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You're in the gym and you  stroll over to the refreshment counter and say “Can I have a bottle of water please?” The seller asks “What kind?” You repeat, “Bottled!” He points to the wide variety of water bottles on display in the refrigerator – the colours are catchy, the labels are bold and you become confused when you are faced with the decision – plain water or water fortified with calcium, vitamin C or fibre? Sweetened with sugar or sugar substitutes? Grapefruit, lime, cucumber, mango or strawberry flavoured? The natural element from the earth is not as simple as it once was and our expectations of it have grown.
Sugar has been, over the years, important to the Caribbean as it is one of our major exports, made from the sugar cane grown in many of our countries. In addition to using it in sweetening drinks and in cakes, puddings and pastries, we use sugar in our own Caribbean confectionary such as peppermint candy, tamarind balls, coconut, peanut or almond drops, among many other uses. In this issue of Nyam News we look at sugar in the diet and whether indiscriminate consumption of sugar leads directly to persons becoming obese.

The debate over the health benefits of fish oils is over a decade long.
Within that time, countless studies have been conducted to determine
if the ingestion of fish and fish oil capsules help lower the risk of cardio-
vascular disease. The existing body of evidence suggests that they do       have some beneficial effects. In this issue we attempt to highlight some
facts known about fish oils and health.

In the last issue of Nyam News, the development of cancer and the
relationship between the daily consumption of fruits, vegetables and
cancer prevention was discussed. Plant foods, including vegetables
and fruits, are a source of many micro-nutrients and bioactive
compounds that may figure protecting against cancers of the mouth,
pharynx, larynx, pancreas, stomach, oesophagus, colon, rectum, lung,          and prostate.

A dietary supplement is a product taken by mouth which is intended
to increase usual intake of the dietary ingredients it contains.
Dietary supplements are usually offered as an addition to the diet
and not as a conventional food or as the sole item of a meal or diet.
Dietary supplements are marketed in differing forms and presentations
according to the product category.

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