EVERY day we are bombarded with advice about what we eat. Seven cups of coffee are good for the heart, eight might give you cancer. Nuts are full of healthy fats and are good for the brain, but they might make you fat. “There’s lots of advice about what we should and shouldn’t eat, and how much of something we should have,” explains nutritionist Amanda Ursell. “Internet advice and recommendations based on small studies should be treated with caution and if in doubt, refer to NHS guidelines.” Here, Lynsey Hope rounds up a variety of foods in numbers so you know when you might have had too much of a good thing.Milk ONE glass a day has been associated with stronger bones but it can also benefit your brain.US researchers found that those who drank a glass a day scored significantly higher on memory tests. THREE glasses has been linked to an increased risk of bone fracture and even early death. Researchers don’t know why exactly but Swedish … [Read more...] about Know when you’ve had too much of a good thing with our handy portions guide
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Eat less meat and fish, drink less milk. No request could be simpler, or more consequential. Nothing we do has greater potential for reducing our impacts on the living planet. Yet no request is more likely to elicit a baffled, hurt or furious response. This point comes across with astonishing force in the film Cowspiracy. I would question some of the figures it uses, but its thesis – we just don’t want to talk about it – is undeniable. Leaders of the big US green groups either avoided the film makers like the plague or smiled and shook their heads when asked about livestock. State officials were struck dumb by the question. Climate change, water use, forest destruction, river pollution, floods, dead zones in the sea: the impacts of animal farming are massive and global; in many cases greater than those of anything else we do. But we don’t want to know. Livestock keeping is so embedded in our cultural and religious identity that to challenge it is, it seems, to … [Read more...] about Think dairy farming is benign? Our rivers tell a different story
There’s been no end of speculation about the palaeolithic diet, and most of it is nonsense. There’s a simpler description of what our ancient ancestors were likely to have eaten than the precise diets on which various mountebanks insist: whatever they came across. This would have varied greatly from place to place and season to season. The remarkable saltmarsh excavations at Goldcliff on the Severn estuary provide us with a few glimpses of how the mesolithic hunter-gatherers who lived there some 8,000 years ago might have survived. The archaeologists found the bones of giant aurochs, red and roe deer, and wild boar, often charred and chipped by stone axes; a few otter and duck bones, scorched hazelnut, and cockle and crab shells. But overwhelmingly the remains are of fish: salmon, pouting, bass, mullet, flatfish and, above all, eels. A Y-shaped stick the archaeologists discovered might have been used to trap eels buried in the mud. The evidence suggests that these people … [Read more...] about I’ve eaten roadkill badger and squirrel, but dolphin? No thanks
Zoe Williams: furry beans I am not too bad on the obvious rot candidates: meat rarely goes off in my fridge, because I will eat anything, in any condition, whatever it smells like. I have a household hierarchy: the children get the fresh food; food that is past its sell-by date but doesn't yet smell goes to other adults; then I step in for the wilting, the precarious, the mouldy-at-the-edges-but-otherwise-fine … I'm like Dusty Bin. I have a blindspot around cans, however, and have never finished a tin of beans. Stuart Heritage: stinky chicken I hate waste, to the extent that I'll usually keep stuff until it no longer resembles food (I once found a pepper with a full beard in my fridge, much to the delight of my Instagram followers) but, by chance, the contents of my fridge are largely edible today. The only vaguely disgusting things are a chicken thigh that has been left uncovered for five days, a hard lime, a dodgy banana and something that might have once been a strawberry. The … [Read more...] about What’s going off in your fridge?
No great rock bands come from Columbus, Ohio, says Cameron Mitchell, the city’s most celebrated restaurateur. Mitchell has built his empire by understanding his hometown’s safe distance from the cutting edge. advertisement advertisement “We don’t have any preconceived notions. Maybe if you’re on the coasts you already think you’re cool, you already think you know everything.” Mitchell says. “We don’t want to be so avant-garde or so hot that we alienate people. We have to, by our nature, appeal to the masses.” As a hub of national restaurant and fashion brands, Columbus has developed a civic specialty in absorbing coastal excesses and distilling them into mass product. For decades, Ohio’s capital has also been known as a test market where restaurant pros audition new products before rolling them out nationwide. The tastebuds of the city’s students and harried families stand in for those of the nation. … [Read more...] about Maestro Of The Midwest: For The Future Of American Eating, Look To Columbus
Eloise (pictured), 31, who is a proofreader, has been single for a year Eloise, 31 DATING PAST I've had two long-term relationships. I met one boyfriend while I was at university and I was with my most recent partner for four years. We split the day we were meant to move in together because I wanted to get married and have children and he didn't. I've been single for a year and would like to find love, but dating apps aren't for me. I believe in getting to know someone in the flesh. PRE-DATE NERVES? I was nervous; I've never been on a blind date before! My younger brother was the only one who knew I was going on the date because he suggested I apply. We live together and are close. FIRST IMPRESSIONS? Joe was at the bar waiting for me when I arrived and gave me such a warm welcome. He was dressed smartly in a jacket, with a shirt and dark jeans. Physically he is attractive, with dark blond hair and stubble. Joe suggested a drink before dinner to put me at ease. … [Read more...] about Who’ll find love on our blind date? This week it’s Eloise, 31, and Joe, 30, but will romance be on the cards?