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Jamie dropped into the houses of parliament this week to tell David Cameron why Britain should have a sugar tax. Jamie is currently leading the campaign to reduce sugar intake across the UK. He gave his views on failure by previous governments to improve the diets for children which has contributed the epidemic levels of child obesity in the UK. He called for sugary drinks to be taxed by 20% per litre which he predicts could raise as much as a billion pounds that could be equally shared across the NHS and primary schools.

The government is under pressure to produce evidence on what steps it is planning to take to cut down sugar consumption.

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The department of health has announced that a review on what measures will be taken will be announced alongside a government strategy that will aim to tackle child obesity.

Whether a sugar tax would be realistic proposition remains to be seen but Jamie Oliver did confirm that David Cameron was reviewing all proposals.

Jamie also revealed that similar measures had been introduced in Mexico and France so the idea of a sugar tax was not over the top. It is worth pointing out that primary source of sugar into children is through the consumption of sugary drinks. In his presentation to MPs, Jamie asked “Is it the businesses that are profiting from ill health in our children or is it us?

Currently Britain has one of the highest child obesity rates within Europe. Jamie also called for a ban on TV junk food advertising before 9pm.

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Is Eating Bacon And Sausages As Bad as Cancer?

According to the world health organisation, consuming bacon and sausages could be as bigger threat to our health as cancer. They are planning to announce that these popular breakfast items which are the staple breakfast for millions of people around the world especially in countries such as the UK and US. In fact in the UK, a cooked breakfast is part of heritage on par with Roast dinners. The cooked breakfast is associated to being British as is fish and chips and a pint of bitter. Hangover food, the working mans breakfast, greasy cafes across the land are under threat.

All joking aside is Eating Bacon And Sausages As Bad as Cancer?  Well Sausages and Bacon are about to be placed in the same category as asbestos, cigarettes and arsnic in terms of the damage they will do to our health. Other popular food item, red meat will also be declared “probably carcinogenic to humans” but a little less of a risk to our health than Bacon and sausages. The world health organisation also confirmed that other processed meats such as salami, hot dogs and pastrami could cause bowl cancer if consumed frequently.

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World Health Organisation confirm Bacon And Sausages As Big A Cancer Threat As Cigarettes

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Iron is a mineral essential for the production of blood. Iron in the blood is called hemoglobin, and it transports oxygen throughout the body. Iron in the muscles is called myoglobin; it is responsible for storing, releasing and transporting oxygen. It is best to get dietary iron from meat, or heme, sources, instead of plant sources or supplements. However, the advantage of getting iron from plant sources is that it is regulated by the body better and causes less damage. The recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of iron is 8 milligrams for men 19 and older. For women in the same age range, the RDA is 18 to 27 milligrams — the higher end is for women who are pregnant or lactating.


Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods

The liver is an organ rich in blood, making it high in iron. A 4-ounce piece of pork liver contains 26.33 milligrams of iron, which is 146 percent of the daily value, or DV. One chicken liver contains 5.67 milligrams of iron, and one slice of fried beef liver has 5 milligrams of iron, or 28 percent of the DV.

Beef and Lamb

Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods

Beef and lamb are good sources of heme iron. A 3-ounce serving of lean beef or lamb tenderloin contains 3.1 milligrams of iron.


Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods

A serving of 10 clams contains 26.5 milligrams of iron. That is 147 percent of the DV. One medium-sized oyster contains 2.3 milligrams of iron, which means that a serving of 10 contains 23 milligrams of iron. Octopus, also considered a mollusk, has 8.11 milligrams of iron in a 3-ounce serving, providing 45 percent of the daily value.

Dark, Leafy Green Vegetables

Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods
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Spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens contain a lot of iron. One cup of cooked spinach has 6 milligrams of iron, or 36 percent the daily value. There are 3.96 milligrams of iron in 1 cup of cooked Swiss chard, providing 22 percent of the DV, and 1.15 milligrams in a cup of cooked turnip greens.

Pumpkin Seeds

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A handful of 142 pumpkin seeds has 23 percent of the DV of plant iron. A 1-ounce serving of pumpkin or squash seeds has 4 milligrams of iron.

Beans and Lentils

Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods

Beans are a source of plant heme. White beans contain 1 milligram of iron in 2 tablespoons. Chickpeas, lima beans, kidney beans and pinto beans contain approximately 4 percent of the daily value of iron in a 2-tablespoon serving.

Whole Grains and Fortified Cereals

Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods 

Whole grains and fortified cereals also contain iron. One cup of cooked oatmeal has 12 percent of the DV of iron. A cup of cooked quinoa has 2.8 milligrams of iron, or 15 percent of the daily value. Many of the fortified cereals on the market have up to 140 percent of the DV of iron in a 1-cup serving.

Dark Chocolate

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Iron can be found in your favorite chocolate bar, provided it is the dark variety. Your average candy bar, at 1.5 ounces, provides 6 percent of the daily value of iron. A square of dark chocolate, a more concentrated piece, has 5 milligrams of iron, which is 28 percent of the DV.


Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods

Eighteen cashews, which is about 1 ounce, have 1.7 milligrams of iron, which is 9 percent of the daily value. Hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds and pistachios provide 7 percent of the DV in 1 ounce.


Tofu is a nonmeat iron source as well. One-fourth of a block of tofu has 2.2 milligrams of iron, which is 12 percent of the DV of iron.

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