nutrition

Smoking affects your health, and now’s the time to quit

Let’s face it, people smoke because they enjoy it.  When you inhale nicotine, it immediately rushes to the brain, resulting in feelings of pleasure and reduced stress and anxiety. The pleasurable sensations result from nicotine stimulating the release of the
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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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Healthy Mexican Maize

Maize products in Mexico are much healthier than local products and the secret has been known for centuries in the Americas.  Since ancient time Aztec, Mayan and Mexican civilizations have developed a process of cooking maize that effectively softens the
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What is the glycemic index?

The glycemic index is of particular interest to people with diabetes, as they need to monitor the carbohydrate contents of their food.  Different foods have different effects on blood sugar levels, and these effects are quantified by the glycemic index
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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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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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SOURDOUGH BREAD

Gluten and wheat intolerant? Yearning for the wonderful (but forbidden) taste and smell of freshly baked bread? Why not try the sourdough option, as some people with intolerance to commercial breads (either to the yeast or the wheat or both)
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