Friday, 24 September 2021

TV chef: More healthy eating advice needed

RESTAURATEUR Antony Worrall Thompson wants to see more education about healthy eating.

RESTAURATEUR Antony Worrall Thompson wants to see more education about healthy eating.

The TV chef is donating proceeds from a main course dish at his Greyhound pub restaurant in Peppard to Diabetes UK during Diabetes Week, which begins on Monday.

The pan-fried sea bass with green salad and sweet and sour dressing has been selected from his Essential Diabetes Cookbook.

Worrall Thompson said the diabetes was a growing problem and he wants to see more effort to prevent it.

“People don’t treat the disease importantly enough but it’s a disease of the generation,” he said.

“Type two diabetes is primarily caused by obesity and lack of exercise. We’ve got into this mindset where we don’t hold our bodies in enough importance.

“The fact is they are little engines that need servicing and if we don’t service them we will get diseases.”

Worrall Thompson was diagnosed in 2003 with pre-diabetes, a condition of higher than normal blood glucose levels which puts sufferers at high risk of developing diabetes.

He said changing his diet helped him prevent becoming a diabetic.

“When I was first told I was pre-diabetic I looked at these books and thought, ‘this is pants, my food life is over’ but I did some research and realised my food life didn’t have to be over. You can make food which is about taste first and then, by the way, also healthy.”

He said the Government and doctors should do more to educate people about nutrition and that this should start in schools.

“You can’t always think about curing, you’ve got to think about preventing it in the first place,” he said.

Libby Dowling, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “People with diabetes can eat the same healthy, balanced diet that is recommended to everybody — one that is low in fat, sugar and salt, with plenty of fruit and vegetables.

“There are no foods that need to be eliminated and eating well with diabetes is not about cutting out whole food groups.”

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