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News: February 2016

FRUIT CAN HELP WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

A handful of grapes just four times a week can help to stave off middle age spread according to recent research reported in the BMJ (British Medical Journal). The study, which was carried out on 124,000 people over 24 years, found that those who ate regular portions of grapes, cherries or apples put on no weight over two decades and even got slimmer (the average middle-aged person puts on around one to two kilos every four years).

It is thought that the flavonoids contained in these foods may help slow down the rate at which the body absorbs fat, increase its energy expenditure and helping to keep gut bacteria healthy. Pass the fruit bowl please!

BANANAS UNDER THREAT FROM ‘PANAMA FUNGUS’

Our favourite power fruit is under serious threat from a devastating disease known as the Panama Fungus, which is sweeping through banana plantations in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific – so far around 10,000 hectares have been affected. The only hope is that the fungus is contained or that a new genetic banana is cultivated that is immune to this disease.

ON THE PULSE

Time to give pulses the credit they deserve in 2016  – International Year of the Pulses!

With low GI and rich in protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, they may help lower the risk of chronic diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers suggests research.  Whether you try dried peas, beans, lentils or chickpeas, get creative with dahls, hummus, soups and casseroles.

WEAR IT, BEAT IT: BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION CAMPAIGN

Wear red or host a red event with friends, family or colleagues on February 6th and help the British Heart Foundation raise money for life-saving research. For more information visit the campaign website.