Debunking Nutrition Myths – Specialist Says Jamaicans Misinformed On Food

Nutrition specialist Patricia Thompson is calling for new approaches to raise public awareness and properly inform the debate on nutritional challenges in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. She argues that there is a serious risk of misinformation being accepted as scientific fact, especially in light of the recent thrust to educate the public in general about the benefits of fresh, wholesome agricultural produce, over processed foods. Continue reading

Is obesity caused by workplace eating or fast foods?

The rising incidence of obesity and related chronic diseases in all sectors of society is now of concern to everyone. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Health declared that closer attention would be paid to the offerings at restaurants, especially fast-food. The perception is that because of the proliferation of fast food outlets in the island, this is to blame for the poor eating habits of our people and the obesity problem. Are fast foods, however, the sole culprits? Continue reading

MORE ON LOCAL FOODS

Patricia Thompson M.Sc. Registered Nutritionist Nutrition and Diet Services March 19, 2004 Jamaica is blessed with an abundance of local foods and traditional cuisine can provide the basis of a healthy diet.  The rise in chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer accompanied changes in eating habits and lifestyles, many of which are based on foreign influences.   While we do need some imported food products, we should not neglect our highly nutritious local ones, some of which are reviewed here. Continue reading

LOCAL FOODS – THE HEALTHIER CHOICE

July 17, 2003 Patricia Thompson M.Sc. Registered Nutritionist In our quest for healthier eating choices, we are encouraged to eat foods with less fat and sodium, more fibre, more complex carbohydrate and lower in calories.  The foods that are most promoted are usually the imported ones since more is known about them than about our local foods.  We may therefore seek out whole grain cereals and breads, fruits such as the American apple, plum and grapes and vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower.  How do our local foods compare? Continue reading