Monthly Archives July 2016

SUGAR – Why a proposed tax on sugar sweetened beverages in SA?

  The proposed taxation of sugar sweetened beverages, recently announced by the National Treasury and widely reported in the press, forms part of the national strategy for the prevention and control of obesity by the Department of Health.  This is
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Salt intake – new regulations by SA Government

Regulations relating to the reduction of sodium in certain foodstuffs came into effect on 30 June 2016.  Further reductions in the sodium content of these same foodstuffs will come into effect on 30 June 2019.  (The Department of Health published
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Resistant starch

A lesser known type of starch, referred to as resistant starch, is far more beneficial to our health than “normal” starch.  (Resistant starch = resistant to digestion.) Starch is digested and absorbed in the small intestines. It is broken down
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Combining genetic screening with lifestyle and nutrition intervention

  One often overhears somebody saying “I cannot help having a high cholesterol level (or being overweight or diabetic), it is in my genes.”   Is it true that we inherit these “bad” genes from our parents?  Would genetic screening (“testing”)
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