YOGHURT

Gut health is very topical, both in nutrition research and marketing. We are understanding just how important it is to keep our gut and its tiny microbes healthy and happy for both physical and mental health. Fermented dairy foods such as yoghurt can help, and they are delicious to boot. The story of how yogurt …

DATES

The yearning for sweet is real and dates offer a wholesome, plant-based, sweet-fix with real goodness and satisfaction. Their dietary fibre and phytonutrients bring gut health benefits as well. Dates are the fruit from palm trees native to the Middle East (Phoenix dactylifera). Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics include date palms, and they are known as the …

SOYBEANS

Soybeans are a nutritious and versatile legume that gives back nitrogen to the soil. Just edged out of the ‘big four’ global crops by maize, rice, wheat and potatoes, they are one of the fastest expanding crops in the world. Soybeans are grown as a protein-rich staple and for oil. Soybeans are exceptional in being …

ORANGE JUICE

Orange juice (OJ) is an iconic healthy breakfast drink. Every TV show I ever watched with scenes over a breakfast table featured a glass of OJ. Juice was natural and wholesome, much like the TV families depicted. Then came the juice bar phenomenon in which you could order bespoke blends of fruit and vegetable juices, …

PEARS

  Pears are nice to eat, and the word ‘pear’ is nice to say, don’t you think? Pears fit neatly in your hand and they have a very maternal shape, triggering all sorts of primal emotions of comfort and safety. Although apples have assumed iconic status within the world of fruit, pears closely follow being …

BARLEY

Wholegrains provide a wide variety of health benefits, including for heart health. The Heart Foundation (Australia) says eating wholegrains can reduce the risk of heart disease and replacing refined grains with wholegrains can improve heart health. While fruits and vegetables attract a lot of good press for disease prevention, wholegrains can hold their (seed) heads …

SESAME SEEDS

All seeds contain everything required to germinate a new plant and they’re full of energy (kilojoules / Calories) and nutrition for us too. Research suggests seeds have earned their place in nutritious diet for health and longevity. And while seeds contain very little available carbohydrate, they’re high in fibre and healthy fats and have protein …

WALNUTS

While it is well known that carbohydrate-rich foods are the key influencers of blood glucose (sugar) levels, we now know that other nutrients can influence blood glucose regulation. The Insulin-Index (II) is a classification based on the insulin response of foods. Insulin is the hormone that helps glucose in the blood to be used and …

FARRO

A new study has shown how a modified Mediterranean diet (‘Med-plus’) was able to match a well formulated low carbohydrate keto diet in achieving significant improvement in blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes (1). And the Med-plus diet did better in reducing cardiometabolic risk factors and improving nutrient intakes. Both …

WHEN ‘ULTRA-PROCESSED FOODS’ AREN’T BAD: BREADS AND BREAKFAST CEREALS

The use of the term ‘ultra-processed foods’ was born in research but has reached the wider world. The NOVA classification system classifies foods into four groups: unprocessed or minimally processed foods (fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs) processed culinary ingredients (oils, butter, salt, sugar) processed foods (canned or bottled vegetables, legumes, fruit, fish, pickled vegetables, smoked and …