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Nuts, olive oil and vegetables are the best heart medicine

Nuts, olive oil and vegetables are the best heart medicine ( too many prescriptions cause massive waste and harm the public).

 

It may be hard to believe, but poor diet now contributes to more disease and death than physical inactivity, smoking and alcohol combined (according to  The Lancet). We  have been guzzling sugar, refined carbohydrates and industrial vegetable oils as never before, with devastating consequences for public health. The combined costs of type 2 diabetes and obesity to the NHS and UK economy exceed £20 billion. 

 

Read more… Nuts, olive oil and vegetables are the best heart medicine

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Sugar is NOT a “nutrient” so let’s not pretend it is 

The announcement last week by the British chancellor George Osborne for the introduction of a sugary drinks tax was very welcome news. I have been campaigning for years with others that a tax on sugary drinks would be a major step forward to help combat obesity and many associated chronic diseases. In February 2013, after a year reviewing the evidence the Academy of Medical Royal colleges ( I sat on the steering committee) produced a ten point obesity action plan which included a tax on sugary drinks.

Read more… Sugar is NOT a “nutrient” so let’s not pretend it is 

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Stop counting calories and count number of sugar teaspoons instead

Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and respiratory disease kill 35 million per year globally. In 2012, the UN advocated a new health goal of reducing avoidable deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25 per cent by 2025. It identified tobacco, alcohol and poor diet as central risk factors.

Read more… Stop counting calories and count number of sugar teaspoons instead

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