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Modern life is so fast-paced that it can be difficult to keep a healthy balance of nutrients in the food you eat. Sugar is one of these nutrients, and the cells in the body would die without it.


Consuming too much sugar, however, raises the risk of several dangerous health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, increased pressure on the heart and blood vessels, and dental decay.

It is estimated that the average person in the United States consumes around 19.5 teaspoons, or 82 grams (g) of sugar, per day. That is over double the amount recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA), which is 9 teaspoons per day for men and 6 teaspoons for women.

To keep control of sugar levels, it can be helpful to know just how much sugar is in the most widely-available foods. This MNT Knowledge Center article is a one-stop resource listing the sugar content for a range of both processed and natural foods that people in the U.S. eat every day.


Fast facts on sugar content
Men should eat no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day and women no more than 6.
Chocolate bars, sweet cereals, and soda often contain high levels of added sugar.
Fruits contain natural sugars that are less harmful than the sugar found in processed food.
Regularly consuming too much sugar increases the risk of heart disease.


Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that belongs to a class of chemically related sweet-tasting substances. It is available in many different forms.

The three main types of sugar are sucrose, lactose, and fructose.

Even though cells need glucose to survive, consuming too much can cause health problems.

The AHA says that added sugars contribute zero nutrients and are empty calories “that can lead to extra pounds, or even obesity, thereby reducing heart health.”

Being aware of the existing and added sugar content in foods and drinks is vital to overall health. So many products have sugar added to them that, in the modern food market, people must take extra steps to avoid consuming more than the recommended amount.

In March 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) published new guidelines recommending that adults and children reduce their intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5 percent is associated with additional health benefits.

The term “free sugars” refers to any glucose, fructose, and sucrose added to foods and drinks, as well as the sugars that occur naturally in syrups, honey, and fruit juice. The term does not apply to the natural sugars found in fresh fruit, vegetables, or milk because there is no evidence linking these sugars to health problems.

A single teaspoon of sugar is around 4 g. The AHA recommendation for daily added sugar intake, 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men, is equal to 24 g and 36 g of added sugar, respectively.


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What to know about free-range eggs


In general, hens that are free to roam in their houses and have access to some outside space produce free-range eggs. Hens that live in cages without any roaming opportunities produce cage eggs.


Many egg cartons carry the free-range label. While this does mean that the hens have some access to roaming and possibly outdoor space, there are no uniform standards as to what constitutes free-range eggs.


Regulators classify eggs as grade AA, A, or B depending on the quality of the product and the appearance and condition of the shell.

Egg cartons bearing a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shield means that regulators have checked the eggs for quality and weight.

Farmers pay a fee to join this voluntary scheme.

Egg color:
The breed of the chicken will determine the color of the eggshell. Typically, white hens produce white eggs, and brown hens lay brown-shelled eggs.

Production method:
Free-range means hens have adequate space to move around inside their houses and have access to an outdoor space where they can roam freely. It is just one example of the different egg production methods.

Others include:

Conventional cage eggs: This refers to the intensive farming method whereby eggs come from hens predominately living in cages.
Cage-free eggs: Hens are free to roam inside barns, but do not have access to outdoor space.
Organic eggs: Organic eggs may carry the USDA Certified Organic label. This means farmers feed and house the hens according to USDA’s organic standards. The hens eat a vegetarian diet that is free from pesticides and antibiotics. They also have access to the outdoors.
Defining free-range eggs
Under USDA regulations, free-range eggs must come from hens that can move about freely both vertically and horizontally in indoor houses.

Because there are no definitive standards on how much space hens should have, different farms use a variety of housing systems. Some keep their chickens in aviaries with multiple tiers or floors, but this is not always the case.

Hens that produce free-range eggs must have access to fresh food and water. They must also be able to go outside whenever they want throughout their laying cycle. Often hen enclosures have fences or netting.

Farms that produce free-range eggs must create an environment that allows their hens to exhibit natural behaviors. They must provide facilities that enable the birds to live as naturally as possible, such as scratching areas, perches, and nests. Farmers also need to protect their hens from predators and give them access to litter.

While farmers keep cage-free hens in similar conditions, they do not need to have access to outside space.



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Eggs are delicious, satisfying and ready in 20 minutes

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Restorative Baked Eggs
Restorative baked eggs need no formal recipe – they can be made in minutes from whatever is in your kitchen cupboard or fridge. Photograph: Jackie Middleton
Whether you’ve resolved to fight food waste, cut back on brunches out, or just eat a little healthier – a brunch of baked eggs will hit the spot quickly, and can be prepared with minimal fuss. It’s restorative if you’re starting the decade out with a sore head, and also works at lunch or dinner time.

This dish can combine various leftovers you’ll find in a stocked, post-Christmas fridge, but it can also be pulled together using pantry staples.

Restorative baked eggs
Pretty much any small, oven-safe bowl, ramekin, dish or tray will work for this dish. Individual portions will allow you to tailor each serve to specific dietary needs and whims. This dish works well with leftover roast vegetables and preserved meats, which will warm up as the eggs cook. Thinly sliced and quick-cooking raw ingredients like baby spinach and cherry tomatoes can also be used.



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The entire tech world is debating the consequences of artificial intelligence and the part AI is going to play in shaping our future. While we might think that AI is at least a few years away from causing any considerable effects on our lives, the fact remains that it is already having an enormous impact on us. Artificial intelligence is affecting our decisions and our lifestyles every day. Don’t believe me? Well, read along as we tell you 10 examples of artificial intelligence you are using in your daily life:

Examples of Artificial Intelligence


Smart Cars and Drones
Talking about the AI, there is no better and more prominent display of this technology than what smart car and drone manufacturers are doing with it. Just a few years back, using a fully automatic car was a dream, however, now companies like Tesla have made so much progress that we already have a fleet of semi-automatic cars on the road.

Companies like Amazon and Walmart are heavily investing in drone delivery programs and it will become a reality far sooner than what you expect. If you think that’s far-fetched, do note that militaries all over the world are already using successful drone programs.


Social Media Feeds
If you are thinking that smart cars don’t personally effect you as they are still not in your country or city, well, how about something which you use on a daily basis. Even if you are living under a rock, there’s a high probability that you are tweeting from underneath it. If Twitter’s not your choice of poison, maybe it’s Facebook or Instagram, or Snapchat or any of the myriad of social media apps out there. Well, if you are using social media, most of your decisions are being impacted by artificial intelligence.


Music and Media Streaming Services
Another great example of how AI impacts our lives are the music and media streaming services that we are using on a daily basis. Whether you are using Spotify, Netflix, or YouTube, AI is making the decisions for you. You might feel that you are in total control but you are not. And as it is with everything, sometimes its good and sometimes it bad. For example, I love the Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify as it has introduced me to several new artists which I wouldn’t have been introduced to if not for the AI gods at Spotify.


Navigation and Travel
By now you must be convinced of the fact that AI is impacting our lives on a daily basis. However, if there are still some skeptics out there let us take a few more example. How about the navigation and travel industry? I mean, most of us travel from time to time and use the navigation on almost a daily basis. Do you know that whether you are using Google or Apple Maps for navigating, or calling an Uber, or booking a flight ticket, you are using AI? Well, if you didn’t know that before, it’s time that you open your eyes. Both Google and Apple along with other navigation services use artificial intelligence to interpret hundreds of thousands of data point that they receive to give you real-time traffic data. When you are calling an Uber, both the pricing and the car that matches your ride request is decided by AI. As you can see, AI plays a significant role in how we reach from point A to point B.


Security and Surveillance
While we can all debate the ethics of using a broad surveillance system, there’s no denying the fact that it is being used and AI is playing a big part in that. It is not possible for humans to keep monitoring multiple monitors with feeds from hundreds if not thousands of cameras at the same time, and hence, using AI makes perfect sense. With technologies like object recognition and facial recognition getting better and better every day, it won’t be long when all the security camera feeds are being monitored by an AI and not a human. While there’s still time before AI can be fully implemented, this is going to be our future.


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The family in 2050: artificial wombs, robot carers and the rise of single fathers by choice



Technology and economics could radically change our understanding of the family in years to come – and deepen inherited privilege

Tue 31 Dec 2019 01.00 EST

In 2004, when the year 2020 sounded futuristic, the Guardian predicted it would by now be “very hard” to talk about a “typical family”. Domestic units would be formed in myriad ways and “children living with both their biological parents in the same household” would be in the minority.

This hasn’t quite panned out. In the UK today, 84% of babies are born to parents who are married, in a civil partnership or co-habiting, although the statistics don’t reveal all the real-life complexities (many of the parents will be starting second families, for instance). In 2019, 61% of families with dependent children have married or civil-partnered parents (the children may not be biologically related to both). In the US, fewer than half of children are living with two biological parents who are in their first marriage.

We correctly predicted that, in heterosexual couples, an increasing number of women would be the breadwinner, but don’t imagine these are all high-earning women easily carrying the financial burden; most are low-earners, and the figures include single mothers. And we said that financial pressures on young adults would lead to people staying at home for longer. There has been a 46.3% increase in the number of young adults living with their parents in the two decades to 2019.

But we overstated the attention we would be giving to the issue of how to care for an ageing population. “By 2020,” we predicted, “we will be in the middle of the debate on the care deficit.” The crisis is still there, and growing, but it is one of those issues that has been overshadowed, and exacerbated, by Brexit (there are 104,000 EU citizens working as carers in the UK). And we understated the extent to which we would invite technology into our family lives. “Webcams might by 2020 be playing the role the telephone did in the 20th century, a vital communication link for families who might live hundreds of miles apart,” we predicted in 2004. This wasn’t wrong, but the quaint idea of “webcams” – this was three years before Apple launched its iPhone, and everyone started uploading photographs of their children to a new site called Facebook – doesn’t quite describe the proliferation of tech in everyday life.

It’s certainly true that the family has changed immensely over the past few decades, and those trends are continuing. The number of people living alone is increasing, as is the number of women choosing not to have children, and we are having fewer children than before, too. “A key change in family structure since the 1980s has been the rise of childbearing within cohabitation,” says Ann Berrington, professor of demography and social statistics at the University of Southampton. “The proportion of births that take place in England and Wales outside marriage has doubled from around a quarter in 1988 to just under half today. Cohabiting families – with and without children – are the fastest-growing type of family in England and Wales. Evidence from qualitative research that we have undertaken suggests that while marriage is being rejected by a minority as an outdated, patriarchal institution, most people still view it in a positive light and as an ultimate goal.” The number of same-sex couples has also risen, she says: “An increase of 53%, from 152,000 in 2015 to 232,000 in 2018. It seems likely that this diversity in family life will continue to increase in the coming decade, along with complex families – for example, stepfamilies resulting from repartnering.”

There have been developments in reproductive technology alongside changing social attitudes. “Certainly, since the turn of this century, the two have come together to create family types that just wouldn’t have been possible before,” says Susan Golombok, the director of the Centre for Family Research at Cambridge University, and author of the forthcoming book We Are Family. But, she adds: “It’s hard to tell whether they are going to explode into something or not. One thing that we are studying is a small but growing number of people who are meeting each other over the internet in order to have children together, without a romantic relationship. We don’t know how that works out for them or for the children yet, but it’s certainly happening.

“Over the past couple of decades, we’ve seen quite a rise in the number of single mothers by choice – the single women who decide to go it alone and have children, through donor insemination – but we’re now beginning to see single fathers by choice. It’s a very small group, but they do exist. Some of them are gay men, so that, in a way, is more obvious, but there are also single heterosexual men having children through surrogacy and egg donation. That’s something that may grow.”

There is also a rise in the number of transgender parents. “Until very recently, transgender parents had children and then transitioned afterwards, but because of developments in assisted reproduction and people being able to preserve eggs and sperm, more transgender people are having children after their transition.” She says this is likely to increase in the coming decades.

Advances in technology will create ever-bigger ethical debates. So-called “designer babies” are already a reality, with parents able to select embryos to screen out inherited diseases and conditions. But by 2050, prospective parents could pay to select not only for good health but for traits such as intelligence, attractiveness or athleticism – the babies of rich parents could be genetically superior to those born to lower-income families.

“Artificial eggs and sperm are on the horizon,” says Golombok, “which will not just be helpful for infertile heterosexual couples but will allow same-sex couples to both be the biological parents of their children, because that will mean men can produce eggs and sperm, and so can women. For single people who want to have children, it would even be possible for them to produce eggs and sperm.”

Genetic testing will become more popular, and it will be harder for parents to keep secret from their children that they were conceived using donated eggs or sperm (although disclosure is widely considered to be a good thing). Ancestry websites will be used to discover genetic half-siblings. But genetics are not all-important to the concept of family. “Family is no longer necessarily about biological relatedness – that is something that has changed a lot,” says Golombok.

We are already seeing uterus transplants, but by 2050, we may be relying on artificial wombs to grow our babies. “They are being developed at the moment initially to help with very premature babies to replicate, as far as possible, the human uterus. But eventually it’s possible that artificial wombs will be used instead of pregnancy.” That could free up women for whom pregnancy – and its related physical and psychological toll, as well as the financial hit they take when taking time out from their careers – is something to be endured, rather than enjoyed. “I think first it will probably be used for women who don’t have their own wombs – the women who might, at the moment, turn to surrogacy,” says Golombok. “But actually, anybody could do this, so it could be quite liberating in some ways for women. Some women wouldn’t like the idea at all. Also, I can see ways in which it could be used in a rather worrying way, almost like ‘baby farms’.”

A growing number of women are freezing their eggs, and the age at which women have their first child is also rising. In 2050, will it be more normal for women in their 50s, or even 60s and beyond, to become mothers? “It is technically possible,” says Golombok. “Whether many women would actually want to do that seems unlikely to me. But, generally, there will certainly be more women having babies in their 40s, unless there is a huge change in mindset.” Experts have already called for children to be educated about natural fertility decline, which could mean future generations decide to have children earlier. But society isn’t set up to support that, Golombok points out – from the price of education to the lack of state support, and the cost of housing. “The age at which women are having children is going up and up, and I can’t really see an end to that.”


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2010-2019: a decade in pictures


The Guardian’s picture editors take a look back at some of the news photography that has defined the past 10 years

From the earthquake in Haiti at the start of 2010, the decade was defined by successive international refugee crises, natural disasters and conflict. In the UK, a joyful London Olympics preceded the spectre of a split with Europe as the world’s population faced up to an overheating planet.


The wave from a tsunami crashes over a street in Miyako, in the Iwate prefecture of north-eastern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck the area. 11 March 2011.


A couple sunbathe in front of the wreckage of the Costa Concordia near the harbour of Giglio Porto on 20 June 2012. Thirty-two people were killed when the cruise liner capsized after hitting rocks.

Survivors of the typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte, after it devastated the area. The United Nations estimates that 13 million people were affected, with about 1.9 million losing their homes. 18 November 2013.


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15 Cancer Symptoms to Know


Changes in Your Skin
A new spot on your skin or one that changes size, shape, or color could be a sign of skin cancer. Another is a spot that doesn’t look the same as all the others on your body. If you have any unusual marks, have your doctor check your skin. She will do an exam and may remove a small piece (called a biopsy) to take a closer look for cancer cells.


Nagging Cough
If you don’t smoke, there’s very little chance a nagging cough is a sign of cancer. Usually, it’s caused by postnasal drip, asthma, acid reflux, or an infection. But if yours doesn’t go away or you cough up blood — especially if you are a smoker — see your doctor. She may test mucus from your lungs or do a chest X-ray to check for lung cancer.


Changes in Your Skin
A new spot on your skin or one that changes size, shape, or color could be a sign of skin cancer. Another is a spot that doesn’t look the same as all the others on your body. If you have any unusual marks, have your doctor check your skin. She will do an exam and may remove a small piece (called a biopsy) to take a closer look for cancer cells.

Nagging Cough
If you don’t smoke, there’s very little chance a nagging cough is a sign of cancer. Usually, it’s caused by postnasal drip, asthma, acid reflux, or an infection. But if yours doesn’t go away or you cough up blood — especially if you are a smoker — see your doctor. She may test mucus from your lungs or do a chest X-ray to check for lung cancer.

Breast Changes
Most breast changes are not cancer. It’s still important, though, to tell your doctor about them and have her check them out. Let her know about any lumps, nipple changes or discharge, redness or thickening, or pain in your breasts. She’ll do an exam and may suggest a mammogram, MRI, or maybe a biopsy.


Bloating
You may have a full, bloated feeling because of your diet or even stress. But if it doesn’t get better or you also have fatigue, weight loss, or back pain, have it checked out. Constant bloating in women may be a sign of ovarian cancer. Your doctor can do a pelvic exam to look for the cause


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Regular Exercise Cuts Odds for 7 Major Cancers
By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter



Regular Exercise Cuts Odds for 7 Major Cancers

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Exercise may reduce the odds you’ll develop any of seven types of cancer — and a new study suggests the more you exercise, the lower your risk.

That’s the conclusion of researchers who pooled data from nine published studies that included more than 750,000 men and women.

“We found that the recommended amount of physical activity was in fact associated with significantly reduced risk for breast, colon, endometrial, kidney, liver, myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” said lead researcher Charles Matthews, a senior investigator at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

U.S. guidelines recommend three to five hours a week of moderate activity for adults, or one to three hours a week of vigorous activity.

The study authors found that the harder you exercise for that recommended time, the more you reduce your cancer risk.


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Insecticides Tied to Heart Disease Deaths
By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter


MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People with high levels of a common insecticide in their system are far more vulnerable to heart disease, a new study suggests.

According to Wei Bao, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and colleagues, people who have been exposed to pyrethroid insecticides are three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those with low or no exposure.

However, the findings don’t prove that pyrethroid causes deaths from heart disease, only that an association between the two exists, the study authors cautioned.

Pyrethroid insecticides make up the greatest share of commercial household insecticides, the researchers noted. They are in many brands of insecticides, and used in agricultural, public spaces and homes for pest control.


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The 4 Most Common Reasons for Divorce, According to Research
These new reasons are different than the ones people used to give.

The study, published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, surveyed 2,371 recently divorced people, asking them to select more than one reason for their split. The top response, answered by 47% of participants, was a lack of love or intimacy, either because one or both partners fell out of love.

The second most common reason: communication problems. About 44% of participants chose this answer. The researchers explained that this could mean each spouse had a different communication style, or that one preferred to communicate less than the other.

Coming in third was a lack of sympathy, respect, or trust, with 34% of participants selecting this reason. Growing apart ranked fourth, with 32% of people picking this option. The researchers said this could mean each spouse developed different values, or they wanted to do something else with their lives that they didn’t anticipate back when they headed to the altar.

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What do the researchers make of these responses? They noted that the answers the study participants cited tended to be emotional and personal, while the reasons people divorced in years past were typically based on a spouse’s behavior.

“The four most frequently given motives by respondents in our study could be considered to reflect romantic, emotional, and interpersonal aspects of the former relationship,” the researchers wrote. “Accordingly, these findings are seen as supporting more recent research findings that behavioral motives such as violence and addiction have declined over time while psychological and emotional divorce motives have increased.”

Basically, we live in an era when personal satisfaction is important—and if a marriage isn’t satisfying us because we don’t feel like we’re on the same page as our partner or the romance has gone MIA, divorce may be an acceptable option.

So what are signs that these issues could be arising in your own relationship? “If you’re not happy, are being reactive or shorter with your partner, or notice significant changes in the relationship, pay attention—these could be red flags,” Rachel Needle, PsyD, codirector of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes in Florida, tells Health. Other warning signs include “being less affectionate, less kind to each other, spending less time together, stonewalling each other, or assuming the worst about your partner,” Needle adds.


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Divorce10 Most Common Reasons for Divorce


You know things are not going well for you and your spouse. Your partner did seem stern, aloof and resentful that last time you spoke to each other.

Like always you expect them to come around, let go of the steam and become their normal self with time. Instead, one day, you come home to find their clothes missing from their cupboards and a piece of paper on the dinner table- a divorce notice.

Do you think this scenario could transpire into your life?

It’s not uncommon that couples start to fight and make up…fight and make up, until one day they fall apart for good. Don’t neglect your relationship issues, you never know, your relationship could be treading towards rocky roads too!

What are the real top reasons for divorce?

Infidelity, lack of communication, financial troubles, sparing sessions of sex and intimacy are some of the common reasons for divorce.

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Let’s look at the 10 most common reasons for divorce and hope that you can learn from the mistakes of others.

10 Top Reasons for Divorce

1. Infidelity
Extra-marital affairs are responsible for the breakdown of most marriages that end in divorce

Extra-marital affairs are responsible for the breakdown of most marriages that end in divorce. This is one of the most common causes of divorce. The reasons why people cheat aren’t as cut and dry as our anger may lead us to believe.

Anger and resentment are common underlying reasons for cheating, along with differences in sexual appetite and lack of emotional intimacy.

Infidelity often begins as a seemingly innocent friendship, says cheating expert Ruth Houston. “It starts as an emotional affair which later becomes a physical affair”. Infidelity is the number one reason for divorce.

2. Money
Money makes people funny, or so the saying goes, and it’s true.

Everything from different spending habits and financial goals to one spouse making considerably more money than the other, causing a power struggle can strain a marriage to the breaking point. “Money really touches everything.

It impacts people’s lives,” said Emmet Burns, brand marketing director for SunTrust. Clearly, money and stress do seem to go hand in hand for many couples.

Financial troubles can be categorized as one of the biggest causes of divorce, following infidelity, the number one reason for divorce.

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Money issues can strain a marriage to the breaking point
3. Lack of communication
Communication is crucial in marriage and not being able to communicate effectively quickly leads to resentment and frustration for both, impacting all aspects of a marriage.

On the other hand, good communication is the foundation of a strong marriage. Yelling at your spouse, not talking enough throughout the day, making nasty comments to express yourself are all unhealthy methods of communication that need to be ditched in a marriage. Poor communication is one of the biggest reasons for divorce.

Practicing mindful communication, to change age-old marriage mistakes, can be hard but it’s well worth the effort to improve and save your relationship.

4. Constant arguing
From bickering about chores to arguing about the kids; incessant arguing kills many relationships.

Couples who seem to keep having the same argument over again often do so because they feel they’re not being heard or appreciated.

Many find it hard to see the other person’s point of view, which leads to a lot of arguments without ever coming to a resolution, which can ultimately be a cause of divorce.

Incessant arguing kills many relationships

5. Weight gain
It may seem awfully superficial or unfair, but weight gain is one of the most common reasons for divorce.

It may seem odd but weight gain is also one of the leading causes of divorce. In some cases a significant amount of weight gain causes the other spouse to become less physically attracted while for others, weight gain takes a toll on their self-esteem, which trickles into issues with intimacy and can even become a cause of divorce.

6. Unrealistic expectations
It’s easy to go into a marriage with lofty expectations; expecting your spouse and the marriage to live up to your image of what they should be.

These expectations can put a lot of strain on the other person, leaving you feeling let down and setting your spouse up for failure. Wrong expectation setting can become one of the reasons for divorce.

7. Lack of intimacy
Not feeling connected to your partner can quickly ruin a marriage because it leaves couples feeling as though they’re living with a stranger or more like roommates than spouses.

This can be from a lack of physical or emotional intimacy and isn’t always about sex. If you are constantly giving your spouse the cold shoulder, then know that over time it can become the ground for divorce.

Ignoring your partner’s sexual needs is being called the number one cause of divorce in recent times.

Making your relationship intimate and special is the responsibility of both partners. Practice little acts of kindness, appreciation and enjoy physical intimacy as much as possible to sweeten your relationship.

Lack of intimacy can quickly ruin a marriage

8. Lack of equality
Lack of equality comes closely behind the number one cause of divorce, lack of intimacy, in recent times.

When one partner feels that they take on more responsibility in the marriage, it can alter their view of the other person and lead to resentment.

Resentment often snowballs to become one of the reasons for divorce, in fact, it is a leading cause of divorce.

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Every couple must negotiate through their own and unique set of challenges, and find their own way of living together as two equals who enjoy a respectful, harmonious and joyful relationship.

9. Not being prepared for marriage
A surprising number of couples of all ages have blamed not being prepared for married life for the demise of their relationship. Divorce rates are highest among couples in their 20s. Lack of preparation is one of the most common reasons for divorce.

Almost half the divorces occur in the first 10 years of marriage, especially between the fourth and eighth anniversary.

10. Abuse
Physical or emotional abuse is a sad reality for some couples

Physical or emotional abuse is a sad reality for some couples.

It doesn’t always stem from the abuser being a “bad” person; deep emotional issues are usually to blame. Regardless of the reason, no one should tolerate abuse and be removing yourself from the relationship safely is important.

No marriage is easy.

Even couples with the best intentions are sometimes unable to overcome their challenges and end up in courtrooms. That’s why it’s important to address issues in your relationship early on, don’t let them become one of the reasons for divorce. Don’t wait until they are beyond fixing.

Practice kindness, make intimacy a priority, go on holidays and seek marriage counseling (even when things are fine) to preserve the health and longevity of your relationship.

Try your very best before you decide that things are beyond your control, there are too many reasons for divorce and it is time to give up. That way you can have the peace of knowing you tried all of the alternatives before the big step. Divorce is one of the worst things you can experience emotionally, but sometimes, it’s inevitable and for good.

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Walking is something that you probably do every day. At different points in your life, you may have different reasons to walk. You might use your feet as transportation, exercise, or both. Now, you can start walking to earn extra income.

Apps That Will Pay You to Walk
Although these ways to earn money walking are great for some extra cash, you probably will not be able to quit your job. It can still be fun to earn extra cash doing something you already do.

You can also use this extra money to help motivate you to walk more. Knowing you are going to get rewarded financially for getting out the door may be just the motivation you need!

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Neil Rankin: ‘If you keep your food and drink simple,
the night is more sociable’

Chef, restaurateur and doyen of all things grilled, Neil Rankin explains why it’s all about quality not quantity when it comes to putting together beautiful small plates and cocktails

by Neil Rankin and Josh Lee

Any social occasion needs three things: abundant food, great conversation and even better drinks. It sounds simple, but when you want to impress, the temptation to overcomplicate food can leave you feeling overwhelmed and overworked. So how do you make food to remember, without breaking your back in the kitchen? The answer is to take inspiration from the French – not their haute cuisine, but their countryside cooking, which is just as tasty and a fraction of the effort. The secret is simply to use the best quality ingredients, which should be left to do the culinary talking for you. When the basics are really good, there’s not much more you need to do other than throwing them together.

Chicken is a great example. If you buy a standard supermarket chicken, you have to cover it in herbs and spices or even marinate it overnight to get a decent flavour out of it. Get yourself a poulet de bresse, and it’s a whole different story. These birds have been bred in the same French province for centuries, they have loads of space to run around, and they’re encouraged to eat a varied diet. Because of all that, you can put it straight in the oven on a low heat for an hour, then take it out, cover it in salt, and put it back in on high for 15 minutes, and you’ve got a meal for four that tastes out of this world.

If you’ve got really nice bull’s heart tomatoes, cucumber and some olive oil, it’s pretty easy to just mix it up into a great salad to go with it; crap vegetables make crap salads, and then you need to make it more complicated to make it taste better, which is a false economy. French culinary sensibilities make solo dining low effort too. I remember sitting out one night in Portugal with a tin of Ortiz tuna and crusty bread, and I just spent the whole evening on my balcony eating that with some drinks. It was perfect – no mayonnaise necessary.

Speaking of drinks, when it comes to cocktails the same rules apply. If you’ve got good quality Grey Goose Vodka, you don’t need to mask the taste with syrupy mixers. Rather, you should let the inherent quality of Grey Goose Vodka do the talking, using it as the perfect base for botanical and classic citrus flavours such as elderflower, lemon juice or lime juice, as they complement the vodka without overpowering it – both Le Grand Fizz and Paris to Pampelonne are cocktails that add something new to the vodka without distracting from its taste. Grey Goose cocktails are wonderfully versatile too. If you’re pairing with something sweet, an Espresso Martini with high-quality espresso will balance things out nicely.


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How can you conquer ordinary, everyday sadness? Think of it as a person
New research suggests anthropomorphising your emotions can help you control them. But how do you actually go about it?

In the Pixar film Inside Out, the emotions of an 11-year-old girl are personified as perky Joy, petulant Disgust and hulking Anger. Sadness – voiced by The American Office’s Phyllis Smith – is, predictably, a downer with a deep side-parting and a chunky knit. Amy Poehler’s Joy can hardly stand to be around her, like a colleague you would time your trips to the tea point to avoid.

But the takeaway of the 2015 film – said by Variety to “for ever change the way people think about the way people think” – was that both emotions were necessary, and Sadness was as valid a part of life as Joy. Now there is a case for not only accepting Sadness, as in Inside Out – but embodying her, too. Researchers from Hong Kong and Texas recently found that individuals asked to think of their sadness as a person reported feeling less sad afterwards, a result they attributed to the increased distance perceived between the self and the emotion.

Study participants were asked to imagine Sadness’s personality, appearance, conversational style and how they might interact with them. In doing so, the idea was they would make it separate and less relevant to them. “The underlying mechanics of it is detachment – when they think about sadness as a person, it’s like they are endowing independence to the emotion,” says Li Yang, a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin and corresponding author of the paper, published in September in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. “They feel detached from it, and that’s why they would feel less sad afterwards.”

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Am I happier because I’m thinner, or thinner because I’m happier?
Looking in the mirror, I feel happy with my new body shape. But that’s not what body positivity taught me to do

The first time I felt body euphoria was in an Old Navy dressing room. The floor was sticky with inexplicable customer gunk, a toddler was sobbing in the next stall and I was wearing jeans five sizes smaller than usual.

I gaped at my reflection in awe. It’s not just that the jeans fit; I could also see my collarbones, which had been hidden under layers of fat and tissue for so long that I forgot I had them. My jaw line was more pronounced, and my belly didn’t jut out the way I remembered it to.

Making my own clothes transformed my body image – and my life
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I had lost more than 100 pounds, and I could see the difference right there in the mirror.

With euphoria came guilt. It upset me that I liked my new reflection so much, because I didn’t know why I was happy with it. For years, I had subscribed to the notion that defining women’s worth by their weight was a feminist cardinal sin. Like countless others, I had found self-love and acceptance in the arms of the body positivity movement.

It offered me a welcome respite from the stress of constantly looking at myself with a critical eye, as well as a counterattack to the once prevailing idea that shame gets bodies in shape (it doesn’t). So why was I so happy at the sight of my new, thinner shape?

I lost more than 100 pounds in two parts over 18 months, during two big stages of my life. The first occurred when I went from a depressed, overworked college student to a stressed, fully employed adult. I replaced meals with coffee and ate once daily – usually the easiest thing I could pop into the microwave after a 12-hour day. On top of my 9-5 job, my four-hour daily commute made finding any time for myself nearly impossible.

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The 50th anniversary of the experimental musician’s album Hot Rats carries with it resurfaced material and a re-examination of its finer points

The first songs most people hear as children are nursery rhymes and lullabies. The first songs Ahmet Zappa heard as a child were the shock-treatment tracks on Hot Rats, a groundbreaking 1969 set by his father Frank. “This is the stuff I was drinking my milk bottles to,” Zappa said with a giggle. “It’s magical.”

He isn’t the only one who thinks so. Though Frank Zappa released no fewer than 62 albums in his too-short life – and though nearly as many sets have appeared since his death from prostate cancer at age 53 in 1993 – none sound quite like Hot Rats. It’s a work of such imagination, humor and freedom, it could appeal to a child as easily as it could a stoner, a rocker, or a fan of the avant garde. Zappa’s first true solo album, Hot Rats introduced new recording techniques, melded previously segregated styles, and even presaged a new musical genre. It also broke with the structure of previous Zappa releases. It resonated with progressive rock fans in a way no other Zappa album has, earning generous FM radio play while sending it into the UK top 10, boosted by one of the most recognizable instrumental tracks of the psychedelic era, Peaches En Regalia.

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‘We’re very much of the opinion that we are the core of the relationship, of the family, so it’s really important to keep that strong,’ says Tania Parkinson.
Names: Tania Parkinson and Aled Hoggett
Years together: 33
Occupations: former dairy farmers turned professionals

Ask Tania Parkinson and Aled Hoggett how their relationship has survived for more than three decades and they have a simple but profound answer: they want to be together.

That’s what they decided at the start of their relationship and they’ve stuck to it. Says Hoggett: “Tania agreed to marry me on one condition: that we would only stay together as long as we both wanted to be together. And we have never stopped wanting to be together, even in the most desperate times.”

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Why do people think 41 is too old to exercise? It’s a perfect time to start
The truth is that whatever your age, exercise can be beneficial
– and just think about the post-workout high


The news that – according to a recent survey of 2,000 people in the US – people feel they are too old to start exercising at 41 would raise a few eyebrows in Fauja Singh’s house. He took up running at 84, and ran his first marathon aged 89. He went on to run a further seven marathons, including one at age 100 So if you have just turned 41 and think you’re too old, think again.

Rangan Chatterjee, a GP and author of Feel Better in 5, says exercising in our 40s is vital. “Exercise will help no matter what age you are,” he says. “But once we’re over 30 we start to lose muscle mass each year – and lean muscle mass is one of the main predictors of longevity. So exercise, especially strength training, becomes arguably more important than ever.”
The main reason people gave for not exercising after turning 41 was a lack of time. I know the feeling. I’m 45, I have a job and three children, but I run regularly – including 10 ultramarathons in the past three years. The best time for me to fit in my runs is early in the morning. But it’s not easy when the alarm goes at 6am on a winter’s day.

What you need to put front and centre in your mind at that moment is the post-exercise buzz. Remember that? Sitting down to a big breakfast, glowing with energy after your workout, as the rest of the world is still emerging from sleep.

If you can’t get yourself moving, try to find a running buddy or join a group. From running to yoga to a local football team, it’s so much easier to get out there if you know someone is waiting for you.

Humans are creatures of habit, so making exercise part of your routine – however you can fit it in – also makes it easier, as then you will do it without thinking. You won’t regret it. Exercise has been proven in countless studies to improve mood, alertness, memory and happiness, as well as physical wellbeing. Your age – whether 21, 41 or 91 – has little to do with it.

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Survey: The Average Person Will
Watch More Than 78,000 Hours Of TV


New research reveals people watch about 3.5 hours of television each day, on average.
Six in ten adults admit they would “be lost” without their TV set!
LONDON — Television has become such a common part of all of our lives that most don’t even think about just how much time they spend staring at their TV screen. Of course, all of those hours are undoubtedly adding up, and a recent survey of 2,000 British adults finds that the average TV viewer will watch an astounding 78,705 hours of programming (movies, sports, news, etc) in their lifetime. That’s a whole lot of screen time that may have been better spent on more productive endeavors.

On a day-to-day basis, the average adult watches TV for three-and-a-half hours, amounting to 1,248 hours each year.

The survey, commissioned by LG Electronics, broke down those numbers even further and concluded that the average adult these days will watch 3,639 movies at home, and 31,507 episodes of TV during their lifespan. As far as different programs, the average person will watch 11,278 different TV series as well.

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You Are What You Watch? The Social Effects of TV
There’s new evidence that viewing habits can affect
your thinking, political preferences, even cognitive ability.


By Jonathan Rothwell


Other than sleeping and working, Americans are more likely to watch television than engage in any other activity.

A wave of new social science research shows that the quality of shows can influence us in important ways, shaping our thinking and political preferences, even affecting our cognitive ability.

In this so-called golden age of television, some critics have pointed out that the best of the form is equivalent to the most enriching novels. And high-quality programming for children can be educational. But the latest evidence also suggests there can be negative consequences to our abundant watching, particularly when the shows are mostly entertainment.

The harm seems to come not so much from the content itself but from the fact that it replaces more enlightening ways of spending time.


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The benefits of laughter
It’s true: laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you release anger and forgive sooner.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults, life tends to be more serious and laughter more infrequent. But by seeking out more opportunities for humor and laughter, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness—and even add years to your life.


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Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke


When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why.

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.

Stress relief from laughter
A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits
A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
Activate and relieve your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase and then decrease your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
Long-term effects
Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. By contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.
Improve your sense of humor
Are you afraid you have an underdeveloped — or nonexistent — sense of humor? No problem. Humor can be learned. In fact, developing or refining your sense of humor may be easier than you think.

Put humor on your horizon. Find a few simple items, such as photos, greeting cards or comic strips, that make you chuckle. Then hang them up at home or in your office. Keep funny movies, books, magazines or comedy videos on hand for when you need an added humor boost. Look online at joke websites. Go to a comedy club.
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Find a way to laugh about your own situations and watch your stress begin to fade away. Even if it feels forced at first, practice laughing. It does your body good.

Consider trying laughter yoga. In laughter yoga, people practice laughter as a group. Laughter is forced at first, but it can soon turn into spontaneous laughter.

Share a laugh. Make it a habit to spend time with friends who make you laugh. And then return the favor by sharing funny stories or jokes with those around you.
Knock, knock. Browse through your local bookstore or library’s selection of joke books and add a few jokes to your list that you can share with friends.
Know what isn’t funny. Don’t laugh at the expense of others. Some forms of humor aren’t appropriate. Use your best judgment to discern a good joke from a bad or hurtful one.
Laughter is the best medicine
Go ahead and give it a try. Turn the corners of your mouth up into a smile and then give a laugh, even if it feels a little forced. Once you’ve had your chuckle, take stock of how you’re feeling. Are your muscles a little less tense? Do you feel more relaxed or buoyant? That’s the natural wonder of laughing at work.


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How to make the most of dried beans
Fresher beans, softer water and leaving out the straining are some of the ways that will give your beans deeper flavour and that perfect texture

How do I make dried beans and chickpeas taste as nice as the expensive ones you get in fancy jars. Does it depend on the type of bean, or is there a secret trick?
Danny, Littlehampton, West Sussex

“Pulses are probably the one thing I can talk about with any authority, and even that is dubious,” says Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co and Honey & Smoke in central London. And the key to getting the best out of them, he says, is to use beans that have been picked and dried recently, rather than ones that have sat around for years. “From the latest harvest, ideally, though good luck with that in the UK. It took Sarit [Packer, his partner] and me three years to find a chickpea supply we were happy with.”

Fortunately, things are changing on that front thanks to the likes of Hodmedod in Suffolk, which since its launch in 2012 has led a resurgence in home-grown pulses and now sells everything from British fava beans and lentils to quinoa and carlin peas. “Pulses at the corner shop or supermarket can be really, really old,” says Josiah Meldrum, one of the firm’s co-founders, “with a shelf life of up to five years. The older they are, the more the starches turn resistant, so you end up with hard and mealy beans.”


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My successful only son is miserable to me. Am I wrong to feel unappreciated?

Being a parent plunges you into a sort of unrequited love, writes Eleanor Gordon-Smith, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the wrong


My only son is very successful. He owns five properties, is self-employed, and due to inherit from a family member soon. He buys top-brand watches and cars. But l feel he is quite miserable towards me, his hard-working mum. I’ve never had big bunch flowers from him or wee present off the cuff. Am l wrong? It upsets me to not be appreciated.

I heard a story not too long ago about a father talking to his daughter. She was on the edge of the decision about whether she would have children and he was talking to her about what he’d learned when he became a dad. He told her that if he had his time again he wasn’t sure he’d have children. He wasn’t being unkind; it wasn’t because he didn’t adore her. It was because he hadn’t understood the way that being a parent plunges you permanently into unrequited love. Your whole life and heart become structured around someone who won’t return your calls; you would take a bullet for someone who forgets your birthday.

So no, you’re not wrong. He’s wrong. He’s wrong to take you for granted, though for him, you are the only thing that has ever been totally granted. You are the constant from his first day on Earth. The cruel twist is the better a parent you are, the more constantly and immovably you show up and provide love and reassurance, the easier it is for him to see your constancy as a metaphysical fact about the universe instead of the product of your effort and love. And who thinks to be grateful for the things we see as natural order?

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You mustn’t take it to heart. It’s not a referendum on you or your value as a parent. It’s just the betrayal all of us ultimately level at our parents, which is to leave them behind. It’s a betrayal we have to move through on the way to adulthood, but if our parents have been good to us we could at least buy some flowers on the way out.

I wonder whether there are people in his life who could quietly have a word. You could be explicit with his sibling or spouse or father – or even with him. The “dear old mum” card is a tough one to resist. In the meantime, or if he doesn’t shape up, perhaps there’s some comfort in knowing that your hurt is the proof that you’re still a loving and hopeful person. Being able to be wounded by another person is the sign that we’re still vulnerable and open to them, that we’re living a life that’s awake and soft and full of hope. Not all those hopes get repaid, but I hope for your sake this one does. And Mum, I’ll call you soon.


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How to make a proper old-school chocolate mousse
Use decent chocolate, keep it simple, and if in doubt, consult Elizabeth David …


I’ve tried chocolate mousse recipes from various chefs with all sorts of ingredients and methods, but none of them ever comes out quite right. Do you have any pointers, or maybe a failsafe recipe?
Katie, Kildare, Ireland

Neil Borthwick, chef at The French House, caused a bit of a stir when he put chocolate mousse on his menu when the Soho institution reopened this time last year: it was the first time many of the capital’s diners had seen this old bistro classic in decades.

Borthwick’s take – an immaculate quenelle of fluffy dark chocolatiness – is more cheffy than the 60s dinner party favourite, but he’s not messed with the idea a whole lot. Like all right-thinking people, he has no time for such gimmickry as incorporating olive oil, berries or, God forbid, basil; Google the latter, and you enter an alarming parallel universe inhabited by 44m culinary crackpots, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Rather, he’s tweaked the traditional recipe, originally out of an act of kindness. “Mine doesn’t use raw egg yolk,” he explains, “for the simple reason that years ago, when I was working at a Scottish country house hotel, a pregnant customer once moaned that she couldn’t have the mousse, so we came up with one she could eat. The fact that it also does away with health and safety concerns about uncooked egg is just a bonus.”

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Borthwick makes Italian meringue – essentially, whipped, soft-peak egg whites into which you whisk 115C sugar syrup to stiff peaks (the hot syrup cooks the whites, so there’s no need for baking) – then folds in melted chocolate and lightly whipped cream, before popping it in the fridge to set. “Always use decent chocolate, though,” he warns. “I use a 72% one from Pump Street, but there are loads out there these days. Cheap brands often have too much cocoa butter, which sets so hard you end up with a chocolate brick. And don’t add it until the whites are very stiff, or you’ll be having chocolate soup for pudding.” (Incidentally, food scientist Harold McGee, in his book Keys To Good Cooking, advises resting the mousse for up to an hour before refrigerating it, so the cocoa fat sets “in crystals that will melt more cleanly and refreshingly in the mouth”.)


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Kim-Joy’s recipe for apple crumble desert with camels and cacti.

A classic pudding with a twist – and comforting to the core

Yes, you read that correctly: this is a desert, not a dessert.
If you love apples, this will definitely prickle your fancy.

Serves: 4-6

For the apple crumble layer:
450g apples, peeled and roughly chopped
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cardamon
50g light brown sugar

For the crumble layer:
110g salted butter (room temp, cubed)
150g plain flour
100g caster sugar
20g flaked almonds

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Optional:
For the biscuits (makes extra)
200g salted butter
85g caster sugar
270g plain flour

For the royal icing:
100g icing sugar
20g egg white
Gel food dye

Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan)/400F/gas mark 6. Mix the apples, cinnamon, cardamon and light brown sugar together in a bowl. Scatter to cover the base of an oven-proof 20-22cm-diameter (8-9in) round shallow dish.

In a separate bowl, rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs (it is good to have some pieces varying in size). Stir through the sugar and flaked almonds. Sprinkle the crumble over the apple layer.

Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden, and the apples are bubbling and soft (insert a knife to check softness)