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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.

Cancer is the second highest cause of death in the Caribbean.
There is a lot of evidence to show that our diets play a role in
both the development and the outcome of cancer,  Cancer
experts report that around one third of cancers are preventable
by good nutrition.This issue of Nyam News briefly looks at some
dietary factors that may contribute to development of cancer
and then some dietary factors that seem to help to prevent cancer.

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.

Lactation is the period following birth whereby milk is produced and
secreted. During the later stages of pregnancy, the female's body
prepares itself for lactation by laying down fat. Those fat deposits
laid down during pregnancy are used for future energy needs of the
infant through breastfeeding.

Adolescence is the period of transition between childhood and adulthood.
and adulthood. It is the period where a significant growth spurt occurs.
Teenagers grow rapidly and therefore their bodies have special requirement
of vitamins, minerals, energy and protein in order to prevent future health
problems. These requirements can only be met by eating an adequate
amount of a variety of nutritious foods from the six food groups.

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