The Spaniards will abuse meals prepared during these Christmases

The food excesses that Spaniards usually commit during the Christmas celebrations will have more serious health consequences this year due to the abuse of pre-cooked food, whose tendency has grown during the pandemic. This is affirmed by the dietitian-nutritionist of Madrid Silvia Moreno, when analysing data from the Healthy Food Foundation of the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences (SEDCA). The Spanish eat up to 30% more of the calories recommended during these holidays, according to the SEDCA Foundation The Spanish eat up to 30% more of the calories recommended during these

 

 

 


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The Spanish eat up to 30% more of the calories recommended during these holidays, according to the SEDCA Foundation

The food excesses that Spaniards usually commit during the Christmas celebrations will have more serious health consequences this year due to the abuse of pre-cooked food, whose tendency has grown during the pandemic. This is affirmed by the dietitian-nutritionist of Madrid Silvia Moreno, when analysing data from the Healthy Food Foundation of the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences (SEDCA).

This Foundation warns that Spaniards usually eat up to 30% more of the calories recommended during the holidays for food excesses with food and drink, but this percentage can be increased this Christmas, as prepared dishes tend to be more caloric than homemade preparations. In addition, they usually have more fat and sugar content. All this can result in the appearance of worse digestions, feeling of discomfort, heaviness or gastrointestinal alterations such as diarrhea, nausea, reflux or symptoms of acidity.

From the pharmacy, consultations with digestive problems are also beginning to be perceived, according to César Valera, a community pharmacist and a member of Medical Plants of the Official Pharmaceutical College of Madrid. “The pharmacists recommend enjoying the parties in a healthy way, without excesses, and when they consult us on solutions we recommend taking pharmaceutical preparations of Marian cardo or aloe vera”, he explains. The Marian cardo is approved by the European Medicine Agency for symptomatic relief of digestive disorders, feeling of fullness and indigestion and to maintain the good functioning of the liver and aloe vera is used as gastric protector.

From weeks before Christmas there is already more consumption of fat-rich foods and sugars. Only traditional Christmas dinner can contain up to 1,400 calories, which triples the recommended amount, according to the Healthy Food Foundation. These figures would increase with the consumption of pre-cooked meals.

Insane food due to prices
According to a study conducted by the consultant Gelt, the increase in prices has led many Spaniards to reduce their budget for the shopping basket and to look for cheaper and simpler alternatives for these parties as pre-cooked dishes and fast food. In this same sense, the Report on the purchase of food for Christmas celebrations in Spain of ALDI It emphasizes that the dishes prepared among those families that plan to spend less budget these Christmases are becoming increasingly important.

Marian meat and aloe vera to protect the digestive system
From the pharmacy there are preparations that help protect the digestive system from excesses. The Marian cardo, a medicinal plant that has been marketed for years in the Arkocápsulas® range, favors the proper functioning of the digestive system and the protection of the liver. This is due to its high content in silimarin, a natural antioxidant and hepatoprotector, which helps to compensate the toxicity generated, among other things, by alcohol abuse. “It is a medicinal plant with numerous scientific publications that has the support of the Medicines Agency, and that it is recommended to take in the form of capsules to take advantage of its active principles,” says César Valera.

As for the aloe vera, “every time it is more used by mouth due to its protective activity of the gastric mucosa and the intestine. There are evidence that shows us its protective and healing activity of the intestinal mucosa thanks to the mucilages it contains, polysaccharides and glucomananos”, he says. Arkocápsulas® Aloe Vera BIO, a 100% vegetable formula, this year's novelty in the Arkopharma Laboratory catalogue.

Healthy eating tips at Christmas
César Valera provides five healthy eating tips these Christmases and prevent stomach swelling, burning, indigestion or nausea:

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The Spaniards will abuse meals prepared during these Christmases

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