Food Truths

How to avoid the fat that gets ‘squirreled’ away

How a snacking habit got me into big trouble The fantastic health benefits from being a bit nutty The research that shows almonds are fat busters! Lara came into the living room as I was glued to the Wales Six Nations rugby game on the TV. “Is there some kind of squirrel on the loose in here?” she said. I was momentarily confused. See, if you make statements like that out of the blue, my brain will briefly assume that…
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The Great Leek Crisis of 2021

The health benefits of St David’s Day  The great leek crisis and what it means  Good Life Letter readers respond to my letter about post-Brexit food labelling (we even have a response from Plaid Cymru!) It was St David’s Day earlier in the week. Traditionally, the Welsh wear a leek to celebrate. Why? One story is that a troop of Welsh soldiers used leeks to distinguish themselves from English attackers who were dressed in similar garb. Another that it was…
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A post-Brexit food nightmare

This is a dangerous time for British food standards  5 health threats from American imports  Why you’ve the right to know what you’re eating It’s a dangerous time for Britain’s food standards. With the end of EU regulation, the government faces stark choices about what we deem acceptable in our food supply. I’m not about to wade into the Brexit debate here… But I care about food. I care about how far it travels… how much pesticide is on it……
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Lockdown toilet horror

Lockdown toilet horror! BIG drama in the Collins’ house this week. Do you suffer from “beeturia”? Here’s what to check immediately if you get it. Why this ‘evil’ vegetable is so good for your heart Not much drama happens at the moment. I don’t mean on telly or in international affairs. But in everyday lockdown life. Each day is pretty much the same. Although occasionally there’s a bit of excitement… I might hit my shin on the side of the…
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Why lockdown has ruined me

My part in the great toast controversy  The danger of eating too many acrylamides  A useful snack list during lockdown Oh, how these lockdowns can change a person! This time last year, I barely used social media. I’ve always been an email guy, really. It’s my favourite way to write to friends, colleagues and YOU, of course! Personal, one to one, and private… I still think you cannot beat it. But then came the pandemic lockdowns. Suddenly I was getting…
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Don’t read this… well not for too long anyway!

How childhood confusion led to better health thinking Could these foods be the answer to a major problem Eye… eye, here’s how to look after your vision I am sitting in the office this morning watching yet more rain batter the garden. My mind was wandering earlier and I happened upon a dim and distant memory of childhood confusion. You see, as a child, I was confused about the word ‘pancreas’. I didn’t understand how something with no discernible use…
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