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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.

Based on the perceived need for supplementation, the consumer
will be seeking a product to fill the need. While the manufacturer
and the regulatory agencies must play major roles in ensuring the
safety of dietary supplements available to the public, the consumer
who makes the choice to purchase and use dietary supplements can
also be proactive and take control of what he or she purchases to

Fast foods consumption has become an almost weekly and sometimes daily event in many lives. Increased consumption of these meals have been implicated in the rising prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases seen throughout the world. But can fast foods truly be healthy? Is there such a thing as a healthy fast food?

Green tea is regarded by many as a “miracle tea” and  is reputed to be beneficial for many medical conditions such as: cancer, rheumatoid arthritis,high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, liver disease, halitosis, infection and impaired immune function. What exactly is green tea, and is it really so special?
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