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A Few Minutes of English

Выпуск #13 / 24 ноября 2017

Smart food choices

 Hello, dear friends!

Сегодня мы решили закончить нашу гастрономическую серию небольшим уроком. Мы уверены - you will manage!

Прочитайте текст, старайтесь не пользоваться словарём и уловить основную идею. 


Making healthier choices doesn’t have to be difficult, though – even small changes count. Just fill your basket with the right foods and cut back in the not-so-good ones, and you’ll be making positive changes before you know it! It’s easier than you might think…


Eating too much of the sweet stuff causes the body to store fat, which could lead to heart disease, cancers and type 2 diabetes, so it makes sense to cut down. A child aged 4-6 years should have no more than 19g of sugar a day, 7-10 year-olds shouldn’t exceed 24g, while children over 11 and adults should stick to a maximum of 30g a day.

Lose the obvious sugars first. Sweeten your cereal with cinnamon or berries, and gradually cut back to none in tea or coffee. Watch out for sugar lurking products, too. Ingredients ending ‘ose’ (such as glucose, sucrose, and fructose) as well as corn sugar, honey and molasses are all just different types of sugar. Another simple way to cut your sugar intake is by choosing healthier drinks – a recent study found that swapping one sugary drink a day for water (or unsweetened tea or coffee) could cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a quarter. With this in mind, all Co-operative dilutable soft drinks have no added sugar, including our fantastic new range of delicious no-added-sugar juice drinks.


When it comes to putting a meal together, give vegetables the spotlight rather than meat and carbohydrates. At the Co-op we always have plenty of seasonal offers on fruit and vegetables – what we call our ‘fresh 3’ deals – so a healthy diet doesn’t need to cost the earth.

To get the balance right, make sure about a third of your plate is made up of fruit and vegetables, with another third being starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta. The remainder should be dairy and protein (such as chicken, fish, lean read meat, eggs and beans) – only a small proportion of any meal should be fatty food.

There’s no need to miss out on dessert, though. Rather than choosing ice cream, cakes, or sugary puddings, check out our fruit selection in store. Make colourful fruit kebabs or try stewed rhubarb or apples – or poached pears – with a teaspoon of low-fat, lower sugar yoghurt and flaked almonds.

And if you’re shopping in a hurry, go for our low or reduced-fat ranges – everything is calorie controlled and contains less than 3% fat or at least 50% less fat than a standard equivalent lines.


Being label savvy is also important and our handy traffic lights and clear ingredients lists make it really easy. Just check the colour-coded panel on the front of our packs to discover, at a glance, whether a food is high, medium or low in fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt.

Look out for our ‘green dot’ messages, too. We use there packs to highlight healthier choices, with messages such as ‘low fat’ and ‘1 of your 5 a day’ and you can be sure that it really is what it says. People often feel misled when products labelled as ‘low fat’ are high in sugar. Here at the Co-op we never make a low-fat claim on any food product that’s high in either sugar or salt.

So essentially you need to watch out for added sugars, go for green or amber traffic lights and pack plenty of veggies and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier diet.

         Little dictionary to help you:

cause – заставлять, причинять, зд. – побуждать

sugarlurkingproducts – продукты, скрывающие сахар

molasses – патока

withthisinmind – имея это ввиду, учитывая, зная это

givevegetablesspotlight – дать овощам возможность «блистать», уделить наибольшее внимание овощам

to cost the earth – стоитьцелоесостояние

savvy – знаток


1.      Догадайтесь и объясните значения выделенных курсивом слов на английском языке.


2.      По-английски напишите и расскажите, что обычно кушают на завтрак, обед и ужин в вашей стране. Есть ли особые блюда для праздников?



3.      Подберите синонимы и соедините:

a.       Healthy                            1. Reduce

b.      Cut                                               2. Misguided

c.       Important                         3. Invented

d.      Misled                              4. Nutritious

e.       Made up of                      5. Significant


4.      Ответьте на вопросы:

a.       What is the text about?

b.      What are the three parts that your meal should consist of?

c.       What is food traffic lights system?

d.      What diseases can cause too much sugar in your diet?

e.       According to the text, do you need to stop eating desserts? 


Дорогие друзья! Dear friends
Нам очень важно Ваше мнение, пожелания, вопросы, поэтому мы с удовольствием ждём Ваших электронных писем. 
Your opinion, requests, questions are important to us. We are looking forward to reading your emails. 
Ваши письма могут быть процитированы в нашей рассылкеWe might quote your emails in our future newsletters. 
Ваши Мария и Евгения, 

Yours, Maria and Eugenia 



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