For years, we’ve been told fat is the enemy. Now, high-fat, low-carb diets have put it at the top of our shopping lists. So what’s the real skinny on fats?
A certain sugary carbonated cola beverage was introduced to the world as a tonic in the late 19th century. Fast-forward nearly 100 years: as waistlines began to expand at a rapid rate, people became more and more concerned with watching their weight.
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.
With an overload of nutritional misconceptions and myths, it’s difficult to determine which foods are healthy and which are not. Here, we separate the good eggs from the bad. We’re here to bust those health food myths.
I am one of those people who can’t function without my double flat white in the morning. In addition, one of my favourite hobbies is ‘procaffinating’ with willing colleagues (I may have taken more than one coffee break while writing this article). So I was thrilled to discover that, according to new findings, coffee and its energy-boosting main ingredient, caffeine, are beneficial to your health, while plenty of their long-touted negative effects have been dispelled. So grab yourself a cuppa and read on.
There has been a recent uproar in the media about the Wolf Diet. The main objective here is to only eat one meal a day, and that meal needs to be high in protein-heavy and fat. Let’s say you go with dinner. You’ll have to expel lunch and breakfast, as well as that last slice of chocolate mousse cake you were hoping to devour. But we love food, and we like to indulge, too much to give it up without good reason, so we delved a little deeper.
Have you ever tried monkfish before? It has a mild, sweet flavour, similar to lobster, making it a perfect companion to salty bacon. Serve it up as a wholesome mid-week meal with plenty of fresh veggies. We went with sweet potato and green beans.
Admit it. You’ve been caught with your hands in the peanut butter jar. Even we can often be seen walking around the office with a teaspoon and peanut butter jar in hand; it’s just that good! But do you know what’s even better? There is a whole day dedicated to our mutual love for this spreadable, nutty goodness: Happy Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!
By now we know the addictive nature of sugar and many of us are still falling prey to it. The kick we get from having a sugary bite releases our happy hormones, opioids and dopamine, that have both been linked to the same addictive nature of drugs like cocaine. So, in knowing the grip that sugar has on us and the long-term health implications of obesity, diabetes and heart conditions, what can we do to reduce our risk?