?

Have you ever looked at a nutrition label and felt unsure of what you were looking at? If so, you’re not the only one. Maybe you were confused by the terminology (“what does ‘of which saturates’ mean?”) or maybe the amount you’re eating per portion (“how many calories does the slice I cut contain”?). In…

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Are These Supplements Killing Us?

“Some supplements linked to increased risk of death”, reads a terrifying headline in The Guardian. Of course, the moment I see something like this, my sceptic sense begins tingling… First of all, which supplements are they talking about? And even then, at what doses? So, I delved into the data to find out for you.…

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UK Government vs Food Industry: Measures to Halve Child Obesity by 2030

Have you heard this? It’s been all over the news… The UK government just released a staggeringly lengthy list of measures to tackle child obesity. And things are being shaken up! Chefs are panicking. Food companies are furious. TV producers trembling. I’ve received countless questions about this… So what’s my take? First, let’s look at…

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