1 We don’t need to completely cut out animal foods, but plant foods should be at the centre of our diet if we want to live healthier lives, says dietician Lynne Garton. “Studies have found eating more plant foods like fruit, veg, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and soya has many health benefits, like lowering risk of heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Adding more healthy vegetarian dishes to your weekly menu is a great way to enjoy a wider, more prominent variety of plant foods in your diet.”
At the same time, to reduce risk of bowel cancer, health experts suggest limiting your intake of red and processed meats like ham and bacon to no more than 70g (cooked weight) a day. “Serve it as an accompaniment rather than the main part of the meal,” says Lynne.
2 Enjoy everyday ‘superfoods’
There’s no need to seek out unusual and pricey ingredients like seaweed, kefir, acai berries, raw cacao and maca powder for a nutrient boost...
“Some of the most nutritious foods we can eat are right under our noses in the supermarket,” explains nutrition scientist Bridget Benelam. “The reality is, adding the latest ‘superfood’ to your diet is unlikely to transform your health. But making everyday nutrient-rich foods a reg