martes, 31 de mayo de 2011


GLOBESITY: The top Ten Fattest Countries in the World.
American Saoma - 93.5% of the population is overweight - They have a diet that reflects Western eating.
Karibati - 81% of the population is overweight - mainly fatty and processed foods.
United States of America - 66.5% of the population is overweight and increasing - This is mainly due to the over-consumption of the wrong oils, fats and sugar.
Germany - the fattest nation in Europe as 66.5% of the population is overweight - junk food, and a more sedentary lifestyle (as well as so much beer) are to be blamed.
Egypt - 66% of the population is overweight due to an increase in food imports - the wrong types.
Bosnia-Herzegovina - 62.9% of the population is overweight because they are eating cheap processed foods that are high in calories.
New Zealand - 62.7% of the population is overweight, mainly because the kids just sit in front of the TV and don't exercise.
Israel - 61.9% of the population is overweight.
Croatia - 61.4% of the population is overweight, they have increased cheaper processed foods from USA and Europe.
United Kingdom - whilst at the bottom of the top ten, they should not be proud of it: 61% of the population is overweight -.
 Irene Pérez, 4th ESO L
Healthy Halloween:

For the kids:

 Halloween is just around the corner and the kids will be starting to get excited about dressing up and going trick or treating. Make up some little packets of good snacks and put these in the trick-or-treat bags: things like nuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts. Your moms and dads around can have a significant influence on changing Halloween from a sugary nightmare to a healthy and fun treat. Halloween party where you can be in complete control of what the kids eat. Make sure your kids have a good healthy snack before going out trick-or-treating if they are full and satisfied they will be much less likely to overdo the sweeties.
For the grown-ups:  

The health benefits of pumpkin. The pumpkin is of course closely associated with Halloween, but it provides much more than a crinkly smile. Pumpkin is probably one of the most nutritious fruits that are available all year around either fresh or canned. They help to slow the ageing process and reduce the risk of cancerous tumours. It is a great source of fiber, helps to control cholesterol levels protects against heart disease and controls blood sugar levels.
Don’t throw those seeds out after you have scoped them from the pumpkin. The seeds also contain a great source of essential vitamins and minerals and are an excellent source of omega 6 and omega 3 essential fatty acids that have huge health benefits.
Brenda Romero, 4 ESO A


 We actually need to eat fat in order to burn fat. Carbohydrates are the main foods that drive up our insulin levels, not fat, and it is the excess of insulin that leads us to store fat.
Fat actually slows down the entry of carbohydrates into our blood stream. The lower the insulin levels, the more likely that you will actually be able to release stored fat in the body rather than adding more to it.
However, this is not a message to overindulge - fats contain twice the calories of the protein and carbohydrates, so we only need a little amount of fat every day.

Blood stream: torrente sanguíneo
To store fat: almacenar grasa
To slow down: retrasar
To overindulge: comer/beber más de lo debido
The lower ... the more likely ...: cuanto menor ... más probable es que
Karen Sarango, 4th ESO A

A recent US study indicated that nearly 40% of available food resources are wasted in the Western World!
One of the first things you should start to do is to understand the real meaning of the labels on foods. The food is still perfectly safe to eat, although it may not be at the peak of freshness.
- Plan ahead and buy only what you need at the store.
- Learn to store your food so that it stays fresh.
- Learn how to use leftovers. Dinner leftovers can be eaten the next day and are probably a better choice than your normal breakfast foods.
- Be careful at restaurants. Portions at restaurants are sometimes too big for one person to eat.
- Buy your food locally - The fresher the food is to start with, the longer it will last.
- Cook in quantity and store the extra in glass containers for the next day.
- Get your foods into the fridge as quickly as possible.
- If you have a lot of leftovers, store them in smaller containers as quickly as possible.
- If you buy anything in quantity, wrap and freeze what you don't plan to use immediately.
- Transfer your food to your own packaging when you get home from shopping.
- Get the air out of your produce bags. Air-tight produce bags can double the life of your produce.
- Use your freezer more for leftovers.
Júlia Navarro, 4th ESO L

Healthy Christmas fayre swap shop
Right now everyone is planning their spring diet, but ... what was their Christmas Day menu? Did you know that a typical Christmas Day can load you up with more than 6000 calories? The better you eat in Christmas, less weigh you put on.
Here are some hints and tips to cut back but still enjoying all of your favourites:
1. TURKEY – Buy a turkey breast and remove the skin. Save up to 42 calories.
2. STUFFING – Make a healthy stuffing using chestnuts, cranberries and orange. Save up to 90 calories.
3. SAUSAGE AND BACON – Better if you miss some sousages and bacon. Save up to 75 calories.
4. ROAST POTATOES – Replace with a baked potatoe. Save up to 40 calories.
5. GRAVY – Pour turkey juices into a jug. Save up to 25 calories.
6. BREAD SAUCE – Make your own bread withskimmed milk. Save up to 160 calories.
7. VEGETABLES – Eat more veggies and less poatoe. Leave off the buter and use fresh herbs for flavour. Save up to 37 calories.
8. CHRISTMAS PUDDING – The fruit and the fruit juice give enough sweetness. Greek yoghurt or formage will be a healthy pudding. Save up to 117 calories.
9. MINCE PIES – Already loaded with calories. Save up to 120 calories. Or why not some backed apple, mincemeat and low fat custard.
- Roast Chesnuts.
- Grapes, satsumas or pineapple chunks.
- Warm apple juice spice with cinnamon and cloves for a winter warmer.
- Low fat dips with vegetables for dipping
- Low fat crisps or natural nuts
- Well balanced breakfast
- Keep portion sizes under control
- Don’t drink alocohol
- Burn off the calories
- Give your loved ones fit presents for Christmas.
Maria Martínez, 4th ESO L


Over time the intestines accumulate waste, a bit like lime-scale on pipes. Items that accumulate in the colon can be there for many years.

The body is a really clever machine, when it is stressed or over-worked the brain shuts down various parts so the vital organs can do their work. The first part that normally gets shut down is the colon.

The colon's main function is to use moisture to move waste along ready to be released from the body. It relies on the body being hydrated so it can do its job.

When the colon removes nutrients and processes the waste, the liver has to work harder to try and process them.

If the colon is working properly the people will be able to process their thoughts and concentrate better.

Lime: calcificación
Pipe: cañería
Over-worked: sobrecargado de trabajo
To shut down: cerrar, bloquear
To release: soltar, liberar
To rely: confiar en
Properly: adecuadamente

Silvana Castedo Melgar, 4th ESO A


Are these reasons enough to eat slowly?

Lose weight:
There is evidence from studies that eating slowly results in lower calorie consumption and reduced risk of overeating.

Appetite reduction:
If we eat gradually, our appetite diminishes gradually as we eat.

Portion control:
Eating quickly allows you to eat a huge amount before you realise what you have done and before you get the signal that you are full.

Enjoy your food:
Research has proved that people who actually eat “fast food” slowly do not like the taste – but if they keep eating quickly, they eat at least twice as much of the junk food.

Improved digestion:
Your body can then absorb the nutrients more quickly – leaving you feeling satisfied more quickly.

Increased absorbtion:
The more your food is broken down by the time it reaches you intestines, the easier it is for your body to extract and absorb the essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins.

Heartburn & acid reflux
Eating too quickly can cause heart burn and acid reflux.

Reduced stress:
There is plenty of research to prove that distractions interfere with the signal to the brain, and this increases stress.

Reduced risk of obesity:
Research shows that there is a direct correlation between rate of eating and obesity.

Reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes:
Research shows that eating quickly is directly associated whith insulin resistance and diabetes.

Lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol:
Once again, research shows that there is a link between fast eating and conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The fast food syndrome:
Experiments show that when people eat fast food slowly, they actually don't like it and start to choose things that are better quality.

Silvia Blasco, 4th ESO A,