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About Mel Wakeman

I am a self confessed foody, a mum, a wife and a senior lecturer in nutrition. I want to know what exactly we are putting into our bodies when we eat and try to ensure our family eats a balanced diet. Don't get me wrong I am not a preacher of 'you must eat this and you can't eat that'. I am the first one to go grab that slice of cake and I believe you can't truly enjoy a cuppa without a good dunking biscuit. I just want to feel healthy so with the cynical voice on my shoulder and my science head on, I try to unpick all the latest news about what we should and should not be eating.
2908, 2014

Student guide to eating on a budget

By |August 29th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off on Student guide to eating on a budget

Students struggle to eat healthily
Have you just got your A Level results? Perhaps you are a student already and are you about to enter your next year of study? Either way, the plans will soon begin to prepare for the start of term next month. After rising accommodation fees (average costs are £3,400 per year on […]

804, 2014

The truth about low fat foods – programme review

By |April 8th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off on The truth about low fat foods – programme review

Last night I watched Channel 4’s Dispatches programme on low fat foods (8pm); it took a critical view at the low fat food industry and questioned the general public’s understanding of these foods which we can’t seem to get enough of – we spend £5billion pounds on low fat foods each year!

I get that fat […]

3103, 2014

Top 5 tips for a healthy gut

By |March 31st, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off on Top 5 tips for a healthy gut

April is National Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month and International Bowel Cancer Awareness month so I thought it would be a good idea to promote how we can take better care of our gut. IBS affects 5-11 per cent of individuals, whilst over 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, so here are […]

703, 2014

Take it with a pinch of salt?

By |March 7th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Take it with a pinch of salt?

Salt Awareness Week this year runs from 10-16 March. Birmingham City University’s Mel Wakeman discusses some important facts.

1.       What is the maximum amount of salt we should consume per day?

Adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day (about 1 teaspoon). The current average intake however is just over 8g, primarily a result of the amount […]

2802, 2014

Health for wealth?

By |February 28th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Health for wealth?

This week I was teaching my second year nutrition students about the recent changes in food labelling regulations that have started to be implemented at the beginning of this year. We discussed how complex food labels can be and how the current format can be information overload; it’s no wonder consumers are confused about what […]

1302, 2014

The real cost of BOGOFs

By |February 13th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on The real cost of BOGOFs

Every time I do my Tesco shop (other supermarkets are available) I look out for the bright yellow stickers highlighting the latest deal and think about the pennies I can save this week.  The ‘Buy One Get One Free’ or ‘By Two Get the Third Free’ are everywhere and I wonder how we managed to […]