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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the Caribbean. There are many kinds of cancer: in fact cancer is the general name given to a group of more than 100 diseases which all develop as a result of abnormal cell-growth. The abnormal cells usually form into a tumour (a lump or mass) but there are some  cancers, like leukaemia, which do not form tumours, and it must be noted that not all tumours are cancerous.

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.

Cardiovascular disease accounts for most deaths in the Caribbean. Many of these diseases are preventable by actions of major risk factors including unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and smoking.

Strange as it may seem, the most widely consumed drug in the world is
not alcohol, marijuana or even cocaine – it is caffeine!  Caffeine is a
stimulant that is found in the leaves, fruits and beans of some plants.
The most popular caffeine containing plants are coffee (beans), the kola
nut and teas.  In this issue of Nyam News, we will examine the effect of
caffeine on health and well being and determine if there are any benefits
to be derived from the consumption of this naturally occurring alkaloid.

Gluten is probably one of the most ubiquitous proteins in food manufacturing and production. It may be found in cereals, baked products, wines and some condiments.The formation of gluten from milled products of wheat during dough formation makes wheat an irreplaceable raw material in the production of many food items, the most important of which is in baking. When dough made with wheat flour is kneaded, gluten forms, which contributes to the viscosity and ability of the mixture to extend,stretch, or rise (swell), once a leavening agent is present.

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