Is chocolate a superfood? In Ireland we love our chocolate and many of us associate Valentine’s Day and Easter with additional opportunities to eat lots of our favourite chocolate treats. However despite the rumour of chocolate as a health food, most popular chocolate bars are high in sugar, saturated fat and calories, this means they should only be eaten occasionally as a treat. Eating them too often is associated with obesity, diabetes and an increased risk of heart disease.
Many of us are looking for easier ways to get healthier or slimmer and there is no shortage of companies selling slimming products and celebrities promoting them. But do they really work and are they even safe? Read on to find out more.
Most of us are thinking about getting healthy and losing weight at this time of year and may also be keen to do our bit for the planet. Good news! Most key dietary recommendations for healthy eating are sustainable for the planet and for our long term health. Focusing on a couple of small changes and sticking with them will make a bigger difference than more radical, but short-lived changes.
The trend towards eating vegan looks like it is here to stay. But is it really healthier? Can you get everything you need from your food? And is it better for the environment? Heather separates fact from fiction.
For parents September is a month of new beginnings, with a sense of a fresh start. The summer season can be loaded with ice-cream, extra treats and tipples and very lazy days. It’s all well and good while it lasted, and we all need to take a break from the norm, but deep down we know we can’t keep it up.