Have you ever come across a friend or a stranger at a restaurant or party saying I’m gluten free.Well it sometimes feels as though been gluten free is a new lifestyle just as people feel cool to say I’m a vegetarian.

Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and a cross between wheat and rye
People with celiac disease have no choice but to be gluten free.They must have a gluten free diet to prevent symptoms and complications related to the disease.

If you’re just starting with a gluten-free diet, it’s a good idea to consult a dietitian who can answer your questions and offer advice

A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat celiac disease. It is a diet that excludes Gluten.Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change, and like anything new, it takes some getting used to. You may initially feel deprived by the diet’s restrictions, especially if you weren’t having troubling symptoms before your were diagnosed with celiac disease
If you’re just starting with a gluten-free diet, it’s a good idea to consult a dietitian who can answer your questions and offer advice about how to avoid gluten while still eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change, and like anything new, it takes some getting used to

I would throw more light on  Celiac disease and Gluten in the next post.

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I went to the fruit stall today and my eye caught the attention of that crescent shaped yellow fruit and it bright colour really attracted me. I took two fingers though.
Today I would like us to look at the health benefits of bananas that you may have not  considered.

1) Banana contains potassium and it is  important because of its vasodilation effect. The RDI(Recommended Daily Intake) is 4700mg of potassium. A study in London imperial college  found that children who ate 1 banana per day had a 34% less chance of developing asthma.

2)Banana also combat the formation of free radicals and also lowers colorectal cancer. It is also good for the heart due to its fiber,  vitamin C and potassium content.It thereby reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Limit banana intake if you are on antihypertensive drugs such as beta blockers which also increases potassium production.

3)In case someone is having diarrhea, banana can be given to the victim to replace the loss electrolyte(potassium).

4) It contains trytophan which boost mood and also helps to preserve memory.

5)Nutrition profile of bananas provide that 1 medium banana(126 grams)  contains 110 calories,30 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein. It is free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Enjoy your bananas.

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Isaac Agyei Annor

Update: New Version of the decade old EatWell Plate


The British Dietetic Association  announced on their website last Thursday,17th March,2016  that the Public Health England has released an updated version of the Eat Well Plate. 
When I came across the news,I was wondering what informed  the development of the new version of the Eatwell plate.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The process of producing the new plate included extensive reviews of updates in the latest research, guidance and evidence in the topic of diet, nutrition and health.
Below are some of the reasons that informed the development of the new version of the EatWell Plate.
1) The new model includes recommendations for fluid consumption, with suggestions for healthy options. As sugar sweetened drinks currently provide a significant proportion of energy intake for many people often with little nutritional benefit, the increased awareness of healthier options and clearly defined upper limits for fruit juice and smoothies should help decrease the excessive consumption of these products.

2) The recommendation of at least five portions of vegetables and fruit every day is outlined in the model, which provides consistent messaging for the 5-a-day campaign. Vegetables and fruits are important sources of dietary fibre and it is good to see fibre mentioned more explicitly than before.

3) Additionally the updated Plate refers to the concept of sustainability in food consumption, for example with the explicit inclusion of beans and pulses within the protein section, which is becoming increasingly important globally.

Developing a perfect model is a huge challenge, particularly with the need to consider sustainability as well as healthy eating within a diverse culture. However, the new Eat Well Plate guide should support the promotion of a healthier and more sustainable intake of food and drinks, leading to a healthier population.

Kirsten Whitehead (Dietitian and BDA spokesperson)
For more information about the EatWell Plate and British Dietetics Association
visit their site.