WHICH MILK?

Are you bamboozled by the variety of milks available in your local supermarket? Have you noticed coffee orders have become even more complicated as the number of milk alternatives has grown? In the “West”, we are absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to both dairy milk and plant-based milk alternatives, but how do you …

THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET FOR BETTER BLOOD PRESSURE

Everybody knows reducing salt consumption can lower blood pressure, but the eating pattern you follow can enhance the blood pressure lowering effect for even better results. Globally, the DASH (Dietary Approached to Stop Hypertension) diet is one of the better-known blood pressure lowering diets, but the good old Mediterranean Diet is just as good, if …

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 …