Category

Food & nutrition

Food & nutrition
December 3, 2018

Cacao vs. cocoa

Whether as a creamy drink, a crunchy bar or drizzled on a treat, everyone knows that chocolate is delicious. The root of its delectable taste comes from its core ingredient, either cacao or cocoa. While these super ingredients look similar, they have very different health properties, benefits, flavours, nutritional values and costs. So, which should you choose for your sweet treats? Here are the differences and nutritional benefits of cacao and cocoa to help you decide. Cacao Loved by health enthusiasts; cacao is a raw chocolate base that comes from cacao fruit tree beans. Also known as the Theobroma Cacao,…
Read More
Food & nutritionVitamins & Supplements
October 22, 2018

Can vitamins make you sick?

When it comes to staying healthy and strong, vitamins are important. They help your body function properly. Most of the vitamins you need can be found in the foods you eat, but if your diet doesn’t give you what you need, supplements can give you a helping hand. Supplements come in the form of powders, tablets, capsules and syrups. Although vitamins are good for you, an overdose can harm your health. Balance is vital. Too much of a good thing Just as you can overdose on drugs or alcohol, you can also go over the limit with things that are…
Read More
Food & nutrition
October 22, 2018

Can your diet be too healthy?

When you’re following a healthy diet, occasional cheat days where you indulge in your favourite treats are fine, but what happens when you feel guilty every single time you go off plan? Are you a health nut? When you have an eating disorder, you tend to constantly think about what, when and how much you should be eating. Proper nutrition from your diet is more than just a boost of energy and a slim body; it’s for the benefit of your organs and tissues. Healthy food plays a role in your body working efficiently. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains,…
Read More
Food & nutrition
October 8, 2018

How mindful eating can make you lose weight

Our fast-paced lives mean we’re always on the move. And being on the move means we’re usually grabbing quick bites to line the stomach and avoid hunger pangs. The constant cycle of being on the go and eating what you can, at that moment, isn’t the best eating pattern, nor does it serve any purpose for your health. Eat smart Mindful eating is about focusing on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. According to the Harvard Medical School, this ancient practice can transform the way you think about food and set the stage…
Read More
Food & nutrition
September 18, 2018

The best snacks to feed your brain

If you live on junk food, chocolates, energy drinks and chips, BE WARNED! These easy and tasty bites can be extremely harmful to your health, and affect your exam performance. Instead of these quick fixes, try the following to keep your energy levels up, and your brain focused: Pick fish For peak brain health and function, the healthiest types of fish you can eat are salmon, sardines and mackerel, as they have lots of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Herring and trout are other possible options. The recommended and cheapest meal on a student budget would be sardines on toast. Choose…
Read More
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),…
Read More
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…
Read More
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…
Read More
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,…
Read More
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…
Read More