Food has been in the regional and national press this week. Just in time for our new monthly food news round-up. With Easter looming, some unusual chocolate constructions have been unveiled. These include the mighty Creme Egg Yorkshire pudding which has been created by a Cardiff pub. The Cedar Tree Farm has ingeniously combined sponge cakes with Crème Eggs, white and orange fondant inside a giant Yorkshire pudding. Claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK, the dessert is the latest Easter treat being served up in Wales, after The Cottage Coffee Shop & Lunch Bar launched cheesecake-filled Easter eggs.
Prison FoodStaying in Wales, it was announced this week that pies made by prisoners have been crowned champion at the renowned British Pie Awards. The Custodial Pie Corporation is a joint scheme between HMP Berwyn in Wrexham and Dylan’s restaurant company. The hard work of the restaurant and a group of prisoners plus catering staff and three senior chefs from Dylan’s made the perfect pie and pasty recipe, using Welsh produce.
Nutrient Content of FoodOf course, this is not the only food news. KFC’s chicken crisis continues and a new debate has sparked up over the sugar content in fruit and vegetables. According to a recent analysis, different types of fruit and veg can contain up to twice as many nutrients. While others have significantly lower levels of sugars and calories. Here’s a summary of some facts:
- Purple cabbage is better than green with ten times more Vitamin A and twice the amount of iron. It also has 36 antioxidants that have been shown to ward off cancer and even improve memory.
- Canned sweetcorn contains 44% more beta carotene than fresh. The canning processes breaks down corn’s tough cell walls, making it easier for the body to access this important nutrient.
- Red dates contain about 60% fewer calories, 10% more fibre and half the sugar content than regular dates.
- Red and black grapes as opposed to green grapes contain resveratrol, catechins and proanthocyanidins. These are all linked to the prevention of various cancers including breast, colon and lung.
- A Granny Smith apple has around 6g less sugar than a Gala.