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Are digestive biscuits really digestive?

Are digestive biscuits really digestive?

Featured, Food
We all love a cuppa with a digestive biscuit, be it chocolate-topped or just a plain one. But what baffles us all, is the name.  The word ‘digestive’ is derived from what intended to be, actually digestive. The original recipe for the biscuit contains whole wheat and baking soda. Does Britain's favourite biscuit have any health benefits though?  "Literally the name digestive, comes from the reduction of flatulence" (passing wind) McVitie's Factory Manager, Peter Senior confesses that the original digestive biscuit recipe is exclusive to McVitie's, in an interview for The Great British Bake Off. Although a small amount of baking soda dissolved in water can aid indigestion, the same effect is not relatable to the biscuit. When the biscuit is baking, the heat causes the sod
Spice up your medicine cabinet for Christmas

Spice up your medicine cabinet for Christmas

Featured, Food
Can you imagine taking peppercorns for weight loss or star anise as an aphrodisiac? What we regard as alternative medicine today has long existed as the only kind of available medicine. Approaching the mulled wine season, it is worth taking a look at how spices can benefit both your mental and physical condition. Keep them safe The American Spice Trade Association defines spices as ‘any dried plant product used primarily for seasoning purposes.’ Storage conditions are crucial for spices. Like any good wine or cheese, you have to treat them right to expect optimum condition. You should always keep an eye out for heat, moisture and air flows. If you have your spice cupboard above the oven, relocate it. Your fennel seeds will thank you. Heat and moisture affect a spice’s flavour
#WorldDiabetesDay

#WorldDiabetesDay

Food
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) uses the 14th November each year to increase awareness of the disease that affects 425 million people worldwide.   3.8 million people in the UK are living with diabetes. It is thought that 90% of diabetics have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes: '...occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body's cells don't react to insulin. This means glucose stays in the blood and isn't used as fuel for energy. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity.' -nhs. A poor diet (consuming a lot of fast foods, processed foods, trans fats, saturated fats and sugars) can lead to type 2 diabetes, as fat around the abdomen can affect the insulin responsive cells and potentially reduce their sensitivity to the ins
Film Review: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

Film Review: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

Entertainment, Film & TV
Words: Tracey Popoola | Subbing: Claudia Jackson The second instalment of the ‘baddest mums in town’ gains some laughter- but not quite as much as the original The reckless mothers are back again with the sequel to Bad Moms, which received positive reviews after it was released in 2016. In case you haven’t seen it, Bad Moms follows a trio of overworked and underappreciated mothers (played by Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Mila Kunis) who decide to run away from their endless responsibilities to indulge in some inappropriate and hilarious fun- with the help of alcoholic beverages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQPr0sCjau0 This time A Bad Moms Christmas shows these ladies having to put up with own mothers for the festive season, with Cheryl Hines stepping in as the clingy mother th
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