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Picky Little Eaters – How To Get Your Child To Eat More Foods

Read time: 4 Minutes Having a child who is a picky eater is incredibly frustrating. Maybe they’ll only eat the same handful of foods, maybe they’ll object to eating something they loved yesterday, maybe they’ll refuse to eat anything altogether. Try as you might, it feels like there’s nothing you can do to change the ways of your stubborn little one. Why do children become picky eaters? There are many reasons why children suddenly become picky eaters – and on most occasions, it is sudden and usually occurs between the ages of 18 months and four. Children have a more sensitive palate, so certain foods that seem tolerable or ‘bland’ to you, will be too strong for them, or the texture might put them off. The toddler years are also a time when your child is determined to show their independence. Refusing or controlling their food and meal times is a key way for them to do this. Children also love routine and consistency, so new foods might make them feel unsettled and they will …

10 Best Foods To Add To your Shopping List In Autumn

Read time: 4 Minutes Autumn, also known as the Harvest season, is the time of year when we should be fuelling our bodies with the most nutritious foods to fuel us for the colder months. We should also be looking towards the foods that will help us ward off colds, flus and all manner of illnesses that crop up at this time of year. So what are the best seasonal foods to add to your autumn shopping list? Here’s our pick of the pack: Apples Apples are everywhere at this time of year and it’s worth stocking up, as they are packed full of antioxidants and fibre and can prevent dryness and improve the general appearance of your skin. Parsnips Parsnips are in season during autumn and winter. Like apples, they’re full of fibre and are also rich in potassium. They have a sweet, nutty flavour and can be eaten in many ways, but are most delicious when roasted in honey, alongside carrots. Pears Similar to apples, pears are also a great moistening food to …

10 Best And Worst Foods For Your Blood Pressure

Read time: 4 Minutes It affects 30-40% of all people in Ireland, 50% of those over the age of 45, around 4 out of every 5 men and 2 out of every 3 women. Although high blood pressure affects so many of us, most of us probably even don’t realise we have it. Unless you suffer from problems with your kidneys, adrenal gland or thyroid or unless it runs in your family, there’s rarely a single cause of high blood pressure and it’s mostly symptomless. For the majority of people, the only way to know if you suffer from high blood pressure is to get it measured by your doctor. It’s recommended that you get your blood pressure taken at least every five years or more frequently if you’re overweight, a smoker or drink alcohol regularly. What is high blood pressure? All of us have blood pressure – it’s the work your heart has to do to pump blood around the body. If you have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), this means your …

Do You Really Need To Go Gluten Free? Is It Actually Good For You?

Read time: 5 Minutes There’s no denying that going gluten free is one of the most popular health trends of recent years. Celebrities endorse it, there are gluten free cookbooks on the shelves and the gluten free aisles of supermarkets are getting bigger by the day. According to research from Kantar, the UK Free From market is valued at £740m and grew by 27% in the last year. Within this, the Gluten Free market accounts for nearly 60% of the category and is valued at £438 million, increasing by 36% over 2015. The benefits of going gluten free are claimed to be endless; from weight loss to aiding digestive issues. But is going gluten free actually good for you?  What exactly is gluten? Gluten is a mixture of two proteins (glutenin and gliadin) present in cereal grains and is responsible for the elasticity in dough. Wheat is the most popular gluten-containing grain. Why go gluten free? People with digestive issues and disorders such as celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten. It’s an autoimmune disorder, where the …