On kale, weight loss and misconceptions…

mixed seasonal vegetables

A little while ago, we had a light supper with old friends. In years past, a ‘braaibroodjie’ (toasted cheese and tomato sandwich prepared on the fire) or baked potato or sweet potato would no doubt have been on the table to compliment the usual chicken, lamb chops and perhaps ‘wors’ (meat sausage) and salad. This […]

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Easy way up on veg

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One of the biggest obstacles you may encounter when you try to get it right to eat more vegetables is, unfortunately, the fact that for many who’s lives are running on a very tight schedule, vegetable dishes take too much time to prepare!   That said, it is impossible to eat better for better health, […]

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Always have a headache?

Migraine and Chronic Headache?  Food could be the culprit Some individuals who suffer from migraines may do so as a result of a food sensitivity to foods that contain higher levels of a food constituent called vaso active amines. In sensitive individuals, exposure to vaso active amines may result in blood vessel dilation in the […]

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Who should be eating gluten free

If you often feel bloated, have a sensitive digestive system or even have a child with behaviour problems, excluding gluten may be the answer. What is gluten? Gluten makes up part of the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. In the traditional gluten free diet oats are also excluded although current scientific evidence supports […]

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Allergies may affect a child’s behaviour.

Behaviour problems often coexist with allergies. Allergies can result in children being over or under responsive to sensory stimulation, particularly sound and touch. The solution to some behaviour problems is identifying and eliminating potential food allergens, and environmental irritants e.g. mould. Once these have been identified and removed, symptoms associated with behavioural problems due to […]

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We all have cholesterol in our blood

We all need cholesterol in our blood. Why then all the fuss when someone is diagnosed with “high cholesterol”? To gain a better understanding, it is important to know what cholesterol is. Cholesterol is a specific type of fat. The “condition” of “having cholesterol” refers to a range of blood fat abnormalities or imbalances that may […]

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Important food changes to treat high blood cholesterol

Effective treatment of high blood cholesterol should focus not only on cholesterol levels – but also the prevention of heart disease. Dietary treatment should take into account the following major factors that will impact on the risk of an individual to develop heart disease cholesterol: Fat content of the diet and type of fat with […]

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Total cholesterol – should you act on this marker only?

It’s common knowledge that blood cholesterol can contribute to development of heart disease. However,  in recent years the validity of a single blood cholesterol value to determine heart disease risk – total cholesterol – has come under the spotlight. Before acting on this single biomarker to start a treatment regime (i.e. medication or dietary changes) […]

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Fat in FOOD – too little is as bad as too much….

Fat can be found on its own (oils and butter) as well as hidden within foods (meat, nuts and manufactured products). Different foods contribute not only specific amounts of fat, but also specific types of fat. No single food will contain only one specific type of fat. For optimum health, cholesterol control, diabetes etc. it […]

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Believe it ! Fruit and vegetables have healing properties!

Fruit and vegetables are the only foods which, in thousands of research studies, have been consistently associated with risk reduction in several diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and age-related macular degeneration. A diet rich in a variety of plant foods provides a mixture of phytochemicals (“non-nutritive” substances in plants) that possess health protective […]

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