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On the website I note you have listed a good food suggestion Almond and Oatmeal COOKIES. These are loaded with a high sugar content. Would you say this is a good idea for a health organisation to promote unhealthy food. Why not fruit & veg?

On the website I note you have listed a good food suggestion Almond and Oatmeal COOKIES. These are loaded with a high sugar content. Would you say this is a good idea for a health organisation to promote unhealthy food. Why not fruit & veg?

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The answer

Thank you for your comments.

The article you refer to was part of an information source for people who want a ‘pick me up’ using ingredients that are easily sourced and affordable. Other recipe ideas that have been posted use fruit and vegetables and these are usually based on the topic being discussed in that particular article..

As health professionals we recommend a good balanced diet including carbohydrates, dairy, meat and fruit and vegetables. Ideally people should restrict their sugar intake to less than 30g of sugar per day. Sites frequently suggested here at Ask the Expert to support these recommendations include:

Healthy eating - NHS

British Heart Foundation

Healthy eating - Nutrition.org.uk

In this particular recipe the sugar content is indeed higher than recommended but the other nutritional elements focused on were the provision of a good carbohydrate and magnesium source which could help regulate blood sugar levels and increase magnesium levels which would then help improve mental wellbeing. Of course recipes can be altered to adjust to individual tastes and improve nutritional intake.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses