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What You Need to Know about Vegetarian Meat Alternatives

Plant based diets, like veganism and vegetarianism, are becoming increasingly popular. It is really important for anybody who follows these types of diets to know which substitutes for meat are nutritious. But it can be very confusing as there are a LOT of new vegetarian meat options popping up. So this video will run through…

How Environmentally Friendly are Plant-Based Diets?

Many people choose to follow a plant-based diet for environmental reasons, so I wanted to dig into the research about how much of an impact this has. Sustainable Eating The food supply-chain can impact the environment in different ways, such as: Greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) from production, transport and…

The Lowdown on Omega-3

Omega-3 is an important nutrient for good health. It has gained more attention recently, as a large study was released which investigated the effects of omega-3 fats on heart health.  So I was delighted to write this post for The Food Medic’s Educational Hub, which  explains the results of this recent study, as well as providing…

How Autism Can Impact Nutritional Intake

I was delighted to write this article for the June 2018 edition of CN Magazine about how autism can impact dietary intake. You can access the PDF of the article at the end of this post. The National Autistic Society defines autism as “a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact…

How to Eat Fish Sustainably: Advice from a Marine Scientist

Sustainable eating is a really interesting and important topic. Fish have so many nutritional benefits, but I find that trying to make sustainable choices about which fish to choose can be a minefield, and advice about this is often vague. So I am delighted with this informative guest blog post by Joakim Nilsson which explains…

Tips For Vegetarians & Vegans Visiting Japan

My Experience: Japan has been one of the most difficult countries to find vegetarian and vegan-friendly food that I’ve ever visited! I’m pescatarian (so I eat fish) and I still struggled to find suitable options. This really surprised me, especially that a modern mega-city like Tokyo seemed to have less vegetarian options than most small…

Green Tea vs. Matcha

I’m currently living in Japan, and both green tea and matcha are very popular here. This video explains the history of tea in Japan as well comparing matcha and green tea in terms of how they are produced and their nutritional profile. For more information and references you can check out the blog post below…

My Thoughts on the Controversial UK Sugar Tax

This post was originally written in November 2015 before the UK Sugar Tax was confirmed. I updated this on the 6th of April 2018 (the date that the sugary drinks tax came into force). What is the Sugar Tax? This is a tax on sugary drinks which was announced by the UK government in March…

The History of Low Carb

Low Carb Diets are extremely popular and they come in many different shapes and sizes. Lots of celebrities have also been associated low-carb diets, including: Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Mick Jagger, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Ben Affleck and Megan Fox. The timeline below looks at where these diets came from, and the various types of low…

An Update on Breastfeeding

This article, which was first published in the December 2017 edition of NHD Magazine, looks at the current evidence, statistics and public health strategies related to breastfeeding in the UK. As each situation is very individual, this is not intended to judge any mother who cannot or who chooses not to breastfeed. If you are looking…