Healthy fats should always be on the menu. These omega-3s are beneficial for our health with good anti-inflammatory properties. However seed oils like sunflower oil, corn oil, safflower oil and soybean oil have pro-inflammatory properties and may contribute to our risk of coronary heart disease.
We seem to have this unwritten contract with food companies where the public supposedly expects food to always be the same colour or be bright, even if that means artificial colourants are used to adjust that. In reality some green tomatoes are sweeter than red tomatoes, but we expect red colour.
Preservatives are additives that were not in our food historically. The use of food additives in food production is inevitable in this modern world. While we understand that in modern city life, we need convenience, we cannot allow convenience at the cost of your health.
Food is complex: It is not just about the 13 vitamins, 102 minerals, carbs, fat, and proteins. You actually have over 351 754 chemicals present in your body, called metabolites, that we know very little about.
It is likely that one of the worst mistakes of modern food is that its fake, based on food that tastes ‘like’ something without containing the real thing. Why not use the real thing? Real vanilla is delicious, and it has all the complex natural aspects of real whole food.
Man-made, artificial sweeteners are chemicals that can have a detrimental effect on gut health, and perhaps even our weight. There is evidence that artificial sweeteners make you hungrier, potentially causing us to overeat.
South African adults are eating a whopping 12 teaspoons of sugar per day, according to research (The USA average is around 17 teaspoons per day).
As always, our moms are right: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast cereals make up 50 % of all breakfasts eaten in those under 18. Yet despite the popularity and convenience of children’s breakfast cereals, the nutritional value of these options remain questionable, often high in sugar and energy, and low in fibre.
Gluten: throw this word into conversation and everyone from your colleague to your favourite great aunt will tell you that they have at some point tried the trendy gluten free diet. Whilst the majority of people do so as a personal preference, the truth is that only a small percentage of people really need to be gluten free.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious public health concern. According to the South African Heart and Stroke Foundation, as much as 13 % of deaths around the world are caused by high blood pressure. We’re well aware of how a diet excessively high in salt can increase our high blood pressure risk, but is there anything more that we can do to manage blood pressure?