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Agave Syrup

Information about the agave plant, it’s uses as a sweetener and an alternative to sugar. Including some recipes and serving suggestions.

Agave Syrup – To good to be true?

Agave has recently been compared to high fructose corn syrup, and caused concern amongst some health food enthusiasts. What is the truth behind this issue?

Calcium levels in food

Calcium is important in a healthy diet, especially in the prevention of the brittle bone disease osteoporosis. This document explains the importance of calcium, and highlights foods with a high calcium content.

Diet and its Effect on Atopic Reactions in Children

Explores food and it’s relationship to conditions like asthma, hayfever, and eczema in children. Helps to identify foods which may trigger these conditions and explains treatment methods.

Diet and Pregnancy

This page looks at healthy eating during pregnancy, covers nutritional requirements, and looks at foods to avoid eating when pregnant.

Different Fair Trade Organisations

In the UK, we are mainly familiar with the Fairtrade Foundation, and it’s blue and green yin- yang style symbol. There are many other worldwide organisations who certify fair trade products, and work towards developing and supporting small scale growers and farming cooperatives. This document looks at these groups, and explains their work.

Eco-friendly Household Cleaning Products and Beauty Products

Cleans up the confusion about Eco-friendly and green cleaning products. Which ingredients are harmful to the environment and should be avoided? What makes a product safe to use? Which ingredients should be avoided in shampoos, creams and deodorants? A guide to going natural.

Essential Fatty Acids

Eating fat is an essential part of a healthy diet, but there are different types of fat in the food that we eat. This paper looks at saturated fats, mono-unsaturated fats, poly-unsaturated fats, and omega fatty acids, and looks at how to get the right amount of good fat in to our diet.

Food Allergies and Intolerance

Looks at the common causes of food intolerance, symptoms and treatment

Gluten-free Diet and Advice

This document identifies foods that are free-from gluten and safe for people to eat that are intolerant to wheat or have coeliac disease. It also looks at how a vegetarian or vegan can follow a gluten-free diet.

How to Care for Your Commodities

Suma supplies a wide range of commodities in bulk, catering and retail sizes including dried beans, cereals, fruit and grains. This guide gives you further information about caring for your commodities and answers some of the questions we are most often asked.

How to get a License to sell Alcohol

This guide is an explanation of how to gain a license to sell alcohol. It should be used as an indication to unlicensed shops of the steps they will need to take, and approximate costs of becoming licensed based on Suma’s experience.

Issues Surrounding Diabetes

This guide looks at diet advice for people who suffer with diabetes. It covers which foods should be eaten, which foods should be avoided, and the importance of physical activity and exercise.

Omega 3 Fats

Looks in detail at Omega 3 fats, and gives information of vegetarian and vegan sources of Omega fatty acids, which are an essential part of a healthy diet.

Salt Consumption

Looks at salt consumption and it’s effect on the body as part of our diet. Explains how much salt it is recommended to eat, and which foods can contain high levels of salt.