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Dried fruit and dental health – let common sense prevail – by Peter Sidwell

I’m a professional chef, author and the founder of Simply Good Food TV but for me, my most important role in life by far is that of being a father to two young children. As you’d expect from someone who has worked in the food industry for 25 years, I’m passionate about educating my children to eat well and for [...]

I’m a professional chef, author and the founder of Simply Good Food TV but for me, my most important role in life by far is that of being a father to two young children. As you’d expect from someone who has worked in the food industry for 25 years, I’m passionate about educating my children to eat well and for them to appreciate the significant part that nutrition plays in establishing a healthy lifestyle.

Within our family, fruit has always been a staple of the daily diet because it fits with the desire to seek out natural whole foods which have not been processed and are therefore free from additives and preservatives.  Schools clearly concur with this view and now many restrict any between meal snacking to fresh fruit.  The reality is that traditional dried fruit (not those which have added sugar) offers exactly the same nutritional content as fresh fruit, simply with the water removed.  In terms of convenience and portability, many parents, myself included elect to regularly rely on dried fruit as a go-to snack, ideal for those impulse snacking moments such as after swimming or on the way to Brownies or Cubs! Download to read full article.

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Prune The Sugar and Fat This Christmas

Prune The Sugar and Fat This Christmas

Healthy eating tips for festive feasts –  from California Prunes October 2016: The festive season signals a time for celebrating and this inevitably involves over-indulging– both in terms of the quantity and type of food we consume.  According to the British Dietetic Association, Brits have been known to eat a staggering 6,000 calories on Christmas Day (triple a man’s and [...]

Healthy eating tips for festive feasts –  from California Prunes

October 2016: The festive season signals a time for celebrating and this inevitably involves over-indulging– both in terms of the quantity and type of food we consume.  According to the British Dietetic Association, Brits have been known to eat a staggering 6,000 calories on Christmas Day (triple a man’s and four times a woman’s recommended daily intake)* and with many people enjoying an extended period of partying, the after effects of this decadent lifestyle can result in an average weight gain of 1-5 lb over the holiday period.   But with no-one wanting to miss out on the seasonal revelries, what steps can be taken to avoid the customary post-Christmas blow-out blues?  The answer is simple – Prune It! Download to read full article…

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Doubt cast on advice that dried fruit is bad for teeth

Doubt cast on advice that dried fruit is bad for teeth

July 2016: California Prunes is delighted with a new independent review of scientific literature just published online in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, which casts doubt on the common perception that eating dried fruit can cause problems with dental health. Read more…

July 2016: California Prunes is delighted with a new independent review of scientific literature just published online in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, which casts doubt on the common perception that eating dried fruit can cause problems with dental health. Read more…
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California Prunes Take Centre Stage At Just V 2016

California Prunes Take Centre Stage At Just V 2016

Strict vegetarians and vegans, as well as those simply interested in reducing the amount of meat they consume, are encouraged to visit the California Prunes kitchen, which represents the go-to hub for culinary inspiration at this year’s Just V show.  Read more…..

Strict vegetarians and vegans, as well as those simply interested in reducing the amount of meat they consume, are encouraged to visit the California Prunes kitchen, which represents the go-to hub for culinary inspiration at this year’s Just V show.  Read more…..

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Biography: Peter Cook

Biography: Peter Cook

Peter is an award-winning Baker with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. During the course of his career he has won numerous awards including ‘Best Speciality Loaf’ at the Baking Industry Award 2013 (for his Sourdough Seeded Loaf), and a Tiptree World Bread Award in 2014 (for his Ciabatta). Read more…

Peter is an award-winning Baker with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. During the course of his career he has won numerous awards including ‘Best Speciality Loaf’ at the Baking Industry Award 2013 (for his Sourdough Seeded Loaf), and a Tiptree World Bread Award in 2014 (for his Ciabatta). Read more…

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