10 facts about food and nutrition that will make you think

Many people living with psoriasis worry about diet and how it affects their skin. Rather than trying to tell you what you should and shouldn’t eat it seemed like fun to just show some facts about food in general.

10 facts about food and nutrition that will make you think

Diet and takeaways

It’s considered that 2500 calories for men and 2000 for women should give you a healthy balanced diet. According to research, men consume about a quarter of this by eating out and women a fifth. I am sure there are a few of us out there who know that eating out is a much bigger proportion and that it used to be for me. Take-out is my weakness, especially when feeling lazy or just running out of time. Apparently we spend £29.4 billion on takeaways each year in the UK. The problem I find with takeaway is that you can’t control the fat and salt content like you can cooking from scratch at home. I also find that I eat more than I normally would because of the cost and not wanting to waste money. Talking of cooking from scratch, only 1 in 3 adults do this five times a week or more. I know I am one of those three. Don’t be afraid to use salt for taste though as we do need it in our diet. If you’re concerned about frying, try grilling or just coating in oil using a pastry brush – there are a lot of healthier oils out there now too, such as rapeseed and rice bran oil.

Using fresh produce and doing it all yourself means you can control what goes in your food and you can make it to your own taste.

Food wastage

There is a lot of food wastage and there seems to be concern over the amount of fruit or veg we waste. When you see your veg rack looking a little sad, there are many things you can so to get use out of it. Soups and stews are great for using up old veg and you can portion them and freeze them. With fruit you can try cooking it down, adding a splash of alcohol if you like and turning it into a sumptuous sauce for a dessert or even make your own jam. Old bananas are great for banana bread, in fact you need them slightly brown to get the best results.

Cheese

Back to the top of the infographic and we have an interesting fact about cheese. It does seem that in 2014 less people were enjoying cheese on toast than two years previously which is thought to be due to worries about fat content. I have come up with five recipes to help you get back to loving cheese on toast.

Cheeses on toast


Stilton with homemade caramelised red onions
You can make a batch of the onions and either freeze it or keep it in the fridge for a few days. I use about 4 large red onions, finely slice, knob of butter, a little rapeseed oil, couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, a tablespoon full of muscavado sugar and a spring of thyme. Put in a deep frying and cook on a low heat for up to two hours using a lid or layer of foil to keep the moisture in. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. Add to the Stilton on toast freshly cooked or put on part when toasting if using from the fridge to warm it through.

Mozzarella, tomato and basil. Basically a pizza on toast. Slice the tomatoes and lay on lightly toasted bread, lay whole fresh basil leaves on top and then top with the mozzarella and put back under the grill. A twist of black pepper once cooked and you’re done.

The hot dog cheese on toast
Part cook some hot dog sauces and slice. It is then up to you, cheese on toast topped with the sausages or grate cheese over the sausages and grill.

Goats cheese, beetroot and chilli
If you want you can cook beetroot from fresh, for this I use the ready cooked, not the pickled beetroot though. Slice the beetroot and place on lightly toasted bread, top with sliced goats cheese and sprinkle some slices of chilli over the top. It’s that simple and this is a classic combination. 

Camembert and strawberry jam
Believe me, this works. It is just a case of toasting the bread and topping with the cheese. This needs very little time under the grill and you can do it in the oven too as Camembert melts so quickly. I made my own jam of chopped strawberries, sugar, a little water, ground black pepper and vanilla. As it was hot I put it on at the end, if you use ready-made jam you will want to put it on when the cheese goes under to warm it up. The black pepper really brings out the flavour of strawberries, so please do try it.
There you have five cheese on toast recipes which I hope you will enjoy, sit back and forget about psoriasis while you savour the taste.

UK/IE 2013b/00058d; date of preparation: July 2015

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