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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Food Guide > December 2018 > HAIR of the DOG, SOGGY SPROUTS & OTHER FESTIVE FANCIES …unwrapped!


Some of the received ‘wisdom’ handed out at Christmas is at best misleading and at worst, potentially dangerous. Dietitian Juliette Kellow dispels the season’s most popular food and drink myths to help you stay healthy and happy over the holidays

MYTH 1 Cuting a cros into the base of brusels sprouts helps them cok properly

THE THEORY GOES that the criss-cross in the base helps sprouts cook more quickly on the inside – not so idiotic in the days when they were much larger. But it’s likely to leave today’s smaller varieties overcooked, water-logged and mushy. Boiling them for too long also destroys water-soluble vitamin C. Sprouts are packed with other nutrients, too, including potassium, folate, eye-friendly antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, and glucosinolates, which form a cancer-busting compound called sulforaphane in the body. If you do end up with waterlogged sprouts, turn them into bubble and squeak by mashing them with other veg and frying in a little olive oil. You don’t always want to keep them whole, either. Try cutting them in half, boiling for 1–2 min, then frying in a little olive oil with some onion, pancetta and chestnuts and a grind of black pepper. Or shred uncooked sprouts and mix with shredded red cabbage, carrot and onion and light mayo to make a festive coleslaw.


A survey of 1,000 adults in January 2018 revealed that last Christmas…

*38% did no exercise at all between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

*27% ate chocolate for breakfast

*18% demolished an entire cheeseboard

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