A widely held theory on aging pins some of the blame on compounds called free radicals, which gum up the works and facilitate the path toward disease. Research evidence continues to reveal how whole grains and nutrient-rich whole foods can combat free-radical damage. Phytochemicals, the beneficial compounds that plants evolved to help them survive, can help our bodies, as well. But it takes a plant-based, whole foods diet to facilitate that payoff. Eating well can help keep you off the sick list — though nothing can be guaranteed in this regard, of course — and, if you do become ill, can aid in faster wound healing, fewer surgical complications and shorter hospital stays. This is of critical importance in today’s debates about health care.
The Government’s fiscal position two weeks before Budget 2021 is far better than feared despite the Exchequer deficit growing by more than €4bn in the last quarter.
Massive State spending to support the economy through the pandemic has put the balance €9.4bn in the red for the first nine months of the year, compared to €5.2bn in July.
However, a combination of strong corporate and income tax receipts has offset the spending somewhat, with total tax collected down just 3pc on last year at €39.6bn.
The result leaves the Government with some unexpected flexibility as Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe prepares to present the most significant Irish budget since the end of the financial crisis.
“The out-turn is now expected to be significantly better than was expected earlier in the year,” said Goodbody chief economist Dermot O’Leary. “Even with large deficits, this gives some wiggle room to announce further supports for