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.annabelkarmel.com. Next week: Judi Rose