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Food price rises see inflation climb to 3%

Food price rises see inflation climb to 3%

Business
Inflation rose to 3% in September, its highest level in more than five years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure of inflation rose from 2.9% in August thanks partly to higher food prices - adding to the squeeze on households as pay growth lags behind.But it will be welcomed by those receiving the state pension, as the September figure is used to calculate increases in the benefit next April under the Government's "triple lock" guarantee.It was the first time CPI inflation has reached 3% since April 2012. The Bank of England targets inflation at 2%.The CPI figure - which was in line with expectations - should bolster expectations that the Bank will hike interest rates next month, though some have cautioned against such a move at a time of t...
Public 'tricked' into buying unhealthy food

Public 'tricked' into buying unhealthy food

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe UK's obesity crisis is being fuelled by businesses pushing unhealthy food and larger portions on shoppers, according to health experts.The Royal Society for Public Health warned consumers were being tricked by a marketing ploy known as upselling.The tactic involves shops, cafes and restaurants encouraging customers to upgrade to larger meals and drinks or adding high-calorie toppings and sides.A poll suggested eight in 10 people experienced it every week.35% added sides like chips to meal 34% bought a larger coffee 17,000 extra calories on average over a year PAThe most common upsells to be taken included larger coffees, bigger meals, sweets and chocolates and extra sides such as onion rings and chips.Royal Society for Public Health chief e...
Global food markets further threaten endangered sharks, rays

Global food markets further threaten endangered sharks, rays

Science
Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Guelph found that the majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold at markets around the world for traditional medicines come from endangered species.Roughly half of the world's 1,200 species of sharks and manta rays are listed as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature including 20 that may not be traded internationally.The study, published today in Scientific Reports, used DNA barcoding technology and found 71 percent of dried fins and gills collected from markets and stores came from species listed as at-risk and banned from international trade. Shark finning, which is removing fins from live sharks, is illegal in Canada."Despite the controversy around shark fin soup and the fact that many of these species are...
Healthy Food and Drink Awards 2018

Healthy Food and Drink Awards 2018

Health
Win a Luxury Soho Spa Day Do you have a favourite healthy food product or drink you’d love to tell everyone about? Now’s your chance!Women’s Fitness and Health & Fitness magazines have joined forces to launch the Healthy Food Drink Awards 2018 – voted for by you! The awards will recognise the very best food and drink products that help keep British women healthy. From cereal bars and savoury snacks to smoothies and juices, winners of the Awards will be announced in the April 2018 issues of WF and H&F. So don’t delay, vote for your top products today!Joanna Knight & Mary ComberWomen’s Fitness and Health & FitnessMarshall Street Everyone Active, seconds from Carnaby street is a hidden oasis in the heart of Soho with a fitness suite, hot yoga studio, luxury spa, sauna, steam
Food Diary of a Very Pregnant Woman

Food Diary of a Very Pregnant Woman

Health
 By Frances Largeman-Roth, RDI'm nine months pregnant, and I'm quickly losing the real estate for my internal organs, including my stomach. That means I'm eating a lot of little things—often. Not only am I trying to pack in essential nutrients as my little girl packs on the pounds, but I'm also trying to counteract some pregnancy-related health issues.I've been vigilant about getting plenty of calcium and potassium, because it seems to help stave off the nightly leg cramps I've been getting. I'm also saddled with heartburn, which I'd never experienced until a few weeks ago. Initially I thought I could avoid it off by skipping tomato-based sauces and spicy food, but it turns out that even something as harmless as a fruit smoothie can bring on the burn.Heartburn is the bane of most women i