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Body Talk - 23rd February

This evening I was concerned to read in the press that a new food danger has been found. The problem is glucose fructose syrup. Because it's cheaper than ordinary sugar, it is being used more and more in processed foods and fizzy drinks. It appears to trick the brain into thinking that you need more food. Plus, it can trigger the growth of fat cells around the heart, liver and other vital organs, possibly causing diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

So look out for this dangerous additive on the food labels. Think I'll be avoiding that one in the future.

Then it was on to something much more healthy. Spices.

Ginger is good for colds and sickness. There are lots of products that contain ginger, but try avoiding cakes and biscuits, instead opt for a refreshing ginger tea.

Cinnamon is also a traditional cold remedy, and good for the circulation. Sprinkle it on fruit salads or rice pudding.

Turmeric is believed to ease the pain of arthritis and sprains, also good for the circulation. It also has antioxidant properties, so it could help in the prevention of cancer. Good in curries soups and stews.

Spices have good nutritional value, so use them when you can to help keep you healthy.

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