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Ella on the latest craze for juicing. A liquid diet or nutritional supplement? Read her take on it here

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Ok so with a new year comes resolutions, and the word resolution can’t even be written without immediate references to ‘going on a health drive’ or ‘getting fit’ so I thought it could be the topic for today’s blog.

Different trends always seem to be weaving their way into our lives; from detox teas last year claiming to cleanse our bodies and minds whilst boosting metabolism and the breakdown of fat, to the current juicing craze – rocketing with help from the trending Nutribullet (the leader of a food industrial revolution and a serious must have in our family!)Ellas cauliflowers

I was definitely doubtful when I first heard about this liquid only diet of juices, because how are a few blended vegetables supposed to supply you with similar amounts of energy to 3 meals a day?

A beneficial quality of this juicing diet is that you are likely to consume a larger portion of fruit and vegetables (the average Briton eats only 4 portions out of a recommended 7 a day!) which provide vitamins and minerals to aid the every day functions of the body. The juices also contribute water content to your diet.
However it is often this area of the diet that is highlighted online whereas the high levels of sugar and lack of  nutrients like carbohydrates often go unmentioned.

It seemed to me like something only an elite group of people would be able to sustain but for a GCSE student, a great idea to go alongside breakfast to ensure you get all the nutrition required for your body.

On the whole as a nation, we need to recognise that eating is so much more than just a fuel or a way to achieve the best body image. Instead it’s about the flavour, colour and detail of a dish. We also need to remind ourselves that a balanced diet of everything in moderation is the best path towards a healthier life.

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Lockdown Food with Helen Garlick

I am putting this section together during Coronovirus lockdown. We are looking at food and assembling meals in a different way, disregarding recipe books and using ingredients that that we may have disparaged in the past.

The History of the Wines of Austria

In 1985 a few Austrian wineries, part of a large, poorly regulated industry designed to produce quantity over quality, adulterated their mass-produced wines with a toxic substance, diethylene glycol (an ingredient in anti-freeze), with the intention of making their wines seem sweeter and more full-bodied. These wines were exported to Germany, and some were blended into mass-market German wines; this was discovered when German laboratories tested these wines for quality-control purposes. The scandal rocked the wine-industry. Concentrations of the substance were low enough that nobody died from the tainted wines, but worldwide demand for Austrian wine collapsed overnight.

The Trawlermen

In the 1950s Grimsby was the largest fishing port in the world.  As a result of the Cod Wars with Iceland, this once great industry has been decimated over the last fifty years. The docks, once bustling, are now desolate and left to crumble.

This film is a short tribute to the men who manned the trawlers in all weathers and conditions.