The summer protective vitamin

As the hot weather approaches, up your intake of vitamin E to shield your skin and hair for a healthy summer glow, says Ashleigh Feltham. We all know sunshine is a great source of vitamin D, but there’s another vitamin that’s critical for summer. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your skin and hair from the...

What to eat and not to eat when training

The meals you eat before and after a workout have a direct impact on performance and recovery, explains sports dietitian Gabrielle Maston. Before training The right pre-workout meal will give you enough energy and drive to smash your workout, while the wrong one will ruin it. It’s a careful balance – you don’t want to eat so much that you feel...

Recover with a banana

Bananas may be better for recovery after exercise than a sports drink, according to a US study. The carbohydrates in bananas work as well as sports drinks to fuel athletes and help them recover after exertion. But the researchers found an additional benefit: bananas also provide greater anti-inflammatory benefits than sports drinks, helping to reduce pain and swelling.

The inconvenient truth

With low-carb diets a huge fad in health and fitness, some nutritionists are risking the ire of the keto crowd by pointing out an inconvenient fact: a lack of carbs potentially damages the gut microbiome, which needs carbs such as bananas for prebiotics — the stuff that feeds the gut bacteria. Noted nutritionist Joanna McMillan points out that a...

When healthy turns harmful

If you believe everything social media tells you about food, you’re at risk of having a potentially serious eating disorder. Cat Woods explains. Paleo, clean eating, vegan, raw, keto, gluten-free... all these diets, labels and strict eating rules have become such a huge part of our food culture that it now seems completely normal to rule out major food groups,...

8 secret benefits of avocados

We all know avocados are rich in good fats, but here are eight more reasons to order the smashed avo at brunch, says dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon. 1. Satiety We’re constantly told that avocados are full of good monounsaturated fats. This means they slow down digestion and absorption, and leave you feeling fuller for longer. Simple as that. 2. Cookie jar deterrent Because of the...

Tasty animals no more

Going vegan has become a serious trend when one of its most avowed haters, chef Gordon Ramsay, announces that he’s giving it a try. The man who once belonged to PETA (“People Eating Tasty Animals”, that is) tweeted that he was going to “give this #vegan thing a try”. Even among hardcore body builders, the trend towards plant-based proteins...

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...

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Why the new US dietary guidelines have angered nutritionists

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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