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YORKSHIREMAN: Philip Bull, Managing Director of Eurostar Commodities with the ‘healthy’ spelt and rye flour packs

YORKSHIREMAN: Philip Bull, Managing Director of Eurostar Commodities with the ‘healthy’ spelt and rye flour packs


Yorkshire company doubles production of ‘healthy’ chapati flour with low GI suitable for diabetics

“Spelt and Rye are one of the oldest cultivated grains

A Yorkshire company is leading the game as a supplier the finest commodities and innovative ingredients, is to double production of its chapati flours.

In what the West Yorkshire company - Eurostar Commodities, calls a massive trend toward healthy alternatives, as the leading supplier of sales of Spelt and Rye chapati flour they’ve exceeded all expectations in its launch year.

Spelt and Rye chapati flour blends older grains of rye and spelt to produce a tasty chapati, high in quality and with the softness and flexibility required for producing a great result.

Produced by Eurostar’s development team, who trialled different grains and blends to create the optimum combination of rye and spelt, the product is available in two chapati flour varieties: Medium brown and Wholemeal.

Rye and spelt give a rich hearty taste and retain a larger quantity of nutrients than other types of grains when milled. They’re a good source of fibre and minerals and are higher in protein than wheat flour. Because they are low GI the products are also good for diabetics.

Spelt is one of the oldest cultivated grains tracing is roots more than 6,000 years back to ancient Mesopotamia. Spelt has kept many of its original characteristics which provide an impressive nutritional profile, along with ease of digestibility and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Rye is also a very good source of dietary fibre, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin B1.

Philip Bull, Managing Director of Eurostar commodities says: “We are delighted by the success of this product and it reflects a larger consumer trend toward ingredients which have increased health benefits.

“Many of these products, because of their more natural processing have enhanced flavour properties and increased absorption benefits. We are excited to continue developing new products in this area.”

Eurostar is an innovative family business from Yorkshire, formed in 1994. The company supplies over 10,000 tonnes of product to the UK and Europe every year, and are experts in ingredients. Eurostar source the finest grains in small supply chains to ensure quality and provenance.

The company also supplies gluten-free and organic flours.


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FULL FUNCTIONING RECOVERY: Symptoms improved when patients with schizophrenia took up aerobic exercise

FULL FUNCTIONING RECOVERY: Symptoms improved when patients with schizophrenia took up aerobic exercise

Exercise can tackle symptoms of schizophrenia

According to a new study from University of Manchester researchers, aerobic exercise can significantly help people coping with the long-term mental health condition - schizophrenia.

Through combining data from 10 independent clinical trials with a total of 385 patients with schizophrenia, Joseph Firth found that around 12 weeks of aerobic exercise training can significant improve patients’ brain functioning.

The study by Mr Firth, Dr Brendon Stubbs and Professor Alison Yung is published in ‘Schizophrenia Bulletin’, the world’s leading journal on schizophrenia and one of leading periodicals in Psychiatry.

Schizophrenia’s acute phase is typified by hallucinations and delusions, which are usually treatable with medication.

However, most patients are still troubled with pervasive ‘cognitive deficits’; including poor memory, impaired information processing and loss of concentration.

The research showed that patients who are treated with aerobic exercise programs, such as treadmills and exercise bikes, in combination with their medication, will improve their overall brain functioning more than those treated with medications alone.

Mr Firth continued: “Using exercise from the earliest stages of the illness could reduce the likelihood of long-term disability, and facilitate full, functional recovery for patients.”

The areas which were most improved by exercising were patients’ ability to understand social situations; their attention spans, and their ‘working memory’ – or how much information they can hold in mind at one time.

There was also evidence among the studies that programs which used greater amounts of exercise and those which were most successful for improving fitness, had the greatest effects on cognitive functioning.

Mr Firth said: “Cognitive deficits are one aspect of schizophrenia which is particularly problematic.

“They hinder recovery and impact negatively upon people’s ability to function in work and social situations. Furthermore, current medications for schizophrenia do not treat the cognitive deficits of the disorder.

“We are searching for new ways to treat these aspects of the illness, and now research is increasingly suggesting that physical exercise can provide a solution.”

He added: “These findings present the first large-scale evidence supporting the use of physical exercise to treat the neurocognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia.”