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The cereal offenders

first_imgEmail Print Facebook NewsThe cereal offendersBy admin – May 21, 2009 624 Twitter Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp It’s pitched as the most important meal of the day, but with only eight per cent of cereals getting a green light for healthy sugar levels, many of us are waking up to poor nutrition as the results of a new report have shown. Adults and children have a hard job finding a healthy start to the day, as cereal companies continue to add large amounts of sugar to their top brands. The report showed that 31 cereals out of the 100 examined contained more than four teaspoons of sugar per recommended serving and only one of the 28 cereals specifically marketed to children was found not to be high in sugar (but was still high in salt).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A UK brand of chocolate crackles topped the sweet mountain with more sugar per serving than a Cadbury’s Chocolate Flake, followed closely by Kellogg’s Coco Pops Moons and Stars, Frosties and Ricicles which were over a third (37 per cent) pure sugar.Many brands thought of as healthy, such as Kellogg’s All Bran, Bran Flakes and Special K did little to bowl over the researchers. Starting the day with Special K, for example, would be almost the sugar equivalent to waking up to a bowl containing a portion of Tesco’s Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Ice Cream.Entitled, “Going Against the Grain”, the report analysed 100 leading cereals. Although sugar levels remained high, positive changes could be seen with reductions in salt content. Despite this, 100g of Tesco Special Flakes was still found to contain the same amount of salt as 100g of Walkers Ready Salted crisps.The report went on to highlight that other issues included confusing labelling, and questionable health and nutrition claims allowing some companies to promote a wholesome image for their brand, while failing to emphasise the high sugar or salt contentSue Davies. a senior figure at Which?, said; “Breakfast is important, and some cereals deserve their healthy image, but most simply don’t. It’s especially shocking that almost all those targeted at children are less healthy. With such little choice, it’s a daily struggle for consumers.“Cereal manufacturers need to wake up to the fact that people want to eat healthily and provide them with the means to do so by reducing sugar and salt levels and making labelling clearer. With over a billion pounds spent on cereals every year, it’s time they rose to the occasion. ”In January 2009, the researchers bought 100 cereals from the main supermarkets. Products were chosen based on their current market share. They excluded hot cereals and mueslis from the research because, despite growth in sales in recent years, they remain a small percentage of the market overall. They looked at the amount of fat, saturates, sugar and salt that the 100 cereals contained and applied industry standards of labelling where possible. Advertisement Previous articleAustralia plays out ICO season with stringsNext articleCo-located hospital approved planning adminlast_img read more

Order of the Black Bean

first_imgOrder of the Black Bean Order of the Black BeanCUBAN AMERICAN BAR members recently traveled to Tallahassee to participate in the Order of the Black Bean Pig Roast in honor of Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero. A year ago, Ramon Abadin, then president of CABA, and Raquel Rodriguez, general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush — thinking Cantero missed his Miami roots — established the pig roast, a traditional Cuban festivity, as a way for Cantero to continue celebrating his Cuban heritage in Tallahassee. Cantero named the event the “Order of the Black Bean.” This year Gov. Bush and First Lady Columba Bush co-hosted the event at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. April 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Coaches disappointed with Central Champs schedule changes

first_imgCoaches in the central region are expressing disappointment with an event schedule change – prompted by sponsors Digicel – which now has all but two track finals being contested on the second day of competition at the Central Championships.The two-day meet, which forms part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, gets under way today at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport.Previously, several of the finals, including the 100m and 1500m events, were contested on the opening day of competition. However, chief organiser Chester McCarthy explained that every consideration was given to athlete safety and that there is ample time and facilities to aid in their recovery between events.”Some coaches may decide to either switch around athletes or pull athletes because of the changes,” McCarthy admitted.”What we used to do in the past is to have a number of finals done on Day One, but now, you will find that the 100m and 200m, for instance will take place on the same day. The major reason is that they are both (Digicel) Grand Prix events and the sponsors wanted it to be that way, so they wanted all the Grand Prix events to be focused in terms of finals for the last day for media purposes, and so on,” McCarthy explained before pointing to the systems put in place.”Even though Boys and Girls’ Champs is over five days, you will find that a lot of athletes will compete in three finals on the final day at Champs. Some of these events will be a one run – a straight final. Some coaches are overly concerned, but I don’t think it is as bad as some people make it out to be,” he added.”Also, remember that the sponsors have put in place things like ice therapy, which will help in the recovery there is an ice bath set up for all athletes. This was never there in the past, so a lot of consideration has been given.”SHOULD NOT HAVEBEEN ALLOWEDStill, for experienced Manchester High coach Jerry Holness, these changes should never have been allowed.”What about the athletes who double and possibly compete in relays, are we going to have them do all of those events on one day?”People cannot allow sponsors to dictate to them,” said Holness. “As organisers, you have to stand up to the sponsors and meet them somewhere along the way. You can’t just because they are going to give you a little money to run the meet you are going to accept anything without thinking about the athletes. I think it’s crazy!”We will probably end up using someone who won’t go to Champs to run some of the events, too,” said Holness.Michael Dyke, coach of defending Central and Girls’ champions Edwin Allen High, was also critical.”At this point, there is nothing that we can do. The coaches will just have to make the adjustment depending on the value they put on the meet,” said Dyke. “It may help to deplete the quality to the extent that you might not see some of the persons you would want to see competing, or they may just end up doing just one event.”I mean, running a sprint double on the same day, for instance, is not a good idea, and there are three sprints – 100m, 200m, and 400m – plus the relays. Management is going to be very important, so it’s up to the individual coaches and teams to manage their athletes to the best of their ability,” added Dyke.last_img read more

Womans phone snatched on train

first_imgKolkata: A woman West Bengal Civil Service officer’s mobile phone was snatched by a miscreant on a running train on Tuesday evening.According to sources, Nandakumar Block Land and Land Reforms Officer Sanjukta Pal boarded a downline Mecheda- Howrah train at 6. 10 pm. While the train was passing through Ghoraghat station at 7 pm, a man who was standing at the gate of ladies compartment snatched Sanjukta’s mobile phone. In defence, the woman also caught the miscreant’s hand and during the brawl the thief dragged the woman on the platform. The mobile snatcher ran away from the platform and Sanjukta suffred head injuries. Passengers at the railway station took her to the nearby hospital where she was given first aid and released. A passenger handed over her bag to RPF personnel at Dasnagar police station.last_img read more