Research on the microbial communities in our gut (known as the microbiota) has accelerated dramatically in recent years, thanks to developments in the technologies that allow us to fully enumerate and evaluate the bacterial species and strains that reside there. We now know emphatically that gut flora plays a significant role in human health and disease, so do probiotics have a role to play?.
I wrote about Turmeric in May 2015, covering its health benefits and supplement information, but due to its ever increasing popularity and the swiftness of scientific developments, I thought it worth an update.
Small, plastic particulate matter has already been found in beer and tap water, which is not surprising given that we know the oceans, rivers and estuaries are contaminated. But finding a worse scenario inside many bottles of ‘pure’ mineral water is surprising.
This attention-grabbing headline was a huge success in that it provoked various journalists and broadcasters to give it prominent column inches and airtime, whilst seeking the opinion of various media foodies. That they mostly dismissed the headline as scaremongering made me want to scratch a bit deeper and see what sort of study had reached this conclusion.
Sugar comes in many guises, but having some clarity on the terminology employed on food packaging should enable better informed choices when food shopping. So let’s take a closer look:
Why do it? Is this just another short-lived dietary fad? If the research I uncovered gets widely disseminated, intermittent fasting might just stick around.
How are they different? They invariably cost more than their synthetic alternatives, but do they represent value for money and are they superior in their ability to deliver more of the nutrients?
One of several responses to my Spring Newsletter (on the gut microbiome) was do I have a good gluten-free chocolate cake recipe!
The Daffodils are bringing welcome colour to the garden and Magnolia blossoms are on the cusp of bursting forth as I type this. It’s definitely my favourite time of year! This newsletter will focus on a subject that I feel genuine passion about – gut health and the gut microbiome!
What is ‘gut health’ – is it merely an absence of gut disease? ‘Good for gut health’ is a term often emblazoned on food packaging, though rarely do they explain what aspect of the food validates the claim.