Healthy Eating

Healthy eating a new five-star system

Another healthy eating system what’s new?

This programme is available on the Health Check Page and is available NOW On-Demand until Wednesday the 20th of October. It will also be broadcast on Sunday the 16th of October in Phuket at 8:00 AM on 91.5 FM and 102.5 FM and Online via the Internet radio portals.

If you’re trying to work out what’s healthy to eat and what to avoid – there’s a new five-star rating system.

Healthy eating

Researchers in the US have looked at previous studies which examined how much certain foods increased the risk of developing a particular disease – or if they could even protect you.

Dr Chris Murray from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Washington says he hopes the star ratings will help people to make informed decisions about their health.

We hear from Dr Tammy Tong, a nutritional epidemiologist at Oxford University about the strengths and limitations of this approach.

Open-pit toilets

Millions of people around the world use open-pit toilets – a hole in the ground where they can see and smell other people’s waste.

The walls are often made of bits of metal and cloth and they are often shared between many families, provoking feelings of shame and disgust.

Dr Ian Ross from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has been measuring the difference a nicer toilet can have on people’s quality of life in Mozambique – with help from Zaida Adriano Cumbe who talked to families involved in the study in Maputo. P

resenter: Claudia Hammond Producer: Paula McGrath

(Picture: Tacos with grilled steak and vegetables, avocado, tomato, cilantro and lime. Photo credit: Istetiana/Getty Images.)

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