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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...
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...
In the past, any discussion on food colour attracted negative reactions because this is generally considered to be artificially added to foods or produced by some undesirable chemical reaction during cooking.  Natural food colours associated with fruits and vegetables however have been found to be beneficial to health.  These foods have a range of colours...
Did you purchase your brand of bread because the package said “Cholesterol Free” or low sugar?  What about the brand of macaroni or ketchup you selected?  There is no advantage in doing this since these items are not sources of cholesterol anyway. These are all plant based products and only products containing foods from animals...
The threat of a second wave of COVID-19 has the nursing association worried about the shortage of hospital beds and the impending increased workload for their members. While the country is doing a great job of disseminating messages to the population regarding hygiene practices, many Jamaicans are still not compliant… Continue reading
John looked back on his school days.   Who would have thought he would amount to anything?   Many days he went to school hungry and could only concentrate on the rumble in his belly.  Thank God when break time came.  Miss would always look out for him and give him something even if it were just...
Hunger is shown on the television as being starvation in far away countries. This is a long term prolonged lack of food generally. But hunger is felt daily and can be more short term, with insufficient food to meet and satisfy nutrient needs and can lead to malnutrition.  Malnutrition is poor nutritional status that can manifest...

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