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Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
September 17, 2018

Do you need more zinc in your diet?

Your body needs just a small amount of zinc for its everyday functioning, but this doesn’t make it any less essential. This element contributes to, among other things, wound healing, proper immune system functioning and normal growth and development during pregnancy. It can also help keep your vision healthy as you age, and your sense of smell and taste shipshape. But our bodies can’t hold on to the mineral and we need a daily “top-up” to maintain healthy levels. Where to get your zinc The recommended daily allowance *(RDA) for zinc for the average adult male is 11 milligrams (mg),…
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Food & nutrition
August 10, 2018

Which type of rice is the healthiest?

Today, rice competes with trendy gluten-free grains like quinoa and amaranth. But let’s face it, nothing beats a steaming plate of fluffy rice as a side or main dish. What makes this humble grain even better, is that there’s a variety of different rice to suit any taste and dietary need. Let’s take a look to see which rice you should be plating up. Brown rice This hearty, nutty-flavoured rice boasts many nutritional benefits because it contains germ and bran layers. These layers hold important nutrients like Vitamin B, magnesium and phosphorus that help build healthy bones. There’s also about…
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Food & nutrition
August 9, 2018

Is tinned fish healthy?

If you’re looking for a quick, yummy lunch option, think fish! Just pop open a tin of tuna, spread it on some toast or enjoy it in a salad with veggies. Tinned sardines, tuna and anchovies are great sources of protein, and packed with brain-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids. Unfortunately, too much tinned fish may wreak havoc on your health. This is mainly because the homes of fish (seas, lakes and oceans) are often filled with pollutants. These pollutants are found in the fish because of what they eat. For example, one of the worst toxins found in the ocean is…
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Food & nutrition
August 9, 2018

Are some fruits healthier than others?

When it comes to the dessert menu, you’re better off with a fruit salad, but while fruits are nutrient-dense snacks, sugar is sugar. Even natural forms of sugar in fruit, can still send your blood-sugar level soaring as much as a triple chocolate mousse! Here’s a handy guide to get your sugar fixed in the healthiest way possible: Low-, medium- and high-sugar fruits All fruits have zero cholesterol and saturated fats, and are low in sodium, keeping your blood pressure balanced. Therefore, the only baddie on your fruit platter or sosatie is sugar. Here is the low-down from your healthiest,…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
August 3, 2018

How artificial flavour leads to obesity

In a 2011 segment on US current affairs show, 60 Minutes, journalist Morley Safer spoke to flavourists from food technology company Givaudan. The conversation was a damning one, in which the technologists admitted to wanting to develop food flavours that are addictive. Fast forward to 2013, and New York Times journalist, Michael Moss, releases his expose, Salt Sugar Fats: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, on how the US processed food industry gets consumers to buy its products and keeps them hooked on high fat, high sugar and high salt pre-prepared foods. It’s 2015, The Doritos Effect, by journalist Mark…
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Food & nutrition
July 30, 2018

Battle of the sexes: should your diet be different?

The way you eat could be determined by your gender. According to research, a man’s nutritional needs vary from a woman’s – and age and lifestyle also play roles. When you’re younger, you can process calories more efficiently. As you get older, it’s not that easy! Both genders will have slight differences in nutritional needs for many reasons. During pregnancy and lactation, the amount of energy a woman needs, increases. As too does the necessity of certain vitamins and minerals to support mom and baby. Following menopause, older women have a greater risk for osteoporosis and need to pay closer…
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Food & nutrition
July 16, 2018

Why raw food isn’t always the best

Raw food has its benefits; often, it’s healthier than processed food. Keep in mind though, not all raw food is created equal. While eating raw food may be beneficial in getting a dose of important vitamins and minerals without being broken down; not everything can be eaten raw. It all depends on the food and nutrient. Raw poultry, meat and seafood may come into contact with faecal matter during butchering or harvesting. Fruits and veggies run the risk of being washed in contaminated water. If chickens are infected, they can lay eggs that contain salmonella bacteria. Alongside salmonella are its…
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Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
July 16, 2018

Why is nitric oxide important?

Nitric oxide is a molecule that your body produces to help cells communicate with each other. It does this by sending messages to different parts of the body. For many athletes, it’s commonly known as a performance-boosting supplement; just one of its many uses. This powerful molecule helps reduce recovery time after exercising and injury, increase endurance, and improve the ability to perform and learn. It also helps: Your immune system fight off bacteria and prevent tumours. Regulate blood pressure by dilating your arteries. Reduce inflammation. Improve sleep quality. Improve bone and joint health. Increase your sensory abilities (i.e. smell).…
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Food & nutrition
July 16, 2018

Truths and myths about protein

Does protein really bulk you up? Is it true that eating nothing but protein helps you lose weight? First, let’s understand this substance. Protein is essential for our bodies. This nutrient helps build and repair muscles, red blood cells, enzymes and other tissues. They’re often called “the building blocks of the body” – for good reason. So, your body needs protein. But how much, and through which sources? Let’s separate fact from fiction: "I can only get protein from meat." Untrue. Vegans and vegetarians, rest assured: vegetables contain protein too. Quinoa, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh eggs and cottage cheese are packed…
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Food & nutrition
July 11, 2018

Supercharge your diet by pairing these foods

Wine and chocolate, burgers and fries…we’re all familiar with pairing food for taste (whether healthy or not). Now here’s something you probably haven’t tried: pairing food for their nutritional value. Combining certain foods may be more helpful than eating them separately as some nutrients work better side by side. Food synergy Food synergy means combining two nutrient-rich foods in one dish to maximise the dietary impact. Certain components in foods and drinks (like minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals, fibre, and fats) interact with each other to boost health benefits. Sometimes, those benefits may include weight loss! Research from The American Journal…
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