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Do you sometimes dread eating out, expecting that it will ruin your dieting progress? Or maybe it incurs feelings of guilt, when you think about what you’ve eaten. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are a few tips on how to make the best choices from the menu – and still have fun.
For some, eating out is quite rare, being restricted to a few occasions each year, such as birthdays or Christmas. In this instance, what you eat isn’t such a big deal. However, many people find that when they add up all of their business lunches, parties and restaurant visits, they are eating out almost as often as they eat at home. If this is the case, then it’s important to pick more carefully from the menu.
Following on with my current series on vegetarian nutrition, I wanted to look at a very important vitamin, especially for vegans – B12.
Why is B12 important for vegans?
Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products, therefore in theory, those following a strict vegan diet could be at risk of developing a B12 deficiency. B12 deficiency can lead to pernicious anaemia and severe, irreversible nerve damage, therefore it’s very important that you make sure you’re getting enough into your diet.
For some, eating regularly can prove to be the key factor in keeping feelings of hunger at bay. Depending on your choice, snacking can also be a very valuable means of getting extra nutrients into your daily diet.
At last some good news on the nutritional labeling front! From Sunday 1st July 2007, all products making a claim, such as “superfoods,” “good for heart,” or “helps lower cholesterol,” will be banned under new EU rules, unless the claim is relevant and authorised. Spokeswomen from the Food Standards Agency points out, “This way the consumer knows why this food is healthy.”
Another great aspect of this new legislation is that nutritional claims, such as “low in salt,” or “light” will have to meet a set definition, which has been agreed by the EU. If a food states that it is “low in salt,’”but is also high in fat, for example, they will have to make this fact clear on the label as well.