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The good news is that the RSPCA’s Freedom Food scheme requires all these provisions and more. And we can all do our bit to help improve the lives of turkeys by choosing those with higher welfare labels, such as Freedom Food.
Sadly, despite the growing trend for ethical food, only a small proportion of British farmed turkey is reared to higher welfare standards, with just 14 per cent from Freedom Food farms, where they are inspected to RSPCA standards. So we need retailers to help too, by listening to consumer demand for higher-welfare food and stocking more of them.
That way more of us can enjoy a welfare-friendly Christmas!
Visit www.freedomfood.co.uk for more information on turkey welfare and some great festive recipes.
MIA FERNYHOUGH RSPCA farm animal scientist
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Please include your name, address and phone number, and a brief description of the scene. diabetes or their family or friends buy ‘diabetic’ foods, such as ‘diabetic’ Christmas cake or ‘diabetic’ chocolate. These offer no special benefit to people with diabetes and will still affect blood glucose levels. These foods can contain just as much fat and calories as the ordinary versions, can have a laxative effect and can be expensive. It makes much more sense to have small amounts of ordinary festive foods instead and balance these with healthier recipes and snacks.
To help people manage their diabetes during the festive season, we have a special section on our website packed with tips and recipes. There is also handy advice about food at parties, safe guidelines for alcohol consumption and information on how to swap to healthier options of favourite Christmas dishes, nibbles and treats.
The other important thing to remember is to stay active, which will help to manage blood glucose levels – for example, taking a wintery walk to a local park or landmark, trying ice-skating or heading out to the sales. One or two high blood glucose readings shouldn’t affect long-term diabetes control, but people should aim to avoid persistently high readings.
For more information, go to www.diabetes.org.uk/enjoyingChristmas.
Diabetes UK South-east regional manager