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Healthier Food & Drink

FAQs

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is essential for your health and wellbeing.

 

And fortunately, there are lots of healthy food options to choose from, without compromising on taste.

 

Healthy but tasty food options include breakfast cereals, superfoods and dried fruit, nuts and seeds.

 

It is also important that you get a good amount of daily exercise.

 

The NHS recommends that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of intense activity each week.

Gluten is a group of seed storage proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye.

 

A gluten free diet is one which avoids the consumption of gluten and any foods which contain it.

 

There are a number of medical conditions associated with gluten including celiac (or coeliac) disease, an autoimmune disease where ingesting gluten can lead to damage to the small intestine.

 

A gluten-free diet is essential for coeliac sufferers to manage these symptoms and reduce the extent of this damage.

Just because you are following a gluten free diet does not mean that you need to miss out.

 

You can still enjoy lots of naturally gluten free foods such as fruits and vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts and legumes, and lean meats and fish.

 

There are also lots of gluten free alternatives available to lots of popular favourites, including noodles, rice and pasta.

The main difference between a vegan and a vegetarian diet is that vegetarians avoid eating meat, whilst vegans avoid all products which are derived from animals.

 

This includes eggs, honey and dairy products.

A plant-based diet can be healthier than a diet which contains meat and animal products.

 

Vegan diets tend to be higher in fibre, potassium and magnesium.

 

However, they can also be low in vitamin B12, iron and calcium and so it is important to ensure that, as a vegan, your meals are planned properly to ensure that you are getting all of your essential nutrients.

 

You may find that you also need to take a supplement to keep these nutrients topped up.

A vegan diet means that your diet is plant based and so you will need to avoid anything that is produced by animals.

 

Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, breads, rice and pasta are all on the menu.

 

There are also lots of vegan alternatives to traditional favourite foods.

 

Choose from dairy-free alternatives to milk such as oat milk or coconut milk, or delicious snacks such jerky or chocolate.

Snacking has got a really bad reputation but it can actually be an important part of a healthy balanced diet.

 

Snacks can provide energy in the middle of the day, or following on from exercise, and they can help to keep your hunger at bay and help you to avoid overeating when it comes to meal times.

 

Of course, the important thing is to ensure that you choose healthy food options when it comes to snacking.

 

 

Try dried fruit, nuts and seeds for easy snacks that you can pop into your bag or keep in your desk at work.

 

If you do a lot of exercise or live an active lifestyle, you might want to think about taking in extra protein in your snacks.

 

Protein bars are a great way to keep your protein levels high, repairing and maintaining your muscles in between workouts.

It is recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of water each day to help maintain the balance of your bodily fluids.

 

Hot drinks, such as tea and coffee, are mostly made up of water and so can count towards this.

 

There are lots of different types of tea and coffee to choose from, with lots of different flavours available.