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Fats and Oils

Fats and oils

Dietary fat is a macronutrient that has historically engendered considerable controversy and continues to do so. Contentious areas include optimal amount and type for cardiovascular disease risk reduction, and role in body weight regulation.

Vitamins And Trace Elements

Vitamins are any of a group of complex organic substances essential, in small amounts, for the normal functioning of the body. There are 13 vitamins: A, C, D, E, K, B 12 , and seven grouped under the vitamin B complex.

Apart from vitamin D, which the body can synthesize itself, vitamins must be obtained from the diet. A varied diet is likely to contain adequate amounts of all the vitamins, but vitamin supplements may be helpful for: young children, pregnant or breast-feeding women, or those taking drugs that interfere with vitamin function.

Garlic

Garlic is one of the top-selling herbs in Europe and the United States. It has been used since antiquity for the treatment of cardiovascular and infectious diseases. The German Federal Health Agency Commission E and the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy have approved its use for the treatment of hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis. Garlic is available in multiple over-the-counter formulations (dried, powdered, oils). Many products are standardized to yield 0.6% allicin, the ingredient believed responsible for its odor and therapeutic benefit.

The Eatwell Plate

The eatwell plate highlights the different types of food that make up our diet, and shows the proportions we should eat them in to have a well balanced and healthy diet.

It's a good idea to try to get this balance right every day, but you don't need to do it at every meal. And you might find it easier to get the balance right over a longer period, say a week.

Diets General Article

This a general article about diets

Definition

Humans may alter their usual eating habits for many reasons, including weight loss, disease prevention or treatment, removing toxins from the body, or to achieve a general improvement in physical and mental health. Others adopt special diets for religious reasons. In the case of some vegetarians and vegans, dietary changes are made out of ethical concerns for the rights of animals.

Diet to Reduce Cancer Risk

It is estimated that about a quarter of all deaths in the industrialised world are caused by different types of cancer. In the United Kingdom one out of three people are at risk of developing cancer. There are over 100 different types of cancer and it is thought that there are many different causes.

The consensus of medical opinion is that maybe 60% of all cancers could be prevented simply by doing only two things. These are: giving up smoking and following a healthy diet in order to reduce your cancer risk.

Diet for Stress

Symptoms of Stress

Stress can lead to many symptoms and health problems such as: heartburn, acid reflux, fatigue, headaches, migraine, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, impotence, anxiety, depression, memory problems, muscular pain and tension, neck pain, low back pain, eating disorders and skin problems such as eczema.

Diet for Constipation

Constipation is passing stools infrequently. It is a very common problem. It leads to abdominal discomfort, bloating and pain. If left untreated it can lead to diverticular disease, haemorrhoids and colon cancer. It is mainly caused by the Western diet and lack of exercise. Other factors may cause constipation, such as: stress, a change in daily routine or medication.

For bowels to function normally and regularly we need to eat plenty of high-fibre foods plus plenty of fluids to help bulk up the stools.

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