High cholesterol puts strain on the heart – a risk factor that contributes to around five heart attacks every hour in this country. Between 150 and 195 South Africans die every day due to cardiovascular events and strokes, but we can change that by getting savvy about what we put into our bodies. Arthur Ramoroka, a registered dietitian in Joburg and a spokesperson for the ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa), tells us how.
Think you’re gluten-intolerant? Do your homework before cutting out food groups. Found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye, gluten is the protein that gives dough its stretchy consistency when you knead it, and helps breads and cakes keep their shape. But while it may do your baking a world of good, some people cannot stomach it. We asked dietitian Nazeeia Sayed to separate the wheat from the chaff.
If you want to shake off the last of the winter padding, the best you can do is nourish and support your body with wholefoods, says Mpho Tshukudu, a dietitian based in Rustenberg and a spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA). And there’s not a detox in sight – if you manage your lifestyle well. It’s time to start the summer slim down!
Food provides the energy that fuels the body, so it makes sense that nutrition should form a fundamental part of any exercise programme. Dietitian and spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) Vanessa Clarke explains which foods you should eat – and when – to meet the nutritional needs of your training routine.
There are many different types of headaches and migraines. Some are caused by stress, muscle tension or hormones; while others are linked to certain foods. These trigger foods affect blood flow to the brain, creating pressure that can cause pain. Alex Royal, a Cape Town dietitian and spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA), explains what to eat – and to avoid – to help prevent the ache.
Women have their own set of requirements – in life and at the dinner table. Women have lighter bones and more fatty tissue than men because their bodies are designed to carry babies. Durban dietitian Hlanzeka Mpanza, a spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA), talks about women’s nutritional needs this Women’s Month.
Pregnancy changes the way you look at food and your diet – as well as the rest of your life! Pontsho Sepoloane, a Pretoria-based dietitian and executive member of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, wants to make sure it’s a healthy change.
With the advent of home juicers, many claim to drink their way to wellness and weight loss. Kim Kardashian apparently did a juice fast to get wedding-ready, Beyoncé reportedly lost nearly 10 kg on a lemon juice and cayenne pepper diet, and Salma Hayek swears by Cooler Cleanse juice.
Dietitian Alpha Rasekhala has worked with the South African Department of Health, conducting nutritional assessments at hospitals, prisons and other facilities across South Africa and developing food-service management guidelines. His consulting firm works with government and corporate clients and he treats individuals in Joburg. He is a spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA). And we are chatting to him about salt this week.
Every day in SA, 33 people die as a result of heart attacks, 37 due to heart failures and 60 because of strokes. One in three men and one in four women will develop a heart condition by the age of 60. Nutrition plays an important role in keeping your ticker ticking, so we asked registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) Xoli Dube for some expert advice on heart disease.