Festive Fuel: Five Christmas Favourites

Get the nutritional lowdown on your favourite Christmas foods

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Benefits: A warming tipple can banish winter chills; or at least, that’s our excuse. We’ve even got science on our side, as a small amount of alcohol (1-2 units a day) can improve circulation.

Make it healthier: Your liver can only handle one drink an hour, so try to drink in moderation. You can limit hangovers by lining your stomach beforehand with slow-release carbohydrates that’ll keep your blood sugar levels stable (read: oats, brown rice and wholemeal bread) or by drinking milk, which helps protect your stomach lining. Discover more easy ways to drink sensibly this festive season.

Detox: Stock up your bathroom cabinet before party season starts, so you can have a hangover fix close at hand. “The herb milk thistle and the omega-6 fatty acid GLA may help some people with hangovers” advises Matt Lovell. If you’re not sure where to find sources of GLA, head to your nearest health foods store and ask for borage oil, blackcurrant seed oil or evening primrose oil.

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"Government guidelines suggest you stick to a matchbox-sized portion per day."

Which size of matchbox? The little boxes are tiny - I'd want more cheese than that! - whereas the larger boxes are pretty big - I love my cheese but not sure I would want a lump that size!

Posted: 16/12/2011 at 06:47

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