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| FOOD DANGERS| of your food’s hidden hazards YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, BUT DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU’RE CONSUMING? WE DISCOVER WHY IT’S CRUCIAL TO READ THE SMALL PRINT… might say it is loaded with artificial colourings. Low-fat goods may be packed with sugar and high in calories, while products labelled “no added sugar” can be full of sweeteners which are potentially damaging to your health.’ So despite label guidelines, it can be easy to overdo it on certain harmful ingredients if you’re not careful. So how can you protect your health? ‘Always, always study the labels,’ advises Linda. ‘Don’t fall for the big, fter 30 years, the government has finally admitted that certain food additives can be harmful to children’s health, causing hyperactivity as well as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) , according to the Food Standards Agency (www.food.gov.uk). Thanks to the TV ads, everyone knows too much salt is bad for your heart. But how much do you really know about what you eat – for example, would you have thought that a cup of powdered hot chocolate can contain as much salt as in six bags of crisps? Or that frozen vegetables can often contain added sugar? Even though there are now strict guidelines about food labelling, it can be difficult to know exactly what’s hidden in foods unless you study the small print. ‘The problem we have is that labels can be misleading,’ says nutrition expert Linda Lazarides, clinical director of the Wellington Natural Health Centre (www. wellington-health.com). ‘Something may say “free from additives” on the front, but when you read the label on the back it 120 | SEPTEMBER 2012 Beware A bold statements on the front, always check the small print on the back in the ingredients list. The higher up something is in the list, the more there is of it in the product. And if you can’t understand what the items are on the label, then it’s probably safe to assume it’s not good for you. But find out. Educate yourself – check out the ingredients in your favourite foods and read up or check > WORDS: Kia Hansen | PHOTOGRAPH: Getty Images ‘Educate yourself, check out the ingredients in your favourite foods and read up about them’ http://www.food.gov.uk http://www.wellington-health.com http://www.wellington-health.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Dr Chris Steele - September 2011

EDITOR’S LETTER
A DOCTOR’S WELCOME
NEWS UPFRONT
SAVE THE DATE
A SENSITIVE TOUCH
UNDER THE HOOD
CELEBRITY HEALTH SECRETS
THE BIG INTERVIEW
TV HIGHLIGHTS
WHAT A MARVEL
OUCH, THAT HURTS
A HAPPY HEART
WAVE GOODBYE TO SMOKING
EYE SEE!
AN EARFUL
THE LOWDOWN ON DIABETES
HARD TO STOMACH?
GUT REACTION
ARTHRITIC AND UNDER 30?
SHRINK ME
FIGHTING FIT
BREAST CANCER
BOOST YOUR BONE DENSITY
TRYING TO CONCEIVE?
VEIN HOPE
ON THE BALL
CAN HE BREAK HIS PENIS?
TIME FOR A TOP UP
ULTRA SWIFT SUPPERS
SO, YOU THINK YOU’RE EATING RIGHT?
GLUTEN-FREE FOODS ON TEST
AGE-PROOF YOUR FACE
PEARLY WHITES
COSMETIC SURGERY
COMING SOON
TOP HEALTH TIPS
WORK WELLNESS
DON’T SWEAT IT
PLANNING AHEAD
STAYING MOBILE
LAST WORD

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