To show that the news isn’t all doom and gloom, this week we’ve collected positive stories that all revolve around food.

From fast food ad man to nutrition evangelist

As a successful advertising executive, Dan Parker helped companies like Coca-Cola and McDonald’s shift fizzy drinks and fast food. But when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he quit ad land. Parker now uses his insight to tackle obesity.

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Mediterranean diet prevents a leading cause of blindness, study suggests

Evidence is mounting that a poor diet plays an important role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the United States.

A large collaboration of researchers from the European Union investigating the connection between genes and lifestyle on the development of AMD has found that people who adhered to a Mediterranean diet cut their risk of late-stage AMD by 41 percent.

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Major supermarket scraps ‘best before’ dates from fruit and vegetable lines

UK supermarket chain Tesco is set to remove more than 100 further best before dates from its fruit and vegetables, in response to customers saying it helps them reduce food waste.

Best before dates will be scrapped on 116 products including apples, oranges, cabbages and asparagus. This follows the supermarket removing the guidance dates from around 70 fruit and veg lines earlier in 2018.

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Supermarket introduces ‘quieter hour’ for autistic shoppers

For 60 minutes every Saturday morning all 493 shops in the UK supermarket chain Morrisons will switch off the music, dim the lights, avoid public address announcements, reduce the movement of trolleys and turn checkout beeps down. ‘Quieter hour’ – between 9-10am – is an attempt to create a calmer shopping experience for customers who have autism.

It comes after a survey by Morrisons found that one in five of its customers has a friend or family member with autism. “I was involved in the initial trial as my son is autistic and we found that these changes made a real difference,” said Angela Gray, who works at Morrisons’ Woking branch.

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Healthy recipes you can make at home

Why not try out some healthy recipes written by The Natural Alternative & Wellbeing Ltd?

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