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January 1, 2021
Q.  I’m in my early 50’s and was recently diagnosed as having sugar.  I am having a hard time trying to work out what to eat.  The Doc says I must eat healthier and I must not go hungry. But at the same time I need to lose weight! How am I supposed to do...
Question:  I need to know how to eat to keep healthy.  Are there any guidelines as to the perfect diet? Answer: There are several aspects to eating healthy.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has given us guidelines that apply to the population as a whole so that policy makers and groups of people can make decisions...
Question: How can the information on a food label improve one’s eating habits? Nutrition Facts panel is not required by law in Jamaica. But it came about by nutrition advocacy so that people can know what it is that they’re eating.  Many diseases are linked to food and it empowers people to make better choices for...
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...
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...
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...
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...
CASE study: Maria presented with obesity at six years old being 21 pounds over ideal weight for age. Yet she seemed to be eating ‘healthy food’. Her mother ensured a ‘balanced’ breakfast before school, she carried cooked lunch from home to avoid the fried chicken at school, and returned home to a proper dinner at...
Question: I give my daughters snacks to carry to school, usually one pack of banana chips or plantain chips and that is the only snack they get for the day. Is this bad? Response: The purpose of snacks is to make good any nutritional deficit not obtained from the meals. There is also the question of the timing of...
The important role that nutrition plays in how people behave and in the causation of mental disorders and disruptive actions is often overlooked. There are many ways that research has demonstrated the links between nutritional status and violence, irrational behavior of children and adults, learning disorders and mental diseases. The formation and proper functioning of neurotransmitters in the brain...
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