Posts for Food

Five ways to cut down on food waste – and why it matters

Too much food is thrown away. There are things you can do to help. Shutterstock Siobhan Maderson, Aberystwyth University When people think about ways to help the environment, encourage biodiversity and decrease greenhouse gases, they don’t usually think about the impact of food waste. And yet food waste is responsible […]

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Family members eating different meals most evenings

The days where families would dig into one shared meal around the dinner table are coming to an end. Instead, new research from Bakkavor, the UK’s leading fresh prepared (convenience) food supplier, found that almost half (46%) of families with children under 18 eat different meals to one another most […]

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Broken Plate Report on UK food

The Food Foundation today release their flagship annual Broken Plate report, which uses ten metrics to provide a powerful picture of the current UK food system and the lack of progress made to improve food security, obesity levels and sustainability.  This year’s Broken Plate report is the third in the series, tracking […]

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Cooking with kids at home saw a boom during lockdown – here’s why it needs to continue

It might be messy but learning to cook when you’re little sets you up for life. Nattakorn_Maneerat | Shutterstock Fiona Lavelle, Queen’s University Belfast For some parents, the suggestion that they let their kids do the cooking might have been fear-inducing. Scenes of the kitchen looking like a bomb site […]

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It’s National Vegetarian Week

It’s National Vegetarian Week – and yes, I’m a biased vegetarian. Visit www.nationalvegetarianweek.org to sign up for your free Veggie 123 challenge kit packed with recipes, tips and discounts. While you are there, check out the famous faces getting stuck in too, discover delicious dishes and see how a veggie diet is […]

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How to rebrand a fish so that it sounds tastier

Megrim sole…or Cornish sole? Iakov Filimonov / shutterstock Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Anglia Ruskin University British fishermen have decided to rename two of their biggest exports as they turn to local markets to overcome some Brexit-related difficulties with shipping products abroad. What used to be known as the megrim sole and spider […]

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Urgent review of free school meals requested of PM

In light of recent developments on current food provision for Free School Meal pupils during Covid-19 school closure, a letter signed by Marcus Rashford MBE, Jamie Oliver, Dame Emma Thompson, Tom Kerridge, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and over 40 NGOs, Charities and Education Leaders has was sent yesterday to Prime Minister […]

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Low-carb, no sugar, no fat: the fad diets popular in the 20th century

Bon appétit. alex74/ Shutterstock Myriam Wilks-Heeg, University of Liverpool Fad diets certainly aren’t a 21st-century obsession. In fact, they were also a popular way for people throughout the 20th century to slim down and improve their health. Though much has changed since then – including what we know about dieting […]

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Promotions of unhealthy foods restricted from April 2022

From the Government: Offers for unhealthy foods like ‘buy one get one free’ and promotions in prominent locations in stores and online to be restricted from April 2022 Free refills of sugary soft drinks will also be prohibited in the eating-out sector Restrictions will apply to medium and large stores […]

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A brief history of Christmas Pudding – and why it can actually be quite good for you

Olesia Reshetnikova/Shutterstock Hazel Flight, Edge Hill University Even in these hard and strange times, Christmas will be celebrated and traditions upheld. And for many British households, Christmas dinner would not be complete without a Christmas pudding – traditionally served with brandy sauce, brandy butter or custard. The Christmas pudding originated […]

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