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8 reasons why fibre keeps you healthy

It’s essential for a healthy digestive system – but for so much more besides. Here are 8 good reasons to fill up on fibre 1. It balances good and bad gut bacteria Most of us have heard of probiotics, but not so many realise that the fibre in our diet can influence the type and amount of probiotic bacteria present in our gut. This is because some fibres are prebiotics, which stimulate the growth of probiotic bacteria such as bifidobacteria. Wheat, garlic, onions, artichokes and chicory all have a prebiotic…

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10 ways with a tin of sardines

The nutrients packed into each tin would make a sardine proud – and at less than £1, you can’t afford not to put them on your weekly shopping list… 1. Spicy spaghetti Fry chopped tomatoes in a little spray oil with crushed garlic and dried or finely chopped fresh chilli. Mash a 120g tin sardines in tomato sauce, then stir into the tomato mixture. Toss with cooked wholewheat spaghetti and chopped fresh parsley. 2. Autumn salad Mix runny honey with wholegrain mustard. Cut cooked beetroot into wedges, then put them…

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9 sweet snacks

At around 100kcal each, this selection of sweet snacks is perfect to satisfy those inevitable tummy rumbles between meals. From strawberries to chocolate we tell you why these snacks are healthy and how you can amp up their flavour with some easy tricks.    

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Breakfast on mixed berries to beat that afternoon slump

New research suggests a mix of berries for breakfast could help you stay alert for longer. Eating a bowl of mixed berries in the morning may improve your concentration for up to six hours, helping to avoid tiredness in the afternoons. Research by the University of Reading tested 40 adults aged 20 to 30, who consumed either a drink containing a mix of 75g (1 portion) each of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, or a placebo. The adults were then assessed on a computer-based task examining executive function and mood…

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