Nutrition

Learn more about nutrition and eating a healthy balanced diet. Interesting facts and advice relating to how nutrients in foods affect the body.

  1. Healthy gut, healthy life

    Good digestive health is vital for our overall wellbeing and strengthening our immunity to illness and infections. So understanding what foods and drinks help or hinder our digestion can make you feel better in lots of ways. Fibre A diet rich in fibre or ‘roughage’ helps prevent constipation and lowers the risk of chronic diseases. For a healthy bowel, aim to eat 30g of fibre a day from a variety of foods such as: wholemeal bread, cereal, brown rice, fruit, vegetables, beans and oats. Take a look at our Tuscan Bean Casserole or Chilli Con Carne & Rice – for satisfying suppers, packed with fibre.
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  2. Eating for good eye health

    It’s a fact of life for many of us: as we get older, our glasses become our new best friend. And, while a healthy diet can do little to change this, it can protect against more serious eye conditions that can result from health problems such as diabetes and strokes – which are closely tied to what we eat. A balanced diet containing all the food groups – carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat and fish – should give you all the nutrients you need to stay healthy. In our other blog posts, we’ve looked at how different foods benefit our brain, bones and heart – but how can they help our eyes?
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  3. A taste of sunshine

    With temperatures set to soar this week, we’re picturing sparkling blue seas, olive groves and a table set with delicious Mediterranean food. Renowned as one of the healthiest diets in the world, there couldn’t be a better time to give it a try. From juicy, sun ripened tomatoes and salad drizzled in olive oil to succulent seafood, traditional dishes enjoyed in southern France, Spain, Italy and Greece are full of the nutrients needed for healthy ageing. In fact, people who follow a Mediterranean diet tend to have a lower risk of developing age-related health problems including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s. We take a look at the common ingredients in Mediterranean meals and some simple ways to include them in your day-to-day diet.
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  4. Eating for healthy bones

    As we get older, our bones become weaker and if we fall we’re more likely to hurt ourselves. For Falls Awareness Week, we look at some simple tips for taking care of your bones and staying steady on your feet. Falling over is one of the biggest risks to independent living for older people. Because bones become more brittle as we age, it can lead to breaks or injuries that can really affect your quality of life, and knock your confidence about doing things on your own.  
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  5. Super summer smoothies

    As the weather gets warmer, we take a look at some refreshing, flavour-packed smoothies to help you keep cool.  If you find getting your 5 a day can sometimes be a chore, try drinking, rather than eating them. Digging out the blender and making a juice or smoothie is a simple, tasty way to pack loads of fruit (and even vegetables) into your daily diet. And because smoothies are thicker than other liquids, they’re also a great refreshment option for people with difficulties swallowing.
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  6. Spice up your summer – and get healthy too!

    Spicy food can be just the thing in the warmer weather but there’s another great reason to try something new and exotic. From soothing joint pain to easing indigestion, we look at the surprising health benefits thought to be behind some of our favourite spices. They are the secret behind some of our most popular ready meals, from curries and Mediterranean classics to warming desserts. But far from simply adding mouth-watering flavours, these small yet powerful seasonings are believed to be good for us, too.
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  7. Eat well, age well - getting all the right nutrients

    From loss of appetite to limited mobility, old age can bring physical challenges that make it difficult to enjoy a healthy, balanced diet. Here we look at essential nutrients that can help combat age-related illnesses, and guidance about including them in day-to-day meals. A vital part of nutritional management for older people is including the right vitamins and minerals in their diet. These are found in a whole range of ingredients, from meat and fish to fruit, green vegetables and cereals.
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  8. Secret Superfoods

    If you’re unsure about the latest superfoods, then join the queue! For an easier way of joining the healthy eating revolution then read on… It seems like every time we open a newspaper or check our favourite news website there’s a new miracle food taking over the headlines. While some of the health benefits are undeniable, you might be surprised that there are Secret Superfoods already hard at work in your favourite Oakhouse meals.
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  9. Eat Right this Winter and Beat the Common Cold

    As the nights draw in and we begin to feel a cold snap in the evenings, it’s clear that autumn is on the way, and along with it the start of cold and flu season. Did you know that the food choices you make now could help you fight off the coughs and sniffles later on in the year? Now is the time to start boosting your immune system for winter. Eating certain, vitamin and mineral rich foods is one of the easiest ways to give yourself a fighting chance against the inevitable germs that come your way in the autumn in winter.
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  10. Eating well for good bone health

    Bone health has been a news topic this week thanks to Age UK's Falls Awareness Week and it has been reported that one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK will break a bone after falling from standing height or lower. What’s more, research has shown that those with a fracture are twice as likely to have another so whether you have osteoporosis or just want to build strong bones for the future, here’s how to eat for healthy bones and prevent fractures.
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