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Sugar

Recipes
December 3, 2018

Make your own chocolate for your sweetie

Shake up your gifting options this Valentine’s Day with a personalised present. Express your love with a twist, by gifting your loved one different types of feel-good, hormone-boosting homemade chocolates. Dark chocolate 100g coconut oil ½ cup raw cacao powder ½ cup maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch salt Method Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat, add the cacao and stir well. Add the syrup, vanilla and salt, and stir continuously for two minutes. Pour the chocolate mixture into a silicon chocolate mould or onto a tray lined with baking paper. Place in the…
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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 & nutrition
February 20, 2018

Detox from sugar without feeling awful

Give your body a boost by eliminating the bad sugars. Sugar addiction is no joke. When you’re hooked, the cravings can be hard to resist; but the not-so-sweet truth is that too much sugar leads to a ton of health problems. According to Claudine Ryan, a Cape Town-based registered dietician, an easy place to start to detox from sugar is to reduce the sugar you add to hot drinks, like coffee and tea. Do this gradually and over time, to give your tastebuds time to adjust. Some people find it better to avoid artificially sweetened drinks and foods altogether. But…
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Brain and Nervous System
February 20, 2018

5 essential ingredients for brain health

What does it take to live a long, healthy life? A healthy brain. At Northwestern University in America, scientists say that “SuperAgers” are a trend on the rise. These are men and women older than 80 whose memories are as good or better than those up to 30 years younger! And one of the key reasons is that SuperAgers have a relatively wholesome overall sense of wellbeing, from experiencing satisfying warm relationships to living a life of purpose. “Social relationships are really important to this group and might play a significant role in preserving their cognition,” say researchers. What, then,…
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Diabetes
April 14, 2017

Sugar vs guns: which kills more people?

Sugar may be the newest and deadliest of modern-day killers. Current research shows that obesity is one of the five risk factors of early death. The rate of obesity in South Africa is growing rapidly with almost 70% of women and 40% of men overweight or obese. Diabetes in South Africa is also on the increase. High blood sugar levels have been linked to an estimated three million deaths worldwide on a yearly basis directly due to diabetes. In South Africa, it’s reported that around 5000 deaths were caused by gun shots in 2012, while 58 people died from diabetes…
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Healthy Lifestyle
March 30, 2017

How much you’ll save without sugar and cigarettes

We all have a guilty pleasure; whether it’s that ice-cold Coca-Cola to go with your meal or that long-awaited puff of a cigarette after a long, stressful day at work. As good as it is in the moment, your temporary high be costing you (and your health). Sugar The average South African takes in between 12 and 24 teaspoons of sugar each day. Four to eight teaspoons are from sugar-sweetened beverages. A single 330ml soft drink contains about eight teaspoons of sugar and sells for about R10. If you drink one a day, this adds up to R300 a month.…
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Healthy Lifestyle
March 1, 2017

9 ways to beat flu and prevent cancer

We don’t always appreciate what we have until we lose it – and this also applies to our health. These are the things you can do today, so you don’t lose your health tomorrow. #1 Have a cold shower Studies have shown that people who took daily cold showers had an increase in the number of virus fighting white blood cells. Why does this happen? It is probably due to your body’s increased metabolic rate, from the shock of the cold temperature water. #2 Wash your hands Germs can live for up to 3 hours outside of your body, and…
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Food & nutrition
February 28, 2017

Could you legally avoid taxes and improve your health?

Slowly but surely, sugar has become public health enemy number 1. Closely linked to several chronic diseases sugar has made our lives sweeter, but also shorter. Since processed foods hit the market, the intake of sugar has risen steadily. In fact, if you are an “average Joe”, you’re consuming somewhere between 100-200g of sugar every day without even knowing it! Sugar as a “highly addictive white substance” Studies have shown that sugar is as addictive as cocaine and heroin. As with any addictive substance, over time you need more sugar to get that same high. The reality is, that over…
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Food & nutrition
March 25, 2016

Don’t binge this Easter!

Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.com You’ve been on a healthy eating plan since the year began – good for you! But here comes Easter riding on a wave of chocolate! Surely it couldn’t hurt to binge a little? Actually, it really can. This is what happens when you sugar binge: (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & MuscleFood & nutritionSmoking
December 15, 2015

The 3 killers: Sitting, smoking, sugar

We’ve known that smoking is deadly for a long time, and every year the world moves a little further away from lighting up. When we realised that sugar, when over-consumed can also be dangerous to your health, this caused another major change in how the world eats and drinks. But the latest potential killer on the block is harder to drop and it’s everywhere: sitting. (more…)
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