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What is processed food and is it really that bad?


What is processed food and is it really that bad?

Who actually understands what process food is?

Well the internet says it’s all bad for us… right?

However, if I told you milk was a process food how would you react?

Yes, it should be healthy. But it’s processed.

So what does processed food mean?

Is it all bad?

And is it really the reason we are fat?


Food for Thought #8 - Fish


Food for Thought #8 - Fish

Most fish have a high protein content and low-fat content. White fleshed fish in particular has the lowest fat of any other meats. Oily fish are also high in Omega 3 acids (some may call "good fats"). Fish is a very important part of the diet since the body cannot make these Omega 3 fatty acids itself.

A healthy meal

Fish can easily be cooked as part of a healthy meal. It's high protein and low-fat content mean it is perfect for anyone losing weight. It will keep you full for longer and won't usually contain a lot of calories.

Why do we want Omega 3?

Omega 3's are essential for the body because we cannot create them ourselves so we must ingest them. Even though Omega 3's are called a "fatty acid", they actually help reduce the amount of fat in our blood. This can help reduce the risk of us getting heart disease and could prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Omega 3 is also a great inflammatory, which helps with arthritis and asthma.

It is also required for growth and development. It is important for pregnant women to get enough Omega 3 so their baby's eyes and brain develops well. It can also protect your vision in old age. Consumption of fish has been linked to lower risk of eye degeneration. 

Vitamin D

Fish products are a great source of vitamin D, they are the best dietary source you can get. 

Around 42% of the population in the US is deficient in vitamin D. Our bodies can produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun, or we can get it through our diets. Eating a 4oz (113g) serving of salmon can contain 100% of our recommended vitamin D intake. 

How much fish should I have?

The NHS recommend at least one portion, around 5oz (140g), of oily fish a week. However, the general population should not have more than 4 portions a week due to the build-up of pollutants in the body from the fish. Women who are planning a pregnancy, already pregnant or breast feeding should not have more than 2 portions per week. This is only for oily fish.

You can safely eat as many portions as you like of most white fish.

Enjoy Fish

Fish can easily be cooked and made into a great, tasty, healthy meal. As shown it contains vitamins, minerals and fatty acids essential for the body so fish should be a part of everyone's diet. 

However, try lay of the fish deep-fried in batter with those deep-fried potatoes on the side. 

fresh fish fatty acids


School Summer Slumps


School Summer Slumps

So, everyone has just broken up for the school holidays. 6 weeks of being able to go out every day and be in the sunshine (or rain since it's England). However, no one seems to go out...

The School Summer Slump

Nowadays most children are no longer going out during the school holidays. Due to the amount of technology and gadgets they have such as tablets, phones and games consoles they are staying inside throughout the holidays. Instead of playing out, making dens and riding bike's they sit in front of a screen. 

Without the regular PE sessions and possibly the walk to school, most children are now getting no exercise at all. A study was done showing that over the time spent at school, children's cardio-respiratory systems improved. Yet when tested again after the summer holidays, 80% of this improvement had been lost. 

Dangers of Inactivity

At any age, physical inactivity significantly increases the risk factors of developing deadly diseases such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure

This is what we put our children at risk of if they do not do any kind of physical activity. 

Small Changes

Only small changes are needed to make sure our children are healthier and reduce the risk of any kind of disease.

Walking 1 mile a day can dramatically reduce their chances of getting any diseases related to inactivity. This takes around 20 minutes out of your day. 

Going out on a family walk, or to play games in the garden can be a great way of making sure the whole family is getting enough exercise. It also gives you more time to spend with your children and develop a better bond with them. 

These small changes can improve your whole family's way of life and make sure your children are fit and healthy. Make sure that exercise becomes a regular part of your life. PE lessons at school sghould not be relied upon for your child to keep fit and stay healthy. 

Summer Holidays