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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?

 

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.

Is it possible that the use of herbs (and spices) can improve the taste of our foods and also positively impact our health? Herbs (and spices) are widely used in the Caribbean in many ways.

As a follow-up to the first issue on physical activity, Nyam News continues this series by showing how physical activity can be promoted.

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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