Experts launch panel to put breakfast back on the family menu

ItÂ’s the most important meal of the day and, as of today, Britain has a group of experts which are committed to highlighting all the benefits of breakfast and encouraging people to make the most of this meal.

The new Breakfast Panel, launched recently, comprises academics, researchers, GPs, nutritionists and dieticians, all of whom are passionate about getting to the bottom of why breakfast is so important. Together they will undertake independent research, review other studies, inform, educate and comment on issues about breakfast, breakfast options and breakfast consumption.

The members of The Breakfast Panel are:

• Prof Ian Banks BSc Bch MB MSc PhD

• Prof Jeya Henry BSc MSc PhD

• Prof Chris Seal BSc PhD RNutr MIFST

• Sara Stanner BSc(Hons) MSc RPHNutr

• Dr Chris Steele MBE MB ChB

Details of their biographies can be viewed on The Breakfast Panel’s web site –

A new research review from KingÂ’s College London has uncovered that:

• Breakfast usually contributes 9-36% of micronutrient intakes to the overall diet

• Skipping breakfast can lead to an unhealthy pattern of snacking on high-fat foods throughout the morning

• Eating breakfast has been linked with better test grades and school attendance in children and adolescents

• A bowl of wholegrain cereal is as good as a sports drink for recovery after exercise

• Having a wholesome breakfast such as cereal and milk is linked to eating less fat later in the day and maintaining a healthy weight

• By ensuring the consumption of recommended fibre levels this can lead to improved bowel performance – e.g. prebiotic effect

• Low GI/ high fibre breakfasts have been show to increase satiety and improve results in attention and memory tests

Breakfast cereal consumption has numerous health benefits to our wellbeing, with scientific research clearly demonstrating these health benefits. Many independent nutritionists and dieticians recommend the need for cereals as a vital dietary requirement.

Commenting further on how breakfast cereals can improve the quality of the diet, Dr Leonard, an independent advisor to the Breakfast Cereal Information Service notes: “Firstly, breakfast cereals make an important contribution to the intake of essential micronutrients, including vitamins such as B vitamins and vitamin E as well as minerals, such as magnesium and zinc. Consuming breakfast cereals with milk increases vitamin and mineral intake still further, particularly calcium, riboflavin and vitamin A.”

Dr Sanjay Prasad from the heart and stroke charity CORDA adds: “Cereals are also a valuable source of fibre. Specific products also contribute to the intake of essential fats from nuts, soluble fibre from oat-based cereals and the government’s 5-a-day fruit and vegetable target due to dried fruit content.

Dr Leonard continues: “Secondly, eating breakfast cereals is linked with improved diet quality throughout the day, not least at breakfast time itself. Evidence shows that people who eat breakfast cereals in the mornings tend to choose less fatty food, particularly snacks such as biscuits, cakes and sweets, later on. This influence on meal choice could be due to factors such as the fibre content of breakfast cereals. Fibre, of course, is associated with healthy bowel function. “

Dr Leonard adds: “Breakfast cereals are also lower in fat, including saturated fat, than most other types of breakfasts. Overall, breakfast cereal consumption is associated with eating less fat throughout the entire day, which has implications for cardiovascular health and maintenance of healthy weight. Indeed, evidence suggests that people who eat breakfast cereal are more likely to have a healthy BMI than those who don’t.

“Breakfast cereal consumption is also associated with better cognitive function, academic performance and school behaviour. Research shows that attendance at school breakfast clubs is linked with improved maths grades, while school absence and psychosocial problems are reduced.

“So in a nutshell breakfast cereals provide many health benefits and as a result, consumption of breakfast is vital and helps ensure a healthy start to the day. Unfortunately, skipping breakfast is all too common. Data shows that one in six children skips breakfast every day. Evidence shows that people who do not eat breakfast are less likely to meet their requirements for vitamin A, riboflavin, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin D and calcium. Skipping breakfast is also associated with weight gain and obesity and reduced mental function, including poor attention, memory and learning.

“Some recent information campaigns have looked at the whole issue of salt and sugar in breakfast cereals, and here the facts are very clear. Breakfast Cereals contribute less than 5% salt and sugar (some of which will be intrinsic sugars from dried fruit in many varieties) to the daily diet. Indeed, the FSA sodium target of 0.3g/100g for these products has practically been reached. By 2010, breakfast cereals will be just 0.02g/100g off this target. Evidence indicates that just 2.7% of UK sodium consumption comes from breakfast cereals. This is a direct result of the salt content of breakfast cereals being reduced by 44% since 1998.

“In terms of labelling, breakfast cereal manufacturers are also leading the way in clearer nutritional labelling via the use of Guideline Daily Amounts (GDAs). The EU project, FLABEL (Food Labelling to Advance Better Education for Life) has recently announced British breakfast cereals as the best food category in Europe for providing clear nutrition communication to consumers on packaging. The GDA labels that are now available on many cereal brands enable consumers to clearly note the levels of sugar and salt and other nutrients that are contained in a suggested portion. The label also allows people to make easy comparisons within the breakfast category and ensures they are able to monitor their nutrient intake and remain within the recommended 6g of salt as part of their daily diet. When looking at the nutritional composition of breakfast cereals it is important to look at portion size, not 100g samples. Recommended serving sizes are marked on the packs and vary from 30g to 45g. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) shows that average consumption is 33g per day for men and 27g per day for women1, with 75% of this being wholegrain and high fibre varieties.”

Looking at the whole area of claims, Dr Leonard points out: “European Union legislation has set out two further routes for improving the information provided to consumers about the content of their food. The first route provides a statement of fact about the nutritional content of the food – what is or isn’t in the product, e.g., low in salt, low in sugar or a source of fibre. The second route enables companies to explain product health benefits via scientifically validated health claims, based on evidence approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). “

“The food industry welcomes these moves, and indeed has been working towards such changes for many years. Industry supports the harmonisation of the use of scientifically substantiated nutrition and health claims made on food products, enabling consumers to make informed and meaningful choices. EFSA has recently provided opinions on 523 health claims relating to food products. Again, industry welcomes the progress made in this area and looks forward to the next steps in the process, where Member States and the European Commission agree on a common EC-wide list of accepted claims. “

In summary Dr Leonard comments: “Breakfast should account for 20% of our Guideline Daily Amount intake of key nutrients and as a result is a daily must have. And contrary to other opinions, real facts demonstrate that the UK breakfast cereal category has clear nutritional labelling on pack, enabling the consumer to make well informed decisions over the contents of their food.”

Safe salt levels for kids – ask the experts in live webchat


London: Do you worry about what goes into your kidÂ’s food? Do you find it difficult to know which foods are high in additives? Children are very sensitive to what they eat, particularly when it comes to salt intake. Eating a high salt diet in childhood can significantly push blood pressure up meaning children who have an excess of salt in their diet have a higher blood pressure than those who eat the right amount.

To celebrate Salt Awareness Week which takes place from the 28th of January to the 4th of February weÂ’ve got nutritionist Jo Butten coming into the studio. SheÂ’s popping in to give you some professional guidance on how to keep your childÂ’s salt intake down. She will also be showing you which foods have a high salt content and which foods are okay to serve up on a regular basis.

Being an expert on the effects certain foods can have on the body Jo will also be able to answer any questions you have on the long-term impact of high salt impact on you and your children. If your childÂ’s diet is an issue that concerns you why not come along and submit a question? Knowing that you are doing everything you can for your childÂ’s health will not only give you peace of mind but will also get you and the rest of the family into better eating practices.

Jo Butten joins us live online at on Monday 28th January at 15:00 (GMT-1) to discuss salt intake for children

If you would like to post a question in advance you can do so online here:”

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Renew Medica opens new clinic in Harrods London


Renew Medica, a leader in non-surgical cosmetic procedures in London and the South East, has opened a new clinic at Harrods in London.

On offer at Harrods and its other 14 clinics in the South East is a full-range of of on invasive skin treatments on offer including Laser Hair Removal, Photo-Rejuvenation (IPL), Skin Health Restoration, Micro-Dermabrasion, Botox, Wrinkle Treatment, Hyperhidrosis Control, Dermal Fillers and MesoGlow, to VISIA Complexion Analysis System, Remedial Electrolysis, (spelling) Micro-Pigmentation, Facial Chemical Peels and Sclerotherapy.

Clinical Director, Dr Sach Mohan, leads Renew MedicaÂ’s impeccable team of doctors, nurses and aestheticians.

He comments, “With such a fantastic team of skin experts and specialists, I am proud to say that Renew Medica is leading the Industry in advanced skin treatments and laser hair removal, with the highest level of service and clinical results. To announce the opening of our new flagship site within the Urban Retreat, Harrods is another milestone for us, but we will continue to make Renew Medica more accessible and affordable to all, and we look forward to build on our current 14 clinics.”

Renew Medica’s Harrods Flagship Site will also conduct Body Contouring and Skin Tightening treatments – The Accent System – a painless dual mode radio frequency device used for the treatment of Cellulite, body and facial skin tightening and contouring to help eliminate stubborn fat areas that diet and exercise alone are unable to remove. The Accent system is already accruing a phenomenal response, and this safe, non invasive treatment requires fewer sessions than other popular systems with longer lasting results, and finally gives a genuine alternative to those not wishing to go under the knife.

The most popular chain in London for Laser Hair Removal, Renew Medica is the one of the few practices that offers a variety of Laser treatment systems, according to different skin types, contrary to most clinics, who only offer one treatment type for all. The three types of Laser treatment that Renew Medica offers are: YAG – for ethnic skin types; Alex – for extremely fair skin; and Diode – for all other skin types. Renew Medica will also be launching the new Soprano XL System, the revolutionary painless laser hair removal system.

“Not all Lasers are the same, and clinical results and efficacy vary, depending on the technology used and whether this is appropriate for your skin type.”

Renew Medica is also renowned for the unique Botox Wrinkle Treatment it offers to clients. Creating a natural look by perfecting the technique, avoiding the frozen look associated with American practitioners, the artistry adopted by the Renew Medica specialists revolves around appreciating each individualÂ’s facial anatomy. As well as the obvious purpose of removing facial lines, the Botox treatment at Renew Medica is also effective in inducing and augmenting eyebrows, eliminating tension headaches and excessive sweating, especially popular amongst the hand shaking right palms of city executives.

With climate change and increased exposure to environmental pollution accelerating the rise in poor skin health, another popular service offered by Renew Medica is the superior quality skin analysis. Adopting the technologically advanced Visia skin mapping system, which allows for the identification and monitoring of common skin conditions such as the extent of sun damage to the skin, wrinkling, vascular lesions and hyperpigmentation, Renew Medica has established itself as the leading provider of Skin Health Restoration treatments, and a full range of treatment options are provided, to improve the clientÂ’s skin.

Cosmedix, the cosmeceutical range of plant botanicals-based skin care products carried by Renew Medica offers a variety of retinol based creams.

Hailed as the Holy Grail in Anti-aging, retinol helps in increasing skin cell production, collagen synthesis and blood supply. Renew Medica skin experts also offer effective treatments for acne, sun damage, dark patches and open pores, that are available following a thorough skin analysis and consultation using the Visia or Woods Lamp.

For further information on Renew Medica please visit or call 0800 027 2029. Renew Medica clinics in London are located in Oxford Circus, Bayswater, Hampstead, City, Knightsbridge, New Kings Rd, Winchmore Hill, Weybridge, Croydon, Richmond, Muswell Hill, Barnet, Holloway Rd and Harrods.


• Appointments can be made by calling free-phone 0800 027 2029, or emailing

• Renew Medica Clinics:

Oxford Circus 28 Maddox Street, Oxford Circus, London W1S 1PR
T: 020 7499 4904 E:

Bayswater 160 Queensway, London W2 6LY
T: 020 7221 2219 E:

Hampstead Oriel Court, 12 Heath Street, Hampstead, NW3 6TE
T: 020 7435 1199 E:

City 26 Widegate Street, London E1 7HP
T: 020 7247 0500 E:

Knightsbridge 26 Beauchamp Place, London SW6 4RE
T: 020 7584 6691 E:

New Kings Road 291 New Kings Road, London SW6 4RE
T: 020 7348 7111 E:

Winchmore Hill 948 Green Lanes, London N21 2AD
T: 020 8360 3108 E:

Weybridge 11-15 Baker Street, Weybridge, KT13 8AE
T: 01932 858 099 E:

Croydon 105 High Street, Croydon CRO 1QG
T: 020 8681 7318 E:

Richmond 157 St Margarets Road High, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 1RD
T: 020 8744 2427 E:

Muswell Hill 22-24 Muswell Hill, London N10 3RT

Barnet 152 High Street, Herts EN5 5QP
T: 020 8440 0443 E:

Holloway Rd 258 Holloway Road London N7 6NE
T: 020 7607 5212 E:

Harrods Urban Retreat, Fifth Floor, Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
T: 020 7893 8333 E:

Life begins at 100 say longevity experts

Bali: Medical breakthroughs hold out the prospect of living longer and healthier lives, with current life span norms set to be turned on their head, according to anti-ageing experts.

“Life begins at 100? This is an unthinkable today, but in the future, 100 can be pretty young,” Robert M. Goldman, chairman of the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine, told a conference on the resort island of Bali.

Stem cells, nanotechnology, genetic engineering and therapeutic cloning are being used in the relatively new field of anti-ageing medicine.

Goldman instanced a calendar with naked pictures of actress Sophia Loren at the age of 71 wearing only a pair of earrings underlined how perceptions of age had changed.

“If somebody told you 14 years ago that they were going to have a former sex symbol pose in earrings only, you would have been disgusted or you would have closed your eyes,” he said. “Today she looks great at the age of 71.”

Stem cell therapy will allow people to regain lost hair, remove wrinkles by renewing skins, and grow new nerves for paralysed patients, Michael Klentze, director of the Klentze Institute of Anti-Ageing in Munich, Germany, told Reuters.

Stem cells have the ability to act as a repair system for the body, because they can divide and differentiate, replenishing other cells as long as the host organism is alive.

“People who have hair loss they can hope in the next months they’ve got new hair, not strange hair, but their own hair,” he said.

He said a new method called proteomic diagnostics could detect prostate cancer through a urine test years before regular scans discovered it.

“We can stop the progress of a prostate cancer and we don’t need a biopsy or anything else. No operation, no nothing.”

He said people had different risk factors depending on gene mutations inherited from their ancestors and if these factors were identified and measured correctly, people could expect to live longer and healthier.

“If you measure these very exactly, then you know very early you should change your lifestyle. But it is very important not to start this when you’re 85 years, but start at 40 or 45,” he said.

Klentze disputed, however, Goldman’s concept of life beginning at 100.

“There’s a limit to how long you can live. It’s not possible and it’s not what we want. We want a normal life, 85 or whatever but healthy,” he said.

“US males are more into life extension, they’re talking about life extension, living 150 years. For the Europeans, it’s more live a good life, vital and healthy.”

Both these experts will speak at Anti-Ageing London, a conference held at the Royal College of Physicians in Wimpole Street London from 15-17 September – for more information go to