The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES - ANNABEL KARMEL

MORE THAN 153,000 peo­ple die each year in Bri­tain from can­cer, and a bomb­shell re­port last week ( see left) in­volv­ing 7,000 stud­ies found strong ev­i­dence that eat­ing pro­cessed meats can cause bowel can­cer. The re­port guide­lines rec­om­mend eat­ing no pro­cessed meats and only 500g of cooked lean red meat a week.

Pro­cessed food pro­vides three quar­ters of the sat­u­rated fat and salt that we eat, so the sin­gle most ef­fec­tive thing that you can do to im­prove your child’s diet is to cut back on th­ese foods and pre­pare more meals from fresh in­gre­di­ents.

Re­al­is­ti­cally, it is hard to say “no” to junk food, so try mak­ing your own healthy junk food. You can make piz­zas us­ing split toasted English muffins for pizza bases, top with a hid­den veg­etable tomato sauce con­tain­ing car­rot, sweet pep­per and cour­gette, sprin­kle with grated cheese and pop un­der the grill un­til golden and bub­bling. A good way to coat home-made fish fin­gers is to dip strips of white fish, like plaice or cod, in sea­soned flour, beaten egg and crushed corn­flakes and then fry in a lit­tle veg­etable oil. Annabel Karmel has writ­ten 14 best­selling recipe books, in­clud­ing her latest book, the Fussy Eaters Recipe Book. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.annabelka­ Next week: Judi Rose

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