Seaweed and Algae

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Thursday, September 27, 2007

Seaweed and Algae The word is that Paul O' Grady will feature Seaweed and Algae on his Show on Friday. He'll no doubt just mix pro greens with water and I can just imagine his face now.


1) Try mixing Pro Greens with the new Hazlenut Rice dream rice milk. It has a fudge-like flavour and it perfectly compliments the algae.If not your cup of tea try different fruit juices

seaweed - shake on your food like pepper and salt 2) If you really don't get on with that there's a new peppery type herb seaweed condiment that you can just sprinkle on your food - from Seagreens "Seagreens® Culinary Ingredient 75g £4.45" They say -"Seagreens® give you a wider daily variety of nutrients than any other natural wholefood, in Nature's most uniform balance. Like our bodies, the oceans
contain some 100 nutrients, needing constant replacement. We harvest the most nutritious wild seaweeds, cutting the plants every few years so they grow again to nutritional maturity. In a benign and ancient way, we recover the goodness which filters through rock and soil to feed the foundation of health and vitality. Telephone 0207 6378436 (Int +44 207 6378436) and quote Practitioner Code Foods for Life ZZYB001 "Seagreens® Culinary Ingredient 75g £4.45"

3)You could of course eat more sushi - the trouble is it usually comes free with hi carb sweetened white rice - miso soup is probably the best option.

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Allergic Britain: 20 million will be affected

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Allergic Britain: 20 million will be affected as conditions approach epidemic levels | Health |

allergy and food intolerance tests and testing

Nutritionists have solutions.

Britain is lagging far behind the rest of Europe in its efforts to tackle allergies, which are fast reaching epidemic proportions, according to a report from an influential House of Lords committee.

About a third of the UK population will develop an allergy of some sort during the course of their lives, says the report from the science and technology committee, as allergic diseases have trebled in the last 20 years to the point where the UK has one of the highest incidences in the world.

Allergic food reactions can kill, while hayfever, asthma and other debilitating conditions can hold children back at school and cause lifelong difficulties. Yet Britain, unlike other European countries, has failed to adopt treatments that can cure some allergy sufferers and the UK is short of specialists, says the committee.

Nutritionist London, Yvonne Bishop-Weston says that there are a number reasons why allergies and food intolerancss are on the increase. "Optimising the immune system is a key way to relieve suffering and avoiding further intolerances developing. Merely excluding the things you have developed an intolerance to won't necessarily solve the problem in the long run." says the nutritionist

Foods for Life optimum nutritionists have a number of blood tests they can run to investigate allergies and intolerance in addition to tests on the digestive system to get to the root cause of the problem. See for more info.
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Protect & Survive - ESBL E Coli - Superbug

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tonight | Episodes | The poison on your plate - ITV News an expose of ESBL E Coli

No real surprise this one. Various health professionals have been warning about the perils of the abuse of anti biotics in animal based foods, meat, milk, eggs and fish production.

Enter one of the world's most dangerous superbugs - ESBL E Coli

What the factory farmers have done is effectively, very effectively, create the perfect breeding ground for superbugs such as ESBL E Coli to develop and mutate.

Meanwhile human over reliance on Anti Biotics instead of preventative medicine - nurturing of our immune systems has provided unprotected victims even amongst seemingly 'healthy' people . This ESBL E Coli bug isn't just killing the elderly, infirm and babies - it's killing seemingly fit young women too.

A Tonight with Trevor McDonald investigation revealed that a new antibiotic-resistant superbug is now causing infections in an estimated 30,000 people in England and Wales a year.

A Tonight source, a senior scientist, says that the ESBL superbug, mutant cousin to the E.coli bacteria that naturally resides in our guts, is fatal in 10% of cases suggesting that it could be killing up to 3,000 men, women and children. This 10% death rate is also backed by a research paper that was presented at a major conference in Chicago last week.

MRSA deaths number 2500 people a year. CJD, the human form of BSE, has claimed 161 lives.

Protect and Survive

Nutritionist London Yvonne Bishop-Weston from Foods for Life says that "it's unlikely to be long before the ESBL E Coli superbug infects most of the meat producers and then people will start passing it around and we could soon see an epidemic."

Apart from avoiding cheap factory farmed animal products Yvonne advises "It's important to maximise the effectiveness of your immune system - eliminate the bad bacteria and ensure you have plenty of the key beneficial bacteria. If your digestive system is allowed and supported to work optimally you have a fighting chance against bugs like these"

Foods for Life offer various tests to analyse the levels of your good and bad gut bacteria, your digestive function and superbug busters and good superbugs to rebalance your gut flora.

Anti biotics, illness even long term stress can dramatically effect your digestive system and immune system. Re balancing by killing the bad stuff and repopulating and supporting the good stuff can help protect you.

See to find out more.

Tonight reporter Jonathan Maitland discovers, the superbug is now marching across Britain and affecting all age group.
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Seaweed - Sunday Times Style Magazine

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Monday, September 24, 2007

seaweed and algae shake Let’s eat seaweed - Times Online

Here we go again with the Seaweed and Algae shake thing - Sunday Times Style magazine recommend 2 options - make your own laverbread or buy a pro greens seaweed and algae shake from Foods for Life as recommended by Nutritionist London , Yvonne Bishop-Weston.

Peta Bee from The Sunday Times Style magazine says "It's green, slimy, and currently the food favoured by those on a mission to be slender. With Victoria Beckham reportedly encouraging her fellow Spice Girls to knock back a seaweed-based shake each morning, to help them get into shape for their forthcoming tour, and with “macrobiotic” dieters such as Madonna and Cindy Crawford consuming it by the bucketful, the sea vegetable has become inextricably linked with svelteness in celebrity circles. But even scientists agree that it could be more than the latest fad.

Japanese researchers recently identified seaweed as an unlikely weapon in the war against obesity. They found that rats given fucoxanthin – a pigment in brown kelp – lost up to 10% of their body weight, mainly from around their midriffs."

Fortunately for you (for those of you with no time to make laverbread or who think it tastes yucky) our selection of Seaweed and Algae shakes are not £50 a month they work out at £36 per month and they don't taste slimy.

You could also try seaweed condiments from a company called Seagreens - just sprinkle it on your food like salt and pepper about 35 per pack lasts ages.

See for more info and to buy online (and 10% discount)
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Health, Diet ,Nutrition Award to World's Healthiest Ice Cream

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Friday, September 7, 2007

Booja Booja Ice Cream - stuff in a tub - Low GI - Dairy Free - vegan Press Release - Health, Diet and Nutrition Award goes to Booja Booja Ice Cream

Foods for Life Nutritionists London dish out an annual award to the company they feel has made the most impact and delight in the world of healthy eating. This year the Foods for Life Health, Diet and Nutrition Award for Health Food Innovation goes to what is probably the world's healthiest ice cream. Booja Booja Stuff in a Tub

The 2007 Foods for Life Award for Food Innovation has been awarded to Booja Booja for their healthier, sugar free, hydrogenated and animal fat free, diabetic and vegan friendly , dairy free delicious organic ice cream called 'stuff in a tub'. The Booja Booja ice cream is made with fresh cashew nuts, low GI agave (cactus) syrup to sweeten it and is made with predominantly raw and organic ingredients.

"The Booja Booja stuff in a tub is truly nutritionally scrumptious" says Yvonne.
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Dangerous Food Additives, Colourings, Preservatives

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Thursday, September 6, 2007

Food alert as every additive comes under new suspicion - Times Online

A cocktail of artificial colours and the commonly-used preservative sodium benzoate are linked to hyperactivity in children, according to a ground-breaking study, commissioned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), published by The Lancet.

Food additives such as colourings and preservatives can cause mood disorders and lead to temper tantrums in children London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston registered with the Food and Mood project welcomes the FSA study and says it finally confirms what parents and teachers already knew. “It’s a disgrace that warnings in studies and research from over 3 decades ago of the dangers of food additives has taken this long to be scientifically confirmed” Yvonne says.

Campaign groups such as The Food Commission and Food and Behaviour (FAB) suggest that the strength of the food manufacturing industry and it’s strong well funded lobbying of government are to blame.

Yvonne Bishop-Weston goes on to warn that shouldn’t be complacent and just blame food additives for our decline in health. “There are many nutritional factors that effect the mood and health of our children. Eliminating dangerous food additives are an important first step in optimising diet and health but what you put in is as important as what you take out of the diet. Essential fats, especially Omega 3 long chain fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA from algae can have a profound effect on children’s development. Key amino acids can have an effect too. Stress is a very important factor in health and although other therapies may be better suited to dealing with stress, nutrition therapy can help the body better cope with stress and protect it from the detrimental effects stress causes.”

FSA study on Food additives, colourings and additives

The implications are far-reaching, say the investigators, who suggest that by vetting their child's diet, parents have a simple tool to help them tackle hyperactive behaviour.Researchers at Southampton University recruited 153 local three-year-olds and 144 children aged eight or nine and assigned them to either of two groups.

A professor of psychology at the university confirmed what many teachers and parents know already. Professor Jim Stevenson, who led the Food Standards Agency (FSA)-commissioned study, said: "We now have clear evidence that mixtures of certain food colours and benzoate preservative can adversely influence the behaviour of children.

"There is some previous evidence that some children with behavioural disorders could benefit from the removal of certain food colours from their diet.We have now shown that for a large group of children in the general population, consumption of certain mixtures of artificial food colours and benzoate preservative can influence their hyperactive behaviour."

Additives surveyed in the FSA study were: sunset yellow (E110); tartrazine (E102); carmoisine (E122); ponceau 4R (E124); quinoline yellow (E104); allura red (E129) and the preservative sodium benzoate (E211).

Previous studies on Food additives.

In the 1970s the US paediatrician Ben Feingold suggested that ADHD symptoms in many children could be reduced by eliminating from the diet various artificial food colourings, naturally occurring salicylates (substances found naturally in many fruits and vegetables) and some preservatives. A number of controlled trials – mainly published in the 1970s and 1980s - appeared to support this hypothesis, but the evidence from these was mixed.

Review of research on Additives and E numbers – Food and Behaviour Research - - The Food Commission Reveal

Food additives were tested on 277 three-year-olds from the Isle of Wight. Many parents reported significant changes in behaviour. The additives tested were the artificial food colourings Tartrazine (E102), Sunset Yellow (E110), Carmoisine (E122), and Ponceau 4R (E124), and the preservative Sodium Benzoate (E211), given in a single drink. The test dose of colourings administered in the trial was well below levels permitted in children's foods and drinks. For the preservative, the test dose was equal to the permitted level. Children are likely to consumer higher doses if they eat several products that contain these additives.

Typical soft drinks and squashes which contain the additives surveyed in this study include: Irn-Bru (E110, E124, E211); Lucozade Energy (E110, E211), Diet Coke (E211); Fanta Orange (E211); Sprite (E211); Dr Pepper (E211); Vimto squash and Vimto Fizzy (E211); Ribena squash (E211).

The Food Standards Agency said there was insufficient evidence to act.

Bateman et al 2004

Results showed clear detrimental effects of the food additives (versus placebo) on children's behaviour, according to parents' ratings. These effects were not specific to any of the subgroups, but applied to the whole sample of 3-year-olds. The simple clinical tests revealed no effects of the additives.

Ian Tokelove, a spokesperson for The Food Commission, commented, "These artifical colourings may brighten up processed foods and drinks but it appears they have the potential to play havoc with some children’s behaviour. Manufacturers should clean up their act and remove these additives, which are neither needed or wanted in our food”.

In March 2007 The Food Commission revealed that all the additives tested in the latest FSA survey are banned from food and drink made specifically for the under threes, but are routinely used in medicines aimed at the same age group. Many fizzy drinks, squashes, desserts and sweets also contain these additives but carry no warning that they should not be consumed by the under threes.



NetMums give a handy shopping list detailing E Numbers, Food additives, preservatives and colourings to avoid for children.

Net Mums Shopping list

Food and Behaviour Research list a handy selection of studies and research of the effects of food additives, preservatives and colourings on mood and links with ADHD. Also a roundup of news stories about food additives in the media.

The Food Commission campaign to have additives removed from food and expose anomalies such as food additives banned from baby food but unnecessarily allowed in medicines for infants.

Food additives banned or restricted in other countries

Tartrazine E102, Quinoline yellow E104, Sunshine yellow E110, Carmoisine E122, Ponceau 4R E124, (also known as Cochineal Red) , Allura red A4 E129, Indigo Carmine or Indigotine E132, E155 Brown HT, Sodium Benzoate E211, Benzoic acid E210 , Sulphur dioxide and other sulphite compounds E220 - E228 , Monosodium glutamate E621, Aspartame E951, Saccharine E954, Acesulfame K (potassium) E950
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