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Tesco issues urgent food recall warning on ice cream, breadsticks and more – full list

Tesco has shared a food recall warning for a number of items sold in stores. This is because the products contain allergens not listed on the packaging.

Tesco Mini Breadsticks six pack, 120g (6x20g)

Best before date: October 2021

Batch codes: U3032, U3033, U3041, U3042, U3043, U3051, U3052, U3053

Anyone who has purchased the product can return it to stores for a full refund.

itsu vegetable fusion gyoza

The food, found in the frozen aisle, is also sold in Morrisons and those who have bought it are urged to return the item.


The product contained crustaceans, molluscs and fish and may contain egg which have all been missed off some labels.

The packs being recalled are 300 grams with the best before date of April 11, 2022.

No other itsu products are known to be affected.

“If you have an allergy or intolerance to crustaceans, molluscs, fish, or egg, or are vegetarian or vegan, do not eat the affected product,” a statement said.

“Instead, return it to a Tesco store where a full refund will be given. No receipt is required.”

Twister Peek-A-Blue ice lollies

All batches of the ice lollies are being recalled as they could pose a safety risk to those with a milk allergy.

The product is also sold in Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.

“Wall’s is recalling all batches of Twister Peek-a-Blue ice lollies (five multipack and single-serve) due to the possibility of higher than expected cross contamination levels of milk,” Tesco stated.

“This is a potential safety risk to people with a milk allergy.

“If you have a milk allergy, don’t eat this product. Instead, please return it to a Tesco store where a full refund will be given. No receipt is required.”

Food recall warnings are issued when a problem is spotted with a products. 

This can be linked to health, safety or allergy fears.

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Food shop alert as YOUR supermarket bill set to soar due to EU red tape

The alarm was sounded by the British Retail Consortium, which also noted rising global food prices. Boris Johnson’s new Brexit trade deal with the EU took effect in January.

This reintroduced customs checks on the trade of many products between the bloc and Britain.

It also resulted in some checks on goods travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

This move infuriated Northern Irish unionists who are demanding the inspections are scrapped.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said UK food prices could increase later this year.

She commented: “Global food prices are currently at their highest in seven years, shipping costs have risen threefold since 2019, and commodity prices are climbing.

“We will likely see these costs filter through in the second half of this year, and with the additional Brexit red-tape this autumn, retailers may be forced to pass on some of these costs onto their customers.”

Retail giant Marks & Spencer has reported a sharp rise in costs this year due to Brexit related red-tape.

It expects to pay between £42m and £47m in additional costs this year, versus £16 million in 2020.

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It said: “The free trade agreement with the EU means we will not incur tariffs on our core UK sales.

“However potential tariffs on part of our range exported to the EU, together with very complex administrative processes, will significantly impact our businesses in Ireland, the Czech Republic and our franchise business in France which we are actively working to mitigate.”

Whilst Britain formally quit the EU in January 2020, it remained closely tied to the bloc until the end of December, during the Brexit transition period.

During this time the UK remained part of the European Single Market.

It also continued paying into the EU’s budget and imposing many laws made in Brussels.

This ended at the close of December when Boris Johnson’s new EU trade deal came into effect.

Tensions surged in Northern Ireland over the new checks, with loyalist rioting across the province in April.

Brexit Minister Lord Frost has branded the current arrangement “unsustainable”, and is urging the EU to compromise.

The UK infuriated Brussels by unilaterally deciding it would delay implementing some of the new border checks.

In response, the EU launched legal action against Britain.


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Asda, Tesco & Sainsbury's issue urgent food recall amid health fears – salmonella warning

Off The Eaten Path Caramelised Onion & Balsamic Vinegar Rice & Pea Chips

The crisps contain milk which is not listed on the ingredient list. All batches are affected with the best before date of September 11, 2021.

A statement explained: “We are asking customers who have purchased these products not to eat them and to call the customer Careline on 0800 274777.

“No other products have been affected by this issue. PepsiCo would like to apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.”

Both Sainsbury’s products can be returned by visiting the store or contacting the careline.


Roosters Breaded Chicken Goujons

Some batches of the chicken product may contain salmonella and shoppers are urged not to consume them.

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Tesco issues food recall on noodles and ice cream due to allergy fears 'do not consume'

Tesco Free From Toffee & Vanilla Cones

The supermarket chain recently issued another warning on its own brand ice cream product.

Some batches contained milk which again had not been declared on the packaging.

A statement said: “We are recalling packs of Tesco Free From Toffee & Vanilla Cones 4x110ml, with a best before end date of 07/2022.

“This is because they may contain milk, which is not declared on the packaging.”

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Is there a single food that you can survive on forever?

For all of 2016, Andrew Taylor ate only potatoes. There were a few caveats to his potato diet: He ate both white potatoes and sweet ones, and sometimes mixed in soymilk, tomato sauce, salt and herbs. He also took B12 supplements. But, overall, he ate potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He took four blood tests over the year which he claims all came back normal. He even lost weight and felt more energized.

“If you have to choose one food, if you’re one of the people that’s getting sent to Mars, choose potatoes,” says Taylor. “I’m not trying to be evangelical about potatoes, but it was a really good experience for me.”

First and foremost, it’s not a good idea to only eat one kind of food. To survive, we need 20 amino acids—of which nine are essential, meaning we can’t make them ourselves and must get them from food—as well as a plethora of minerals and vitamins. (And, obviously, we need water in addition to food to keep our cells hydrated so they don’t wither and stop functioning.) Throughout history we’ve often combined foods, like rice and beans, yogurt and nuts, and even macaroni and cheese to a certain extent, in an attempt, or by accident, to intake the proper balance of nutrients that you usually can’t attain from eating a single food item. But in times of famine, fasting, or strange double-dog-dares, there are a couple of foods a human could survive on…at least for awhile.

The potato diet

The potato is one good example. Andrew Taylor isn’t the only person in history who has relied almost exclusively on potatoes for sustenance. In the beginning of the 1800s, about a third of the Irish population got most of their calories from spuds. The average American ate about 113 pounds of these starchy tubers in 2015. “For the money and your blood pressure, you can’t beat a traditional baked spud,” says Joan Salge Blake, a clinical nutrition professor at Boston University.

Technically, the traditional white potato contains all the essential amino acids you need to build proteins, repair cells, and fight diseases. And eating just five of them a day would get you there. However, if you sustained on white potatoes alone, you would eventually run into vitamin and mineral deficiencies. That’s where sweet potatoes come in. Including these orangey ones in the mix—technically, they belong to a different taxonomic family than white potatoes—increases the likelihood that the potato consumer will get their recommended daily dose of Vitamin A, the organic compound in carrots that your mom told you could make you see in the dark, and Vitamin E. No one on a diet of sweet potatoes and white potatoes would get scurvy, a famously horrible disease that happens due to a lack of Vitamin C and causes the victim’s teeth to fall out.

Even with this combo, you’ll still need to eat a lot of spuds before you intake the right levels of everything. Consuming five potatoes would give you all the essential amino acids you need to build proteins, repair cells, and fight diseases. But unless you ate 34 sweet potatoes a day, or 84 white potatoes, you would eventually run into a calcium deficiency. You would also need 25 white potatoes a day to get the recommended amount of protein. Soybeans have more protein and calcium—but they don’t have any Vitamin E or beta-carotene.

Of course, there are a lot of health disadvantages to potatoes, especially when you eat them en masse. White potatoes are high in a kind of carbohydrate that causes your blood sugar to spike and then dip, which puts a strain on the insulin system. People who ate a lot of these tubers were more likely to get diabetes and become obese, according to multiple studies.

Andrew Taylor actually lost weight—probably from eating less overall and giving up sugar—which wasn’t his ultimate goal. He quit eating most food to train himself to get comfort and joy from other areas of his life. But now even though his spud experiment is over, he still gets pretty excited about potatoes. “It was just an experiment and turned out to be exactly like I wanted,” he says.

Foods you can survive on

No nutritionist would get on board with an all-potato diet. Nor would they recommend an all coconut, kale, seaweed, or yogurt one either. There’s a reason that the U.S. dietary guidelines recommends eating a variety of vegetables, grains, proteins, fruits, and oils. Eat any of these just by themselves and you would soon run into the same nutritional deficiencies that you would with a potato. Variety is important, and in this case, it’s vital. So don’t just eat a baked potato, load it with other healthy stuff, too.

**This article originally stated that we need 20 essential amino acids to survive, when, in fact, we need 20 amino acids in total, of which nine are essential. The article has been updated to reflect that. We regret the error.

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Asda shares an urgent food recall warning due to salmonella fears – 'do not eat product'

“If you would like any further information please contact: Asda Customer Relations – 0800 952 0101.”

Asda Frozen Vegan Mushroom and Leek Pie

The retailer also recalled one of its “free from” pies as it contained milk not listed on the label.

This would cause a serious health risk with anyone who has an allergy intolerance.

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10 must-try food and drink ideas – from award-winning BBQ sauce to indulgent ice cream

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It’s time to plan your summer diary and brush up on your hosting duties.

You can’t guarantee sizzling sunshine every weekend but you can be sure of laying on a sumptuous spread with these delicious ideas.

Here’s our pick of the best food and drink ideas on the market to dazzle your guests…

Try these delicious chocolate-filled brioche rolls

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Whaoo! Chocolate Filled Brioche Rolls are melt-in-the-mouth and deliciously sweet treats that aim to put the fun back into snacking.

Each one is made of a generous chocolatey filling wrapped in soft, pillowy brioche that will get the mouth watering. They’re individually wrapped for on-the-go convenience, making them kid-friendly and an on-the-go parent’s dream.

Available from Morrisons as of 24 May. Follow @whaoo.uk on Instagram for exciting updates. Click here to visit the Whaoo website.

Irresistible plant-based ice cream

Plant-based ice cream with all the flavour and none of the guilt (Image: )

Wildly delicious and indulgent, plant-based ice cream brand RØAR has launched its new Salted Caramel and Macadamia flavour.

Using exclusively raw, high-quality ingredients sourced from nature, the new flavour is made from a premium vanilla almond milk base and swirled with salted caramel and macadamias.

The new flavour joins the existing range of delicious and creative flavours such as Hazelnut Chocolate Cookie, Hemp Seed Chocolate Brownie and Coconut Mango Passionfruit Oat Cookie.

All products are free from palm oil and all cocoa is UTZ Certified as part of the Rainforest Alliance. The brand is part of a long-term partnership with Panthera, supporting the Tigers Forever fund, which is working to increase tiger numbers by 50% over a 10-year period.

Available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, M&S and Ocado. roaricecream.com

Get all your CBD from a trusted source

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After 20 years of growing hemp on their farm in Devon, the team at Good Hemp knows a thing or two about CBD. 

Fresh for 2021, they’ve developed a full-spectrum range of pure CBD oils, designed for people looking to integrate cannabinoids into their daily routine, meals and drinks. 

All oils are 100% natural, contain pure CBD isolate, are THC free and non-GMO. They also ensure every one of their oils is lab tested to guarantee the highest quality, every time.

Shop the range at goodhemp.com

Setting a new standard for ciders, perries and fruit wines

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Ciders, perries and fruit wines are on the up-and-up. The truth is that high-end drinks of this kind can have all the pedigree, prestige and flavour of fine wines.

Cider Is Wine aims to champion this by offering a range of sophisticated, elegant and delicious drinks that are not-from-concentrate and authentic, made by artisan producers.

Surprise and delight friends and family at your next gathering with a unique bottle or two — or pick up curated cases from only £35. They’re great paired with food — from British classics to Asian dishes.

Look for the special six-bottle Summer Case at cideriswine.co.uk

Become a BBQ master with spectacular sauces and rubs

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Summer is on the way and it’s time to release your inner pitmaster. Firefly BBQ will propel you to the next level of barbecue mastery with its range of award-winning rubs and sauces.

Drawing inspiration from all over the world, from the USA to the Caribbean, the brand offers something for everyone.

Try the award-winning Competition BBQ Sauce for a taste of the best on offer, or go for the Japanese Yuzu Sauce for something different. The range also includes chilli sauces and barbecue rubs. All products are handmade in the UK to ensure maximum freshness and flavour. fireflybbq.co.uk

Up your BBQ game

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Nothing lifts the spirits like al fresco dining. St Pierre is here to help you be the host with the most as the days get longer and warmer.

So, dust off the garden furniture and fire up the barbecue to start the sunny season in style. From barbecue classics to fresh takes on family favourites, St Pierre has covered all the bases to make your barbecues truly magnifique. St Pierre Brioche Burger Buns and Brioche Hot Dog Rolls are available at Tesco and Morrisons stores nationwide.

For more recipe inspiration, visit stpierrebakery.co.uk

Brew coffee with a commitment to the common good

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Common Coffee is made up of a small team in Edinburgh, Scotland, who aim to strip away coffee jargon with flavour-led coffee roasts: Strong, Sweet, Bright and Complex. They’re dedicated to building a responsible supply chain that champions sustainable practice.

To do so, they’ve launched new packaging made from recyclable and compostable cardboard with fully biodegradable inner sleeves exclusively for subscription customers. Coffee refills arrive in minimal biodegradable packaging that fits through your letterbox. 

Head on over to commoncoffee.co.uk, or check out the company’s Instagram @iicommon, to browse the range of coffee and learn more about Common’s commitment to the common good.

Get ready for BBQ season

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Warmer days are just around the corner and grills across Britain will soon be firing up.

Baker Street is going big this summer, with classic burger buns and hot dog rolls now available in selected Tesco stores. Baker Street buns are built for loaded burgers and can handle even the heftiest hot dogs and British barbecue combos.

What’s more, thanks to clever packaging, the whole range stays fresher for longer, so you’re always ready for an impromptu barbecue with Baker Street. Find out more on lovebakerstreet.com

Enjoy the ultimate in convenience and nutrition in one easy package

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abnormal. is a nutritionally complete meal in a sachet that’s personalised to your specific needs.

Using very clever algorithms, it creates a formula designed for you and the unique requirements of your mind and body. abnormal. then provides an optimal balance of vitamins and minerals, protein, fibre, fats and complex carbohydrates, along with a number of other active ingredients. Think of it as real food in a powder — simply add water and shake to make.

It’s both convenient, taking barely 30 seconds to prepare, and nutritious — it’s low in sugar, high in protein and high fibre. Each meal delivery comes with a fully personalised booklet, so you know exactly what makes your meal personal to you.

Enjoy a free seven-day trial, plus shaker worth £23.99 (offer valid until 1 May 2021). Delivery £4.99. abnormal.io

Elevate your summer outdoor cooking with premium gourmet meat

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Impress your guests this summer with restaurant-quality meat delivered directly to your door.

Trusted by Michelin-starred chefs and barbecue pitmasters, Tom Hixson of Smithfield’s extensive range of premium meat includes prime cuts, ready for your barbecue grill or smoker. The company offers everything from beef, pork, poultry and lamb sourced from the finest producers to delicious sauces that add buckets of flavour.

The handy BBQ Meat Pack includes a number of superior cuts including Aberdeen Angus brisket and St Louis ribs. Order from the extensive barbecue selection on the online store. tomhixson.co.uk

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Food recall: WH Smith recalls crisps due to allergy fears – 'do not eat'

Food recalls are issued when a product is unsafe to eat. Usually, a brand or a retailer recalls the item, and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) also announces the news on its website.
In its notice, WH Smith said: “If you have bought Simpleas Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar Pea Snacks as detailed above, and you have coeliac disease or an allergy or intolerance to wheat, barley, oats or gluten do not eat them.

“Instead return the product(s) to the store where you bought it from for a full refund.”

Customers can return the product with or without a receipt, WH Smith added.

The company has also been advised to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will then tell their members about the recall.

Additionally, the FSA gave shoppers advice on what to do if they have bought the product.

It said: “If you have bought the above product and have an allergy or intolerance to barley, and/or oats, and/or wheat or gluten, do not eat it.

“Instead return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

The FSA often announces food recalls, and another was released on its page yesterday.

Welsh food manufacturer From Our Farm is recalling multiple flavours of its Biltong Beef Snack because of the possible presence of mould.

The flavours are Original, Chilli, Tomato and Basil, and Blazing.

If the products contain mould, this makes them unsafe to eat.

The FSA advised customers: “If you have bought any of the above products do not eat them.

“Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.”

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Facebook food group comes together to make a cookbook

“In the Quarantine Kitchen” offers some 120 recipes from across the globe that users proudly posted with all proceeds going to charity.

NEW YORK — The pandemic gave them lemons. So they made lemon rosemary chicken.
A Facebook group that swapped homemade recipes after restaurants were shuttered during lockdown has blossomed into a vibrant online community and has now produced a cookbook.
“In the Quarantine Kitchen” offers some 120 recipes from pastas to fish dishes that pandemic users have proudly posted — with all proceeds going to charity.
“It kind of grew and grew and snowballed,” said Daniella Cangiano, one of the organizers. “We were able to take something really negative and make it something really positive.”
Some dishes are cherished family hand-me-downs, like Nanny’s Stuffed Calamari in Red Sauce and Aunt Nellie’s Fried Chicken. Others were concocted during the pandemic, like one for tres leches ice pops that was created because ice cream shops were closed. It uses cans of condensed and evaporated milk, coconut milk, vanilla and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The project started in the Staten Island home of the Cangiano family. Traci Cangiano and her daughters Daniella and Kristina launched a Facebook page in March 2020 when the COVID-19 quarantine began.
“We started it as a way to just share our dinner with our family and friends. We didn’t see in the beginning what it would become. We just thought it was something fun to do, something to distract us,” said Daniella Cangiano.
Now, more than a year later, the page has more than 44,000 members who post recipes for others to try and comment on. The top posters by country are the United States, Canada, Philippines, Italy, United Kingdom, Portugal, Vietnam, India, Cambodia and South Africa.
Letters of thanks came pouring in from families looking for dinner inspiration and community. One woman wrote that her daughter had cancer and they checked every day to see what people were cooking. “I would never think in a million years a Facebook page would affect people’s lives like that,” said Traci Cangiano, a real estate broker.
The Cangianos decided to go further, collecting all the recipes and self-publishing their cookbook on Etsy. It is dedicated to front-line workers. They use a printing press in Kansas, buy the copies and then resell them online for $ 35.
The book is in its second printing. All proceeds go to The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, honoring firefighter Stephen Siller, who lost his life saving others on 9/11, and all first responders.
The 250-page cookbook is filled with stories and family photos, memories of relatives coming together over meals and ways to honor lost members with dishes.
“This book is a culmination of the people on this page. It’s their book. And we wanted them to have the opportunity to put their story, their tributes, their dedication, their recipes,” said Traci Cangiano. “To us, this book is like an archival piece for the year 2020. I hope we never see anything like 2020 again but this book will serve as a nice reminder.”
Online, too, the community remains active. New postings go up every few hours. “We could probably do five more books, I kid you not,” said Traci Cangiano.
Some readers take a recipe from the book and then ask the creator if they can add, say, more salt here or maybe a smidge of jalapeno there, making it a living, constantly edited dish.
“The interaction between the page and the book then became like this collaboration between virtual and the hard copy. It’s just amazing,” said Traci Cangiano. “It’s become such a welcoming place and it’s a safe ground.”
All are welcome to join the online community, but there’s one rule: No politics. The Cangianos check every post to make sure it is family-friendly and nonpartisan.
“Obviously the climate of the world that we live in, things get crazy. People say things that just get out of hand. And I didn’t want to have any of that confrontation on that page,” said Traci Cangiano.
The pandemic disrupted life for the Cangianos, as it did for everyone. Kristina is a senior in high school and the Quarantine Kitchen takes her mind off the stress. “There’s a lot going on, but it’s definitely helped,” she says.
Her older sister, Daniella, graduated St. John’s University remotely and is an avid baker. She shares her creations with the Facebook group and likes hearing feedback.
“That kind of kept me going. I knew I had something to look forward to, even though things were kind of crazy,” she says. “I was able to still bake and still enjoy that. As one of my favorite hobbies, I was able to share it with other people, which was so much fun.”

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Food myths: Doctor debunks 8 common food myths

From ‘the five-second rule’ to ‘fats are bad for you’, lots of us are mistaken about food safety and health. Many of the phrases we repeat over and over are actually common misconceptions. Express.co.uk chatted to Dr Deborah Lee from Dr Fox Online Pharmacy to find out which of these eight food myths are true, and which are lies.

The five-second rule

Is it true that food dropped on the floor for less than five seconds is still safe to eat? No, sadly not!

Sorry, it’s never okay to eat food you’ve dropped on the floor – no matter how quickly you scramble to pick it up!

Dr Lee said: “One 2016 study investigated this very concept. Four foods, watermelon, bread, bread with butter, and gummy candy, were inoculated with E. aerogenes, a bacterium that attaches to food in a similar way to Salmonella.

“The food was then dropped on various surfaces, for one, five, 30, and 300 seconds.

“Significant bacterial transfer occurred after being on any surface for just one second!”

While it is true that more bacteria is transferred to the food the longer you leave it, moist foods have higher contamination rates, and the transfer of bacteria is lower on a carpet than tiles or steel. But you still shouldn’t pick food up off the floor and eat it.

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You can tell if food is not safe just by looking at it

While mould is a surefire way to tell food isn’t safe to eat, you can’t decipher whether food is okay to eat just by taking a glance.

Dr Lee said: “For safe food consumption, make sure you really understand out of date food labels, and always store food correctly in a refrigerator, at the correct temperature.”

The ‘best before’ date is when food should be used by for best quality, whereas the ‘use by’ date is the last date to use food to ensure its at peak quality.

The ‘sell by’ date is how long a food shop is allowed to sell a food product.

Dr Lee added: “To make sure you don’t go down with food poisoning, only eat foods before their best before dates.

“Do not eat anything after its use-by date. It doesn’t matter what it looks like, or smells, like – it could still be contaminated if you eat it after these dates!”

Chewing gum takes seven years to digest

We’ve all heard the rumour that if you swallow a piece of chewing gum, it takes seven years to digest… but that’s not true!

However, if you are chewing gum right now, please don’t swallow it!

Dr Lee said: “Chewing gum is a sticky, sweet product, but only designed to be chewed – never swallowed.

“It consists of a gum base, resins and polymers, and additional colours and flavourings.

“It is completely indigestible and passes through the intestines in around 24 hours just like other foods, and out the other end in your stools!

“There are rare cases which demonstrate that repeatedly swallowing chewing gum can result in constipation.

“If you inhale chewing gum, this can cause choking, asphyxiation, and has been known to be fatal.”

All calories are the same

Calories are just calories, right? Wrong!

Dr Lee said: “Dieters beware – as calories can be cunning!

“Yes, it’s true that all calories produce the same amount of energy, but your body uses that energy differently.

“When it comes to carbs, have you heard of the glycaemic index (GL)?

“When foods have a high GL, this means they release glucose quickly after you’ve eaten them.

“This causes a spike in your blood glucose levels, and as these levels fall, you start to feel hungry all over again, and crave more food.

“Good examples of high GL foods are refined carbs, such as rice, pasta, cakes, and biscuits.”

Foods with a low GL, on the other hand, release energy slowly after eating, which means you’ll feel fuller for longer after eating them.

Dr Lee said: “Your peak blood glucose level after eating is much lower and also falls more slowly.

“This means as time goes by, you are less likely to get those hunger pangs.

“Good examples of low GI foods include vegetables, and unrefined carbs, such as oat-based cereals, and wholemeal bread and pasta.”

High-fat foods are bad for you

We all tend to associate fat in food with body fat and think high-fat foods make you fat, but this is not true.

Dr Lee commented: “Well, this is good news if you, like me, love olive oil!

“Yes, we should all cut down on saturated fats and trans fats, found in fatty meats, butter, and cheese.

“These types of fats are linked to high blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.”

The good news is: not all fats are bad for you. Dr Lee said: “Your body needs unsaturated fats, for example, those found in vegetable oils – olive oil, rapeseed oil, and corn oil, and in nuts, avocados, and oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel, trout, and herring).

“Omega-3 is found in oily fish. Omega-6 in vegetable oils. The current recommendation is to have at least one portion of oily fish per week and to cook regularly with vegetable oils.

“In fact, regularly ingesting unsaturated fats, helps lower cholesterol and reduces your risk of heart disease.”

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Coconut oil is good for you

Sorry vegans, coconut oil might be a staple in your kitchen but it isn’t good for you!

Dr Lee said: “This is a big ‘No, No’! Coconut oil is a whopping 90 percent saturated fat.

“The British Heart Foundation is keen to point out that diets high in saturated fat are dangerous for heart health.

“Diets high in saturated fats, increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

“In fact, there is currently not enough medical evidence regarding the use of coconut oil to be sure of its risks or benefits for health. For the time being, only cook with coconut oil sparingly.”

Oranges are the best natural source of vitamin C

When you think of Vitamin C, you naturally think of oranges… but many other fruits and vegetables contain just as much or more vitamin C as an orange.

While one medium orange contains 79g of vitamin C, one cup of red pepper contains 190mg vitamin C.

It doesn’t stop there – two kiwi fruits have 137mg vitamin C, one cup of strawberries contains 85g vitamin C, there’s 75mg vitamin C in one portion of brussels sprouts, and 80mg vitamin C in one portion of kale.

Dr Lee said: “To increase the absorption of vitamin C, try and eat fruit and vegetables raw when possible, and leave the skin on.

“Smokers and heavy drinkers tend to have lower vitamin C levels.”

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