Diet

The sugar scale (posted on 24\2\2015 by Rudi Louw)


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The 80 percent eating habit

When trying to lose weight, there are more diets out there than one can follow in a lifetime!   Sometimes it is not only what you eat, but how much you eat that affects your weight.  Eating too fast can easily
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Intermittent fasting

In a recent blog on the benefits of walking, a thought was spared to what the human body was designed for, such as ancient man walking long distances on a daily basis in search of food and shelter. It also
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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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The strange world of gut bacteria

1.    What are gut bacteria Our bodies are crawling with bacteria!  In the gastro-intestinal tract alone (starting with the mouth and ending at the anus) there are trillions of microorganisms, about 2kg worth of bacteria,  lining this 8m long tube. 
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FOODS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF BREAST CANCER

It’s well-established that your diet can significantly help reduce the risk of developing cancer.  Growing evidence from recent studies shows that eating the right kind of foods plays an important part in helping to prevent breast cancer. CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES: Cruciferous vegetables
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DIETARY FIBRE

 What is fibre in food? Dietary fibre is mostly made up of the indigestible parts of plants, which pass relatively unchanged through our digestive system (stomach and intestines).  Fibre is essential to keep the digestive system healthy.  Food such as
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