Aspartame, Poison by another name?

Any ‘low sugar’, ‘diet’ or ‘low calorie’ food or drink will usually contain an artificial sweetener. Even non-diet soft drinks such as lemonade and squashes may contain artificial sweeteners. They are cheaper than sugar which means the soft drinks manufacturers make higher profits. But there’s one sweetener that’s turning out to be pretty dangerous. What […]

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The Accumulator on BBC Essex

Every month I join Tony Fisher during his afternoon show on BBC Essex. We cover everything and anything related to health, fitness and well being. On this page you’ll be able to find out more on all the topics we discuss and see us in action. If you have any questions you’d like us to cover on […]

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How to read food labels

When you go to the supermarket do you really know what you are buying? All the information is there but often it is hidden. How do you read food labels? We are living in a world of ever growing convenience. I had thought that the tide was turning and people were starting to wake up […]

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Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding

This chia seed chocolate pudding recipe has gone through a few changes. I was first introduced to it by Nichola, one of the registered dietitians who contributes to The Accumulator. I’ve now added a few minor tweaks and whenever I make some it does not disappoint. The main ingredient is chia seeds. These originate from the […]

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How to make your own granola.

I love granola, but unfortunately most of the shop-bought varieties are packed with sugar. My top tip is to always check the ingredients list before you buy and if the first or second ingredient is sugar then you’re probably better leaving it on the shelf. Sugar has no nutritional value, all it provides is energy […]

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How to make nutty turkey burgers

This fantastic turkey burger recipe is perfect for a healthy fast meal. I normally make a batch up and freeze them so if I know I’m going to be short on time I can have a couple defrosted and pop them in the oven. Serve them up with some vegetable chips, sweet potato mash or […]

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Are artificial sweeteners safe?

It’s now well documented that excess sugar in the diet is harmful to health.  Tooth decay, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Obesity. All health problems linked to sugar consumption. Many foods on the supermarket shelves (even savoury foods) are laden with sugar. When buying processed foods it’s almost impossible to avoid a daily sugar overload.  The […]

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How toxic is your own body?

We are bombarded by toxic substances every day. They’re in the air, our food, our water and all around us in the environment. We even have some toxins already in our body. Reducing our exposure to toxicity has a dramatic benefit to our health. Toxins have been linked to many illnesses including cancers and auto immune […]

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Banana & Peanut Butter Muffins

I’ve been experimenting with this one for quite some time but this week I think I’ve got it just right. These Banana and Peanut Butter muffins make a great breakfast if you’re short on time or you can even make small ones for a mid morning snack. Give them a go. Take a look at […]

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How to make sweet scrambled eggs

On paper sweet scrambled eggs seem like a really odd combination but as a protein packed breakfast, it really works. Especially if you are a porridge lover like me. While I was out for my run this morning my chickens had been busy laying eggs so I decided to take advantage (perfect timing girls). I […]

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