Is sugar in fruit bad?

Fruit is one of the biggest sources of sugar in your diet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good for you! Dietitian Paula Norris dispels the myths about fruit sugar. We eat it for breakfast, we snack on it during the day and it’s our healthy dessert option. Fruit plays a vital role in most healthy diets, but it continues to get...

Supermarket sweep: yoghurt

With yoghurt said to be an anti-inflammatory superhero, we asked dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon to check the dairy aisle and pick the healthy yoghurts from the indulgent. The yoghurt aisle can be a maze to navigate. With options like natural, Greek, pot set, light, full fat, no added sugar, lactose-free and more, it can be difficult to know what to put...

Cold comfort: immune-boosting smoothie

Nutritionist Kathleen Alleaume creates a spicy, icy winter smoothie to keep your immune system fighting fit for flu season. As the weather cools, your chance of picking up pesky germs increases. While it’s impossible to escape all bugs, you can build a more robust immune system to lower your risk and decrease your recovery time ­— and what you eat...

Feed me grapes

How do you get the benefits of exercise without exercising? Latest research says to take a bath and eat some grapes. A hot bath could burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk and lowers your blood sugar, while grapes contain two chemicals that activate the same pathways as exercise: resveratrol (for muscle growth) and cyanidin 3-glycoside (for fat...

Mushroom magic

Mushrooms could hold the secret to slowing down ageing and increasing your immune function. Ashleigh Feltham reports. Packed with fibre and B vitamins, we already know that mushrooms are nutritionally beneficial. Now, new research has revealed that mushrooms might be as super a food as broccoli and turmeric, with profound effects on health. Live longer Mushrooms could help you live longer and...

What is a flexitarian?

If you like vegetarian eating but want the flexibility for an occasional meat dish, a flexitarian approach is for you. Susie Burrell explains. You already know all about vegetarian and vegan diets, and you may have even heard of the pescatarian and raw vegan diets, but have you heard of a flexitarian diet? Mixing vegetarian or veganism with a regular omnivorous...

Soulful soups

This selection of soups is perfect to ward off the winter chill without overloading on the calories. Easy peasy veggie laksa Serves 4 2 tbsp peanut oil, plus extra if needed 1 cup vegetable stock 600ml canned coconut milk 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets 2 carrots, finely sliced 3 bok choy, cut into bite-sized pieces 6 button mushrooms, halved ...

Know your macros

There’s a different kind of eating plan that supports your training and allows you to eat any food you like. Sports dietitian Gabrielle Maston explains how the macros approach works and why it’s a favourite of fitness pros. An effective way to make sure your eating plan supports your training is to take the macros approach, also known as If...

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The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines just released by the US government have watered down some key recommendations by the nutrition scientists on whose work the guidelines...

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