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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Dried Apricots

There’s a Turkish proverb “bundan iyisi Sam’da kayisi” which translates roughly as “the only thing better than this is an apricot from Damascus”, meaning, it doesn’t get any better than this. If you’d like to know why there’s nothing better than an apricot, read on to find out why this wholefood makes our who’s who.

Published: October 8, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a creamy-colored, buttery legume also known by several other names, including Bengal gram, garbanzo bean and Egyptian pea. Find out why this humble pale-coloured pulse makes it into our who’s who of wholefoods.

Published: October 7, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Sunflower Seed Kernels

All the flavour without the shells, sunflower seed kernels are a powerhouse of nutrition and you’re much mistaken if you thought they were just the preserve of parrots. Read on and find out why this little seed earns it’s big place in the who’s who of wholefoods.

Published: October 6, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Almonds

Did you know almonds have one of the highest levels of protein content of any nut? If you want to know more about this very popular relative of the peach and true who of the who’s in the wholefoods world, read on!

Published: October 5, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Chia Seeds

Have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about where chia seeds are concerned? As one of the most nutrient dense and versatile wholefoods, chia seeds are definitely a who’s who in the world of wholefoods. Read on to find out more.

Published: October 4, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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Who’s Who of Wholefoods: Pumpkin Seeds

A very rich supply of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper, as well as a good source of iron, zinc, and copper, pumpkin seeds are certainly a good wholefood to include in your diet. Read on to find out more about this wholesome who’s who of the wholefood world.

Published: October 3, 2023
Author: Pip Phillips
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What are ultra-processed foods?

Ultra-processed foods have recently come under the spotlight due to their links with heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke. But what exactly are ultra-processed foods and why are they so bad for us?

Published: September 26, 2023
Author: Liz Parry
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Is it really better to buy organic?

Organic foods and products are becoming increasingly popular with shoppers for a variety of reasons. They are viewed as better for our health, better for the planet and more considerate of animals and wildlife. In fact, the UK’s organic market is now worth an astonishing £3.1 billion. Each day in the UK, shoppers spend almost £8.5 million on organic products, ranging from fresh fruit and veg to
organic drinks and health and beauty items. 

However, some argue that organic foods are too expensive, particularly for households on a budget. And the extra effort required to source them can be quite time consuming. So, is it really worth buying organic foods and products? Let’s take a closer look at the issue. 

Published: August 30, 2023
Author: Liz Parry
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Inulin: health benefits and dietary sources 

Inulin is a form of soluble fibre which is found naturally in over 36,000 species of plants. It is a prebiotic, which means that it feeds our good gut bacteria. Inulin cannot be digested by the stomach and small intestine. Instead, it is fermented in the large intestine where it’s converted into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA). SCFA have many health benefits, from supporting gut health to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Published: July 25, 2023
Author: Liz Parry
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The good gut health guide

Good gut health is fundamental to our overall health and wellbeing. But, according to research, nearly half (43 per cent) of the UK population experience some form of digestive discomfort. This can range from abdominal pain or discomfort to diarrhoea, bloating, flatulence and constipation. 

Symptoms such as these might indicate that the gut isn’t functioning as well as it could. Also, poor gut health can affect other areas of our health from immunity to hormone levels and metabolism. Let’s take a look at why gut health is so vitally important, and what we can do to support the gut through diet and lifestyle changes. 

Published: May 22, 2023
Author: Liz Parry
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